'Team sprint women have not been good enough,' says Shane Sutton after Jess Varnish criticism

After Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant lay the blame on the coaches for Britain's failure to qualify the women's team sprint for the Rio Olympics, Shane Sutton says the athletes need to take ownership

Jess Varnish (Photo: Andy Jones)

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton hit back at criticism from team sprinters Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant, saying everyone needs to be accountable for Great Britain not qualifying for the Olympics in the event.

Varnish and Marchant finished fifth in qualifying on the opening day of the UCI Track World Championships in London on Wednesday, not high enough to guarantee them a place in Rio in August.

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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.