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by Mark Zalewski
March 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Simon Yates solos to Paris-Nice stage win; Sagan wins uphill field sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico; Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico; Report into British Cycling to confirm a ‘culture of fear’; Brailsford has no intention of quitting Team Sky; Longo Borghini alters schedule to race Ronde van Drenthe; Bouhanni to race Nokere Koerse; New stage race set for South Africa in early 2018; USA Cycling moves cyclocross nationals back to December date for 2018; WADA could add caffeine to prohibited list; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 6 highlights; One-Legged BMXer Julián Molina shreds harder than you.
SportsMail reports it has seen a draft copy of the still unpublished report investigating the culture inside British Cycling, and that it confirms there was a “culture of fear” inside the governing body. In addition, the report states that the earlier investigation into the claims by Jess Varnish of sexist behaviour by former technical director Shane Sutton was “sanitised” by the British Cycling board, with the goal of having Sutton eventually able to return.
Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships. Her accusations resulted in the independent investigation into British Cycling.
The independent panel, led by British Rowing chair Annamarie Phelps and including former England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster, was highly critical of the internal investigation that only found Sutton guilty of one of the nine allegations made against him.
The panel determined that “harder-hitting investigative findings” by grievance officer Alex Russell were not included in the final version. “As a result it appears that not only did the British Cycling board not accept the findings of its grievance officer, it reversed them,” the report said.
The report suggests this was done in order to clear a path for Sutton to eventually return to his position. However, it has been further suggested that the additional scandals that have enveloped British Cycling and Team Sky since may have sunk that plan.
“The apparently deliberate reversal of the grievance officer’s draft outcome by the British Cycling board gives every impression of it trying to achieve that aim,” the report states. “The actions of the British Cycling board in that regard are shocking and inexcusable. They also call into serious question whether the composition of the British Cycling board is fit to govern a national sporting body.”
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