Australian cycling great Shane Sutton has stormed out of a doping inquiry in the UK after a farcical line of questioning, which resulted in Sutton threatening to bring his wife to the hearing to rebut claims of had erectile dysfunction.
Sutton was fronting a tribunal convened by the General Medical Council in the UK, which is investigating former British Cycling chief Dr Richard Freeman for ordering 30 satchels of testosterone back in 2011.
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Freeman was initially cleared by the UK Anti Doping Agency, but has since admitted he had indeed ordered the testosterone, but only at the behest of Sutton, who needed it to combat his alleged erectile dysfunction.
This claim was put to Sutton by Freeman’s lawyer, Mary O’Rourke, prompting the 62-year-old to angrily dismiss the suggestion, according to The Sun.
“You are telling the press I can’t get a hard on,” Sutton said.
“My wife wants to testify that you are a bloody liar.”
Sutton, who had been accused by O’Rourke of ‘bullying’ Freeman into securing the drug for him, instead turned the claim back on his antagonist and said he was being ‘dragged into a s***-fight’.
The 62-year-old said his former colleague Freeman was ‘spineless’ before claiming he would swear on the life of his three-year-old daughter that he was telling the truth.
The inquiry is the latest turn in a long-running saga dubbed ‘Jiffy-gate’ by the English press, which dates back to a 2011 incident involving British Tour de France winning rider Bradley Wiggins.
Sutton and Freeman were both leading figures in British Cycling when a jiffy bag, the contents of which are unknown to this day, was flown to Wiggins during a race in 2011.
“My career spanned 100 tests. Every one was negative. You have called me a serial liar but I am prepared to take a lie-detector test,” Sutton told the tribunal.
“I thought (Freeman) was a bloody good doctor and a friend. But he isn’t prepared to look his friend in the eye.”