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Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford

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Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford

The mystery package at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping investigation contained the decongestant Fluimucil, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has said.

Speaking at a Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing, Brailsford confirmed the nature of a delivery made by British Cycling coach Simon Cope to Team Sky at the 2011 Dauphine Libere, a key race in the build-up to the Tour de France, after fellow cycling chiefs had pleaded ignorance.

Committee chair Damian Collins MP had earlier asked British Cycling president Bob Howden, chair of the British Cycling ethics commission Dr George Gilbert and former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton about the package, with none able to offer any new information.

When Brailsford appeared later, he said: "(Team Sky doctor Richard) Freeman told me it was Fluimucil for a nebuliser. That was what was in the package."

Fluimucil is a decongestant used for clearing mucus. Brailsford was not party to the issue of the package at the time. Brailsford also said the medical records of Sir Bradley Wiggins had been passed over to UKAD.

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