Technical director for British Cycling Shane Sutton OBE believes there is strength in depth after the Great Britain Cycling Team squad for the 2014/15 funding year was named.
London 2012 gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Steve Burke, Ed Clancy, Pete Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott have all been named on the Olympic Podium Programme team.
And this year they are joined by the likes of world champion Katie Archibald who makes the step up to the Olympic Podium Programme ranks after a successful 2014.
And Sutton believes the talent pool goes even deeper with both the Olympic Academy and Development Programme boasting a whole host of starlets.
“Following on from the recent Academy programme intake announcement I’m pleased that we have been able to confirm the full squad for the 2014/15 period,” Sutton said.
“The podium programme is looking in a healthy position with just under two years to go until Rio 2016 and I’m happy to see Katie Archibald, Tre Whyte, Kyle Evans and Grant Ferguson graduate to the podium programme, all of whom impressed with their results from last season.
“It’s also good to have the additions of Ciara Horne and Mark Christian to the squad which enforces our policy that the door is never closed to talented riders.
“The women’s academy endurance programme is beginning to take shape now and, under the guidance of coach Darren Tudor at the Newport velodrome, the riders are really starting to develop with the ultimate aim of feeding into the elite squads.
“Amy Roberts, who recently moved up to Manchester to train with the podium riders, is an outstanding example of this. I’m also encouraged that we can continue to support young female riders with a road focus, such as Lucy Garner and Anna Christian, who both made selection for the elite road world championships this year.”
“Looking further down the pathway, the Olympic Development Programme has accepted 42 riders for this funding year and the newly-created Olympic Development Apprentice scheme, which will be fully operational by the end of the year, has 83 riders identified to be accepted as apprentices which should provide us with a healthy pool of talent looking beyond Rio.”
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