Coach who delivered package for Wiggins invited to doping inquiry

Dave Brailsford

Sir Dave Brailsford was questioned by a DCMS row in Dec 2016

The British Cycling manager who couriered a ‘mystery’ package for Sir Bradley Wiggins has been invited by MPs to give justification during a doping inquiry.

Simon Cope delivered a package on a final day of a 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, that Wiggins went on to win.

The Culture, Media and Sport name cabinet has been by told by Team Sky arch Sir Dave Brailsford a package contained a authorised decongestant.

But MPs contend they are “concerned” by some of a justification they have heard.

The alloy who perceived a package on seductiveness of Wiggins’ Team Sky, Dr Richard Freeman, and conduct of UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) Nicole Sapstead have also been invited to give justification on 22 February.

Culture, Media and Sport name cabinet authority Damian Collins MP said: “There is a substantial open seductiveness in Ukad’s examination and it is also critical to a exploration into doping in competition to know what they have been means to establish from their investigation.

“The cabinet has been told by both British Cycling and Team Sky that they have granted all a information they have relating to this examination to Ukad.

“However, we need to know if they have perceived documentary justification that confirms what was in a package that was delivered by Simon Cope to Team Sky.

“Without this evidence, we am endangered about how it is probable for a anti-doping manners to be policed in an suitable manner, if it is not probable to examination a annals of medicines prescribed to riders by a group doctors.”

Team Sky have been underneath vigour to exhibit a essence of a package following a Daily Mail claim in Oct 2016.

Cope, who was a women’s manager for British Cycling, trafficked from Manchester to Geneva on 12 Jun 2011 to palm a parcel to a Team Sky alloy Freeman on a final day of a Criterium. Cope claimed he did not know what it contained.

In an talk with Cycling News, he said: “It was only an envelope, a Jiffy bag, a tiny Jiffy bag,” he said. “As distant as we know we could have been pedals in there.”

Brailsford gave justification in Dec and settled a package contained Fluimucil, that is authorised in competition and “administered on a unchanging basis”.