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by Shane Stokes
June 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Spilak grabs stage 7 and yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, Groenewegen quickest again on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer, Mezgec takes stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud, Sunderland wins stage 3 of the Tour of Korea, Caruso handed two-year ban after positive test for EPO, British Cycling rejects MP’s criticism of federation and Cookson, Varnish’s lawyers suggest British Cycling report was deliberately toned down, Mitchelton-Scott director hails strong Under 23 Giro d’Italia ride, WTB releases Resolute 42 “all-weather” gravel tires, Video: Joe Dombrowski post-race interview from stage 7, Tour de Suisse, Video: Tour de Beauce stage 2, Video: Believe in Yourself – Cycling Motivation 2017, Video: Peter Sagan meets Tacx Magnum Smart, Video: 13-year-old cycling across the US for clean water
Responding to a statement released on Thursday by the British Member of Parliament Damian Collins, British Cycling has rejected the criticisms. Collins said that the crisis in British Cycling was due to poor governance structure, that none of the board members during the period covered by the investigation should remain, including current chairman Jonathan Browning, and that current UCI President Brian Cookson should not be re-elected.
“Damian Collins MP’s criticisms of British Cycling are ill-informed and do not take account of the changes underway at the organisation,” said the federation in response on Friday. It pointed out that a number of board members will step down following the EGM in July, bringing about a 70% change to that structure. “A mass walkout of the Board at this time would be detrimental to the sport which is why we are seeking to responsibly manage this transition.”
It added that the current independent directors Alex Russell, Jonathan Browning and Marian Lauder will continue to be Board members. It also said that Browning’s role in bringing about change since his appointment in 2017 was unmatched in sport, and that he would be eligible to stand again when the position becomes vacant in October of this year.
“Brian Cookson served as British Cycling President from 1997 until 2013, having joined an emergency committee in 1996 to save British Cycling from insolvency,” it said. “He has made an enormous contribution to the sport in this country and around the world and we wish him every best wish as he seeks re-election for the role of UCI President.”
It ended the statement by inviting Collins to its base at the National Cycling Centre, “to understand and witness the transformation that is underway.”
Click through to read the full independent report at British Cycling’s website.