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Shane Sutton maintains innocence

Press AssociationPress Association 29/10/2016

Former technical director Shane Sutton has pleaded his innocence after British Cycling upheld Jess Varnish's complaint of inappropriate and discriminatory language'.

Australian Sutton resigned on April 27, 100 days prior to the Rio Olympics, over allegations of sexism levelled by Varnish and further claims he called members of the Paralympic team ''gimps'' and ''wobblies''.

Sutton rejected the specific allegations, but quit his role as technical director to avoid any distraction leading up to the Rio Olympics.

Varnish's complaint was investigated internally by British Cycling and upheld, but Sutton feels let down by the verdict.

He told the UK's Sunday Telegraph: "I'm adamant that I am innocent. I have definitely never overstepped the mark with Jess Varnish or any other athlete.

"I'm massively disappointed. I put my trust in (the investigation). I have gone back to them now and asked for the supporting evidence to try to understand how they have arrived at this conclusion."

Sutton joined British Cycling in 2014 and oversaw a glittering period of Olympic domination.

Despite his tenure ending in disgrace, he only has happy memories.

"It's just a shame it has ended like this but it has been a fantastic journey, there have been fantastic people who I have worked with, some incredible athletes," he added.

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