Worthington claims world BMX bronze

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UCI Urban Cycling World Championships: GB’s Charlotte Worthington wins bronze

British freestyle BMX rider Charlotte Worthington has won bronze at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships.

The 23-year-old European champion hopes to compete in Tokyo next year when the sport makes its Olympic debut.

Worthington scored 86.54 points to come third behind American Hannah Roberts (90.00) and Chile’s Valentina Perez Grasset (86.80) in Chengdu, China.

“I’m ecstatic. I’ve still got more to work on but it’s great to see so much hard work pay off,” said Worthington.

“I’ve been waiting all year to put down some good riding in the world championships after getting a concussion last year and being unable to compete.”

The former chef trains at ‘Adrenaline Alley’ in Corby, Northamptonshire, which is regarded as one of the best skate parks in Europe.

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Track World Cup: Katie Archibald & Elinor Barker win silver in madison

Great Britain's Elinor Barker (left) and Katie Archibald

Archibald (right) had to change her bike during the madison

Great Britain’s Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker won silver in the women’s madison on day three of the Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow.

The pair won the final sprint to secure silver with 31 points as Australia claimed victory with 40 points.

“It’s quite nice that we’ve got so much better that we can do and are still second,” said Barker. “I’d rather have won.”

In the men’s omnium, Britain’s Mark Stewart secured silver.

Stewart, who won the tempo race during the event’s four races, was a late call-up and finished on 109 points, with winner Benjamin Thomas, of France, accumulating 130 points.

“I got the call last night about 9pm,” said Stewart. “I was sitting watching the racing, thinking: ‘I really want to be there.'”

Britain’s Jason Kenny had to settle for fourth in the men’s keirin.

Kenny, who won his heat in qualifying for the final, made an early surge for victory but was caught after the last corner as France’s Sebastien Vigier won.

“I’m happy with my performance,” said Kenny, who was beaten in the quarter-finals of the men’s sprint on Saturday.

“Disappointed with the result a little bit but I’ve moved forward a lot and got a lot better.

“I got stuck in in the final and stuck my neck out.”

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Track World Cup: Great Britain’s women win team pursuit gold

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GB cruise past Germany to take gold in the women’s team pursuit

Great Britain’s women cruised to team pursuit gold on day one of the Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow.

Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Neah Evans and Ellie Dickinson clocked four minutes 12.244 seconds to beat Germany easily at the Chris Hoy Velodrome.

“It was a quick time and a little bit above our expectations. It’s nice when it happens like that,” said Barker.

Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joseph Truman won men’s team sprint silver behind world champions the Netherlands.

Home favourite Archibald says their performance is a key marker before the World Track Championships in February and next summer’s Olympic Games.

“A lot of the conversation leading into an event like this is whether you want to focus on a result or a process,” said Archibald. “But after you focus on a process and still walk away with a result like this, we’re very happy.”

The men’s team pursuit team could not match the achievements of their female counterparts, with Ed Clancy, Charlie Tanfield, Ethan Hayter and Ollie Wood finishing fourth after defeat by France in the bronze medal race.

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GB’s Lora Fachie wins gold with Laura Cluxton silver in para B individual pursuit

Britain won six medals in the Para-cycling events, with Liverpool’s Lora Fachie winning gold and Laura Cluxton silver in the opening event of the night, the Para B individual pursuit.

Crystal Lane-Wright claimed gold in the women’s Para C5 individual pursuit.

Jody Cundy, Finlay Grahan and Jaco van Gass won gold in the all-British final of the mixed Para C1-C5 team sprint.

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Dr Richard Freeman ‘bullied by Shane Sutton to order testosterone’ hearing told

Dr Richard Freeman (second left) pictured with his legal team at the tribunal

Dr Richard Freeman (second left) pictured with his legal team at the tribunal

Shane Sutton “bullied” Dr Richard Freeman into prescribing testosterone, the ex-British Cycling and Team Sky medic has claimed.

Freeman is facing an allegation he ordered 30 Testogel sachets to British Cycling headquarters in 2011 knowing or believing it was intended for an athlete to enhance performance.

But a medical tribunal heard the testosterone was for former British Cycling technical director Sutton.

Sutton denies the claim.

“Shane Sutton specifically requested that I prescribed him Testogel,” said Freeman’s witness statement, which was read to the hearing.

“I was bullied into prescribing it for him.”

The prosecution opened its case against Dr Freeman on day two of the Independent Medical Practitioners Tribunal in Manchester.

The General Medical Council’s lawyer Simon Jackson QC quoted Dr Freeman’s claim from his witness statement, written in September, that Dr Freeman’s team says is now “the truth”.

Mr Jackson said that in Sutton’s statement, the Australian claims he did receive treatment and prescriptions from Dr Freeman but that those did not include Testogel and that he never discussed this treatment.

The prosecution said Sutton, who is scheduled to appear as a witness on Monday and Tuesday, has become “Dr Freeman’s scapegoat to cover up his earlier misconduct”.

Dr Freeman also claimed in his statement that the Testogel was used to treat Sutton’s erectile dysfunction.

Mr Jackson said Sutton denies this and the GMC’s case is that it was instead used for “micro-dosing” as a way of improving an athlete’s performance.

The prosecution said Sutton will produce British Cycling medical records to prove he did not require testosterone and that the opinion of an expert endocrinologist is that Sutton did not have a condition that required treatment with Testogel.

Mr Jackson also said there was a long-standing dispute between Dr Freeman and Sutton over the repayment of costs of a long-haul flight Dr Freeman had taken for personal reasons.

Witness testifies over testosterone order

Dr Freeman has admitted to 18 of the 22 allegations against him, including that he asked supplier Fit4Sport to falsely claim the Testogel has been sent in error.

The tribunal heard for the first time more details of the steps Dr Freeman took after the testosterone was first discovered by former British Cycling physio Phil Burt in May 2011.

In his statement, Burt recalls bringing the package to the attention of former British Cycling head of Dr Steve Peters, who was in his office with Dr Freeman, and that an “aghast” Dr Freeman said, “No, we shouldn’t have this – this is a mistake.”

Dr Freeman then called Fit4Sport’s Trish Meats, who he had ordered the testosterone from, to ask for her to send him confirmation that it had been sent in error, returned and destroyed, despite this not being the case, as Dr Freeman now admits.

Meats sent the email, obtained by the BBC in January, and Dr Freeman then showed it to Dr Peters, who said he was satisfied by the explanation.

In her witness statement, Meats said the initial order was “nothing out of the ordinary” and that she trusted Dr Freeman because he is a doctor, but that his subsequent call was “out of the ordinary”.

She added that Dr Freeman was “friendly” as usual on the phone and that he gave no indication it was her error so assumed it was “some internal thing at British Cycling”, who she said were a “very important client”.

The prosecution claimed that Dr Freeman was applying “soft pressure” on Meats to get himself “out of a situation of his own making”.

Meats added that the Testogel was never returned and remains debited to British Cycling’s account.

In response to the prosecution’s case, Dr Freeman’s lawyers Mary O’Rourke QC said the GMC has “reached conclusions that are not sustainable” and that she will call Burt and Dr Peters at witnesses in addition to Sutton.

Freeman team seek Daily Mail document

Before the prosecution started making its case, Miss O’Rourke said she will ask the GMC to make a section 35A legal application to the Daily Mail to release an alleged document that relates to the case.

Miss O’Rourke claimed the document is a “witness statement or affidavit” signed by Sutton, relating to a story published by the newspaper and provided as an “insurance policy against any claims of defamation” by Bradley Wiggins, Dave Brailsford and Dr Freeman.

She added its relevance to this process is that the document allegedly “contains a number of lies” and is “inconsistent” with Sutton’s subsequent evidence to a parliamentary committee.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee report in 2018 said Team Sky had “crossed an ethical line” but was unable to determine the contents of the Jiffy bag delivered to Dr Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, allegedly for Wiggins.

Both Wiggins and Team Sky, who are now called Team Ineos, have always strongly denied any claims of wrongdoing over the long-running saga.

The Daily Mail will have 14 days after receiving the application to send the GMC any document.

The hearing continues.

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Freeman defence to ‘question Sutton’s credibility’

Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman stood outside the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester

Dr Richard Freeman is contesting three of the 22 claims made against him

Dr Richard Freeman’s legal team will attempt to question the credibility of former British Cycling performance director Shane Sutton at a medical tribunal in Manchester.

Dr Freeman is appearing at a hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) to determine his fitness to practise medicine.

Freeman, employed as a doctor by British Cycling and Team Sky for six years, has been charged with ordering testosterone to help an athlete’s performance in 2011.

He says 30 sachets of Testogel were for Sutton, who has denied that claim.

Freeman’s lawyer Mary O’Rourke QC said her team were “gathering information on Sutton that questions his credibility”.

She said they would call on former British Cycling head of medicine Dr Steve Peters, who was also Freeman’s boss.

Last week, O’Rourke said that only Sutton would be called to the tribunal.

However, on Thursday she said Peters “might be able to assist us” and indicated that she would make an application to a newspaper to see what information they held in relation to the case.

Sutton resigned from British Cycling in 2016 after being found to have used sexist language to former rider Jess Varnish.

In witness statements, Australian Sutton denied the testosterone was for him and denied knowledge of the delivery.

Following a General Medical Council investigation, Freeman was charged with ordering testosterone to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester in May 2011 from Fit4Sport Limited in order to boost the performance of an athlete.

Testosterone is banned for use by athletes at all times under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Freeman is facing 22 allegations in total, including administering testosterone, making false statements and asking the supplier to falsely claim the order had been sent in error.

Only three of the 22 claims are being contested.

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July 2018: Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Freeman – We never crossed the line

O’Rourke made a number of complaints during the morning, which threatened to delay further the long-awaited tribunal which could reveal details about British Cycling and Team Sky, who enjoyed unprecedented success over the past decade.

The tribunal was postponed in February after Freeman cited ill-health. Legal arguments about the nature of the charge against Freeman delayed proceedings this week.

At the start of the hearing, O’Rourke said she was “very disappointed” after a General Medical Council (GMC) application to change Freeman’s charges was granted.

In effect, it lessens the threshold for Freeman to be found guilty of ordering testosterone. Now the allegation against him does not surround his motive to supply athletes with the banned substance, but that he placed the order “knowing or believing” it was intended for athletes.

Freeman previously denied ordering the sachets in May 2011. Later that year he asked Fit4Sport for written confirmation the testosterone had been sent in error.

In the preliminary hearing last week, O’Rourke said her client will admit he had “told a lot of lies” but that his latest witness statement, submitted in September, is “the truth”.

O’Rourke also said that Freeman was made to feel “anxious” and “very concerned” after raising questions about the tribunal’s transparency.

She claimed that email correspondence between the GMC and the MPTS about witnesses was not shared with the defence.

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