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by Shane Stokes
June 27, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish and Cummings confirmed for Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France squad; Cannondale-Drapac confirms Tour de France line-up; Backup for Quintana and Valverde confirmed by Movistar; Fuglsang and Aru lead Astana at Tour de France; Bardet’s Ag2r teammates finalized for Tour; Bouhanni leads Cofidis in 2017 Tour de France; Izagirre and Colbrelli heading Bahrain-Merida’s Tour lineup; Meintjes aiming higher after strong Tour performance in 2016; Cookson ‘angered’ by draft report into British Cycling; Hosking extends with Alé Cipollini for 2018, will return full-time to Europe; Warbasse writes about long journey to first professional win; Orica-Scott chef subject of Amazon Tour de France documentary; Canyon receives Red Dot Design Team of the Year award; Video: Movistar reveals its Tour de France nine; Video: McLaughlin wins Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race
Speaking over a week after the final independent review into British Cycling was published, UCI and former British Cycling president Brian Cookson has said that he was angry with the initial draft report leaked to the media in March. “What I was personally angry about was the idea that the 17 years of effort I put in – largely as an unpaid volunteer – transforming the British Cycling Federation from the basket case it was in 1996, to the successful organisation it became, seems to have been largely ignored,” he told Press Association Sport.
“And there were some in the media who portrayed me as a figure who presided over a culture of fear and intimidation. That’s not an organisation I recognise.”
The newer report was regarded by many as softer, lacking some of the stronger language of the earlier document but retaining criticism of British Cycling’s handling of issues such as Jess Varnish’s discrimination complaint and Shane Sutton’s actions as head coach.
Cookson previously said that he never received an earlier report prepared by former British Cycling chief executive Peter King for his successor Ian Drake. Cookson said that he thought that the issues had been addressed. “Based on what we were told, I thought we had acted on the problems, accepted the recommendations and authorised the chief executive to carry out the action plan.
“I’ve got a great deal of respect for Ian, who achieved a massive amount at British Cycling that he hasn’t been given enough credit for. I’m not going to throw him under the bus. The implementation of the action plan after that report was clearly not all that it should have been, but what changed was not all in Ian’s hands. I don’t want to attack anybody else here but something fundamental changed.”
Click through to read more at Eurosport.