Having failed to qualifying in the team sprint for Rio through the World Championships, the 25-year-old later alleged that she was the victim of sexist comments from technical director Shane Sutton, who has since resigned despite rejecting accusations of using discriminatory language towards elite cyclists.
In a statement released on her website, the multiple World, Commonwealth and European Championship medallist intends to speak to the new performance director Andy Harrison on her return to the UK from training in Australia.
And after outlining her priority to return to the British Cycling team, she maintains that her performances have remained as high as ever.
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"I still maintain that the decision not to renew my contract was not down to performance.
Prior to the 2016 World Championships I was not once told that I was underperforming. We have monthly reviews and at no stage was I put under review, or set performance targets to keep my place on the programme.
"The first I knew that the coaches had an issue with my performance levels, or training data, was 5 days after the 2016 World Championships, when I was told I wouldn’t be getting a new contract over the phone.
"I also maintain that I am a World Class Athlete, and have the ability to win more medals for Great Britain. During the two-year Olympic qualifying process:
"I gained more qualifying points than any other British female sprint rider,
"I was consistently performing in the top 5 in the World for Lap 1 times in the Team Sprint
"I qualified the Olympic places for Great Britain in the individual Sprint and Keirin.
"Since 2012 I have won medals at the World & European Championships and Commonwealth Games."
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