Olympic Games - London 2012

Team GB calm on Brailsford reports

British Cycling have tried to clarify reports that Dave Brailsford is seeking a new role post London 2012.

Team GB coy on Brailsford  - Olympic Games - London 2012Reuters

Brailsford currently splits his time between serving as performance director for the track cyclists and principal of the Team Sky road race squad. He also has overall responsibility for BMX and mountain biking.

And he hinted in an interview that it might soon be time to share his responsibilities - with this year's Tour de France finishing just days before the Olympics to underline the problem of his crowded schedule.

"Dave Brailsford has been at the heart of the successes for British cyclists, with both GB cycling team and Team Sky," said British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake.

"Part of the reason we have had this continued success is that we always look to develop and build on our knowledge and experience.

"After London 2012 it is likely that the GB team structure will evolve and we have been talking to Dave and others about this.

"The planning phase for a new Olympic and Paralympic cycle is the right time to consider this. We are already working with UK Sport on our performance plans for Rio 2016 and looking at how to best manage the GB Cycling Team and maintain our status on the world stage.

"As the planning process with UK Sport runs through to the end of the year, details will not be clear for some time. Ahead of that we won’t speculate on Dave’s role or indeed other structural changes.

"One thing we can confirm is that the integral link between Team Sky and British Cycling will remain; it has already proved its value and is an essential part of our elite performance and wider vision of providing ‘inspiration to participation’.

"For now, our priority is London 2012 and ensuring our riders reach the Games in the best possible shape and everyone within the team is fully focused on that."

 - Eurosport
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