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by Shane Stokes
June 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bouwman quickest of breakaway group to win stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Froome to measure himself against GC riders in Critérium du Dauphiné time trial; Dumoulin extends Team Sunweb contract, commits until end of 2021; 2016 runner-up Izagirre in strong condition for Tour de Suisse; Colbrelli extends with Bahrain-Merida; Coquard needs to give ‘guarantees’ to get Tour de France ride; With report looming, British Cycling directors set to be replaced under new reforms; The Dos and Don’ts of Racing; New Iphone operating system to include a safety feature which should protect cyclists; Video: Thomas De Gendt post-race interview, Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2017; Video: Respect the riders; Video: Alberto Contador at Teide’s training camp; Video: Hammer Series Chase: Onboard highlights; Video: Why I Love Cycling
Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships. Her accusations launched the independent investigation into British Cycling.
The board of directors of British Cycling is facing widespread changes as a result of an emergency meeting called next month to vote on reforms. The EGM will be held on July 22 and will also see votes taken on the the introduction of a limit for directors of three three-year terms; if passed, this would mean six of the eight elected members on the current board would then have to stand down.
Also affected by the EGM will be current chairman Jonathan Browning, who will have to reapply for his role. In March he apologised for the governing body’s ‘failings,’ and it remains to be seen if he will return.
Although highly successful at an elite level, British Cycling has been dogged by accusations of bullying and sexism against top-level cyclists. This led to an investigation and a report into it by Annamarie Phelps – the chair of British Rowing – will be published next week.
One of those who has made claims of bullying is the former sprinter Jess Varnish. In March she told BBC Sport that she believed that the entire board should resign. This was after a leaked interim report concluded the findings of an internal review into her claims of bullying against former coach Shane Sutton had been “reversed”.
That draft report said, ‘the actions of the board in that regard are shocking and inexcusable. They also call into serious question whether the composition of the board is fit to govern a national sporting body.’ Sutton had faced nine allegations against him but in British Cycling’s own internal review, he was cleared of eight of those. He was only faulted for using sexist language towards her. Varnish said at the time that she had been victim of a cover-up.
Click through to read more at the BBC.