EXCLUSIVE: British Olympic cyclist arrested on suspicion of rape and indecent assault… with the ex-rider – who has worked with the sport’s biggest names – bailed while an investigation into the allegations are carried out

  • A British Olympic cyclist was arrested on suspicion of rape and indecent assault 
  • The ex-rider held a prominent position in cycling following their retirement 
  • They have also worked with some of the biggest names in the sport
  • Police say a man has been bailed while an investigation into claims are ongoing

A British Olympic cyclist has been arrested on suspicion of rape and indecent assault.

The ex-rider has held a prominent position in professional cycling after his retirement from racing. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Britain’s most successful Olympic sport. 

The Mail on Sunday is aware of the suspect’s identity but cannot reveal it for legal reasons. Police said that the man had been bailed while an investigation into the allegations was ongoing.

A British Olympic cyclist has been arrested on suspicion of rape and indecent assault

British cycling has enjoyed a golden period since the advent of National Lottery funding dramatically increased the sport’s resources in the late Nineties.

Riders such as Victoria Pendleton and Laura Kenny have won multiple Olympic golds on the track over the past two decades.

Team Ineos, previously called Team Sky, has emulated that success on the road under Sir Dave Brailsford’s leadership, winning seven Tours de France.

However, the ruling body British Cycling is emerging from a turbulent period. Its chief executive Brian Facer stepped down in October, three weeks after a new partnership with Shell UK was criticised by environmental groups.

Police said the man has been bailed while an investigation into the allegations are carried out

Police said the man has been bailed while an investigation into the allegations are carried out 

The ruling body lost its title sponsor HSBC when the bank pulled the plug on its deal in December 2021, four years earlier than planned.

Meanwhile, the organisation had to admit it was a mistake to recommend that people did not ride their bikes during the Queen’s funeral.

A British Cycling spokesperson said: ‘Abuse of any kind has no place in sport. We urge anybody with concerns about non-recent or current abuse to report them either directly to the British Cycling safeguarding team by emailing compliance@britishcycling.org.uk, or through the NSPCC’s free and independent helpline by calling 0800 614 458

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