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Freeman’s lawyer claims British Cycling coach covered up Sutton doping offence

• Freeman’s barrister makes explosive allegations at tribunal• Shane Sutton says he never tested positive in careerRichard Freeman’s barrister has claimed a current British Cycling coach used a Coke can containing urine to try to help Shane Sutton cove…

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Freeman’s lawyer claims British Cycling coach covered up Sutton doping offence

• Freeman’s barrister makes explosive allegations at tribunal• Shane Sutton says he never tested positive in careerRichard Freeman’s barrister has claimed a current British Cycling coach used a Coke can containing urine to try to help Shane Sutton cove…

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Blow for Richard Freeman case after Sutton evidence ruled admissible

QC argued truncated evidence should be ruled outTranscript of BBC interview can also be admittedShane Sutton’s evidence at the hearing of former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is admissible, a tribunal has ruled.Sutton, the former …

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Freeman case is great theatre but is it a couple of bad apples – or a barrel? | Sean Ingle

Neither Shane Sutton nor Dr Richard Freeman comes out well from the GMC tribunal but it invites wider questions about the whole culture of British Cycling and UK SportEveryone who has met Shane Sutton has a story. Here’s one of mine. During a UK Sport …

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Shane Sutton will not return to Richard Freeman tribunal after walkout

• GMC will call Dr Steve Peters to appear as second witness• Former British Cycling coach took exception to QC’s questioningShane Sutton, the former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky, has refused to return to Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribu…

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Shane Sutton will not return to Richard Freeman tribunal after walkout

• GMC will call Dr Steve Peters to appear as second witness• Former British Cycling coach took exception to QC’s questioningShane Sutton, the former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky, has refused to return to Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribu…

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Shane Sutton accused of being ‘a serial liar’ and ‘doper’ at medical tribunal

Claim made by lawyer for ex-Team Sky doctor Richard FreemanFreeman says he was bullied by Sutton into ordering TestogelEx-Team Sky head coach will deny he had heard of substanceShane Sutton, the former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky, has be…

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Shane Sutton testimony at Freeman tribunal delayed by legal arguments

• Sutton expected to finally give evidence on Tuesday• Tribunal assessing Freeman’s suitability to practise medicineShane Sutton’s eagerly-awaited testimony at the Dr Richard Freeman medical tribunal was delayed by hours of legal argument behind closed…

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Dr Richard Freeman’s lawyer demands newspaper hands over Sutton affidavit

• British Cycling’s former head lodged file in Daily Mail safe• It contains a number of lies, alleges Mary Rourke QCDr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal took an extraordinary twist on Friday when his lawyer made a legal request to the Daily Mail to ha…

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Shane Sutton claims of common use of TUEs to ‘find gains’ upset British cyclists

• Paralympian Jody Cundy says claims would ‘muddy’ Bradley Wiggins’ name• British Cycling’s former technical director made comments in BBC documentaryBritish cyclists are disturbed that their former technical director Shane Sutton considered therapeuti…

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Shane Sutton defends Bradley Wiggins’s use of TUEs for ‘marginal gains’

• Coach defends tactic of using TUEs within the rules in BBC documentary• ‘You definitely don’t cross the line and that’s something we’ve never done’Sir Bradley Wiggins’s former coach Shane Sutton has told a BBC documentary that he regarded therapeutic…

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British Cycling set for major shake-up in wake of Jess Varnish fallout

• Majority of directors accused of covering up bullying report set to go
• Package of reform measures to be voted on at EGM on 22 July

Most of the British Cycling directors accused of covering up a report into claims of bullying within the GB team will be replaced in reforms set to be voted on at an extraordinary general meeting on 22 July.

The governing body has been under the spotlight since the spring of 2016 when the former GB track sprinter Jess Varnish made allegations about the former technical director Shane Sutton and claimed there was “a culture of fear” in the organisation. The independent panel investigating the affair is expected to produce its final report next week.

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Andy Tennant backs Shane Sutton and culture of British Cycling before review

• 30-year-old opposes view of former team-mate Wendy Houvenaghel
• Tennant says it is not about being ‘all cuddly and care bears’

The Great Britain team pursuiter Andy Tennant has defended the medal‑or‑nothing ethos of British Cycling as it awaits UK Sport’s review of its culture and history – which is expected to be highly critical – saying it is not all about being “all cuddly and care bears”.

Tennant was dropped at the last moment from the final team pursuit lineup for the London Olympics and then had to endure similar disappointment last year, when he was named as first reserve and did not travel to Rio. But he took issue with the view of his former team-mate Wendy Houvenaghel, a long-standing critic of the system who said she was treated “shabbily” after missing out in the women’s team pursuit lineup in 2012.

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Andy Tennant backs Shane Sutton and culture of British Cycling before review

• 30-year-old opposes view of former team-mate Wendy Houvenaghel
• Tennant says it is not about being ‘all cuddly and care bears’

The Great Britain team pursuiter Andy Tennant has defended the medal‑or‑nothing ethos of British Cycling as it awaits UK Sport’s review of its culture and history – which is expected to be highly critical – saying it is not all about being “all cuddly and care bears”.

Tennant was dropped at the last moment from the final team pursuit lineup for the London Olympics and then had to endure similar disappointment last year, when he was named as first reserve and did not travel to Rio. But he took issue with the view of his former team-mate Wendy Houvenaghel, a long-standing critic of the system who said she was treated “shabbily” after missing out in the women’s team pursuit lineup in 2012.

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British Cycling’s reputation in tatters after scathing review is leaked

• Independent review describes Sir Dave Brailsford as an ‘untouchable figure’
• Shane Sutton’s leadership is also criticised in damning report

The last vestiges of British Cycling’s reputation appeared to be ripped to shreds last night by an independent review that accused it of allowing a “culture of fear”, with riders and staff bullied and a “dysfunctional leadership” allowed to flourish. A draft copy of the unpublished UK Sport review into the culture of British Cycling, leaked to the Daily Mail, is also damning about Sir Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton, two of the key cogs behind the organisation’s success for over a decade.

Related: British Cycling turns to FA director Julie Harrington as cloud hangs over sport

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Report into British Cycling sexism and bullying allegations to be delayed

• Publication date of report put back by at least a fortnight to March
• Allegations against Shane Sutton are among those being investigated

The publication of a highly anticipated report into the culture of British Cycling, which has examined serious allegations of sexism and bullying, is likely to be delayed until next month in order to allow individuals the chance to respond.

The report, which has been described to the Guardian as being “thorough” and “admirable” by two sources, was due to be published next week after being discussed by UK Sport’s board last Wednesday. The timetable will be pushed back by at least a fortnight while lawyers ensure there is no possibility of a legal challenge. It also means it is likely to be redacted in places to ensure there is no threat of libel action from those criticised by others in the report.

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The key questions MPs must ask Brailsford on Team Sky and doping | Sean Ingle

Sir Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton will appear before MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee on Monday. What should they be asked?

Back when Team Sky was in utero, Sir Dave Brailsford made a startling statement of intent. “People come into professional cycling and compromise,” he told the Guardian in 2009. “We can’t compromise.” He was discussing specifically why he was avoiding riders associated with doping, but his words carried a deeper message: others might sprint into grey and black to be successful but Sky’s aim was to be straight as well as successful.

There was always a contrast between the public projection of the Sky image – marginal gains, no stone left unturned, glory upon glory – and the apparent organisational chaos beneath. But when Brailsford and his former right-hand man, Shane Sutton, face MPs on Monday the questions will cut to a more fundamental issue: whether British Cycling and Team Sky followed the letter and spirit of the anti-doping code.

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Jess Varnish demands that British Cycling releases Shane Sutton data

• Cyclist’s legal team requests all email and text messages sent about her
• Jess Varnish steps up battle with British Cycling over discrimination claims

Jess Varnish has dramatically raised the stakes in her long-running battle with British Cycling by making a formal request to see every text and email message sent about her by the former technical director Shane Sutton and fellow coaches Iain Dyer, Justin Grace and Jan van Eijden.

Varnish, who accused British Cycling of allowing a culture of bullying and discrimination after leaving its Olympic Podium Programme in controversial circumstances in March, also wants to see all her performance data as well as the full report of an internal investigation that upheld only one of nine accusations she had previously made against Sutton.

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British Cycling must come clean over Shane Sutton and Jess Varnish

Governing body’s latest mishap is yet another example of its lack of openness and transparency

For all its successes on the track in 2016, British Cycling continues to lurch unsteadily through a series of public-relations mishaps off it – many of them of its own making.

Yet even by its standards, contriving to upset Jess Varnish and Shane Sutton in an internal review designed to find the inner truth of their dispute – while also generating more fears about its lack of openness – is not a good look.

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Jess Varnish ‘shocked’ by British Cycling’s verdict on Shane Sutton

• Only one of nine charges upheld against former technical director
• ‘To learn majority of complaints not upheld is heartbreaking’ – Varnish

Jess Varnish admitted she was “shocked and upset” and would appeal against the findings of an internal investigation carried out by British Cycling after it emerged only one of the nine charges she made against the former technical director Shane Sutton was upheld.

In October British Cycling upheld the claims made by Varnish that Sutton had used “inappropriate and discriminatory language” towards her, without going into the finer details of their investigation. However, the full report, which was leaked on Wednesday night, shows that only one allegation – that Sutton used the word “bitches” – was upheld.

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