Sutton feeling confident after coaching changes

10 October 2014 / 17:18

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton says the team is right on course for Rio 2016 after confirming the coaching changes to the track programme.

Great Britain will be looking to reassert their dominance on the track in Rio after claiming seven out of the ten available gold medals at London 2012.

The changes see Heiko Salzwedel – who led the Russian track team in London – come back into the fold as the lead podium coach for men’s endurance following stints with British Cycling both post Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008.

The German will begin work on November 1, with the men’s team pursuit squad looking to pick up the pace again after finishing eighth at the 2014 Track World Championships in Colombia.

Paul Manning meanwhile takes up the equivalent role for the women and Chris Newton has been appointed Olympic Academy coach for men’s endurance.

And, with Iain Dyer taking up the role of coach coordinator, Sutton believes he has the setup to succeed.

"I am pleased that Iain Dyer has accepted the additional responsibility to become coach coordinator which I think will galvanise the work of the podium coaches,” he said.

“I believe that these changes, along with the recent addition of Justin Grace to the sprint squad coaching team, put us in good stead at this stage of the Olympic cycle.

“I’m pleased to be able to welcome Heiko back on to the Great Britain Cycling Team in the role of national men’s endurance coach.

“He has a wealth of knowledge and experience which I believe will help drive forward the performances of the men’s endurance squad.

“Paul Manning picks up his role from London 2012 and will coach the women’s endurance team, whilst Chris will focus on coaching and developing endurance riders on the Academy programme with the aim of bolstering our Podium programme.”

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