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GB cycling chief resigns over discrimination claims

The Technical Director of British Cycling as resigned following claims he made discriminatory comments.

Shane Sutton, 58, denies the allegations of making sexist and derogatory remarks during an interview he gave with the Times.

ITV News reporter Richard Pallot reports:

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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