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Former England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster has been named on the expert panel for the independent review into British Cycling.

Stuart Lancaster on panel to review British Cycling

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Former England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster has been named on the three person panel which will conduct the independent review into British Cycling.

Lancaster will be part of the UK Sport and British Cycling commissioned review into the culture within British Cycling's world-class performance programme, the funding body for Olympic and Paralympic sports announced on Wednesday.

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Sports lawyer John Mehrzad, an independent chairman of the Football Association's anti-discrimination panel, and London 2012 hockey bronze medallist Annie Panter have also been named on the panel. Annamarie Phelps, the chair of British Rowing, is the review's chair.

The independent review was announced following allegations of bullying and discrimination at British Cycling.

Shane Sutton stepped down as British Cycling technical director with 100 days to go to the Rio Olympics last month.

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The 58-year-old Australian had been suspended by British Cycling after it was claimed he called Paralympic cyclists "gimps", shortly after the independent review was announced into claims of sexism made by Jess Varnish. Sutton denies the claims.

The independent review will conclude after the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

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