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More upheaval at British Cycling with CEO stepping down

British Cycling Portrait Session

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 28: British Cycling Chief Executive Officer Ian Drake poses for a portrait session on September 28, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, England -- The chief executive of British Cycling is stepping down, adding to the upheaval in the country’s most successful Olympic sport.

Ian Drake said in a statement released Friday by British Cycling that he will leave in April after seven years in the position.

The announcement comes at the end of a tough year off the track for British Cycling, with Shane Sutton having left his role as the national body’s technical director in April - 100 days before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics - following discrimination allegations.

British Cycling’s headquarters were visited by UK Anti-Doping officials this month as part of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the sport.

On the track, Britain won six gold medals in Rio.