Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI announces reformed points system for 2017 and beyond, will reward more riders in events; Former world champion Petra de Bruin speaks out about years of sexual abuse during her cycling career; UCI approves suspended Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team’s ProContinental license; Former British Cycling coach posts about Brailsford controversy; David Walsh challenged over Team Sky defence; Tour de Langkawi reveals 2017 route despite economic troubles; Thomas De Gendt helps with Tom Simpson memorial; LottoNL-Jumbo presents 2017 team, goals; University to offer student mechanic scholarships; ‘Richmond 24’ short documentary; Team Sky holiday video; Santa gets own cyclocross category.

Former British Cycling coach posts about Brailsford controversy

by CyclingTips

A former coach with British Cycling took to social media this week, posting inflammatory statements regarding the controversy surrounding Team Sky and its head Dave Brailsford, going back to when Brailsford was head of British Cycling. Ken Matheson, a former elite women’s coach, went against a non-disclosure agreement he signed as part of his severance by posting the statements.

Matheson said of the NDA, “I am talking now and sod the gagging clause!”

He Tweeted that he had given a lengthy statement to the UK Anti-Doping inquiry into the medical package sent to Bradley Wiggins while on Team Sky, outlining claims of “lies, bullying, harassment, wrongful dismissal of staff, financial misconduct etc…”

On his Tumblr page entitled Full-Cycle, Matheson wrote, “A Question that needs to be asked, and answered is: Why are British Cycling and Team Sky so inseparably intertwined – e.g. personnel and resources? One is our national governing body and the other is a well-funded professional team. One has a duty to govern our sport and the other is a commercial enterprise that needs to succeed. It’s unhealthy to say the least, creates confusion, the potential for malpractice and has done for many years.”

“I believe that there should be an immediate and complete severance of the intimate relationship between British Cycling and Team Sky. Staff should not be permitted to work for both organisations and resources should not be shared. Particular attention should be paid to medical staff and resources, e.g. pharmaceutical products.”

Click through to read more at Full-Cycle.