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Jess Varnish's complaint against Shane Sutton upheld by British Cycling

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

British Cycling's governing body has ruled that former technical director Shane Sutton used discriminatory comments towards Jess Varnish.

The Bromsgrove cyclist claimed Sutton told her to "go have a baby" after her contract was not renewed.

Sutton resigned in April, over allegations of sexism levelled by Varnish and further claims he had referred to Paralympic cyclists as "gimps".

Shane Sutton was was suspended over the allegations in April. Credit: PA Images

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.

An independent review into the culture of British Cycling is ongoing.

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.

– British Cycling