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Jun 15

UK Sport ignored red lights about problems at British Cycling

It has been toned down from the draft but Annmarie Phelps’s review of British Cycling shows how UK Sport either missed, or wilfully ignored, numerous attempts to tackle problems

UK Sport has long prided itself on a high-performance system that it insists is “the envy of the world”. Yet the way it deflected and muzzled criticism of how it had failed to spot deep-rooted problems at British Cycling on Wednesday suggested world-class levels of obfuscation, too.

It had been expected Annmarie Phelps’s independent review into the climate and culture of British Cycling, which appeared after 14 months in utero, would be slimmer and more watered down than a draft version of the report leaked in March. And so it was.

Related: British Cycling: Annamarie Phelps denies ‘whitewash’ over diluted report

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/15/uk-sport-red-lights-british-cycling-annmarie-phelps-review

Jun 15

British Cycling report: Damian Collins MP’s comments ‘ill-informed’, Jess Varnish not happy

British Cycling hits back after an MP calls on its two most senior figures to resign following an independent review into failings in the sport.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40286214

Jun 14

Bullying and retaliation notable by absence from final British Cycling report | Martha Kelner

Final version of independent review differs in key aspects from leaked draft and there are many examples of language being softened or emotive words and terms being omitted

The final version of the independent review into the culture of British Cycling was seven pages shorter than the draft copy which was leaked to another newspaper in March but that is not the most significant change made over the past three months.

Throughout the report there are many examples of language being softened or emotive words and terms being omitted. The role of the panel seems to have changed – for whatever reason – from acting as judge and jury based on the information received to a transcription service for the 108 submissions, including 44 interviews, given by current and former staff and riders.

Related: British Cycling: Annamarie Phelps denies ‘whitewash’ over diluted report

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/14/bullying-dave-brailsford-british-cycling-report-final

Jun 14

British Cycling: Annamarie Phelps says report found staff feared for their careers

Annamarie Phelps, the chair of the review into British Cycling, insists the report is not a whitewash despite changes since a more damning draft.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40277658

Jun 14

British Cycling: Liz Nicholl denies win-at-all-costs approach at UK Sport

UK Sport chief Liz Nicholl says the organisation does not have a win-at-all-costs approach, as a report into the culture at British Cycling is published.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40277655

Jun 14

British Cycling report delivers heavily diluted verdict

• Subtle but significant changes to wording regarding ‘culture of fear’
• References to bullying in leaked report removed from final version

The authors of a much delayed report into the culture of British Cycling are likely to face claims of a whitewash after it was heavily diluted from an original leaked draft copy.

The report, ordered following claims of discrimination made by the sprint cyclist Jess Varnish and other Olympic and Paralympic riders, was finally released after 14 months of interviews and subsequent legal wrangling.

Related: British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit their shared Manchester velodrome

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/14/british-cycling-report-heavily-diluted

Jun 14

Hein Verbruggen: Former UCI president dies at the age of 75

Hein Verbruggen, a former president of the International Cycling Union, dies at the age of 75.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40273553

Jun 13

Ride London-Surrey Classic: British Race gains men’s UCI World Tour status

Great Britain will host its first men’s UCI World Tour race when the Ride London-Surrey Classic takes place in July.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40260580

Jun 13

Sport 2.0: crumbling traditions create a whole new ballgame | Sean Ingle

In the first of our series examining the future of sport, we look at the major challenges facing the established powers: from doping and corruption to falling viewing figures

The dawn of London 2012. Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony has eviscerated any lingering public cynicism, while Team GB’s arrival and the Arctic Monkeys’ cover of the Beatles’ Come Together has thrust everyone inside the Olympic Stadium off their feet. Now, as the intense whoops and waves of noise finally subside, Sebastian Coe, the organiser of the Games, stands up to urge the millions watching to appreciate the unique power of sport.

“There is a truth to sport,” he insists. “A purity, a drama, an intensity – a spirit that makes it irresistible to take part in, and irresistible to watch.”

Related: Golf fights old perceptions and drop in players to attract new audience | Ewan Murray

Related: IOC’s Rio ban failure exposed by deepening of Russian doping scandal

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/13/traditional-sports-crisis-sport-2-0

Jun 12

Canoeing sexual assault allegations leave UK Sport facing up to a crisis | Martha Kelner

Cycling’s bullying culture has already rocked UK Sport, but with swimming, taekwondo and now canoeing revealing their own problems they find themselves with even more questions to answer

The debate over whether medals have been prized over morals in Olympic sport has been escalated by the revelation that talented young women training with a view to sporting glory now allege they were sexually abused in pursuit of their dream.

British Canoeing and the police are currently investigating the claims. These were sportswomen who put their trust in a coach who they claim took advantage of them in the most deplorable way. Once more it gives rise to serious questions about duty of care for athletes, a discussion which will reignite on Wednesday with the long awaited publication of the independent report into the culture at British Cycling that was sparked by claims of bullying and discrimination first made by the cyclist Jess Varnish.

Related: Police investigate suspended GB Canoeing coach after child grooming and sexual assault claims

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/12/canoeing-sexual-assault-uk-sport-crisis

Jun 12

British Cycling ‘lacked good governance’, says report into alleged bullying

British Cycling lacked good governance at board level, says an independent report into an alleged culture of bullying at the organisation.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39811492

Jun 11

Women’s Tour: Britain’s Hannah Barnes third overall as Katarzyna Niewiadoma wins

Britain’s Hannah Barnes finishes third on the Women’s Tour as Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma claims the overall title.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40241459

Jun 11

Criterium du Dauphine: Jakob Fuglsang stuns Richie Porte to win 2017 edition

• Danish rider leapfrogs pre-race favourite Porte on final stage
• Britain’s Chris Froome finishes fourth and looks out of form

Jakob Fuglsang stunned the pre-race favourites to win the Criterium du Dauphine, leapfrogging Richie Porte on a thrilling final stage on Sunday, as the Tour de France champion Chris Froome appeared short of form.

Astana rider Fuglsang, 32, attacked on the final climb to the Plateau de Solaison (11.3km at 9.2%) and held off Porte (BMC) to win the 115km stage from Albertville and beat the Australian by 10 seconds in the overall classification.

Related: British Cycling overhauls medical services after independent review

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/11/criterium-du-dauphine-result-jackob-fuglsang-richie-porte-cycling

Jun 11

Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome misses out on fourth title

Britain’s Chris Froome misses out on his fourth Criterium du Dauphine title despite attacking to the summit of Sunday’s final stage.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40240360

Jun 10

Kasia Niewiadoma retains Tour of Britain lead as Sarah Roy wins stage four

• WM3 Pro Cycling rider wears green jersey for Sunday’s finale in London
• Australia’s Roy taken to hospital after crashing on cobbles as she crosses line

For the first time in its four-year history, the Women’s Tour of Britain will enjoy a grandstand finale in the centre of London on Sunday, and Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma will have every right to enjoy the occasion after dominating the three days of racing since her solo victory on Wednesday’s first stage from Daventry to Kettering, where she carved out a 1min 46sec lead that has proved impregnable, in spite of the best efforts of her rivals.

On the toughest stage of the Women’s Tour, 122km out and back, a finish close to the church with the twisted spire, the Dutch teams Sunweb and Boels-Dolman both put the 22-year-old under pressure. Sunweb placed their Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann in an escape that lasted more than 90km, surviving to the finish, where Australia’s Sarah Roy took the stage win.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/10/kasia-niewiadoma-retains-tour-of-britain-lead-as-sarah-roy-wins-stage-four

Jun 10

Roy sprints to victory in Women’s Tour stage four

Sarah Roy sprints to victory in stage four of the Women’s Tour in Chesterfield, while Katarzyna Niewiadoma keeps her overall lead.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40234250

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