Freeman verdict provides more uncomfortable questions for Dave Brailsford and British Cycling

Dave Brailsford
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With almost perfect irony, the Richard Freeman medical tribunal verdict came almost a week after what many consider the most beautiful and evocative one-day race in the cycling calendar, Strade Bianche. But then hardened peloton watchers will know that this is the reality of the sport they love: within all the gripping drama and grand spectacle, there lurks sometimes a dark heart. In that sense, many of them will be unsurprised by the outcome of the Freeman tribunal. 

Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, was found guilty of ordering testosterone “knowing or believing” it was to be given to a rider to improve their athletic performance. The verdict ends, in part, a long saga surrounding Freeman that was both protracted and at times, farcical, but there is no doubt that the aftershocks will continue for some time. 

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