Former world champion Emma Pooley has criticised the absence of a women’s Team Sky.

“Every year that passes without one, I get a little more disappointed,” Garmin-Cervélo captain Pooley said. “It’d cost peanuts.”



Pooley also felt a lack of equality in treatment by British Cycling. “They give great support and background, but where’s the development team? There should be a women’s Academy,” she said.



Her comments come in the wake of the redundancy of British Cycling women’s coach Simon Cope and claims from Lizzie Armitstead about Nicole Cooke’s riding at the world road championships.



GB cycling performance manager Shane Sutton hit back at implications of lack of parity in the British Cycling structure.



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