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Park: British Cycling riders free to consult with Sutton

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BySportsbeat
13/04/2017 at 12:42

British Cycling's riders are free to consult with former technical director Shane Sutton as they wish, according to new performance director Stephen Park.

Sutton resigned from his role in April 2016 following his suspension over allegations of discrimination and sexism.

However, it is believed many riders and coaches at last summer's Rio 2016 Olympic Games continued to consult with the Australian over their training programmes.

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Speaking at the Track World Championships in Hong Kong, Park - who was appointed in December - insisted he would allow riders to speak with whoever they deemed necessary, and admitted he would be foolish not to tap into Sutton's wealth of coaching knowledge.

"I'm not specifying how they should or shouldn't run their individual programmes at this stage," he said.

"Shane is clearly well respected for his coaching abilities and he's got an incredible track record.

"So it would be silly for me not to have some level of engagement with him, if that's possible and he's willing to do that.

"Whether other cyclists do or don't, I suppose they'll work with their individual coaches.

"Nobody's saying that anybody should or shouldn't speak to any individual."

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