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by Mark Zalewski
March 17, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding under threat; British Cycling board minutes illustrate desire for cover-up; Critérium du Dauphiné announces route, alternative Alpe d’Huez ascent; Démare says he has nothing to defend about Sanremo win; Vanmarcke on the mend, will miss Sanremo; Barguil out of Sanremo with ankle injury; Meares considered consulting Hoy over retirement; Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line; Driver charged after confrontation with cyclists caught on video; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: The Garners; FWDSET: Movement; Pici Bici – The Collective // Matic.
The minutes for a British Cycling board meeting held on February 8 reveal a discussion as to whether or not to ‘sanitise’ the jointly-commissioned independent review investigating the climate and culture inside British Cycling. While some board members wanted to fully disclose the contents of the document in full, UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholls apparently pushed hard against it for fear of the information getting out via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
“In terms of releasing the recommendations verbatim, [Liz Nicholls] will consult with their lawyer because doing so might make that version of the report subject to FOI,” the minutes state.
“LN fully understands the need to release something internally but it not happy about releasing anything externally,” said British Cycling non-executive director Marian Lauder in the meeting.
The Independent contends the cover-up was for fear of losing funding that comes from public sources like the national lottery over public backlash to the report.
The latest independent investigation into British Cycling has yet to be released. However, a leaked version apparently confirmed the ‘culture of fear’ alleged by many, beginning with Jess Varnish.
Click through to read more at The Independent.