Sky told to disclose contents of parcel

International cycling president Brian Cookson wants to see "full disclosure" about the contents of a mysterious medical package delivered to Team Sky's doctor in 2011.
International cycling president Brian Cookson wants to see "full disclosure" about the contents of a mysterious medical package delivered to Team Sky's doctor in 2011.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • Brian Cookson, the president of international cycling, says that he wants to see "full disclosure" next week about the contents of a mysterious medical package delivered to Team Sky's doctor in 2011.

Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky principal, will appear before British MPs on Monday to be questioned about the events immediately after Bradley Wiggins had won the Criterium du Dauphine in June 2011, when a package was delivered to the team's doctor by a British Cycling women's coach.

The contents of the package remain unknown, but British Cycling sources say that it was not triamcinolone, the corticosteroid given to Wiggins under a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to treat hay fever a few weeks later, before the start of the Tour de France.

Cookson was British Cycling's president at the time, and on the advisory board of Team Sky.

Now president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), he says that he has no idea about the contents and hopes that next week's session of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee will result in the full details being revealed when Brailsford, British Cycling president Bob Howden and former technical director Shane Sutton give evidence.

"I hope so, I would hope that there is full disclosure to the select committee," Cookson said in an interview with The Times. "I am surprised that one particular package has been singled out and I don't understand why that should be, unless there is someone who has leaked this (and) presumably has some sort of reason to suspect that there is something in it that they would rather not (make) public.

"I don't understand why there is a mystery about it, to be quite honest. One would imagine there is a record of this."

Cookson said that he felt "slightly conflicted" given his previous roles and, when asked if he was aware of the contents, said: "No, absolutely not, but I'm not surprised that packages are taken and delivered to teams from time to time, whether pedals, shoes, medical products, I'm sure that's happening all the time with all the teams because they are always on the road."

The select committee will also look into the use of TUEs, and whether they were justified.

Leaked documents show that Wiggins had corticosteroid injections before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France, and the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

UK Anti-Doping is also investigating the contents of the medical package.

THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2016, with the headline 'Sky told to disclose contents of parcel'. Print Edition | Subscribe