BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan has posted footage to Twitter of Sir Bradley Wiggins refusing to answer questions outside his home in Lancashire this morning about the mystery package containing medicine for him that was delivered to Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.
The package was in the headlines this morning after UK Anti-doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead told the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, which is investigating doping, that the agency was still unable to verify what was in the package. British Cycling last night admitted "serious failings" in its record keeping.
On a separate issue, she also said that Team Sky had ordered more of the banned drug triamcinolone, which was administered to Wiggins under a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), than was necessary to treat one person.
Sir Bradley Wiggins refusing to answer questions about his mystery medical package this morning. VIDEO pic.twitter.com/fO1gkH18ft
— Dan Roan (@danroan) March 2, 2017
At the start of the clip, the journalist asks, "Sir Bradley, can we just find out ... " but is interrupted by Wiggins, coming out of his gate, who says: "Not to my house, it's a private road, I'll call the police."
As a man and woman – possibly neighbours, although that is unclear – try to block the camera, Wiggins is asked, as he walks away: “Sir Bradley, we just wanted to find out a bit about the mystery package, whether you knew about it or not?”
While some people commenting on Roan’s Twitter post this morning have said the BBC was guilty of invading Wiggins’ privacy, others say that the continued silence does not reflect well on the five-time Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France winner.
'Doorstepping', the name given to the press waiting outside someone's home to obtain their views on a story about them, is a practice that often comes under criticism for not respecting people's privacy - although in many cases, it is only used when it has proved impossible to obtain a response through other channels.
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) March 2, 2017
Shortly before Christmas, after Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford claimed to the select committee that the package contained the decongestant Fluimucil, Wiggins was in an apparently more light-hearted mood as he posted a Braveheart-themed image to Instagram.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.