British Cycling have sacked one of their top coaches Kevin Stewart due to 'inappropriate relationships with riders'.

With less than a year to go until the rescheduled Olympic Games in Tokyo, British Cycling, the governing body for one of British sport's most successful Olympic teams, said Kevin Stewart had a "long term pattern of inappropriate relationships with riders", and had engaged in "serious inappropriate use of electronic communication".

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British Cycling said it followed repeated warnings to Stewart that his behaviour "fell short of the values and standards expected".

Stephen Park, performance director for British Cycling, said: "While this has been uncomfortable for everybody concerned, it demonstrates the robustness of the processes we have in place when concerns are raised.

The GB Cycling Team has a clear set of expected behaviours and values and we must hold ourselves and each other to account when we do not meet the standards of behaviour we set as a team.

In response to his sacking, Stewart said: "I wholeheartedly apologise to the team for my actions, which I acknowledge were not acceptable.

"I realised my actions had made my position on the team untenable and had handed in my resignation before being dismissed while on my notice period."

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