Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 8, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde sprints out of select group to win Pais Vasco, stage 5; Coquard wins final stage, Calmejane the overall for Direct Energie at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead; With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix; ‘One of the classiest of the big champions:’ Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career; Aru suffers knee injury during altitude training; No Liège defense for Poels due to injury; Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries; Professional Cycling Association reviews disc brake covers; British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare; Team Sky bring three riders new to Paris-Roubaix; Second indoor velodrome coming to US; Video: Canyon-SRAM on why they train; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ronde van Vlaanderen; Video: UCI timing partner Tissot.

British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare

by CyclingTips

British Cycling has created the role of People Director to focus on the welfare of athletes and staff, in an effort to try to begin recovering from the independent investigation that found a ‘culture of fear’ present in the organisation. Michael Chivers was named to the newly created post.

Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships. Her accusations launched the independent investigation into British Cycling.

“At the beginning of March, the new chair of British Cycling, Jonathan Browning, announced a 39-point action plan based on the draft findings of the independent review into the culture of British Cycling’s World Class Performance Programme,” a statement said.

“At least half of the action points focus on the culture, values and behaviours of leaders and staff as well as the ‘whole life’ development, management and wellbeing of athletes with a deadline for implementation by the end of 2017.”

“Michael Chivers’ experience and expertise in change and people management will be invaluable in pushing ahead British Cycling’s plans to ensure the organisation is effective and accountable in its management of athletes and staff so that it fosters a transparent and inclusive culture, following past failings in this area,” Browning said.

The independent investigation’s final report has yet to be published but a leaked draft copy showed a scathing indictment of the leadership of the organisation.

Click through to read more at British Cycling.