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Megan Giglia smashes the world record to qualify for the individual pursuit final

Megan Giglia is through to the final of the individual pursuit Credit: PA

Megan Giglia from Stratford-upon-Avon has smashed her own world record to book her place in the final of the individual pursuit.

The cyclist set a new world record time of 4:03.544, eight seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

She competes in the final tonight at 20:30.

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Elite cyclists on the starting line for Aviva Women's Tour

Some of the world's top women cyclists will pass through Warwickshire today. The county is hosting the Aviva Women's Tour for the first time.

The one hundred and forty kilometre stage will pass through Atherstone, Kenilworth, Warwick, Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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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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All you need to know about the Tour of Britain - Stage 6

Want to watch today's stage of the Tour of Britain as 120 elite cyclists weave their way through Staffordshire, the Peak District and Nottinghamshire?

If you do then you'll need to be in the right place at the right time, as the rush of the peloton waits for no one!

Chris Halpin explains where and when you need to be along the route as it races by today.

Cycling champ: Derby Arena will nurture new talent

World Masters silver medallist and Olympic cyclist Geoff Cooke says he's convinced the new Derby Arena will breed the champions of the future.

The 70-year-old was at the arena this morning when the media got a first look at the completed track.

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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