Team Sky confident of no-doping finding

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Team Sky says when UK Anti-Doping completes its investigation into a possible anti-doping rule violation it is “confident” it will be cleared of wrongdoing .

Team Sky is “confident” it will be cleared of any wrongdoing when UK Anti-Doping completes its investigation into a possible anti-doping rule violation.

On Monday, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford and former coach Shane Sutton were among witnesses to appear before the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in Westminster as part of its long-running inquiry into the fight against doping.

During his testimony to MPs, Brailsford said he believed a mystery package delivered to the team’s doctor at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine contained the decongestant Fluimucil – a drug that is not banned in sport.

And Sutton confirmed that this drug was administered to Sir Bradley Wiggins, who had just won that race and was three weeks away from asking for a medical exemption so he could use a far more powerful drug, triamcinolone, before the Tour de France – his main goal for the season.

In an emailed statement on Tuesday, Team Sky said: “Dave (Brailsford) gave public evidence to the select committee (on Monday) for an hour as part of its inquiry into anti-doping.

“As we have always said, we believe what is most important is for UKAD to establish the truth independently. We are confident that when it reports it will be clear that there has been no wrongdoing.

“During the committee session, Dave acknowledged once again his own mistakes in handling the issue over recent months. We are continuing to co-operate fully with UKAD and we look forward to its report.”

Shortly after Monday’s hearing, UKAD issued a statement to say its “extensive and detailed investigation” was ongoing and “following a number of lines of enquiry”.

Despite earlier indications that it was almost finished, Press Association Sport understands the investigation will continue for some time into the new year.

“Every stage of this investigation has been in the pursuit of determining whether an anti-doping rule violation has been committed. All actions and activity has been in the pursuit of this goal,” the UKAD statement added.

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