Ex-Team Sky and British Cycling doctor are faced with questions about ‘topping up’ a rider’s testosterone
Former Team Sky and British cycling physician Richard Freeman must answer new questions about ‘topping up’ a rider’s testosterone as concerns are raised in his tribunal over his well-being on a dramatic day
- Dr. Richard Freeman will face further questions as part of an ongoing tribunal
- He tried to take a laptop relevant to the case out of the building
- The charger for a laptop, which was an important part of the proof, did not work
- Freeman admits ordering banned testosterone ‘but not to improve performance’
Richard Freeman faces questions about ‘topping up’ a rider’s testosterone levels and the medical records of a Tour de France winner at his fit-to-practice tribunal.
On a dramatic day in Manchester, concerns were also raised about the burden on the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor after attempting to bring along a laptop that may contain details relevant to the case.
Freeman, who admits to ordering banned testosterone in May 2011 but denies knowing or believing it was to improve an athlete’s performance, is questioned by Simon Jackson QC, on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC ), who brought the matter.
Richard Freeman, former Team Sky (pictured) and British Cycling doctor, is preparing to ask his tribunal questions about whether he gave a rider “ some kind of testosterone supplement. ”
Freeman will be given his old laptop – the fourth to appear at the hearing – so he can fully answer the questions in the coming days.
And when the 60-year-old asked why he needed the Apple device, his attorney, Mary O’Rourke QC, told him it was because he would likely be asked about the ‘records for a rider whose level jumped,’ a ‘ suggestion that they had some sort of IV or some sort of testosterone topping up ‘and also’ concerns about a Tour de France winner ‘.
It is not known whether these problems are related. However, the situation turned into a farce when it turned out that the computer charger wouldn’t work and that there had been something of a scene during the lunch hour.
“I came here on Thursday to testify and didn’t,” said an emotional Freeman. “I came here Friday and Monday to testify. I only provided 45 minutes of evidence this morning.
‘I came to room 4.7 at lunchtime and there were three lawyers who said they fiddled with the cord (charger) and it is off. I tried and it wouldn’t go on. ‘
According to O’Rourke, she had “ concerns about his performance ” during the morning session, arguing that her client should not be asked to continue and that day-to-day business should be completed early.
“There was an incident where he tried to take that laptop, put it in his own bag and walk away with it,” she added. Simon Eastwood (defense team) had to step in. He came in and said he could no longer give a witness today. I’m worried about him. ‘
Freeman (in the photo last year) is also being checked for the tax the tribunal takes on him
Mr. Eastwood added, “I am convinced it is in Dr. Freeman’s interest not to answer questions this afternoon because of what I have seen.”
But Freeman seemed to want to continue, saying, “I didn’t take the bag. I put it in the travel case it came in because I was frustrated. I wanted to take it out and charge it. Despite the fact that another working leader had been found, the panel agreed that the hearing should end early.
The morning session heard details from a Spain-based Team Sky bus driver named ‘Crespo’ who owned his own ambulance, and there was debate over whether the death of a staff member contracted a bacterial infection during the Vuelta a Espana in 2010 led to the departure of medic David Hulse.
Dr. Hulse, who has assisted the GMC, left Team Sky after raising concerns that new protocols for the use of intravenous recovery and hydration developed by Freeman could lead to violations of World Anti-Doping rules.