• Team Sky’s Josh Edmondson self-injected vitamins in bid to make Vuelta
• Team Sky deny cover-up, saying they were concerned about his mental state
The British cyclist Josh Edmondson has confessed to breaking the sport’s “no-needle” rule by self-injecting vitamins while at Team Sky and claimed senior management covered it up when they discovered what he had been doing.
The 24-year-old, who was part of Team Sky in 2013 and 2014, said the pressure of trying to make the team for the Vuelta a España had led to him travelling to Italy to buy the amino acid L-carnitine as well as vitamin B12, folic acid, damiana compositum and the supplement TAD, which he then injected two or three times a week for about a month. Such vitamins are legal but riders have been banned from using needles under UCI rules since 2011.