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by Mark Zalewski
March 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.
While currently embroiled in multiple scandals that are still evolving, British Cycling announced that Julie Harrington, currently the Football Association’s group operations director, as British Cycling’s new chief executive officer. She replaces Ian Drake who said last fall he would step down in April, but did so in January as the allegations against the organisation heated up.
“I am thrilled to be asked to lead British Cycling as it embarks on a new chapter in its history,” said Harrington.
“This is the right time to be joining one of this country’s leading governing bodies. British Cycling already has a fantastic track record of using elite success to inspire millions of people to get active by getting on their bikes and is now setting its sights on new ambitions and a new way of working.”
“In appointing Julie, I am delighted that we have found someone with exactly the right mix of skills to lead British Cycling as we embark on a period of significant change,” said British Cycling chair Jonathan Browning.
Browning himself is new to his role, succeeding Bob Howden as chair, as the organisation goes through an overhaul. Stephen Park was recently named the new performance director after Shane Sutton resigned over allegations of sexism and discriminatory behaviour.
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