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by Shane Stokes
June 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Spilak grabs stage 7 and yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, Groenewegen quickest again on stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Toer, Mezgec takes stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, Vivani wins stage 2 of the Route du Sud, Sunderland wins stage 3 of the Tour of Korea, Caruso handed two-year ban after positive test for EPO, British Cycling rejects MP’s criticism of federation and Cookson, Varnish’s lawyers suggest British Cycling report was deliberately toned down, Mitchelton-Scott director hails strong Under 23 Giro d’Italia ride, WTB releases Resolute 42 “all-weather” gravel tires, Video: Joe Dombrowski post-race interview from stage 7, Tour de Suisse, Video: Tour de Beauce stage 2, Video: Believe in Yourself – Cycling Motivation 2017, Video: Peter Sagan meets Tacx Magnum Smart, Video: 13-year-old cycling across the US for clean water
Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships. Her accusations launched the independent investigation into British Cycling.
The lawyers representing Jess Varnish have said that the report published Thursday into alleged bullying and discrimination at British Cycling may have been modified in order to frustrate any possible legal battle she could take.
The former BC sprinter lost her place on the team’s track programme in 2016. She launched a complaint alleging that former technical manager Shane Sutton had bullied her and removed her from the programme due to criticisms she had made after she missed out on Olympic qualification.
The report published this week was a toned down version of a report leaked in March. Varnish is considering legal action over her dismissal and an associate solicitor at the firm representing her suggests the changes may be related to this.
“We believe it’s been deliberately toned down,” said Tom Barnard of Irwin Mitchell. “If you have a report commissioned by the British Cycling federation which reaches its own finding that the board have discriminated against somebody then it’s certainly helpful to have that evidence available, even though it’s not conclusive in any claim.
“It’s obvious why they would have taken out certain elements or toned down particular areas of the report.” The draft report had suggested the British Cycling board had covered up the findings of an internal investigation, and accused the board of being inept and dysfunctional.
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