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Dr Freeman’s lawyer claims current BC coach helped Sutton cheat using a can of urine

Allegation current British Cycling coach aided Sutton in trying to fool drug test during his racing career. Photo: Offside/Pressesports

Joseph Delves
11 Dec 2019

The lawyer representing Dr Richard Freeman, the former British Cycling doctor accused of ordering testosterone to the organisation’s Machester headquarters, has claimed the former Team Sky and British Cycling coach Shane Sutton used a cola can full of urine to fool testers while racing at the Tour of Ireland.

Sutton had been called as a witness in the General Medical Council tribunal relating to allegations against Freeman. He appeared for one day, before walking out at what he felt was unfair treatment.

Freeman, who received the Jiffy bag that caused so much grief when it was delivered to Team Sky at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011, has admitted to ordering testosterone to British Cycling’s headquarters. However, rather than using it to dope riders, he claims he was bullied into doing so in order to treat Sutton’s alleged erectile dysfunction, a claim Sutton denies.

Outlining the questions she would have asked Sutton had he not left the country, Freeman’s lawyer Mary O'Rourke said she wanted to question him over allegations he used a can of clean urine handed to him by a teammate to evade a drugs test while racing at the Tour of Ireland during the 1980s.

On being discovered, O'Rourke said both riders left the race in order to avoid being sanctioned. Providing yet more of a headache for British Cycling is the claim Sutton’s then-teammate is currently employed as a coach at British Cycling.

O'Rourke also alleged she had evidence from three witnesses detailing drug use by Sutton, including purchasing testosterone in a McDonald’s toilet and admitting to amphetamine use.

She also alleged Sutton used his partner’s phone to call and intimidate Freeman after he blocked Sutton’s number.

With the GMC investigation focusing on Freeman’s fitness to practise, Sutton cannot be compelled to attend. Having worked for both Team Sky and British Cycling, he was forced to resign from the latter in 2016, following allegations of discrimination from Olympic athletes Darren Kenny and Jessica Varnish.