Jess Varnish said the findings from yesterday's review are "laughable" ©Getty Images

Jess Varnish has described the findings from a review into the culture of British Cycling’s world-class performance programme (WCPP) published yesterday as "insulting".

An investigation was launched in April last year after the organisation’s technical director Shane Sutton resigned from his role after discrimination allegations were directed at him by Varnish.

The review, led by British Rowing chair and British Olympic Association vice-chair Annamarie Phelps, which looked at the WCPP between 2012 and 2016 claimed "good governance was lacking" and staff members referred to a "culture of fear" at the governing body.

Speaking to The Times newspaper, Varnish, who alleged Sutton told her to "have a baby" after her contract was not extended, said the results had not left her pleased.

"I am insulted," the 26-year-old, the winner of two Commonwealth Games bronze medals at the Glasgow 2014, said.

"In a way, I’m glad they have used this language, because it shows what the people are like there [British Cycling]."

Sutton has also been accused of referring to Para-cyclists as "wobblies".

The Australian has denied all the allegations.

A British Cycling investigation concluded in October and stated that Sutton had used "inappropriate discriminatory language" towards Varnish.

Another eight claims made against him were dismissed.

The allegations centre around comments made by British Cycling's former technical director Shane Sutton ©Getty Images
The allegations centre around comments made by British Cycling's former technical director Shane Sutton ©Getty Images

Yesterday, the panel said that although they did not view Varnish’s removal as an "act of discrimination", they believed it did not "follow contractual due process".

They added that while structural recommendations made after a report issued by Peter King in 2012 had been put in place, “hard hitting conclusions” surrounding behaviour within the WCPP had not been focused on enough.

After the review was published, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chairman Damian Collins said he felt major change was needed at British Cycling.

"None of the members of the board from the period covered in the investigation should remain, which would mean that Jonathan Browning should stand aside from his position as chairman," the Member of Parliament said.

Collins also claimed that former British Cycling President Brian Cookson should also not be supported by UK Sport in his efforts to be re-elected in the same role at the International Cycling Union.

This matched a similar call made by Collins in January regarding Cookson while chairing a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee session discussing British Cycling.

The report published yesterday can be read here.