Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.

Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations

by CyclingTips

Dave Brailsford responded to Nicole Cooke’s allegations of sexism at British Cycling after the former champion gave testimony to the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that is investigating doping in sport, alleging widespread sexism within British Cycling and accusing UK Anti Doping (UKAD) of not taking doping complaints seriously.

Darren Tudor, David Brailsford and Shane Sutton at the British National Circuit Race Championships in 2007. Photo: johnthescone/Flickr

“We were not sexist, but we were definitely ‘medallist’,” Brailsford wrote in a column for The Times. “That is why we pushed for equal number of male and female events so our elite female athletes could have the same maximum chance of success as their male counterparts.

“Demonstrate you can win medals and you keep your funding. Stop winning and you lose it. It could not be clearer what was expected and what would happen if you didn’t deliver. So yes — winning, but not winning at all costs.”

The allegations began when Jess Varnish was left off the British team for the Rio Olympics, with Varnish alleging discrimination by Shane Sutton, then the British Cycling performance director. He subsequently resigned his position after more athletes came forward, despite continuing to deny the allegations. At the same time an investigation into Team Sky and British Cycling over a mystery medical package began, with Brailsford ultimately called to give testimony to the committee.

“I know all this was hard for some to accept and it resulted in disappointment and resentment. I know this put some people’s noses out of joint but my remit was to help make us the best in the world not simply support the best in Britain. Elite sport is by definition not sport for all. It is edgy and it is difficult. There are fine lines between success and failure. Only the very few can make it. And for me that meant being compassionately ruthless. It was not a choice between winning or welfare. It had to be both.”

Click through to read more at The Times.