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Brailsford keen to stay

British Cycling performance director willing to redefine his role

Last Updated: 12/08/12 10:46pm

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Dave Brailsford intends to hold talks with British Cycling in order to consider how to develop the organisation for continued success in the lead-up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016 and beyond.

Over the last four years Brailsford has combined his role as British Cycling performance director - encompassing road, track, BMX and mountain bike disciplines - with that of principal of Team Sky, the road team which launched in January 2010.

Prior to the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne in April Brailsford suggested he was prepared to relinquish his role as performance director and hold a consultancy role with the national governing body while focusing more of his attention on Team Sky.

"The job I've done has been so broad, across a variety of sports now within British Cycling. It doesn't necessarily need the same type of management as before, but I'd very much like to stay involved."
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After a summer of yellow and gold - winning the Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins and eight Olympic titles - Brailsford is now ready to review his position and the overall structure of British Cycling with Ian Drake, the organisation's chief executive.

"We will figure out a structure that we believe can take the sport forward and give us the best possible chances of success in Rio and we'll implement that structure. I'm pretty sure I'll be part of it," said Brailsford, 48.

"It's a well-established business, cycling, and there are people who work on a day-to-day basis with riders who do an amazing job and will continue to do an amazing job.

"It's not the same as a start-up project. It's a mature model. The key thing is you keep challenging and developing it.

"The job I've done has been so broad, across a variety of sports now within British Cycling. It doesn't necessarily need the same type of management as before, but I'd very much like to stay involved."

New ideas

Brailsford has been approached by many organisations keen to take advantage of his experience of delivering continual success.

"I'm always interested to look at things; I like new ideas and bold ideas," he added.

"But my central focus will remain with cycling. How do we build off the back of this for Rio?

"We've won the Tour de France once with Team Sky, a very young team; how do we continue to build that?

"And, in the meantime, what else can we do that's exciting and challenging and good for the sport of cycling."

Britain won eight gold medals - Wiggins' time-trial title and seven out of 10 track events - two silver and two bronze across 18 disciplines at London 2012, emulating their success from Beijing.

"It's been a very successful Games for us," Brailsford added. "The riders, the coaching staff and the support staff have done a brilliant job over the last four years.

"We peaked just at the right time once again - and that's no mean feat to follow up from Beijing and repeat.

"The team was under an awful lot of expectation coming into this Games, given the performance we put in in Beijing, and to be able to match that, with the same number of gold medals, is quite remarkable."

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