Team Sky admits to previously buying Fluimucil 160 miles from Dauphiné finish

Team instead chose to have the drug sent from Manchester to the French Alps in the care of a British Cycling coach

Wiggins prepares for the fifth stage of the 2012 Paris-Nice. He'd take victory in the prestigious week long race, along with the Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné ahead of the Tour de France.
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

It has been revealed that Team Sky had previously bought Fluimucil from a Swiss pharmacy just 160 miles from the finish of the final stage of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, raising questions over why they did not use the same pharmacy for the Fluimucil delivered to Bradley Wiggins after that race.

The team instead chose to use a British Cycling coach to deliver a package apparently containing the decongestant from Manchester to the French Alps, where it was delivered to Wiggins and team doctor Richard Freeman

In response to written questions from the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport committee Damian Collins MP, Team Sky said that Dr Freeman had purchased Fluimucil from a pharmacy in Yverdon, Switzerland in April 2011, a three hour drive from La Toussuire, the location of the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné where the package was delivered.

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Collins said it was increasingly unclear why Sky had chosen to made BC coach deliver the package from Manchester to Geneva, when they had purchased Fluimucil relatively nearby just three months previously.

"It makes it even less clear now why the package had to be collected from Manchester and flown out from the UK when we now know it was being sourced from a Swiss pharmacy just two or three hours’ drive away," Collins told The Times.

"The more we know about the package, the less sense any of it makes."

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Team Sky had previously said that Dr Freeman could not have purchased Fluimucil from a French pharmacy because he did not have prescription rights in the country, and clarified that to say that the particular form of Fluimucil that the team uses is not "to Team Sky's knowledge" available to purchase in France.

They also said that the drug was typically ordered from a pharmacy in Munich, with any excess supplies being stored by British Cycling in Manchester.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.