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British Cycling uphold allegation against Shane Sutton

Jess Varnish's complaint of "inappropriate and discriminatory language" against former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton has been upheld, the national governing body has announced.

Sutton was accused of using 'inappropriate and discriminatory language'. Credit: PA

Sutton resigned on April 27, 100 days prior to the Rio Olympics, over allegations of sexism levelled by Varnish and further claims he called members of the Paralympic team "gimps" and "wobblies".

The Australian rejected the specific allegations, but quit his role as technical director to avoid any distraction leading up to the Rio Olympics.

Varnish's complaint was investigated internally by British Cycling, with the findings reported to its board on Friday.

A British Cycling statement read: "Following an internal investigation, the British Cycling board has upheld an allegation made by Jess Varnish that former technical director Shane Sutton had used inappropriate and discriminatory language.

"The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened."

The independent review into the culture of British Cycling, commissioned by the national governing body and elite sport funding body UK Sport, is ongoing.

Yorkshire to host 2019 UCI Road World Championships

Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam riders pictured in action during the women's team time trial at the 2016 race. Credit: PA

Yorkshire will host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, UCI president Brian Cookson has announced.

The management committee of the UCI, cycling's world governing body, met in Doha on Wednesday during the 2016 Road World Championships.

And Yorkshire - which in 2014 hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart and has subsequently twice held a three-day stage race - was chosen to host the 2019 event.

The 2017 Road World Championships take place in Bergen, Norway and the 2018 event is hosted by Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria, and Yorkshire stated its desire to host the next available event before being selected on Wednesday.

Yorkshire's formal bid - submitted by national governing body British Cycling and made in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, funding body UK Sport and the Government - was announced in August by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Racing would take place in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity has said, with decisions over the race routes for the week-long event to be made in conjunction with the UCI.

Cookson said: "The UCI management committee is pleased to award the UCI Road World Championships to Yorkshire in 2019.

"The county has proved it is a fitting host for road cycling's leading annual event and we are sure there will be world-class crowds to match."


British Cycling signs HSBC deal

British Cycling hailed a 'huge moment' for cycling in Britain. Credit: British Cycling

British Cycling has announced that HSBC UK is to become its new lead partner for the next eight years commencing from January 1.

The two will work across the sport from participation at grassroots level and major organised cycling events through to the highest level of performance with the Great Britain Cycling Team.

"This is a huge moment for cycling in Great Britain," British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake said.

"Working together with HSBC UK, we will provide the encouragement and opportunities to make cycling the most popular activity and sport of choice in Great Britain.

"We want to help transform an increasingly inactive and unhealthy nation through cycling."

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