Category Archive: Cycling

Cycling News

Mar 24

Email throws fresh light on British Cycling’s burying of bullying

• Bullying was one of key findings of an internal review in 2012
• Correspondence with UK Sport made no mention of problem

The extent to which British Cycling failed to deal with allegations of bullying when they surfaced more than four years ago – as well as what UK Sport knew about the problems in the velodrome – is revealed by correspondence between the two bodies obtained by a Freedom of Information request by ITV.

An email from the former British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake to UK Sport, sent to the chief executive officer Liz Nicholl in December 2012, makes no mention of bullying in his summary of an internal review conducted by Peter King, despite it being one of its key findings. Instead Drake talks about King identifying “weaknesses in the senior management and middle management structure” , which is suspected to be a reference to the tensions between the then performance director Dave Brailsford, his assistant Shane Sutton and team psychiatrist Steve Peters – as well as other issues.

Related: Wendy Houvenaghel says British Cycling medal drive led to culture of fear

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/24/email-throws-fresh-light-british-cycling-burying-bullying

Mar 24

Volta a Catalunya: Alejandro Valverde beats Chris Froome in stage five climb

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde wins a thrilling fifth stage ahead of Chris Froome to take the lead at the Volta a Catalunya.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39384898

Mar 23

Doull frustrated current riders are being dragged into Team Sky controversy

Welsh rider Owain Doull says the controversy surrounding Team Sky’s mystery package is unfair on his teammates.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39371822

Mar 23

Volta a Catalunya: Nacer Bouhanni wins stage four, Froome & Thomas well placed

Britain’s Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas are well placed heading into the testing fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39367354

Mar 23

Wendy Houvenaghel says British Cycling medal drive led to culture of fear

• Former world champion says coaches had zero regard for her welfare
• Beijing silver medallist says ‘they discarded me in a very undignified way’

The former world champion Wendy Houvenaghel has said the pursuit of “medals at any cost” was behind the creation of a “culture of fear” within British Cycling’s world-class programme. Houvenaghel accused the organisation of ageism, adding that coaches had “zero regard” for her welfare and that she felt “oppressed” by the former performance director Sir Dave Brailsford and the former technical director Shane Sutton.

The Olympic silver medallist said she was pleasantly surprised that a leaked draft report into the culture and climate within British Cycling had vindicated the criticisms put forward by athletes such as Jess Varnish, Nicole Cooke and Emma Pooley.

Related: British Cycling to miss out on £17m of funding until culture fears are addressed

Related: Emma Pooley hits out at Dave Brailsford ‘A fish rots from the head’

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/23/wendy-houvenaghel-medal-drive-british-cycling-culture-of-fear

Mar 23

Wada chief Olivier Niggli: Why is painkiller Tramadol not banned?

Why is controversial painkiller Tramadol not banned? Wada chief Oliver Niggli answers BBC sports editor Dan Roan’s questions.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39369759

Mar 23

Wendy Houvenaghel: British Cycling had ‘medal at any cost’ culture

A “medal at any cost” approach created a “culture of fear” at British Cycling, says former cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39339718

Mar 22

Team Wiggins ‘surprised’ by Tour de Yorkshire snub

Team Wiggins say they are “surprised” and “disappointed” at their exclusion from next month’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39357541

Mar 22

Volta a Catalunya: Alejandro Valverde wins stage three, Geraint Thomas into third

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde responds to losing the Volta a Catalunya lead after a team penalty by winning stage three.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39357960

Mar 22

British Cycling: Stephen Park says concerns over performance director role eased

New British Cycling performance director Stephen Park says discussions with the organisation have allayed his worries about taking on the role.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39352211

Mar 22

Amateur cyclist, 55, banned after positive test

A 55-year-old amateur cyclist is banned from sport for two years after testing positive for banned substances in September.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39355604

Mar 22

British Cycling to miss out on £17m of funding until culture fears are addressed

• Sport England says body must meet ‘highest standards of governance’
• British Cycling has been accused of allowing a ‘culture of fear’

Sport England is to withhold £17m of funding from British Cycling until the sport’s governing body can ease fears over how it is being run.

The Sport England chairman Nick Bitel insists British Cycling must “meet the highest standards of governance” before receiving the funding after a draft report of an investigation into alleged failings in the culture at cycling’s governing body was leaked. The report accused the cycling body of allowing a “culture of fear”, with riders and staff bullied and a “dysfunctional leadership”, before concluding that “more work on their action plan was required”.

Related: Sky must join anti-doping group to silence doubters, says president

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/22/british-cycling-miss-out-17m-funding-fears-culture

Mar 21

Sport England warning to British Cycling over funding decision

Sport England warns British Cycling of “concerns” that must be addressed before making a decision on giving £17m to the sport.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39347163

Mar 21

Valverde leads Volta as Froome loses time

Chris Froome loses 46 seconds to Volta a Catalunya rival Alejandro Valverde as Movistar win the team time trial.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39346074

Mar 21

Sky must join anti-doping group to silence doubters, says president

• MPCC head Roger Legeay urges Sky to join to improve team’s credibility
• ‘Our rules are very strict but that is a price you pay for having a good image’

Team Sky and British Cycling must join the sport’s voluntary anti-doping group to have any chance of restoring their credibility, according to the president of the Movement for Credible Cycling.

Almost two-thirds of teams in pro cycling’s top two divisions are members, which has strict rules on the use of cortisone and tramadol, the substances at the heart of controversy over governance within the two British bodies.

Related: British Cycling and Team Sky credibility in tatters after hearing | William Fotheringham

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/21/team-sky-cyling-anti-doping-group-silence-doubters-credibility

Mar 20

Volta a Catalunya: Davide Cimolai wins opening stage in sprint finish

Davide Cimolai edges a sprint finish to win the opening stage of this year’s Volta a Catalunya in Spain.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39333142

Older posts «