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Ex-Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman 'told lies' over banned substance

Dr Richard Freeman admits to telling lies over a banned substance. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

A former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor has admitted to telling "a lot of lies" and ordering a banned testosterone substance in an independent tribunal Tuesday.

Dr. Richard Freeman, who retired from British cycling two years ago, is under investigation regarding the contents of a medical package delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.

Mary O'Rourke QC, Freeman's lawyer, said her client would acknowledge that he ordered 30 sachets of Testogel but insists they were not for an athlete.

O'Rourke told the panel that Freeman had ordered the substance on behalf of former British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton, who has denied the claim.

O'Rourke quoted Freeman in a statement: "I couldn't bring myself to tell the truth, even to my lawyers. I am here now and this is the truth."

A General Medical Council (GMC) investigation has seen Freeman face a total of 22 allegations but he is only contesting three of them.

The charges include ordering and administering testosterone, making false statements and asking the supplier to falsely claim the order had been sent in error.

Testosterone use is banned at all times under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Team Sky officially became Team INEOS after Sky and 21st Century Fox agreed to a sale in May.

Freeman sat alongside his lawyer in the hearing room with the tribunal set to be start on Nov. 5 in Manchester.