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Brailsford collects coach award

December 17, 2012 11:57 am

The man who helped deliver a large chunk of Team GB's success this year, cycling chief Dave Brailsford, won coach of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Gold-medal winning races from Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott were among some of the biggest highlights of the Games as Britain reigned supreme in the Velodrome once again.

British Cycling performance director Brailsford was key to Britain's 15 cycling medals in London and also headed the Team Sky outfit which guided Bradley Wiggins to victory in the Tour de France.

Brailsford, who beat Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello and rowing coach Paul Thompson to the award, said: "It's a huge privilege to win this because it was a fantastic summer of sport. There is a great team behind me at British Cycling and Team Sky.

"They did a brilliant job. I would like to thank head coach Shane Sutton and all the team for the work they have done.

"They did such a good job. Our opponents thought our wheels were rounder than theirs.

"It's great because everyone sniggered when we said we would win the Tour de France in five years with a clean British rider."

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