Australian Shane Sutton has maintained his innocence over the matter which led to his axing as technical director of British Cycling.

Former technical director Shane Sutton has pleaded his innocence after British Cycling upheld Jess Varnish's complaint of inappropriate and discriminatory language'.

Australian Sutton resigned on April 27, 100 days prior to the Rio Olympics, over allegations of sexism levelled by Varnish and further claims he called members of the Paralympic team ''gimps'' and ''wobblies''.

Sutton rejected the specific allegations, but quit his role as technical director to avoid any distraction leading up to the Rio Olympics.

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.

Varnish's complaint was investigated internally by British Cycling and upheld, but Sutton feels let down by the verdict.

He told the UK's Sunday Telegraph: "I'm adamant that I am innocent. I have definitely never overstepped the mark with Jess Varnish or any other athlete.

"I'm massively disappointed. I put my trust in (the investigation). I have gone back to them now and asked for the supporting evidence to try to understand how they have arrived at this conclusion."

Sutton quits as British Cycling chief amid discrimination row
British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton resigned on Wednesday after being engulfed in a row about sexist and discriminatory remarks he is alleged to have made.

Sutton joined British Cycling in 2014 and oversaw a glittering period of Olympic domination.

Despite his tenure ending in disgrace, he only has happy memories.

"It's just a shame it has ended like this but it has been a fantastic journey, there have been fantastic people who I have worked with, some incredible athletes," he added.