Sir Bradley Wiggins says his life was ‘living hell’ during Ukad investigation

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Sir Bradley Wiggins won five Olympic gold medals, as well as a silver medal and two bronze medals

Sir Bradley Wiggins said his life was “a living hell” during an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky.

On Wednesday, UK Anti-Doping said there would be no charges over a “mystery” medical package delivered for Wiggins at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011.

Wiggins, 37, said the investigation “felt nothing less than a witch hunt”.

He added: “Being accused of any doping indiscretion is the worst possible thing for any professional sportsman.”

Wiggins won five Olympic gold medals and the 2012 Tour de France before retiring from cycling in December 2016.

It was alleged that the package that was the focus of the investigation contained a banned substance – but the doctor involved, Dr Richard Freeman, said it was a legal decongestant, Fluimucil.

The 14-month investigation has been closed and a Ukad statement said it would only “revisit matters if new and material information were to come to light”.

Ukad said it was unable to “definitively confirm the contents of the package” because of a “lack of contemporaneous evidence”.

Its chief executive Nicole Sapstead said the investigation was hindered by the “lack of accurate medical records” held by British Cycling.

‘It has felt nothing less than a malicious witch hunt’

Wiggins said in a statement: