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New questions for British Cycling over Richard Freeman

British Cycling faces scrutiny over a leaked email suggesting its disgraced former doctor Richard Freeman asked for monthly rider test data to identify and defend potential doping breaches. The former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor wrote to senior officials that obtaining athlete biological data was “an opportunity to assess the frequency of testing and warn of target testing.” Allegations surrounding the central figure in record Olympic medal hauls come a fortnight after being struck off the medical register following a tribunal ruling that he ordered testosterone in May 2011 “knowing or believing” it was for doping.

On Thursday night, a representative for Freeman, who is understood to be looking at whether he can fund an appeal, was contacted for comment on the suggestion he wanted to access data on the athlete biological passport (ABP) system – an electronic drug-testing record for professional athletes. The ex-British Cycling doctor, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, was reportedly twice rejected a request to British Cycling’s anti-doping commission, which included two representatives from UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), to access the ABP data

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