Chris Boardman says the Shane Sutton saga was an exercise of "throwing mud at British Cycling and seeing what sticks"

Chris Boardman described Shane Sutton as being “passionate and right on the edge” and says the Australian was forced out of British Cycling as the media were behaving like a “lynch mob” in April.

Sutton resigned from his post as technical director at British Cycling after allegations of sexism and discrimination were made against him, notably from track sprinter Jess Varnish and para-cyclist Darren Kenny.

In an interview with The Times, Boardman, who worked alongside Sutton in his role as BC’s head of research and development, says he doesn’t agree with how the coach was portrayed during the process.

“Whether we got on or not — and we didn’t always get on — I thought it was a horrible trial by press for a week with just one side of the story,” he said.

“Shane’s behaviour was always passionate and right on the edge, Australian. It’s a really sad way to end a career of 20 years.

“It was a bit of lynch mob. Sexism, bullying, selection… it was throwing mud at British Cycling and seeing what sticks. And one individual held responsible for everything.”

Boardman subsequently told Cycling Weekly: “I don’t condone bullying by individuals or the media and I think it’s ironic how many are happy to bully someone – without trial – who’s accused of bullying. That was my point and I resent it being twisted.

“Let the review process do its job, with facts and evidence, and then come to a reasoned decision. That’s what civilised people are supposed to do.”

An independent investigation has opened into the culture within British Cycling, chaired by Annamarie Phelps of British Rowing. Boardman says he welcomed the inquiry as an opportunity “to look and rebuild”. Former England rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster is on the board, which will also look at allegations that lottery-funded equipment was being sold online.

  • Marty

    lots of other riders with more pert posteriors !

  • Marty

    I think Dave is masquerading as Varnish’s boyfriend Liam whatsisname ?

  • Dave2020

    The quotes are true. I didn’t say that stuff. It is for students of sports science to decide whether those remarks by Boardman and Hoy make good sense or not. IMO, nobody who understands biomechanics is going to follow their ‘advice’. (just because they were fantastic athletes.)

    Unfortunately for her, Varnish still believes that squats are good training for track sprinting. “I had 120kg on my back on Sunday, but today I’m walking around with DOMS”. (May 25) There is no scientific, rational argument to support that bad strength exercise, even ignoring the ever-present, high risk of injury. Squats should be banned from the Manchester gym – the sooner the better.

  • Marty

    Rubbish – Sherman tank size rear is a prerequisite for a sprinter ! But it must be finely tuned not like this varnish woman.

  • Dave2020

    I have an issue with you apportioning blame to one individual when you know nothing about the circumstances and nothing about the people involved. Your weird sense of humour does nothing for your public image.

    No, a sprinter does not need a big bum.

  • Marty

    I’m approximately 20 000 km’s away from Dyer And don’t have his email address – you seem to have an issue with him – why don’t you ask him ?

  • Dave2020

    Either way, it’s Dyer’s responsibility. He claims he knows what he’s doing, so ask him to explain it.

  • Marty

    A sprinter requires a big bum – just not that big ! Are you sure it was 10 kg’s – looks like 25 to me ?

  • Dave2020

    Cause and effect are the responsibility of one man, not one woman!!

    Ask Dyer to explain his methods. (they obviously didn’t work.)

  • Marty

    Yes – but not all in one spot !

  • Dave2020

    Goodbye and God bless.

  • Chris

    The trouble is you never understood the last word is usually singular and is usually goodbye. GOODBYE!

  • Chris

    Take your own advice!

  • Dave2020

    Now, now. I have the last word, remember.

  • Dave2020

    As Derek Biggerstaff warned me; “some people might be” beyond redemption. You are certainly going out of your way to prove him right and me (the optimist) wrong.

    Has it never occurred to you that what you “believe” or don’t believe is of no consequence? I am only dealing with facts and it is a common courtesy to third parties to not name them, whereas your anonymity gives you the ‘freedom’ to insult people with your lies and feel no shame.

    ‘Chris’ on Disqus is an obnoxious caricature and a brilliant example of cognitive dissonance. Do yourself a favour, close him down and open a new account in your real name.

  • Chris

    Glutton for punishment? Ha! You don’t even get slightly up my nose. I recognise a fool when I see one. You are to be pitied really. Rejected and ignored. That is the real reason why you are so prolific on these forums. Admit it, you are lonely and just want someone to talk to. Ahhh!

  • Chris

    So now Chris Boardman and Sir Chris Hoy don’t know what they are talking about? Is that correct? You’re an over opinionated a-hole, perhaps that is where the diarrhoea comes from. If I was Jess Varnish I would be telling you to shut up as you can now only be embarrassing the girl. What little chance she has of representing the UK in the olympics is being whittled away by you making stupid and unsubstantiated remarks online.

  • Chris

    Well I am actually 70 now and as for outsprinting me, over a straight mile, I’ll take on most pensioners. 200 miles with you in a chaingang? I don’t believe it, not from the point of view of distance, but I doubt whether anyone could stand 10 hours solid of your bullsh1t. As for my true identity, mind your own business, which is the answer you gave me when I asked you for the names of the people who supposedly support your causes. I and many others don’t believe they exist. Finally I still haven’t had any positive hits on your name from Australia. LIAR!.

  • Dave2020

    It was Iain Dyer who forced Varnish to put on 10kg.

    Ask him to explain his reasons.

  • Dave2020

    You are a glutton for punishment. If you lack the integrity to write under your true identity, you should stay silent. Everybody can see the verbal diarrhoea and it’s not in my posts.

    Why did a few short rides stop you spending time on the keyboard? In the good old days we had a regular club-run from West London to Bath and back – 200 miles in a day. You should try it.

    No, not a single ‘protest’ in seven years. I simply analyse the subject with due regard to the laws of physics and share my conclusions with anyone who’s interested. It’s called the ‘scientific method’.

    What’s the betting I could still out-sprint you today?

    btw: I’m fast approaching 70 – fast being the operative word.

  • Chris

    I been away for three days to ride my bike (167 miles). How many miles have you ridden Dave? Are you actually a cyclist or just a troll? What do I come back to? Even more keyboard diarrhoea! You say you have been protesting for seven years. It’s a shame that in that seven years, no one in authority has listened to you. Think how much fitter and less bitter you would be, if you had minded your own business. Never mind, you give us plenty of entertainment, a bit like a Whitehall farce. I am entered now for some rides, so I won’t be around. Feel free to stab me in the back in my absence.

  • Timpacker

    Support your heroes.. You mean like Sean ( doper ) Yates….

  • ummm…

    geez i hope i can still keep up at 70 with what I’m doing to my body. I try not to eat to many processed foods but what is available in NYC at a reasonable price + an aversion to adding further complication means I find myself eating more processed foods than I’d like to. I do cook foods myself, but by the time they get to my fridge theyve already been loaded up with all sorts of bad stuff.

    Anyhow, I hope you stay on the long and smooth road for many decades to come! Ride safely and good luck!

  • Dave2020

    Both! Speed is exhilarating. The only problem is finding a stretch of road where you can safely let rip without fear of hitting wheel-buckling patches, often hidden by dappled sunlight. My next-generation bike is designed to cope with all that (and never puncture). The one pictured top left was original and unique in 1992.

    I imagined beef burgers. I don’t buy any processed meat – don’t know what you’re getting.

  • ummm…

    wait wait wait 70KPH or 70 years old? And what is wrong with burgers after a ride? I can’t remember the last time I did it, as I’m carry 15 pounds over my “race weight”, but once I’m fitter there is a Turkey Burger with mustard, cheese, lettuce, tomato, alfalfa avocado……………..*drooling*……..and a cold beer. Mama Mia I cant’ wait.

  • ummm…

    Unfortunately I agree. With people I “mentor” or just work alongside I tend to be a nurturer. I tend to find it hard to be a hard nosed b*stard from the start, but move into it if I have to. I think both approaches can be fruitful, although I have my preference.

    Much like you a greatly dislike the context of the conversation as it focuses on hurt feelings and sensibilities while disregarding the goals and what it takes to get there. Those points plus the dynamics of a work environment that I am not part of leads me to 1) default to my belief that high standards and discipline produce results (for the most part) 2) Anybody who is getting drawn into a debate about sexism or workplace respect is completely forgetting they ARE NOT PART OF THIS WORKPLACE.

    I hope the truth does come out, but seeing as this has now become a cultural, or social justice issue, it is bound to be coopted for messaging instead of uncovered and learned from.

  • GoatHerd

    In a non-govt environment like pro long-distance triathlons, athletes seek out uber tough coaches like Brett Sutton, who don’t give any athletes an easy ride. The list of successfull athletes he’s produced boggles the mind. Foremost among them is Chrissy Wellington, and yet no govt could possibly employ him due to the many accusations of all sorts levelled at him, and yet he’d probably lift any Triathlon Olympic program to greatness if given a free hand. Not saying you have to be a B*stard to get results, but having to be “caring” is nonsense.

  • Dave2020

    It’s beyond belief that ‘reece46’ and ‘Leodis75’ think it’s smart to up-vote a meaningless rant, but it takes all sorts. . . .

    It’s strange, the name Chris crops up so often. It’s incredible the mistakes they make 🙂

    If he did but know it, Chris Boardman has had a role in BC’s implosion. He had ample opportunity to correct their bad training methodology, but went with the flow instead. We know he has no idea what he’s talking about, when it comes to biomechanics. To quote his commentary on the women’s team sprint – “Lap one is just weight-lifting.” If Jess hadn’t been forced into that brute-force-and-ignorance training she’d have been free of injury, a world record holder and multiple champion.

    If Chris ? the ignoramus enjoys a laugh, he should play the BBC video of the women’s Worlds in Richmond. With 900m to go Boardman says – “Anybody who attacks now can’t sprint!” I always crack a smile when I hear that.

    “I wouldn’t be able to walk for a couple of days because I was sore, and couldn’t get a quality track session out because I’d be hobbling around like an idiot.” – Sir Chris Hoy, in his own words! That’s another Chris who must bear some responsibility for the idiotic promotion of the maximal squat as the route to sprinting greatness. If Jess hadn’t been forced to follow that pseudo science she would never have suffered a prolapsed disc. (Same goes for Ed Clancy.)

    “Hoy’s golden training rules.” (search CW) Wrong metal – BC’s leaden legs, more like.

    “British Cycling said the decision was based on performance grounds but Varnish hit back, saying she had effectively been sacked because she had been critical of senior coaches.” – I know who I believe!!! The truth sticks out like a sore thumb.

    Drop me an e-mail Ian. I can give you the whole nine years 🙂 davesmart@greenbee.net

  • Dave2020

    I do ride my bikes, all of them, and I’m FAST approaching 70.

    As for the burgers – you’ve got to be joking?!?!

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I think some people might be, but good on you anyway.

  • ummm…

    No Mas. I’ve just decided that we both need to worry about more pressing and intimate matters like riding our bikes, and eating burgers after riding our bikes.

  • Stevo

    Who are you to call anyone an idiot?

  • Dave2020

    The salient facts are the training injuries. Their effect on a rider’s performance are indisputable – I note quite calmly, just as I did seven years ago.

    “gloss over the complaints of other athletes” – Not so; I’ve made no comment on what ANY athlete has said. The complaints of sexism or discrimination are irrelevant. My concern is about Sutton’s conduct BEFORE any allegations were made against him. There never was any logical reason to dismiss Varnish on ‘performance grounds’, since BC would have selected her for the Olympics IF they had qualified for the team sprint. They have no better choice for ‘lap one’, so they would have renewed her contract without giving it a second thought.

    None of the other riders missed out. Jess was singled out for ‘special treatment’. My case rests on two athletes, Varnish and James. Their injuries were instrumental in GB’s failure to qualify. Their ‘under-performance’, if there were any, can be laid at the door of the coaches, who have a duty of care, but failed miserably in looking after their health. (Jess a damaged back. Becky a knee injury.)

    My concern is to see that the inquiry has a remit to investigate the obvious unfair dismissal. If it doesn’t, then it’s not fit for purpose. The allegations of sexism and discrimination are secondary issues, and would never have seen the light of day, if GB was riding in the women’s team sprint.

  • ummm…

    what are you talking about. my opinion is to hold for the investigation and whole it is a well meaning and comprehensive one. the world is full of idiots like YOU who mistake even handedness for a political position!

  • ummm…

    ok, fair enough. We have all worked, yes? We know how complex a work environment can be re: culture, productivity, industry etc. etc. I find your ease in making a judgment without any intimate knowledge, and giving undue weight to ONE persons account, to be problematic. Number one you gloss over the complaints of other athletes and focus on Varnish. What is this fetish?

    You are condemning the investigative process before it even begins. Do I think an investigation is preferable to an open and transparent BC from the start? No. Am I trusting of powers? History tells power is many times wielded without concern for individuals. However, when I see athletes that have felt insulted, that have been let go after poor performances (whether their fault or not), that are critical of management I wait for level heads to prevail. You do seem a bit “unhinged” as you fail to look the situation in the cold light of morning when you can focus on REVEALING FACTS and FINDING SOLUTIONS. All you want to do is sling mud. Doesn’t sound calm to me.

  • Dave2020

    Who else did BC have to ride lap one?

  • Dave2020

    Jess Varnish wasn’t allowed to defend herself before Sutton went to the press!

    Just check the chronology of events. Sutton is condemned by his own mouth.

  • Dave2020

    Yes, let’s both wait for the inquiry and hope that it has a remit to look into the unfair dismissal that set this whole, sad train in motion.

    Don’t forget, you promised I could have the last word. . . .

  • Chris

    Well, I and others have tried to advise you that bigoted opinions are not proven facts and just because Dave Smart said it happened, probably means he’s guessing again. Let us wait for the enquiry, and accept the judgement with good grace. I’m done here.

  • Dave2020

    Take your own advice – put up or shut up.

  • Chris

    You have not answered my post, so I’ll ask it again. “Now is the time to let us know how long you worked with Sutton”. Should be a fairly easy one to answer.

  • dourscot

    Why was Varnish a dead cert? Her performances have hardly been scintillating.

  • dourscot

    Sutton still has a right to a fair defence.

    As a neutral, I’d suggest that being badmouthed in the press is hardly a fair hearing. It looked and sounded like a lot of people settling old scores.

    If Sutton has done something wrong then it’s important that he brought to book in the right way. Falling below that standard just makes it look to neutrals like an ego trip for people who didn’t get on with him.

  • Phil Hall

    It is disturbing to see that some commentators concern with appearing (for want of a better phrase) “politically correct” overrides any fundamental concern for constitutional procedures and democratic rights such as the presumption of innocence.

  • Chris

    Is that the best you can come up with? You’re making me laugh again. Stop it! Are you even a cyclist? Or just a pedestrian in a Welsh valley? We do know that you are an uneducated, unqualified Sports pundit who was rejected by British Cycling and have been crying about it for years. Get over it, Get a life. There is a future away from your keyboard.

  • Dave2020

    Coming out from behind your shield of anonymity wouldn’t boost your ego!! It would destroy your reputation – period.

  • Chris

    I am more than happy with my level of identity on this forum. My name is not important. I have no need to boost my ego, other than to say that I have a solid cycling history, going back 50 years, with a good record in two decades of TT’s and many cycling friends and contacts both in this country and abroad. Go on have a guess, there can’t be more than a dozen that fit that description.
    The one thing is, I recognise a charlatan when I see one, and your it.

  • llos25

    Unlike you who states your opinion as fact knows nothing about the workings of BC but likes to get your name in print, the world unfortunately has a few idiots like you.

  • Dave2020

    I know the perfect cure for your sickness, Chris. Come out from behind the shield of anonymity. You’d be too ashamed to attach your true identity to your intemperate remarks. Then, if you have nothing constructive to say, you won’t be wasting your time on these forums.

  • Dave2020

    I’m an incurable optimist. Is anyone beyond redemption?

  • Dave2020

    We should all be concerned in case any inquiry doesn’t even consider the issue of unfair dismissal (victimisation in fact). That would be a gross miscarriage of justice and we won’t get a second inquiry, if the first one fails to get to the truth.

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. You’re mistaken to read my comments as emotionally charged. I’m a laid-back guy and choose my words carefully. The other’s bombastic rants are water off a duck’s back. I always do my best to apply a dispassionate objectivity, as any good science does.

  • ummm…

    all you have to day is that you did. then give your experience and context. however, im guessing you didn’t because you haven’t offered any helpful information. So either your an instigator or an opinionated blind man.

  • ummm…

    unfair dismissal? that is your opinion. my stance would just be opinion as well, and im smart enough to know i dont have the facts.

    i see that you wrote emotions a lot. step back. ask yourself what you know and what you dont. then try to formulate a way forward that protects you from bombast but that also creates a road forward given your knowledge.

  • ummm…

    i think it was a cycling scandal. You know how we love to moan. Pendleton hasn’t been in cycling for a bit, so I dont think she counts.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Why do you waste your time with this guy?

  • I do not think this kind of response does anyone any good. Clever use of words but meaningless in the end.

  • It is true that when people speak the truth others will come and shoot them down for whatever reasons, perhaps they feel threatened for some reason. I am suffering the same in Thailand where I am only only one of two to open my mouth publicly about the scandals here. I get threatened. Carry on saying the truth Dave2020 and you will get there in the end. Those that have a need to support their idols or heroes will always use clever words to try and shoot you down. I admire your stance and your willingness to stand up and be counted. Particularly against the sheer ignorant rudeness aimed against you. You have my support and truth will win out.

  • Chris

    Fantasies about you? Excuse me whilst I throw up.

  • Dave2020

    If that were true, why have you “wasted so much time on” your delusional fantasies about me? Their repetition doesn’t amount to proof by any rational criteria.

  • Chris

    I have proven to others in this forum that you are a delusional bitter fool with nothing better to do other than send hate mail to your betters. My evidence? Your posts!

  • Dave2020

    What have you ever proven, to give your rants any semblance of rational debate?

  • Chris

    You say a lot, but prove nothing. You’re full of it.

  • Dave2020

    I will point out the evidence to the inquiry, if they can’t see it.

    For justice to be served, unfair dismissal must first be part of their deliberations.

  • Dave2020

    That’s a figment of your warped imagination. I have no daughter and there’s been no wrong-doing toward me, so there’s nothing to seek revenge for.

  • richcyclo

    You sir, are talking out of your arse!

  • mulga bill

    Your crusade for revenge is tedious, your daughter is finished, dont make fool of her.

  • Marty

    Alleged words ! From a disgruntled individual on her cycle !

  • Chris

    You are the one pushing the case, state YOUR evidence. Don’t try and crawl out from under with weasel words.

  • Dave2020

    It’s very evident that Sutton’s ‘passion’ is biased, to put it mildly!

    e.g. Sutton’s expression and body language in this video clip (4.33) is more akin to depression than celebration. Is that because he cannot reasonably claim any credit for a brilliant performance by a female road-racer, and on top of that ‘his boys’ had failed miserably the day before?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEGVZMN2uco

  • Marty

    Nonnnsense – she is a dead cert for lipo !

  • Dave2020

    Go back to the start of this sorry affair and sift through the evidence yourself. It’s all in the public domain. Sutton is the architect of his own disgrace/downfall.

    “It has been spectacular, savage, unedifying. But it is fair to say that had Sutton not said what he did about Jess Varnish in an interview on April 19, none of this would have happened.”

  • Mike Prytherch

    I’ve never known anybody who is “right on the edge” who hasn’t ventured over the edge from time to time, perhaps Sutton will be the first. In many ways I agree with Boardman, imagine if your work life was plastered all over the press, I’m pretty sure you would be annoyed as it does allow the lynch mob to get hold, but saying that, let’s not forget that it was Sutton that went to the papers first, he used them to get his view across like Boardman is now, you can’t have your cake and eat it, if you open the can of worms it’s your fault, Boardman should shut up.

  • Chris

    Better include racism as well. He is Australian after all 😊

  • Marty

    Ummmm no ! Jess Varnish had a bad year as well as Pendleton ( now a jockey – is that even a sport ? ) It’s only a scandal in the UK – not in other well adjusted parts of the world !

  • politicalcynic

    He was accused of sexism therefore he is guilty of sexism.

    Welcome to the world feminism built. Listen and believe….

  • Chris

    ….and your evidence for unfair dismissal is? Please state this as you would in a court of law. Giving false or unsupported evidence is perjury and is a criminal offence.

  • Dave2020

    You don’t get “the best possible performance” out of any athlete by breaking their bodies!

    “UK Sport wants to encourage more whistle-blowers in such circumstances.”

    “The organisation acknowledges a ‘duty of care’ to all personnel.”

    “It is not win at all costs. UK Sport is funded by the public purse so we require the highest level of conduct.” If it were a commercial sponsorship, would a lower level of conduct be tolerated?

    That’s all a bit late in the day. Looks like a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. “unfair dismissal” is the first item on the agenda for any inquiry. Anything less is a whitewash.

  • reece46

    It would be therapeutic to help lighten that Axe he carries around too.

  • Dave2020

    Nobody needs to be on the inside to see that a case of unfair dismissal is self-evident.

  • ummm…

    every word in verfiable? What is your position on the inside?

  • Dave2020

    Exactly. So your argument has nothing to do with a rational position on this subject. You say it was a lynch mob. Where’s your evidence. The unfair dismissal is self-evident.

    Sutton and Dyer are responsible for Varnish’s over-specialisation for ‘lap one’. They can’t kick her off the team if her match sprinting isn’t good enough! They cannot deny it was their fault GB did not qualify for the Olympic team sprint, despite being in the top half dozen on UCI ranking. That is a spectacular fail on their part, but they blame the riders – how mean-spirited can you be?

    “Disappointment creates emotions,” Sutton said. “If they reflect on the performance it was brilliant, but ultimately they just haven’t been good enough. We all take ownership and responsibility to deliver excellence.” – unless your name is Sutton or Dyer that is!!!

    Personal criticism, honestly stating that you “just haven’t been good enough” creates even stronger emotions – strong enough to motivate an abuse of power, in retaliation against a powerless rider.

  • Chris

    Now is the time to let us know how long you worked with Sutton.

  • ummm…

    MARTY IS NOT A CHARACTERIZATION FOR ALL PEOPLE THAT DISAGREE WITH THE PROCESS BY WHICH THIS “SCANDAL” IS UNDERGOING.

    He is just having a bad day.

  • Dave2020

    Then stop wasting your time. If you have anything intelligent to contribute you can drop the Ad Hominem nonsense.

    After a very poor Commonwealth Games, there were some very poor excuses and Sutton allowed himself a rare moment of self-doubt:-

    “I need to freshen up, that’s for sure. The role of head coach is quite stale now in the sense that I have been head coach a long time.” All that time, maximal squats and dead lifts were de rigueur and very foolishly, none of the coaches ever questioned the wisdom of that stupid regime.

  • Ronin Reimagined

    I hope Mr. Boardman is protected from the internet social justice mob, because in the year 2016, they will seek your destruction for merely defying them in public, as Mr. Boardman has just done.

  • Marty

    Shane Sutton’s career is not over – he can be employed in an organization or country with less whiners and whingers ! Jess Varnish’s sprint career however is over – and was over ever since she was a fifth medal prospect – on the plus side her career as a mum could begin and with liposuction anything is possible ?

  • llos25

    How do know who I have worked with or are you making another assumption.

  • Chris

    Well Dave, You’re good for one thing, You make me laugh! Your ignorance and bitterness is there for all to see. I am happy to listen to all sides of an argument. My only regret is that I have wasted so much time on you.

  • ummm…

    I dont recall ever having mentioned Varnish. In fact the specifics of her position have NOTHING to do with my argument.

  • Dave2020

    The delusion is evident from your lies. Every word I write is verifiable.

  • Chris

    Now let me sum up:
    Chris Boardman: Successful Cyclist with an enviable Palmares, Leading light in the Secret Squirrel club, Bike designer and manufacturer, successful businessman. On the inside of British Cycling so KNOWS what has been going on.
    Dave Smart: Delusional fool, Jess Varnish fan boy, bitter because he was rejected by the cycling establishment, Spends all his time on the internet leaving hate messages against British Cycling, Oh and liar! Yes I have now received all the answers I needed from Australia. No one has ever heard of you.

    I know who I believe!!!

  • Dave2020

    Don’t be ridiculous. Varnish was a dead cert selection for Rio, but because her training was over-specialised for ‘lap one’ Sutton says she has no prospects in the sprint or keirin. So what?

  • ummm…

    When did the “wrong” and “right” side get established, as there is still an investigation to do (because we have to make sure in the future nobodys feelings are ever hurt) – seems like you think the investigation should have inherent bias in order to make sure somebody is “wrong”.

    A lynch mobs serves justice by force of will and opinion. I’d say without an investigation or transparency by British Cycling then yes this was a lynch mob. The authority on the issue i.e. people who were there, or who interviewed people there, IS SO FAR SILENT. Thats why he calls it a lynch mob, because Sutton is gone and there was no strict scrutiny. Lets hope for everyone there will be.

    Sutton is “Tarnished” he is a fall guy like every other person in executive position. Your euphemism is not lost. He is “tarnished” but not “guilty”. Just like OJ Simpson in the 90s. So happy that we tarnished his name instead of convicted him.

    You speak as if you are an authority on this matter. You are below a pundit. Two gaping eyes staring up from the digital abyss that is the internet and parotting whatever it is so that you may feel some sense of determinism in this world that has both open in front of view and horrified you at once. You are a screaming amoeba.

    Let the adults do their jobs.

  • Dave2020

    “Shane’s behaviour was passionate.” No, Shane’s conduct was unconscionable. A divided loyalty is understandable Chris, but to speak out in public on the wrong side is unforgivable.

    “It was a bit of a lynch mob. Sexism, bullying, selection … it was throwing mud at British Cycling and seeing what sticks. And one individual held responsible for everything.” Nonsense – that is an unworthy comment by Chris Boardman. ONE side of the story was first written by Sutton, when he set out to destroy the reputation and career of Jess Varnish. Boardman and other apologists have blindly assumed that BC’s treatment of Varnish has been fair!! and reasonable, when it was clearly a reprisal, planned by Sutton and Dyer to save face. It was then aided and abetted by others, in a vain attempt to preserve the power and authority of the guilty parties.

    British Cycling is quite rightly the subject of an inquiry. Sutton is a seriously tarnished figurehead. “There is a separate independent review focusing on the allegations of sexism made against Sutton by track rider Jess Varnish.” Both reviews will have to investigate the circumstances under which Sutton was allowed to exact his revenge for the truthful criticism, by Varnish and Marchant, of the failure of GB to qualify for the Olympic team sprint. Nobody would have hesitated to send them to Rio, if the BC management hadn’t messed up, and the inexcusable number of training injuries is an important factor that cannot be ignored.

  • GoatHerd

    I have never met or worked w/ Shane Sutton, but I’ve met & worked w/ other people involved, and I’m in awe of their and of British Cycling’s professionalism. Currently Cycling, like most other professional sports, is biased towards men. I’m pretty certain that BC does it’s utmost to support all athletes under it’s care. BUT we’re talking about a very unforgiving environment – professional sport. And BC is obliged to select and support only the best, and then squeeze the best possible performance out of these individuals. Think for a moment what difficult task that is.

  • ummm…

    was this always your opinion?

  • ummm…

    youve never worked with Sutton have you? CB did. I’m not making a judgement – I’m just saying he did.

  • ummm…

    I respect Chris Boardmen, and I’m skeptical of the hand holding that OLYMPIC athletes expect. This puts me back in the same position which I “evolved” away from in support of the riders. Now I’m back to questioning the veracity of their statements. I’ll never know…………..

  • Pokerface

    In other news, Chris Boardman a total c#ck.

  • llos25

    IMO I would say he was forced out by himself with some of the words he called people he has only himself to blame.