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British Cycling 'respect' Sutton resignation

Shane Sutton has stood down. Credit: PA

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake says he respects the decision of Shane Sutton to leave his role as Technical Director.

Drake praised Sutton's's work with athletes after the Australian quit his position with just 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games.

I want to put on record my thanks to Shane for his work with British Cycling and the part he has played in our success. We have a lot to be proud of and, with the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, a lot to look forward to.

I understand and respect Shane’s decision to stand down. His primary focus has always been the athletes, and this decision is something he has taken to allow them to focus on their preparation for Rio. Andy Harrison, programmes director at British Cycling, will be taking over with immediate effect and will manage the team in the build-up to Rio 2016.

As we announced yesterday, we are now putting in place an independent review with UK Sport so that we can investigate the allegations that have been raised in recent days about the culture within the Great Britain Cycling Team. We continue to be committed to promoting equality of opportunity and providing a supportive environment within British Cycling.

– Ian Drake
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Sutton quits British Cycling role after discrimination claims

Shane Sutton has departed. Credit: PA

Shane Sutton has resigned from his role as Technical Director at British Cycling following discrimination claims.

The Australian denied all allegations of wrongdoing after the governing body launched an independent investigation into allegations he told a female cyclist to "go have a baby".

Sutton had been suspended by British Cycling on Tuesday after the instigation of the internal review.

Today starts the 100-day countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is absolutely crucial that, as our athletes begin their final preparations for Rio, they are able to do so free of distraction.

The developments over the past few days have clearly become a distraction. It is for this reason, and having spoken to friends and family, that I believe it is in the best interests of British Cycling for me to step down from my position as technical director.

It is important that the review announced by British Cycling and UK Sport now takes place, and I will obviously co-operate fully with this. I have made clear that I reject the specific claims that have been made against me in recent days, and I look forward to taking a full part in the review process so I can respond to the allegations in detail.

Cycling is my passion and I have always worked to get the very best out of professional athletes. I am proud of what British Cycling has achieved and I am excited by the potential of the team for Rio. They will always have my full support.

– Shane Sutton

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He told ITV News he's confident future World Champions will come from the Derby track in the years to come.

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Amazing time-lapse video shows arena transformation

Incredible time-lapse footage of the construction of Derby's £27 million cycling arena has been released.

The arena is due to open to the public in the next few months, and was unveiled to the media this morning for the first time since most of the building work finished.

When holding track events there will be seating for 1500 people, and there are also 12 badminton courts.

Derby Council leader gets on his bike at £27m arena

Cllr Ranjit Banwait speeding past our cameraman this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

The Leader of Derby City Council Councillor Ranjit Banwait has been one of the first to try out the city's new £27million indoor cycle track this morning.

The arena also houses a sports hall and gym Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

Cllr Banwait got on his bike at the velodrome as the almost finished building was unveiled to the media.

The 250 metre cycle track was built in just over 6 weeks, and the arena also houses a huge indoor sports hall and a state-of-the-art gym. It's due to open to the public in the next few months.

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Thousands expected for Leicester Classic cycle race

The last time the Leicester Castle Classic race took place in the city Credit: Leicester City Council

Thousands of cycling fans are expected to turn out for the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race as part of British Cycling's Elite Grand Prix Series.

It's the penultimate race in the six-fixture Grand Prix series, and will see riders race 80km in a circuit through city centre streets.

The 3.8km ‘kermesse’ style route will link the cobbled areas of Leicester Castle, the banks of the River Soar and King Power Stadium.

The main elite race starts at 3.30pm, with 80 of the best UK professional riders and top level teams are expected to compete.

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