Jess Varnish: 'Go and have a baby' comments spark fury from spurned cyclist

     Jess Varnish says British Cycling chiefs made sexist comments after she was cut from team.

    Story highlights

    • Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish dropped from Team Great Britain
    • Says cycling chiefs told her she was "too old" and "go and have a baby"
    • British Cycling to look into incident which technical director denies

    (CNN)It's an organization with an unrivaled performance track record that's helped deliver numerous gold medals, but British Cycling finds itself embroiled in a potentially damaging sexism row.

    British track cyclist Jess Varnish says the sport's chiefs told her she was "too old" and to "go and have a baby" after she was dropped from the Olympic squad.
      "We treat any such allegations with the utmost seriousness and we will be contacting Jess to offer to discuss her concerns in full," said British Cycling in a statement.
        The 25-year-old Varnish told the Daily Mail that British Cycling's technical director Shane Sutton made the sexist comments after she failed to qualify for the women's sprint team. Sutton denies the claim.
        After missing out on a place in the 2016 Olympics, Varnish was cut from Team GB. When she later went to collect her personal belongings from the Manchester Velodrome where British Cycling is based, Varnish says she was subjected to the "go have a baby remark" in a conversation with Sutton and head coach Iain Dyer.