Former track sprinter Jess Varnish loses appeal in British Cycling case

Varnish has been embroiled in a year-long legal battle to try and sue British Cycling and UK Sport

Jess Varnish has appealed against the recent employment tribunal decision (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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The former track sprinter Jess Varnish has lost her appeal in her case against British Cycling.

Varnish had taken British Cycling and UK Sport to an employment tribunal in the hopes of proving she was an employee of the organisations, to then sue them.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.