Brailsford quits British Cycling

Sir Dave Brailsford has quit as performance director of British Cycling to concentrate on running Team Sky.

The 50-year-old led Great Britain to eight gold medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics and has transformed the sport during his 10-year reign.

At Sky, Brailsford masterminded Tour de France wins for Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome last year.


missed GB’s recent Track Cycling World Championships

in Colombia, saying he wanted to review his roles.

Brailsford’s golden touch

London 2012

Men’s Road Time Trial:

Bradley Wiggins,
Men’s Keirin:

Chris Hoy,
Men’s Team Sprint:

Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny, Chris Hoy,
Men’s Sprint:

Jason Kenny,
Women’s Keirin:

Victoria Pendleton,
Women’s Team Pursuit:

Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell,
Men’s Team Pursuit:

Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Steven Burke,
Women’s Omnium:

Laura Trott,

Beijing 2008

Road Race:

Nicole Cooke,

Chris Hoy,

Chris Hoy,

Victoria Pendleton,
Individual Pursuit:

Rebecca Romero,
Individual Pursuit:

Bradley Wiggins,
Team Pursuit:

Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Paul Manning,
Team Sprint:

Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jamie Staff

Athens 2004

Bradley Wiggins:

Individual Pursuit,
Chris Hoy:


Former Great Britain cyclist and cycling journalist Michael Hutchinson told BBC Radio 5 live: “It’s potentially the Alex Ferguson moment isn’t it? It’s a big deal because Sir Dave Brailsford is the man who built the system.

“There’s certainly been speculation in and around the team that perhaps Dave was spreading himself too thin, so in that way it’s not a surprise. The question really is how they replace him?”

Brailsford joined British Cycling in 1997 and took over as performance director when Peter Keen left in 2003.

He revolutionised the sport with his attention to detail and “marginal gains” which brought Team GB 30 Olympic medals – mainly on the track – between 2004 and 2012.

He was made an MBE in 2005, a CBE in 2009 and was knighted after the London Olympics. And in December 2012 he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award for a second time.

But the success of Team Sky in road cycling competitions has taken more and more of his time.

He is currently preparing for this year’s Tour de France which starts in Yorkshire on 5 July and the Giro d’Italia, which starts in Belfast next month.

Brailsford’s current number two is head coach Shane Sutton, who took charge of Great Britain’s track cycling squad in Cali, Colombia.

They returned with a

disappointing five-medal haul

with the men failing to win a medal for the first time since lottery funding began in 1998.

Former Olympic pursuit champion Chris Boardman said in March: “Shane is great, a good second in command, but perhaps not the person to be the big boss.”

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