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UK Anti-Doping visits British Cycling as inquiry starts

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UK Anti-Doping officials have visited British Cycling headquarters as part of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the sport.

Two members of staff went to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Friday, but Ukad denied newspaper reports that the venue was raided.

Ukad said the meeting was arranged with British Cycling’s “full co-operation”.

Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke said this week painkiller Tramadol was “freely offered” in 2012.

Tiernan-Locke told BBC Sport that the controversial substance was available at the Road World Championships four years ago.

British Cycling, the national governing body, has put the allegation to the medic in question, doctor Richard Freeman, on the BBC’s behalf. He has denied it.

Separately, it is understood Ukad is also looking into an allegation in the Daily Mail that a medical package was delivered to Team Sky by a British Cycling coach in France on 12 June, 2011.

It is claimed the alleged delivery was said to have been made on the day Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine in La Toussuire.

Team Sky said they had conducted an internal review and were “confident there has been no wrongdoing”.

Wiggins has previously denied any wrongdoing before a major race.

More to follow.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37594988