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The crime of doping was committed by Sky and it was a British confederation

The doping crime was committed by Richard Freeman, former physician of Team Sky and the British Cycling Federation.


Two years after the trial began, Freeman was convicted Friday of working between 2009 and 2017 in the British cycling race, his golden age, marked by 12 Olympic medals.

The main accusation against Freeman was that in 2011 he ordered 30 sachets of testosterone gel at Manchester Velodrome for unnamed cyclists and damaged a laptop before handing it over to the anti-doping organization in the UK.

Freeman, 61, pleaded guilty to 18 of 22 counts against him, including testosterone, which he initially claimed was wrongly ordered and reinstated.

Freeman was banned from sport-related activities by the British Confederation in 2017, and a competent court will decide next week whether he can continue to work as a doctor.

In addition to his work in the association, he also worked with the former Sky Team until 2015, which was a time when Britain’s first successes were in the Tour de France. The stable, who has since raced as Ineos Grenadiers, said in a statement that his former doctor had “deviated from ethical standards”, yet none of the bikers in the British line had used testosterone or any other illegal drug.

The British Cycling Federation called on those who practice the sport to adhere to the highest ethical standards and offered its full support to the island’s anti-doping agency.

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