Sutton, who resigned in April, was suspended by the governing
body for allegedly making sexist and discriminatory remarks
about rider Jess Varnish and, separately, para-cyclists.
Trott, 24, who won two golds at the world track championships in
March, said that although the timing of Sutton's resignation was
not ideal, it was unlikely to disrupt preparations for the Games
"If Rio was happening tomorrow then I'd be freaking out a little
bit," she told British media. "(But) all this has happened so
close to Rio that everything was already in place.
"Although we've lost Shane as our leader, Andy Harrison has
stepped in and taken over what was already in place. I don't
think there was much left to do."
Trott, who was one of the first riders to back Sutton and
credits him with boosting her confidence early on in her career,
added that she would miss the Australian's leadership at the
"It is a loss and I really took on board a lot of what Shane
said, he got me pretty far in my career, he was always helpful
to me, always on hand," she said.
"Before the Melbourne worlds in 2012 he told me, 'you're going
to win the omnium'.
"I said, 'What? That's never going to happen.' But it was
because he believed in me that made me think to myself, maybe I
can. That has stuck with me."
(Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan
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