New China coach Shane Sutton 'excited' ahead of return to Manchester velodrome

"But I'll be all decked out in China colours on Friday and it should be fun."

Nov.09 - SportLand: Shane Sutton will be "decked out" in China's colours at the Track World Cup in Manchester this weekend when he returns to the velodrome he quit last year amid claims of bullying and discrimination.

According to, The 60-year-old Australian resigned in April 2016 within hours of being suspended for alleged comments about para-cyclists and the furore surrounding Jess Varnish's removal from the Olympic programme.

That ended a hugely successful 14-year association with the GB team for Sutton, who once claimed he had red, white and blue in his veins.    

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Sutton said: "I'm excited to be back and what's been really nice is the reception I've had.

"A few people came over to say 'hello' when we unloaded the bikes on Monday but we were training on Tuesday and there were lots of hugs and handshakes from the GB guys.

"But I'll be all decked out in China colours on Friday and it should be fun."  

Following his exit, Sutton was criticised in a select committee hearing for his part in the delivery of a mystery package to Sir Bradley Wiggins at a race in 2011 - an incident which is still being investigated by UK Anti-Doping - and an independent inquiry into the Varnish affair accused him of operating within a "culture of fear" at the National Cycling Centre.

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