Sir Dave Brailsford admits Team Sky errors but denies anti-doping violation

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Under-fire Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford has conceded that mistakes were made in relation to testing practices but has denied any anti-doping rules were broken.

Team Sky have failed to substantiate their assertion that a mystery package sent to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine contained a legal medicine.

MPs have criticised Team Sky’s record-keeping of documentary evidence, while UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is conducting an investigation into the contents of the package.

Brailsford has rebuffed allegations that the package contained a banned steroid, and wrote to Damian Collins MP, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, yesterday with a supporting document.

“Self-evidently, the events of recent months have highlighted areas where mistakes were made by Team Sky,” wrote Brailsford.

“Regrettably, those mistakes mean we have not been able to provide the compete set of records that we should have.

“However, many of the subsequent assumptions and assertions about the way Team Sky operates have been inaccurate or extended to implications that are simply untrue.”

UKAD boss Nicole Sapstead last week told the select committee that the absence of documentary evidence was down to Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman failing to follow record-keeping policy and having his laptop stolen in 2014.