Team Sky doctor prevented Richard Freeman from applying for a fourth Bradley Wiggins TUE

Team Sky doctor Alan Farrell changed the password to the system where doctors request TUEs; Dr Richard Freeman was intending to apply for a TUE for Bradley Wiggins before the 2013 Tour of Britain.

Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2013, stage three TT

Team Sky doctor prevented Dr Richard Freeman from applying for a fourth therapeutic exemption order (TUE) for Bradley Wiggins, just days before the 2013 Tour of Britain, a race he won.

It is reported in today's Sunday Times that Alan Farrell, another doctor at Sky, changed the team's password for the World Anti-Doping Agency's ADAMS (anti-doping administration and management system) - the program where doctors formally request a TUE - after hearing that Freeman was wanting to apply for a Wiggins TUE before the national tour; it is not known what substance Freeman was hoping to be permitted to give Wiggins.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.