Team Sky acknowledge 'mistakes' over mystery medical package
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Team Sky acknowledged Tuesday that ''mistakes were made'' around the delivery of a mystery medical package to Bradley Wiggins which is the center of a British anti-doping inquiry.
However, team principal Dave Brailsford said ''there�is�a�fundamental difference�between�process�failures�and�wrongdoing,'' and Team Sky chairman Graham McWilliam said on Twitter that the board was ''100% behind'' the team and Brailsford.
Team Sky has come under criticism after an investigation by the country's anti-doping agency and a parliamentary committee showed there were no medical records to back up the team's claim that Wiggins was given a legal decongestant at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine in France.
Team Sky published on Tuesday a letter and supporting documents sent by Brailsford to the parliamentary committee, in which Brailsford reiterated his belief that the team was not guilty of breaching anti-doping rules and showed how the team has strengthened its anti-doping and governance processes.
''Self-evidently,�the�events�of�recent�months�have�highlighted�areas�where�mistakes�were�made�by Team�Sky,'' Brailsford said. ''Some members of staff did not comply fully with the policies and procedures that existed at that time.''
''Our�commitment�to�anti-doping�has�been�a�core principle�of�Team�Sky�since�its�inception,'' Brailsford added.�''Our�mission�is�to�race�and�win�clean,�and�we�have�done�so�for eight�years.''
U.K. Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead told the parliamentary committee hearing last week that the agency is investigating whether the product delivered to Wiggins was a banned corticosteroid called triamcinolone.
Wiggins and Chris Froome have won the Tour de France riding for Team Sky.