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by Mark Zalewski
November 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bayly wins queen stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Jess Varnish, vilified for her claims, speaks about investigation findings; Astana reveals 2017 plans; X-rays confirm broken wrist for Archibald; Team Sky signs Jon Dibben; Mike Creed to direct new American U23 development team; Other players chime-in on Aaron Brown’s resurfacing; Meet Ventouman, who has climbed the Giant of Provence 379 times … and counting; Peter Sagan wants you to ride your bike; Recap of Archibald Madison crash.
With the investigation into the allegations that Shane Sutton used sexist and discriminatory language and behaviour towards British Cycling athletes and parathletes concluded and confirming the allegations against him, the person who first blew the whistle, Jess Varnish, is ready to move on. The medal-winning track cyclist’s allegations allowed other athletes to come forward about their own experiences with Sutton. However, Varnish has suffered the brunt of negative comments and vilification because of it.
Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships.
“I stick by everything I said,” she said. “Obviously the comments made to me by Shane, they are sexist, you wouldn’t say it to a guy, to go have a family, to have a baby. I don’t want to throw words around but it is what it is.
“This isn’t just me versus Shane. Everyone at British Cycling was given the opportunity to speak and give their evidence. I took the first step and it wasn’t easy standing on my own but now it’s not just me. I’ve got the backing of many people who went forward to that investigation.”
Some in British Cycling chose to support Sutton, including the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Boardman. Some who supported Sutton took to social media to disparage Varnish for her actions. Even when the initial investigation was concluded she was still the subject of attacks, this time from Sutton’s wife via Twitter, who called her a liar.
“To call me a liar? They’re allowed their opinion but the investigation has answered that,” she said. “Shane’s wife was very upset and that’s why she wanted to call me a liar. I’ve had lots of things said on social media but I don’t really find it that hurtful. Obviously I know the truth, everyone around me knows the truth and in this investigation the truth has come out and that speaks for itself. Before the investigation it was harder, but now I’ve been backed up by that it’s just an absolute relief.”
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