Brian Cookson: Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky's reputation must be 'reinstated'
Dec 06 2017 02:04 pm CET

Brian Cookson: Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky's reputation must be 'reinstated'
Brian Cookson: Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky's reputation must be 'reinstated'
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Former UCI president Brian Cookson has stated that the reputation of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky should be 'reinstated' after the episode of the mysterious package of 2011.

The investigation into the package took 14 months and finished with no evidence or charges against the Tour de France champion and the team.

The episode happened in 2011 when Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman had a package delivered to Wiggins during the Criterium du Dauphine, which he would eventually win. The doctor claims that the packet contained the legal decongestant fluimucil and UK Anti-Doping couldn't determine otherwise.

Cookson decided to break his silence after the conclusion of the investigation. "I think the reputation of the sport, the reputation of the team and the reputation of the rider Bradley Wiggins should be reinstated," he said to BBC Sport.

"At the end of the day, I have no idea what was in that package and have no idea what the so-called whistleblower told Ukad or told the Daily Mail what was in the package. Ukad has not been able to put a case together so that's the end of the story."

The use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for Wiggins has been disclosed in the process but Cookson claims that the team hasn't used it in a wrong way but that it is common for teams to use them in many cases. "I've said many times before I don't think anyone should be surprised when a professional sports team pushes the rules right to the very limit," he commented.

"That's what professional sports teams do - you see it in football, you see it in Formula One and so on. That's essentially I think what's happened here; in terms of the structures that were in place at the time, the rules were abided by."



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