Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman was found to have ordered 30 sachets of a banned testosterone to the National Cycling Centre. The former chief doctor of Team Sky and British Cycling Richard Freeman has been handed a four-year doping ban for possession of a banned substance and twice lying to UK Anti-Doping investigators.
Freeman was struck off the medical register in 2021 after being found guilty of ordering 30 sachets of a banned testosterone to the National Cycling Centre, “knowing or believing” it was for an unnamed rider to improve their performance. This latest punishment amounts to the first official doping sanction for a member of staff during the golden era of British Cycling, when they dominated in the velodrome and on the roads. Freeman, who was the physician for the team at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, also worked closely with Sir Bradley Wiggins and other top riders while at Team Sky. Freeman had claimed that he had bought the Testogel sachets to treat the erectile dysfunction of former British Cycling technical director, Shane Sutton. That defence was dismissed by a medical practitioners tribunal in 2021, with the MPT questioning why Freeman had not informed his colleagues Phil Burt or Dr Steve Peters about the package when it was delivered to the Manchester velodrome where both teams were based in 2011.
On Tuesday Freeman’s claims were also rejected by a national anti-doping panel, chaired by Charles Flint KC alongside David Casement KC and Prof […]