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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
In the wake of the leaked draft report from the independent investigation of British Cycling, Jess Varnish is calling for the entire board to step down, while also considering bringing legal action.
Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships. Her accusations launched the independent investigation into British Cycling.
The investigation began in large part when the 26-year-old was dropped from cycling’s elite programme last year ahead of the the Rio Olympics. Her allegations resulted in Shane Sutton resigning from his position as technical director.
However, the leaked report found that the board ‘sanitised’ the findings of that investigation, likely in an effort to keep the door open for Sutton’s return. Varnish now says the truth is finally coming to light. In an interview with the BBC Varnish said, “I’m not surprised. I had absolutely no faith in the investigation from the get-go. I had been there for a long time and basically I had no faith in it whatsoever so unfortunately I’m not shocked by that.”
“Obviously my story is the truth and it’s been exactly the same throughout but I feel like I have just been pulled from pillar to post,” she said. “One minute they’re saying the board are saying that they believe me, the next minute I’m receiving a letter and a knock at the door saying it’s reversed. Just to get this and see that it’s a cover-up is huge.
“I think the facts say it for themselves. If they’re overturning facts just to protect themselves and to protect the look of British Cycling. It’s a lot easier for them to throw me under the bus rather than the whole of British Cycling and for the actual truth to come out.”
Click through to read more at the BBC.