Troubled Team Sky may face UCI probe over alleged ‘no needle’ cover-up
Team Sky, the prominent British cycling team, could face a possible investigation from the UCI, cycling’s international governing body, after one of its former riders admitted to breaking the body’s ‘no needle’ policy.
The UCI has said it is “in touch” with the UK Anti-Doping agency following former Team Sky cyclist Josh Edmondson’s admission last week that he injected himself with supplements including amino acid L-carnitine, vitamin B12, as well as folic acid, damiana compositum and TAD in 2014.
The supplements are not banned but the UCI has prohibited riders from using needles since 2011.
The UCI said in a statement on Friday: “The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, independent entity in charge of anti-doping program and investigations for the UCI, is in touch with Ukad to assess the matter. No further comments will be provided at this stage.”
Last week, Edmondson (pictured) told the BBC that he had self-injected the supplements and had been caught by Team Sky, but that the team then failed to report the incident to the sport’s authorities.
Steve Peters, Team Sky’s former head of medicine, has denied allegations of a “cover-up” and claims that Edmondson never admitted to using the needle.
Team Sky is already under investigation by UKAD and the UK parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, over a mysterious package which was sent by British Cycling, the domestic governing body, and received by Team Sky on behalf of Bradley Wiggins, a former rider for the team, in 2011.
There are suspicions that the package could have contained doping materials, but in December Dave Brailsford, the chief of Team Sky, told the committee that the package contained an over-the-counter decongestant, Fluimucil.
Meanwhile, Swiss Cycling, the domestic governing body, is set to lose La Vaudoise, the Switzerland-based insurance company, as its main sponsor, after the company opted not to renew its five-year tie-up with the cycling federation.