Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 25, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Wout Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Niemiec solos to stage 1 win at the Tour of Turkey; Matija Kvasina wins the Tour of Croatia; Barbara Guarischi wins the Omloop van Borsele; Christine Majerus wins the Dwars door de Westhoek; Slipstream Sports and Drapac to partner on development team in 2017; Vincenzo Nibali to join start-up Middle Eastern team?; UK track rider Jess Varnish claims sexist behaviour from coach; Marianne Vos’s unusual sprint crash; Sondre Holst Enger celebrates his Tour of Croatia stage win.

UK track rider Jess Varnish claims sexist behaviour from coach

by Matt de Neef

A month after her dreams of racing the Rio Olympics came to an end, British track rider Jess Varnish has told the press she was told to ‘move on and get on with having a baby’ by British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton.

European championships track cycling 2013 day-2

While Varnish’s contract for the Olympics campaign wasn’t renewed on what British Cycling described as “performance grounds”, the cyclist had previously angered coaching staff by publicly criticising their decisions after the British women’s team sprint pair didn’t qualify for the Olympics.

Varnish also claims that, during her time with British Cycling, she was told her backside was too big: “[I was told that] with an ass like mine I couldn’t change position within the team sprint”.

A statement from British Cycling said: “We are fully committed to the principles and active promotion of equality of opportunity. As such, we treat any such allegations with the utmost seriousness and we will be contacting Jess to offer to discuss her concerns in full.” Shane Sutton said in a statement: “I wholeheartedly deny that I said or did anything other than act with complete professionalism in my dealings with Jess.”

Click through to read more at the Daily Mail.

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