Dr Richard Freeman admits losing rider blood data from a third computer 

The former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor is currently facing a medical tribunal 

Dr Richard Freeman (second left) with QC Mary O'Rourke (left) and his defence team after appearing at a hearing at the misconduct hearing (Picture: PA Wire/PA Images)

Dr Richard Freeman has admitted losing rider blood data from a third laptop, this time after the UCI requested information about riders from the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2011. 

Freeman is currently facing a medical tribunal, which is assessing his fitness to practice medicine after allegations he ordered testosterone with the intention of giving it to athletes. 

On Wednesday (October 16), Freeman was presented with an email he had sent to the UCI in 2011 in which he said he had lost a hard drive, The Guardian reports.   (opens in new tab)

Freeman has previously told the tribunal that one Team Sky laptop containing medical records was stolen in Greece in 2014, and that he destroyed another laptop to prevent “hackers” gaining access.  

During the sixth day of Freeman giving evidence at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, being held in Manchester, the counsel for the General Medical Council Simon Jackson QC read out an email Freeman sent to the UCI in 2011. 

The email said: “I lost my hard drive and much data with regards to monitoring of bloods of riders at the Giro and TdF. All are normal and will forward once fresh hard copies have come from the hospital.”

Freeman’s hearing centres around allegations he ordered 30 testosterone sachets, which were delivered to British Cycling headquarters in Manchester in 2011, and then lied to cover up the order. 

He has admitted 18 of the 22 charges against him, but denies the banned substance was ordered for an athlete to dope, instead saying he was “bullied” into ordering the testosterone by Shane Sutton to treat Sutton’s erectile dysfunction. Sutton denies this. 

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The hearing initially got underway in October last year, but the process has been marred by delays and legal arguments, before restarting earlier this month. 

The tribunal continues. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.