British Cycling suspends Shane Sutton over sexism claims

Governing body acts after riders back Jess Varnish

British Cycling has suspended technical director Shane Sutton as it investigates allegations of sexual discrimination made against him, and the governing body.

Its action follows track sprinter Jessica Varnish’s claims that there is a “culture of fear” surrounding women riding for the national team and subsequent claims that he referred to para-cyclists as 'gimps' and 'wobblies'.

In a statement released early on Wednesday morning, British Cycling said:

Following the announcement of an independent review into British Cycling’s performance programmes, we are also announcing technical director Shane Sutton has been suspended pending an internal investigation into the allegations of discrimination that have been reported in the press.

Varnish has been supported by former world and Olympic champions Victoria Pendleton and Nicole Cooke, among others.

Sutton’s suspension comes with less than four months to go to the Rio Olympics.

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