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by Mark Zalewski
December 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome to start his 2017 season in Australia at Cadel’s Race and the Sun Tour; Gaimon begins retirement by hunting banned rider’s Strava KOMs; Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’; UCI and Wanda Sports sign partnership to transform cycling in China; Shane Sutton on short list for Cycling Australia high performance director job; Tom Veelers announced retirement due to ongoing knee injury; Why not Froome as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year?; Peter Sagan Wins Velo D’Or; Hayman backs Matthews’ team move for green jersey aspirations; Wiggins listed on British Cycling’s 2017 podium programme; Cylance Pro Cycling names men’s roster; No Grand Départ for Portsmouth in 2019, but hopes for a future bid; Controversy brewing over grant for Irish government head’s cycling club; Colombian cycling photographer Horacio Gil Ochoa.
Former British Cycling performance director Shane Sutton, who stepped down from the post amidst allegations of discriminatory and sexist behaviour, is on the short list to take up a similar role at Cycling Australia. The organisation started interviewing the shortlisted candidates on Wednesday with a planned start date in March.
“We are looking for the next person to be a really strong leader of a very strong cycling system. Australia and Great Britain are probably regarded as the two best high-performance cycling nations,” said Cycling Australia chief executive Nick Green.
Earlier this year Jess Varnish alleged Sutton told her she should go and have a baby when she was dropped from the British Olympic program. Others stepped forward claiming similar incidents, including calling paracyclists gimps and wobblies. He has denied all the allegations against him.
Sutton has always been a polarising figure, and many former athletes came to his defence, including Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Olympic track champion Chris Hoy. However, an internal investigation ultimately found him guilty of the allegations. Sutton has continued to deny the allegations and said he will appeal.
The Australian had expressed interest in the position. Cycling Australia was criticised by many for a poor performance at the recent Rio Olympics, particularly in the track events, and is looking to overhaul the programme ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
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