Bradley Wiggins won't face charges from UKAD over mystery package

Wiggins blasts 'malicious witch hunt'

Wiggins blasts 'malicious witch hunt'

Details of the package hand delivered from England to the 2011 Dauphine Libere race in France by a British Cycling employee only emerged in the Daily Mail newspaper previous year. This was quickly proven not to be true. "I can confirm that UKAD does not intend to issue any anti-doping charges as a result of the investigation into the package". Video footage showed that he had indeed been at the vehicle.

There was much speculation of what might have been inside the so-called "Jiffy Bag", but UKAD inquiries over the course of the past 12 months were unable to accurately determine what was being transported.

During the investigation it emerged that there was no written record of what the package contained, with Freeman saying his lone set of notes had disappeared when a laptop was stolen while he was on holiday and that no back-up copy existed. "However, we are not able to comment further on this matter".

"Due to the lack of contemporaneous evidence, UKAD has been unable to definitively confirm the contents of the package", the body said on Wednesday.

UKAD added: "As with all investigations, UKAD may revisit matters if new and material information were to come to light".

With no decisive proof despite interviews with 37 individuals, UKAD officials opted to close the investigation. "We have always maintained that there was no wrongdoing and we have cooperated fully with UK Anti-Doping over the a year ago".

However the tone of the statement contrasts with the frustration expressed by UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead.

"As with all UKAD investigations, our work has been thorough and extensive, and I can reassure the public that we treat every credible allegation with the utmost seriousness".

"What's clear from UKAD's statement is if Sky and British Cycling had kept proper medical records, this could have been wrapped up a lot sooner".

Team Sky was established in 2009 by Dave Brailsford, the brains behind Britain's 14 medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the target of producing the country's first Tour - a feat accomplished by Wiggins in 2012.

"Finally, we have referred some information to the GMC, and will cooperate with the GMC as necessary in respect of that information". It was couriered personally by Simon Cope, the coach to British Cycling's women's team, from British Cycling's headquarters in Manchester to the finish of the Criterium du Dauphine in Chatel.

British Cycling has responded with its own statement, admitting that it had fell short.

She admitted that the findings represent "an organisation and culture that, despite delivering on the world stage, did not meet the high standards that British Cycling today holds itself to" and supported UKAD's move to pass its evidence onto the General Medical Council.

However, Ukad said that it would hand information to the General Medical Council, which could result in it taking on the investigation.

Describing the British Cycling and Team Sky partnership as "a positive force for cycling in this country", Harrington did acknowledge that there had been some "blurring of the boundaries between the two" which has "led to some failings in the way that processes and people were managed".

The multiple Olympic gold medallist, together with Sky, has always denied any wrongdoing but the Fancy Bears revelations led to a wider debate about whether the medical exemption process in cycling was being abused.

"My focus now is on ensuring that we can give athletes and the public the reassurance they need to believe in our ability to win clean on the biggest global stages because of the systems and controls we have put in place".

"We are intent on ensuring that the integrity of our record-keeping is never called into question again", she added.

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