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British Cycling Must Release Elite Riders Following Funding Cuts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 28 / 17

The Great Britain cycling team has been "told to lose as many as 20 riders in a funding review that even has the golden couple, Jason and Laura Kenny, under scrutiny," according to Matt Lawton of the London DAILY MAIL. British Cycling lost £4M in UK Sport funding in December and that led to ...

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