British Cycling "do not know categorically" what package sent to Bradley Wiggins contained

The body said they cannot provide any documentation in relation to a medical package flown to him in France in 2011

British Cycling have failed to provide any documentation to support Bradley Wiggins in relation to a package which was flown over to France during the 2011 Tour de France.

According to The Times, British Cycling's president Bob Howden wrote to the select committee of MPs investigating the incident, saying that the governing body "understands" the package only contained Fluimucil - an over the counter decongestant. 

The reason for the investigation into Wiggins and the suspect package came after Daily Mail journalist Matt Lawton queried why Simon Cope, a coach at British Cycling, flew over 600 miles from England to France to deliver the bag to Wiggins.

Speaking to Off the Ball earlier this month, Lawton said: "My first questions went into Team Sky via email, British Cycling and Bradley Wiggins' representative on the 22nd September (2016).

"And over the course of the weekend, I was contacted by an intermediary who said that [Dave] Brailsford [Team Sky Principal] would be keen to sit down and meet me. And by the Saturday night, I was told to send Brailsford a text, which I did. We had an exchange and we agreed to meet on the Tuesday. 

"So he actually had five days to prepare for our meeting. I was also told that weekend that Simon Cope had told the same intermediary that he was in La Toussaire that day in 2011 to see Emma Pooley, which is something I was able to check very quickly, [and it] wasn't the case," he added.

Dave Brailsford appeared before the select committee investigating the package and revealed it was Fluimicil. However, Wiggins is an asthmatic and, as Lawton pointed out, "it does say on the drug: not recommended for asthmatics."

The Times also notes that Damian Collins MP, the chairman of the select committee said: "The more we discover about the package, the more questions seem to be thrown up.

"We now know, from Simon Cope’s expense claims, that the request to take the package must have been made some time in advance, and that he travelled from southern England up to Manchester to collect it, and then went back to fly to France from London Gatwick.

"If this medicine was needed urgently, it would have been much quicker to buy it in France. We also know from last week’s hearing that the medication was administered as soon as it was delivered. It also seems that British Cycling do not know categorically what was in the package. They say they understand it to be Fluimucil, but do not explain why they understand that’s what it was," he added.

Wiggins retired from the sport yesterday, stating in an Instagram post that he had been "lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12."

 

I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support. What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids. 2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, "feet on the ground, head in the clouds" kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'! They do now.

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