Under-siege cycling coach Anthony Peden accepts role with China

Former NZ cycling coach Anthony Peden.
Former NZ cycling coach Anthony Peden. Photo credit: Photosport

Former NZ cycling coach Anthony Peden has flown the coop, confirming a contract with the Chinese national team.

Announcing the appointment on Facebook, he said he would miss "some great people" at Cycling NZ and that he looked forward to catching up with them at future international events.

Peden, 47, has been under intense scrutiny this month, since quitting his role with Cycling NZ amid claims of inappropriate behaviour.

The national body, along with High Performance Sport New Zealand, has commissioned a review of the national programme, after accusations of bullying, and an "inappropriate relationship" between Peden and an athlete.

The former Olympian was named Coach of the Year at the 2014 Halberg Awards, after steering the men's sprint team of Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell to a world championship and Commonwealth Games success.

Under his stewardship, they were silver medallists at the 2016 Rio Olympics and defended their Commonwealth Games title on the Gold Coast in April.

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