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by Mark Zalewski
April 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.
British Cycling’s new performance director, Stephen Park, says he will not prevent his riders from using Shane Sutton as a coach if they wish to do so. Sutton resigned his position as performance director last year as allegations about him using discriminatory and sexist behaviour erupted, first made by Jess Varnish.
“I’m not specifying how they should or shouldn’t run their individual programmes at this stage,” the Telegraph reports Park told media at the track world championships in Hong Kong. “Shane is clearly well respected for his coaching abilities and he’s got an incredible track record. So, it would be silly for me not to have some level of engagement with him, if that’s possible and he’s willing to do that.”
The final report investigation the culture of British Cycling has yet to be officially released, with the date now pushed back to May, but a leaked draft version showed a scathing indictment into the organisation — in particular its handling of the Sutton allegations.
“Whether other cyclists do or don’t, I suppose they’ll work with their individual coaches. Nobody’s saying that anybody should or shouldn’t speak to any individual. We’ve got other great coaches. The reality is time does move on in every sport. So for a lot of riders that might well be the case. And for riders that have worked with any individual over an extended period of time, they’ll probably go back and refer back to them.”
When asked whether his mind could be changed when the official report is finally released, he replied, “I suppose anything’s possible. And I suspect that because of some of the issues raised there will be certain riders who would choose not to do that. That’s fine too. Nobody’s suggesting they should do one or the other.”
Click through to read more at The Telegraph.