Sir Bradley Wiggins has spoken out about UK Anti-Doping’s investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in cycling.
He said that the investigation turned into a “malicious witch hunt” that make life a “living hell”. However, he welcomed the announcement by UKAD that they are closing their investigation into a package that was delivered to Wiggins’ team doctor at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race in France.
UKAD has been unable to prove what was in the package and said that no anti-doping charges will be brought.
The black boat don't float! Morning grind done 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/BwGQY3V5Cb
— Brad Wiggins (@SirWiggo) November 10, 2017
While Wiggins said that he is “pleased” at the outcome, he has criticised UKAD for not issuing an “unqualified finding of innocence” and warned that he will consider his legal options.
Wiggins released a statement on Twitter in which he said that he welcomes “UKAD’s confirmation that no anti-doping charges are to be brought. It has always been the case that no such charges could be brought against me as no anti-doping violations took place. I am pleased that this has finally been confirmed publicly but there are a large number of questions regarding the investigation which I feel remain unanswered.”
He explained that he has not spoken about the investigation before in order not to “undermine” it and said that it had been difficult to maintain his silence with the “widespread and unfounded speculation in the press.”
He reiterated that there is no evidence against him and criticised UKAD for taking such a long time to conclude their investigations.
He then went on to ask UKAD a series of questions including who was the source of the original allegation, why it was considered credible, how much this investigation had cost and why it had taken so long.
He went on to defend the physician who treated him, Dr Freemen, saying that he treated him with “great care and respect”.