Shane Sutton to appeal sexism ruling by British Cycling

Shane Sutton has confirmed that he will appeal the findings from British Cycling which state he used "inappropriate and discriminatory language"

Shane Sutton (photo: Andy Jones)
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Shane Sutton will launch an appeal to clear his name and reverse the findings from a British Cycling investigation that stated he used "inappropriate and discriminatory language" against former Team GB track sprinter Jess Varnish.

Last Friday, an internal investigation from the national governing body upheld Varnish's claims that Sutton used unacceptable language towards her. In April, Varnish alleged that Sutton had told her to "go and have a baby" and that she had a "fat ass".

The findings pleased Varnish who described her relief, but surprised Sutton who has maintained his innocence throughout the on-going saga.

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Speaking at the Rouleur Classic in London on Thursday, Sutton reiterated: "I can categorically state I never made those comments I was originally alleged to have made."

He then confirmed his appeal. "I'm pretty sure people will be sitting back going 'well, he's going to appeal' - which is going to happen now.

"I will take it from there. I will produce the evidence. Everything comes out in the dirty washing. I am quite sure the evidence this time will prevail and I will win."

Sutton last week told the Telegraph that he has already had discussions with rival national teams about taking over as coach, but that he would be prepared to work with British athletes on an individual basis.




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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.