Following a week in which they faced fresh questions over testosterone patches, Team Sky and British Cycling are now braced for the publication on Monday of a report by MPs who have been investigating doping allegations.
The Telegraph reports that it is unclear whether the two-year Combating Doping in Sport parliamentary inquiry carried out by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee will address the testosterone patches.
It will however address the infamous Jiffy bag delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné which was the subject of a 14-month investigation by UK Anti-Doping that came to a close when the organisation was unable to identify its contents. Wiggins’ use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) ahead of major goals will also have come under scrutiny, as will the medical record-keeping of British Cycling and Team Sky.
Earlier this week it was reported that a General Medical Council (GMC) investigation may have uncovered evidence that banned testosterone patches said to have been delivered in error were in fact ordered from the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
“We have been asked by the GMC not to comment on the current investigation, like we were told not to comment on the UKAD investigation in 2017,” said a statement from the company. “We have fully co-operated with both UKAD and GMC.”
Responding to the recent developments, former British Cycling president Tony Doyle called for further changes at the governing body.
“We were promised a complete shake-up and it just hasn't happened. Yes, there is a new chief executive, a new chairman and a new performance director, but the president remains the same and so does the board.
“We should be enjoying success at this weekend's world track championships, but we've got more revelations and on Monday we've a parliamentary report into doping that I'm sure is going to be critical.”