Shane Sutton

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Shane Sutton
UCI Track World Championships 2018 041.jpg
Shane Sutton (2018)
Personal information
Full nameShane Sutton
Born (1957-06-13) 13 June 1957 (age 61)
Moree, New South Wales, Australia
Team information
DisciplineTrack & Road
Professional team(s)
1982Mavic - Clemenso
1983Clarence St. Cyclery
1984Ever Ready - Marlboro
1985Falcon - Maillard
1986Falcon - Hutchinson
1987Lycra - Halfords
1988PMS - Dawes
1989PMS - Falcon
1990-1991Banana - Falcon
Major wins
Gold medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games
Jersey yellow.svg Milk Race

Shane Edwin Sutton OBE (born 13 June 1957 in Moree, New South Wales[1]) is an Australian-born former professional racing cyclist turned cycling coach, whose last position was as Technical Director for British Cycling.[2]

Racing career[edit]

He rode under Phil Griffiths as a member of the first British-based professional team to enter the Tour de France in 1987 and went on to win the 1990 Milk Race. Sutton was also one of the four men to win gold for Australia at the 1978 Commonwealth Games along with his brother, Gary Sutton.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring Shane worked as a coach with Welsh Cycling[3] before joining the British Cycling set-up in 2002.[4] He was also employed as head coach at Team Sky but scaled back his involvement to become a part-time performance adviser for the professional team in 2013.[5] Following the departure of Dave Brailsford from his role as British Cycling's Performance Director in April 2014, Sutton was promoted from his previous position as head coach to the newly created role of Technical Director.[4]

On 27 April 2016 it was announced that Sutton had been suspended whilst facing allegations of discrimination. This followed a report that Sutton has called para-cyclists "'gimps', with another word in front of that", an accusation made by Paralympic gold medalist Darren Kenny.[6] This followed earlier reports that cyclist Jessica Varnish had been told by him to "go and have a baby" rather than cycle [7] and a controversy over the non-selection of the UK's BMX national champion Tre Whyte for the 2016 Olympic Games. [8][9] He resigned later that day.[2] He is now the head coach of the Chinese cycling team.


Shane was awarded the accolade of Sports Council for Wales' (now Sport Wales) Coach of the Year Award in 1998.[10]

Sutton won the "Coach of the Year Award" at the Sports Coach UK Coaching Awards in December 2008. He was also one of seven coaches to win a "High Performance Coach of the Year" award.[11]

Sutton was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[12]


Gold medal blank.svg Team Pursuit Commonwealth Games (with Colin Fitzgerald, Kevin Nichols and Gary Sutton)
5th Herald Sun Tour
Fastest time Goulburn to Sydney Classic[13]
55th World Road Race Championships
1st Bendigo International Madison (with Danny Clark)
3rd Australian National Road Race Championships
1st Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 2, Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 6, Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 11, Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 16, Herald Sun Tour
1st Bendigo International Madison (with Gary Sutton)
1st and fastest time Goulburn to Sydney Classic[13]
3rd Australian National Road Race Championships
5th Beeston
1st Newport
1st Stage 10, Griffin 1000
8th Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 2, Herald Sun Tour
3rd Sealink International
1st Stage 8, Sealink International
3rd Milk Race
9th Norwich Spring Classic
15th Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 18, Herald Sun Tour
10th Milk Race
5th Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 8, Herald Sun Tour
9th Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 5, Herald Sun Tour
2nd Stage 10, Herald Sun Tour


1st Jersey yellow.svg in General Classification Milk Race
1st Stage 3, Milk Race
4th Mazda Alpine Tour
United Kingdom 3rd British National Road Race Championships


  1. ^ Fotheringham, William (1 April 2012). "'I've got red, white and blue in my veins,' says Shane Sutton". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b "British Cycling chief resigns". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Shane Sutton: the Big Interview". Cycling Weekly. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Fotheringham, William (11 April 2014). "British Cycling confirms Sir Dave Brailsford's decision to step aside". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  5. ^ Magnay, Jacquelin (18 January 2013). "Exclusive: Shane Sutton steps down as Team Sky's head coach". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Shane Sutton: British Cycling chief suspended over discrimination claims". 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Jess Varnish: Rider explains reasons for British Cycling criticism". 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ "British Cycling Snubs National Champion". Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  9. ^ "British cycling under the spotlight". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  10. ^ Top Welsh sports coach sought Archived 12 April 2001 at the Wayback Machine 12 September 2006
  11. ^ Nigel Wynn (17 December 2008). "SUTTON NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  12. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 12.
  13. ^ a b "Goulburn to Sydney - Professional" (PDF). Cycling NSW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2015.