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by Mark Zalewski
March 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.
A report in the Daily Mail suggests that former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton would have retained his position even after the allegations against him of sexist and discriminatory behaviour, due to immense support from the upper management of the organisation. However, the timing of the latest scandal involving a mystery medical package between the organisation and Team Sky put British Cycling under such a microscope that it could not afford to deal with both scandals.
Sutton and Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford have long been friends, with Sutton also working for the team while with British Cycling.
“Almost everything [negative] led back to the heavily ring-fenced duo heading high performance, namely Shane Sutton and Dave Brailsford,” said former mountain bike champion Jenny Copnall. “It was, and is, common knowledge that the Board ran scared of those two, and that was evident in every appeal process that passed the Board.”
Sources told the Daily Mail that witnesses named Brailsford and Sutton frequently during the UK Sport investigation into the culture of British Cycling.
Sutton told the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee that he arranged for the medical package to be sent to France for Bradley Wiggins, but claimed he never knew what was in it.
Click through to read more at the Daily Mail.