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Shane Sutton denies sexism but admits telling Varnish to ‘lose some timber’

• British Cycling’s former technical director says he is victim of ‘untruths’
• ‘I like to tell the truth, maybe to my detriment, and the truth is I’m not a sexist’

British Cycling’s former technical director Shane Sutton insists he is not a sexist and has denied ever telling Jess Varnish to “go and have a baby” after she was dropped from the team, although he did admit telling the 25-year-old that she should “lose some timber”.

Sutton resigned in April following Varnish’s claims that he had made inappropriate remarks about her weight. On Friday British Cycling said an internal investigation had upheld Varnish’s allegations, in effect ending any chance that Sutton would return to the organisation.

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