Workforce Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has mentioned ‘errors had been made’ by Workforce Sky regarding anti-doping and medical procedures, however that ‘there’s a elementary distinction between course of failures and wrongdoing’.
The workforce stays embroiled in controversy regarding a ‘thriller’ bundle which was delivered to then Workforce Sky physician Richard Freeman on the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine – a race gained by Sir Bradley Wiggins – and three therapeutic use exemptions [TUEs] granted to Wiggins in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
On Tuesday, Workforce Sky printed a letter and supporting paperwork despatched by Brailsford to Damian Collins MP, chairman of the Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee, by which Brailsford reiterated his perception that the workforce was not responsible of breaching anti-doping guidelines.
Moments after the assertion was printed Graham McWilliam, the chairman of the Workforce Sky board, used Twitter to say the board remained “100% behind team and Sir Dave Brailsford” following recommendations that some riders may need the workforce principal to resign.
UK Anti-Doping is investigating whether or not the workforce and British Biking violated anti-doping guidelines when the bundle, addressed to Freeman, was delivered to Workforce Sky on the finish of the 2011 Criterium.
Brailsford has mentioned he was advised the bundle contained the authorized decongestant Fluimucil, however as but no documentary proof has been produced.
It has been alleged the bundle as an alternative contained the banned corticosteroid triamcinolone, the drug for which Wiggins later obtained TUEs for however which he wouldn’t have been permitted to make use of on the time. Workforce Sky have strenuously denied that was the case.
Final week, UK Anti-Doping boss Nicole Sapstead advised the Tradition, Media and Sport committee that UKAD’s investigation had discovered the absence of documentary proof was as a result of Freeman had did not observe the workforce’s record-keeping coverage and had his laptop computer stolen in 2014.
In his letter, Brailsford wrote: “Self-evidently, the occasions of current months have highlighted areas the place errors had been made by Workforce Sky.
“Some members of employees didn’t comply absolutely with the insurance policies and procedures that existed at the moment.
“Regrettably, these errors imply that we’ve got not been in a position to present the entire set of information that we should always have across the particular race related to UKAD’s investigation. We settle for full accountability for this.
“Nonetheless, lots of the subsequent assumptions and assertions about the way in which Workforce Sky operates have been inaccurate or prolonged to implications which might be merely unfaithful.
“There is a fundamental difference between process failures and wrongdoing. Our commitment to anti-doping has been a core principle of Team Sky since its inception. Our mission is to race and win clean, and we have done so for eight years.”