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.
      "I saw Shane and Iain and asked if I could have some of the information," Varnish said of seeking data on her performance, such as speed and power.
      "They couldn't give it to me and said I'd been on the programme too long, that I was too old at the age of 25. Shane said that I should just move on and go and have a baby."
      Varnish also criticized the macho culture within cycling, adding that in 2012 she was told her "ass" was too big.
      Sutton "wholeheartedly" denies the claims and says he only acted with complete professionalism towards Varnish.
      "As with all other riders on the track programme, she was subject to a performance review following the worlds (championships) and the data did not justify Jess retaining a lottery-funded place on the podium programme as an athlete with medal potential in this Olympic cycle or the next," said Sutton