Australian former cycling coach Shane Sutton accused in Richard Freeman tribunal hearing of ‘urine in Coke can’ doping cover-up

On Tuesday, O’Rourke outlined the questions she had planned to put to Sutton if her cross-examination had continued, having been permitted to do so but told the questions would be treated as “assertions, not evidence” by the tribunal.

A series of allegations then followed, the most serious being that a current British Cycling coach handed Sutton Coke containing urine during an edition of the Tour of Ireland in an attempt to beat a doping test.

Shane Sutton.Credit:Getty Images

O’Rourke said the pair were caught and their team withdrew from the race to prevent the matter being pursued.

She also claimed that Sutton had received drugs in a McDonalds toilet in Edinburgh around the time of the 1986 Commonwealth Games; had confessed to Freeman that he used amphetamines as a rider and used his partner’s phone to verbally abuse Freeman after the doctor had blocked his own number.


The QC additionally said she had a five-page statement from 2008 Olympic champion Nicole Cooke and her father accusing Sutton of “bullying, dishonesty and other shady behaviour”.

Freeman denies a charge that he ordered testosterone gel knowing or believing it was for an athlete to improve performance, but has admitted ordering the gel and lying to British Cycling colleagues about it.

Freeman said Sutton bullied him into placing an order for testosterone gel in May 2011, something Sutton denies.

Freeman has also admitted charges related to record-keeping and prescribing medicines to non-athlete members of staff.


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