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British Cycling coach insists he did not know contents of Wiggins package

The British Cycling coach Simon Cope said: Hand on mettle I do not know what was in there as it risen he had been summon to appear before a select committee along with the former Team Sky doctor

Simon Cope, the British Cycling coach at the centre of the controversy over a whodunit box provided with Team Skys Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2011, has insisted hand on mettle that he had no idea what was in it, as he was summon to appear before a Parliamentary select committee next month.

Also appearing on 22 February will be the UK Anti-Doping chief executive, Nicole Sapstead, and Dr Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky doctor who now works for British Cycling. Freeman was said by the former technological administrator Shane Sutton to have given the contents of the box to Wiggins at the conclusion of its Critrium du Dauphin six years ago.

When Sir Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky principal, seemed before the meetings of the committee in December he said Dr Freeman had told him the box contained the decongestant Fluimucil. Cope, who was the status of women superhighway hasten unit director in 2011, told Cycling News that he did not know what was in the box, which he transported in June that time from Manchester to France.

He said: Hand on mettle, hand on my children hearts, I do not know what was in there. Its not for me to ask. People request Why didnt you ?, but why would I request? I rely who I work for. Theres never been any inkling of anything untoward so why would you question it. Of track Ill croak. I dont want to go because I dont understand what I can add. I dont know what was in there and also theres some reality I wasnt the womens tutor. The tutor and the manager are two different things. I was the womens superhighway director. But yes, I would go.

Damian Collins, the chair of different cultures, media and athletic select committee that also this month listen from the Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke, who heavily criticised Team Sky and British Cycling, said there was considerable public interest in the Ukad investigation.

The committee has been told by both British Cycling and Team Sky that they have plied all the information the government had relating to this investigation to Ukad. However, we need to know if they have received documentary evidence which confirms what was in the box that was delivered by Simon Cope to Team Sky, said Collins.

Without this evidence, I am concerned about how it is possible for the anti-doping rulers to be policed in a proper form, if it is not possible to review the records of medications prescribed to equestrians by the team doctors.

In a statement, the meetings of the committee also said that Sapstead had confirmed she would be able to discuss the investigation and would have no objection to Cope and Freeman likewise answering its questions. In addition to being able to Ukads investigation into the mystery package, a UK Sport investigation into allegations of bullying and sexism is likewise due to report imminently.

Cope, Freeman and Sapstead were called to appear as the US current circumstances programme 60 Minutes aired accusations about the use of machines in the peloton during the 2015 Tour de France. Sundays TV programme, aired by CBS, boasted Istvan Varjas, a Hungarian car-mechanic, who claimed that on the previous day the 2015 Tour de France he had extradited motorised bikes to a locked storage room in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. He did not reveal who had requested the bikes. The mechanic told the programme manufacturers that a motorised bicycle could be identified because the modified rear rotate would be 800 g heavier than a regular one.

CBS did not detail how it had obtained information but claimed that Team Skys time-trial bicycles during the Tour were nearly 800 g heavier than those used by other teams.

A Team Sky spokesman told the programme that during a time-trial stage bikes might be heavier may be required for better aerodynamic action but it is understood that no specific accusations were put to the team. The allegations regarding motorised doping are not new and Brailsford spoke about them last year.

Finding an instrument in a bike is a pretty simple stuff to do in this day and age, Brailsford said. The engineering used to beam the[ TV] pictures up to the planet is a lot more complex, and used on a day-to-day basis, than spotting a motor in a bike. You simply require the right tech to find it. Youve either got an instrument in your bike or you havent.

[ Chris Froomes] bike has been researched more than everybody else, we get researched every day and we are really had an email from the UCI enunciating thank you for being “the worlds largest” cooperative unit out of everybody when it comes to bike the inspections and mechanical checking, Brailsford contributed. If someone is stupid enough come here[ to the Tour de France] with a motor in their bike for certain they will get caught.

Team Sky were second in the team time-trial at the 2015 Tour de France and after the stage, their bikes were checked by the International Cycling Union( UCI) for machines none were found.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ athletic/ 2017/ jan/ 30/ team-sky-cycling-denied-using-motorised-bikes-tour-de-france-2 015

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