MANCHESTER—A cycling coach who allegedly bullied former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman into ordering banned testosterone was “lying” when he claimed to have never witnessed riders using performance-enhancing drugs, a medical tribunal heard.
Shane Sutton is said to have seen syringes used by riders in the toilet of a fast-food restaurant before a race in 1987.
The claim was made by former rider Kvetoslav Palov, a former teammate of Sutton’s, who appeared as a witness for Dr Freeman.
Dr Freeman admits placing the order for 30 sachets of Testogel but denies it was intended to dope a rider.
He claims he was “bullied” into ordering it by Mr Sutton to help treat the coach’s erectile dysfunction.
Mr Sutton denies this and claims Dr Freeman is lying.
A fitness to practice hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in Manchester heard how Mr Palov provided