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Cycling: Wiggins calls for fresh inquiry into Freeman doping case

Cycling: Wiggins calls for fresh inquiry into Freeman doping case

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Six Day London - Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Britain - October 26, 2018 Former rider Bradley Wiggins REUTERS/Matthew Childs

REUTERS: Bradley Wiggins has called for a fresh investigation after a medical tribunal found former British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor Richard Freeman guilty of ordering testosterone in 2011.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service on Friday ruled Freeman, who worked for Team Sky and British Cycling during a golden period of success between 2009 and 2017, ordered Testogel "knowing or believing" it to be for an athlete to improve their performance.

Freeman said he was shocked at the verdict and that he was not a "doping doctor".

Wiggins doubted any rider would have used Testogel due to the amount of testing that was going on.

"I don't know anyone in their right mind who would use that for doping in that period, particularly given the amount of testing in that time," Briton Wiggins, who won the Tour de France in 2012, said in a podcast on Eurosport.

"What needs to happen is to alleviate this assumption that it must have been for a rider. It might have been for a staff member ... or someone from another sport. Was it a mistake? Apparently it was. Then it should be easy to show factual evidence.

"There should be another investigation," he added. "There's something else going on and someone knows something."

The hearing on Freeman's case will continue on March 17 when the tribunal will consider if the doctor's "fitness to practise is impaired".

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Source: Reuters

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