British Cycling rules technical director Shane Sutton used discriminatory language

British Cycling's governing body has ruled that former technical director Shane Sutton used discriminatory comments towards a female cyclist.

The Australian, who was suspended over the allegations in April, resigned shortly after the allegations were made public.

Six-months later, a British Cycling review has upheld an allegation by cyclist Jess Varnish that Sutton told her to "go have a baby".

She claimed Sutton made the comment after her contract was not renewed.

Jess Varnish claimed she was told to 'go have a baby' Credit: PA

Among the other allegations against Sutton were reports he had referred to Paralympic cyclists as "gimps".

In an interview with The Times newspaper in April, Sutton denied the allegations, saying he had "one hundred percent" not made the comments.

On Friday, British Cycling announced it had upheld Varnish's allegation.

A statement by British Cycling said Sutton had used "inappropriate and discriminatory" language.

"The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened", the statement read.

No further comment will be made or action taken until the review is complete.