Former Team Sky doctor: breakdown stopped me from appearing before MPs

• Jiffy bag affair led to ‘depressive illness’, says Richard Freeman
• Freeman: I never crossed line into cheating or even a grey area

The former Team Sky doctor at the centre of the Jiffy bag affair said he had a “major depressive illness” before withdrawing from giving evidence to MPs investigating doping in sport.

Dr Richard Freeman did not appear at the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee last year, citing ill health, after being summoned over his involvement in a package given to Sir Bradley Wiggins after the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011. He replied in writing, but did not appear in person before the parliamentary inquiry.

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