It has been alleged that the Jiffy bag contained the banned corticosteroid triamcinolone, which allows riders to lose weight while maintaining power. However, when giving evidence to parliament last December, Sir Dave Brailsford – who ran British Cycling and Team Sky in 2011 – insisted that it was the legal decongestant Fluimucil.
In a statement Team Sky said it was pleased at Ukad’s announcement. “We have always maintained that there was no wrongdoing and we have co-operated fully with UK Anti-Doping over the last year,” it said. “Since our inception as a new pro cycling team in 2010 we have continually strengthened our systems and processes so they best support our strong commitment to anti-doping.”
“Our investigation was hampered by a lack of accurate medical records being available at British Cycling. This is a serious concern. As part of their conditions to receive public funding from UK Sport and other home country sports councils, all sports governing bodies must comply with the UK national anti-doping policy.
Other parts of the investigation remain open, however. As yet Ukad has been unable to establish why products containing testosterone were delivered to the national cycling centre.
In a statement, Ukad said its investigation had been hampered by a lack of medical records at British Cycling, and confirmed it would pass on its findings to the General Medical Council.