Cycling boss: Brailsford role to evolve

23 March 2012 / 16:19

Chief executive Ian Drake has reiterated British Cycling's commitment to Team Sky but admitted the role of performance director Dave Brailsford will "evolve" after the London Olympic Games.

Brailsford has in the last four years combined his role as British Cycling performance director alongside that of principal of Team Sky, the road team which launched in January 2010 with the aim of winning the Tour de France within five years.

And Brailsford, the man who masterminded Britain's haul of eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, suggested there would be a "subtle change to some of my responsibilities" following a post-2012 review, saying: "There's only so much I can do in a day."

Drake was compelled to comment, insisting "details will not be clear for some time" of the plans in the next Olympic cycle building up to the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

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

"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.

"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."

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