Former Sky doctor Richard Freeman was struck off his professional order for doping practices on March 19, 2021. -
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Former Sky and British cycling team doctor Richard Freeman has been removed from his professional order, according to a ruling issued by the Medical Council on Friday.
He was convicted last week of ordering testosterone in 2011 for doping purposes.
The decision delivered Friday states that the court considered that the behavior of Doctor Freeman was "fundamentally incompatible with the continuation of his registration", with the order of the doctors.
"The court therefore determined that his de-listing is the only sanction sufficient to protect patients, meet public confidence in the profession and send a clear message to Dr Freeman, the profession and the public that his behavior is unworthy." and incompatible with that of a doctor ”.
British team doctor during the London Olympics
Richard Freeman, 61, had accepted 18 of the 22 charges against him regarding ordering a packet of Testogel from the headquarters of the British Cycling Federation, but denied the central accusation regarding the reason for its use.
He claimed testosterone was ordered to treat former performance director Shane Sutton's erection problems, which he denied.
The doctor, who was simultaneously employed by the British team and the Sky - today Ineos Grenadiers - between 2009 and 2015 (a good period for British cycling, between the London Olympics and the victories of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome on the Tour de France), resigned from British Cycling in 2017 for health reasons.
He had already left Team Sky.
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