Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 6, 2016

In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village

Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues

by CyclingTips

Former British Cycling star Jess Varnish recently spoke to the media for the first time since going public with allegations of sexist remarks from former technical director Shane Sutton. In an interview with BBC Radio she said, “I’ve not had a single sleepless night because I can put my head on that pillow and know I’m doing exactly what’s right and what’s fair.”

European championships track cycling 2013 day-2

“If I had a younger sister that was going into that team, I would want to protect her from that,” Varnish said. “They’re an incredible, successful team but it doesn’t mean there’s not cracks.”

Varnish was pulled from the Great Britain Olympic team in April for reported “performance reasons,” and not because of her allegations against Sutton. She initially said she would appeal the decision but later did not, saying it would be pointless.

Since the allegations emerged, British Cycling has launched an independent investigation on Sutton’s sexist comments, as well as alleged disparaging remarks made about parathletes. A third investigation into claims that the official British Cycling kit was available to buy online is also proceeding. Results of the inquires are expected after the Rio Olympics.

“I’m just standing up for myself and a lot of other athletes who have unfortunately been in the same situation.”

Click through to read more at the BBC.

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