Tribunal refuses to drop charges against Richard Freeman as delay into 2020 expected

The General Medical Council said Freeman has 'a case to answer'

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)

Richard Freeman's lawyer has failed in a bid to have the charges being brought against the former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor thrown out.

Mary O’Rourke, Freeman’s lawyer, had argued there was insufficient evidence in the case against her client, who is accused of ordering testosterone gel to British Cycling HQ in 2011 to be used by an athlete to dope. Freeman denies these claims, which form the centre of the four remaining charges against the doctor from a slate of 22 - he has admitted to the other 18.

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Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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