British Cycling has upheld Jess Varnish's complaint of "inappropriate and discriminatory language" against former technical director Shane Sutton. The Australian resigned from his position in April amid sexism claims made by Varnish, as well as additional allegations that he called members of the British Paralympic team "gimps" and "wobblies".

Sutton has rejected the allegation he told Varnish to "go and have a baby", but British Cycling has now come out in favour of the 25-year-old track cyclist.

"Following an internal investigation, the British Cycling board has upheld an allegation made by Jess Varnish that former technical director Shane Sutton had used inappropriate and discriminatory language," a British Cycling statement read. "The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened."

Sutton, 59, was named technical director of British Cycling in April 2014 after Sir Dave Brailsford stood down to focus on his role as performance director with Team Sky.