Sir Chris Hoy: Six-time Olympic champion defends British Cycling

Britain’s six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy says allegations of bullying “are not experiences I recognise from my time at British Cycling”.

Over the past year, several athletes have made claims of discrimination, which British Cycling denies.

Scottish ex-track cyclist Hoy, 41, said “every one of the riders has the right for their grievances to be heard”.

But he added he felt the subject had become “sensationalised” through “very public mudslinging and media coverage”.

The most recent athlete to come forward was ex-rider Wendy Houvenaghel,who said a “medal at any cost” approach created a “culture of fear” at British Cycling.

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Jess Varnish first spoke about her experience within British Cycling after she was dropped from the elite programme last April.

She claimed former technical director Shane Sutton used sexist language towards her, and the Australian, who quit in the wake of the allegations, was found to have used the word “bitches” when describing female riders.

“It feels terrible to think that anyone has ever experienced bullying or discrimination during their time with British Cycling,” Hoy said.

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