Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 20, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Dennis not optimistic about Tour de France selection; Moscon says conscience is clean after end of his suspension for racist comments; Analysing where British Cycling is at after the publication of controversial independent review; Elissonde psyched after netting third in Route du Sud; Canyon/SRAM Zwift Academy rider Leah Thorvilson gears up to ride the Giro Rosa; Rally Cycling dominates men’s and women’s North Star Grand Prix races; Cyclist writes own obituary to highlight dangers riders face; Team Sunweb riders chasing national championship success; Diplomatic immunity means Saudi driver looks set to escape prosecution over fatal dooring incident; Tour de Pharmacy official Trailer # 2; The Passion Of Cycling

Analysing where British Cycling is at after the publication of controversial independent review

by CyclingTips

Last week’s publication of the independent review into the bullying and discrimination claims against British Cycling is continuing to generate reactions, with the Guardian assessing that report plus the bigger picture.

Here’s an excerpt:

Scandals rarely come solo, and the Varnish-Phelps saga has been joined, in the past nine months, by the vexed question of the Jiffy bag delivered to the then Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011. There are common factors – a lack of governance, Sutton, Brailsford – and it is another warning of what can happen when those who run sport can become blinded by a purely results-driven ethic.

As to whether cycling in Britain – as opposed to British Cycling – is in crisis in this particular midsummer, that is a different question. The gap between the world of sports politics and the world of actual sport can be immense.

The Phelps report is of profound significance for the Olympic cycling team, and the men who govern and have governed the sport. It also matters to the whistle blowers, to people such as Varnish and the former coach Ken Matheson, who feel it has been a whitewash. At the bottom of the tree, it matters because young cyclists of ambition should not be aiming to be part of a system that is dysfunctional and lacking in humanity. The Jiffy bag affair is significant for what it says about the way Brailsford runs Sky and about that team’s ethical approach. It will, inevitably, impact on the Tour de France in a couple of weeks.

Click through to read the full article at the Guardian.

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