Former England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster on the British Cycling review panel

Rugby coach Stuart Lancaster joins Annamarie Phelps, John Mehrzad and Anna Panter on the independent review board into the culture at British Cycling

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Former England rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster is part of the five-strong panel set to review the culture within British Cycling's World Class Programme.

The review comes after allegations were made against Shane Sutton and other members of the BC set up of sexism and discrimination, emerging after track sprinter Jess Varnish was dropped from the programme.

The independent review panel, chaired by British Rowing's Annamarie Phelps, also contains barrister John Mehrzad - the chair of the Football Association's Anti-Discrimination panel - and Annie Panter - the bronze medal-winning hockey player and now trader at Goldman Sachs.

A fifth member is yet to be appointed and UK Sport says there is the option to bring in additional members once all submissions have been reviewed.

Phelps said: “This expert panel has the range of skills and experience to enable us to conduct a thorough and robust review.

“The panel will work swiftly and diligently to assess the evidence and compile a report in the interest of the sport.

“I would encourage anyone still considering making a submission to do so, in complete confidence, to Sport Resolutions UK.”

The review will conclude after this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.