No Team Sky 'mystery package' charges due to lack of records

No Team Sky 'mystery package' charges due to lack of records

The relationship between BC and Team Sky were also investigated, with staff and resources often shared between the two entities.

The case has now been referred to the General Medical Council who will be expected to advance their own investigation into the matter.

Collins, though, said Team Sky and British Cycling were both culpable for serious failures in record-keeping, if nothing else.

During the investigation it emerged that there was no written record of what the package contained, with Freeman saying his lone set of notes had disappeared when a laptop was stolen while he was on holiday and that no back-up copy existed.

"British Cycling have implemented a number of significant changes to the management of our medical services to the Great Britain Cycling Team following a review instigated in March by chair Jonathan Browning, shortly after his appointment".

Brailsford held dual roles with the British Cycling governing body and the team sponsored by the Sky satellite broadcaster before stepping down from his performance director job at British Cycling in 2014.

"This is a serious concern", said UKAD chief execute Nicole Sapstead in a statement.

She also touched on what many have perceived as a concerning overlap between Team Sky and British Cycling's operations.

With no decisive proof despite interviews with 37 individuals, UKAD officials opted to close the investigation.

"I can confirm that UKAD does not intend to issue any anti-doping charges as a result of the investigation into the package", she said.

Details about the package were leaked previous year by the Daily Mail newspaper and it took months for Team Sky to disclose the contents of the package, eventually telling a parliamentary hearing in London it contained Fluimucil, a brand name for a legal decongestant containing acetylcysteine used for clearing mucus. It was couriered personally by Simon Cope, the coach to British Cycling's women's team, from British Cycling's headquarters in Manchester to the finish of the Criterium du Dauphine in Chatel.

"We are pleased that UK Anti-Doping have concluded their investigation and that they will not be taking any further action", read the statement. "We have always maintained that there was no wrongdoing and we have cooperated fully with UK Anti-Doping over the past year".

"Since our inception as a new pro cycling team in 2010 we have continually strengthened our systems and processes so they best support our strong commitment to anti-doping". This led to some failings in the way that processes and people were managed.

"Today, based on our learning together there are clear boundaries and distinctions between our two organisations: no one is simultaneously employed by British Cycling and Team Sky; and we each have our own practices in place for managing athlete record", she continued. The squad was under the microscope following reports of an unknown substance transported to the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, where team captain Bradley Wiggins was competing.