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British Cycling ordered to investigate online sales of GB kit

Another headache for governing body as UK Sport emailed screengrab including bike for sale from eBay inflatable penis seller

British Cycling has been ordered by UK Sport, the government body that funds its performance programme, to conduct an urgent investigation after items including a bike were found for sale online.

The news comes as the governing body deals with the fallout of the resignation yesterday as technical director of Shane Sutton following allegations of discrimination. UK Sport is involved in investigating those claims.

> Shane Sutton resigns from British Cycling

According to Sky Sports News, UK Sport was emailed a screengrab of British Cycling kit and equipment including the bike being sold online. It has not been reported which website was involved.

On eBay, one vendor, jonvelo, is currently selling a variety of British Cycling skinsuits – amongst his other wares which include inflatable penis suits, while another seller, yellosweeptwo, also has a number available, some described as "rider issue." It is not known whether either is linked to the sales British Cycling has been asked to investigate.

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UK Sport is providing British Cycling with £30.6 million in funding for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic cycle from 2013-17 – putting the sport second only to rowing, and a 17.7 per cent increase from London 2012.

In a statement, it said: “UK Sport has asked British Cycling to investigate these allegations as a matter of urgency as it is vital we protect our investment in all sports on the World Class Programme.

"It is not appropriate to speculate or comment further until the investigation is complete."

Besides eBay, websites selling equipment including bikes used by professionals include Road Cycle Exchange, which currently has an ex-Team Sky Pinarello Dogma for sale, and Goexpro, with bikes and other kit from Wiggle-High5 and Movistar. Neither appears to have any British Cycling equipment for sale.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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