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Sir Chris Hoy calls on British Cycling to back reforms

Team GB won a combined 33 medals across the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Sir Chris Hoy has called on British Cycling to back governance reforms to avoid losing £43m in public funding. The six-time Olympic champion has written to the 10 regional chairs of British Cycling’s membership before Saturday’s vote on reforms during an extraordinary general meeting. A 75% majority is required to push through the changes. In his letters Hoy said the support he received, made possible by the funding, allowed him to be the best he could…

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British Cycling reforms doubtful, says former chief executive Peter King

The government has warned British Cycling that funding is dependent on adoption of reforms It is “doubtful” that crucial governance reforms for British Cycling will be approved next weekend, plunging the organisation into a financial crisis, a former chief executive says. Peter King, who ran the governing body from 1997 to 2008, told the BBC that he expected the proposals to be rejected at an extraordinary general meeting of its national council on Saturday. The government has warned British Cycling that funding is dependent on adoption of reforms designed to…

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British Cycling: Jess Varnish ‘insulted’ by report into alleged bullying

Cycling report ‘not a whitewash’ – Phelps Jess Varnish has reacted angrily to the findings of a report on British Cycling that was triggered by her allegations of sexism and bullying. The former Olympic rider said it was “laughable” that she had been described as a troublemaker and ringleader. “I am insulted. In a way I’m glad they have used this language because it shows what the people are like in there [British Cycling],” she told The Times. MP Damian Collins has called for a “complete change” at British Cycling….

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Ride London-Surrey Classic: British Race gains men’s UCI World Tour status

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas was beaten by Tom Boonen in a dramatic final sprint in last year’s race Ride London Venue: London Date: 30 July Distance: 187km Coverage: Live on BBC One Great Britain will host its first men’s UCI World Tour race when the Ride London-Surrey Classic takes place in July. The event, first staged in 2013, boasts the world’s richest one-day races, with equal prize money of 100,000 euros (£88,100) for men and women. The women’s Ride London-Surrey Classic was given World Tour status in 2016. “Now it’s…

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British Cycling: Culture report to be published on Wednesday

Jess Varnish was one of several cyclists to complain about the culture at British Cycling A long-awaited report into an alleged culture of bullying at British Cycling will be published on Wednesday. An investigation started last year after claims made by former Great Britain track sprinter Jess Varnish and other Olympians and Paralympians. A draft report that criticised the organisation was leaked in March. Co-commissioned by UK Sport and British Cycling in April 2016, the report was prepared by a panel of five led by British Rowing chair Annamarie Phelps….

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British Cycling: Review leads to medical services overhaul

Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012 British Cycling has announced a “timely” overhaul of its medical services for athletes following an independent review. Dr Rod Jaques, director of medical services at the English Institute of Sport, examined British Cycling’s practices after it was scrutinised as part of an anti-doping investigation into a mystery medical package. His recommendations include the creation of a new ‘head of medicine’ and a team to look after riders’ physical and mental well-being. He also says there should be a clinical governance…

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