Justice convicted a former doctor of the British Cycling and Sky Training team, Dr Freeman, of ordering testosterone, knowing it was intended for a runner in 2011.
Thunderclap in the world of British cycling and sport. Richard Freeman, former medical officer of the British cycling team and Team Sky (now Ineos), was found guilty of ordering testosterone – a substance banned in and out of competition – in June 2011 “knowing where in the belief “that the product was going to be administered to a runner whose name was not disclosed. The doctor had always denied the facts with which he was accused.
The decision is already causing a stir over Britain’s most title-winning Olympic sport. For many English media, this verdict is an “earthquake” and poses “serious questions for the British cycling federation (British cycling), the Sky team (now Ineos) and Dave Brailsford, its manager”.
The verdict was delivered this Friday morning by Neil Dalton, president of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, which rules on the complaints against the doctors. “The court concluded that you, Dr Freeman, placed the order and obtained the Testogel, knowing or believing it should be given to an athlete to improve athletic performance. The motive for your action was to cover up behavior. “
Sky doctor from 2009 to 2017
A former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor between 2009 and 2017, Freeman had already admitted 18 of the 22 charges against him, including the purchase of banned testosterone, lying to the British Anti-Doping Agency, and providing inappropriate treatment to non-athletic personnel. On the other hand, he contested four charges all related to the delivery of testosterone to the headquarters of British Cycling and Team Sky in Manchester in June 2011. At this time, Bradley Wiggins won the Critérium du Dauphiné before giving up a few days. later during the 7th stage of the Tour de France, after a crash.
Doctor Richard Freeman admitted to ordering 30 sachets of Testogel but denied that he knew it would be administered to an anonymous runner. He defended himself by claiming to have been harassed to order this product to treat the erection problems of Shane Sutton, former coach of British Cycling and Team Sky. What the latter has always denied. Friday’s verdict does not yet mark the end of the lawsuits as the court will still sit for three days to assess whether Freeman’s license to practice is tampered with. He will be tried again in April to decide whether or not to lose his medical license.