Team Sky physician ‘felt that the protocols set up by Dr. Richard Freeman were unethical and feared they could lead to a violation of doping rules’
- Dr. Freeman, 60, is the subject of a fit-to-practice hearing in Manchester
- Dr. Hulse was concerned about intravenous recovery and hydration protocols
- He noted that “certain procedures” may not be “consistent” with WADA codes
A Team Sky physician believed the new protocols drafted by Dr. Richard Freeman were unethical and feared they could lead to a drug violation, a medical court heard.
Freeman, 60, is the subject of a fit-to-practice hearing in which he claimed last week that Dr. David Hulse had left the team in 2010 due to a ‘driver uprising’ caused by a bad season and the death of a staff member. during a race.
Hulse was moved enough to turn over potentially devastating documents to the General Medical Council (GMC), which took the case against Freeman.
A Team Sky doctor believed new protocols drafted by Dr. Richard Freeman (above) were unethical and feared they could lead to doping violations, a medical tribunal heard.
Entries included an explosive email that Hulse sent after Team Sky received protocols on intravenous recovery and hydration. The World Anti-Doping Agency has robust rules for the use of IV. In certain cases, an exemption for medical use is required, while no athlete is allowed to take more than 50 ml in a six-hour period.
In May 2011, the UCI banned needles. In the same month, Freeman ordered banned testosterone patches from Team Sky and British Cycling headquarters. He denies ordering that it was ‘knowing or believing’ that it be administered to an athlete for execution, the issue at the heart of the tribunal.
Simon Jackson, QC for the GMC, read the email that Hulse sent to Freeman and Dr. Steve Peters, then chief of medical and other members of Team Sky, responded to a request for medical personnel to commit to the IV protocols established by Freeman.
Hulse wrote that he had concerns regarding “best medical practice and compliance with WADA” and concluded, “I hope you understand that I would not be able to comply with these protocols.”
Hulse also noted in the email that ‘certain procedures’ may not be ‘consistent with the 2009 WADA Code and 2010-11 Prohibited List’, adding that ‘multiple injections’ may exceed the 50ml limit .
Mary O’Rourke QC, Freeman’s representative, called on Hulse to give testimony if he accused her client of being dishonest under oath over the reasons behind his departure from Sky. Mr. Jackson then suggested that Hulse’s evidence was more pertinent to the case Freeman stood in regarding the ‘ethical line’ when he ordered the 30 sachets of Testogel.
Mr Jackson also spoke of a book written by Freeman and a 2018 BBC interview in which he said he ‘never crossed the border, never approached the border’. “This is relevant to what was going on in terms of pushing marginal gains,” he said. “It checks if Dr. Freeman has been consistent.”
The hearing continues.
Former medic Freeman, 60, is the subject of a fit-to-practice hearing in Manchester