The internal investigation by British Cycling could clear Shane Sutton of any wrongdoing.

The findings from British Cycling’s internal investigation into allegations of sexism and bullying by Shane Sutton is due for release this afternoon (October 28).

Sutton resigned as BC’s technical director in April following claims from former team sprinter Jess Varnish that the Australian had told her to “go and have a baby”.

Sutton refuted making such comments and has continued to deny any wrongdoing.

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The internal investigation, led by non-executive director Alex Russell, is focused on Varnish’s statements. There is also a wider investigation by UK Sport looking into claims of bullying and discrimination taking place which is expected to report back before the end of 2016.

 

If Sutton is cleared of any wrongdoing by the internal investigation, it could be the first step towards him potentially being re-employed by the governing body.

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He left his role in the spring to allow preparation for the Olympics to go on without distraction, and several riders who worked with him have publicly defended him and have said that they would welcome his return.

Sutton himself has said that he thinks he will be vindicated and that he would like the opportunity to work for British Cycling again.