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by Mark Zalewski
May 28, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Oh, the drama! Nibali takes stage win, Kruijswijk crashes, plummets to third overall as Chaves moves into pink at Giro d’Italia; Devenyns wins stage and takes Baloise Belgium Tour lead; Two years after devastating injury, Taylor Phinney wins US national time trial championship; Carmen Small wins US time trial championship; Grzegorz Stepniak wins first stage of Tour of Estonia; Kimmage loses libel case to Verbruggen; Pendleton speaks out about corrosive British Cycling culture; Sky to continue sponsorships of cycling; Armitstead admits difficulty in overcoming past crashes; Chaves finds challenges come with the Maglia Rosa; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass, Giro stage 18; Women’s Amgen Tour of California onboard highlights
Former British cycling star Victoria Pendleton told the Guardian that the way she was treated by former British Cycling head Shane Sutton and the culture at British Cycling played “a big part” in her decision to retire.
“I couldn’t stay working with those people,” she said. “If, four years ago, they’d made the changes that they’ve made now, I would’ve been a lot happier and probably would’ve performed better.”
Pendleton has supported teammate Jess Varnish who was dropped from the high performance team after criticising Sutton over allegations of sexist and abusive behaviour towards athletes, including para-cyclists. Sutton resigned in April and an independent investigation into him and British Cycling ordered by UK Sport is underway.
“It was never going to happen at an earlier stage, unfortunately. And, when you’re in the team, you keep your head down and you do what you’re told because you want to be part of it. It doesn’t mean it’s right,” said Pendleton.
“It was going to happen sometime. It would be naïve to think that it wasn’t ever going to come out.”
Click through to read more at The Guardian.