The former Team Sky doctor at the heart of the jiffy bag controversy with Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to release a book that will “lift the lid on the medical science that helped bring Britain’s most brilliant athletes to glory” right before this year’s Tour de France.
Dr Richard Freeman was Team Sky’s doctor when Sir Bradley Wiggins was sent a mysterious package at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné but it was never revealed what was inside after Dr Freeman’s laptop was apparently stolen while on holiday.
Now the doctor who once said he was too ill to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry that had been looking at the relationship of doping within sport is set to release a book.
The Line: Where Medicine and Sport Collide, will be released on 26 June, right before this year’s Tour de France and according to the publisher Hachette will “lift the lid” on the whys and wherefores to what medical processes teams use.
Dr Freeman reveals the medical principles and practices that helped lead these athletes to success – ideas that we now consider commonplace, but many of which were in fact the Doc’s own innovations.
“And in a sport where there’s an ethical line as well as a finishing line, Dr Freeman gives a frank and open account in response to allegations of misuse of medical treatment to enhance performance.”
The former staff member at Team Sky has drawn criticism after failing to make it to parliamentary inquiry set up by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
Damian Collins MP, who headed up the Select Committee, was going to be watching what Dr Freeman does next very closely. “It is disappointing that Richard Freeman wants to tell his story, rather than be questioned about it in front of the committee,” he said, “We will take a close interest in anything he says which is related to our inquiry and report.”