Jess Varnish wants British Cycling to release details of an investigation into her bullying complaint against former technical director Shane Sutton.
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15 Dec 2016 - 8:13 AM  UPDATED 15 Dec 2016 - 7:23 PM

Lawyers acting for former Great Britain track rider Jess Varnish have asked British Cycling to release all the documents related to her removal from the team and the investigation into her bullying complaint against ex-technical director Shane Sutton.

In a letter to the governing body, which Press Association Sport has seen, Varnish's lawyers request her performance data, medical records and text messages sent by senior coaches in the GB Olympic set-up about her.

Varnish 'shocked' over Sutton ruling
British Cycling has dismissed eight of nine complaints made against Australian-born coach Shane Sutton, according to media reports.

The letter cites section seven of the Data Protection Act 1998 and calls on British Cycling, as "a data controller", to release the "processed personal data of which she is subject".

The 26-year-old's hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics in the team sprint were ended at the Track World Championships in London in March, partly because of selection issues earlier in the qualification period.

Varnish criticised the GB coaches after this setback but her anger would escalate a month later when she was dropped from the programme, with British Cycling saying her performances had been in decline for three years.

British Cycling upholds sexism allegations against Sutton
Shane Sutton, British Cycling's former technical director, did use derogatory language towards rider Jessica Varnish, the governing body said on Friday following the conclusion of an internal investigation into his conduct.

She then claimed that Australian-born Sutton told her to "go and have a baby", among other sexist remarks, which led to further allegations of bullying and derogatory language made by other riders against the team's most senior coach.

Sutton promptly resigned and two investigations were launched into the affair: one by British Cycling director Alex Russell and the other, a wider look at the squad's culture, by British Rowing chair Annamarie Phelps on behalf of the government funding agency UK Sport.

British Cycling upholds sexism allegations against Sutton
Shane Sutton, British Cycling's former technical director, did use derogatory language towards rider Jessica Varnish, the governing body said on Friday following the conclusion of an internal investigation into his conduct.

The result of Russell's report was announced in October and it said there was evidence that Sutton used "inappropriate and discriminatory language" but, earlier this month, it was revealed that only one of nine charges was upheld against the Australian.

This related to his use of the word "bitches".

Neither Sutton nor Varnish are satisfied with this result and now Varnish has started legal proceedings to obtain what British Cycling has claimed are the objective criteria for releasing her, as well as the evidence Russell based her findings on.