Sir Dave Brailsford, the architect of the UK’s success in cycling in recent years, is stepping down as performance director of British Cycling in order to focus on his role as the head of Team Sky, the country’s professional road race team.
The move forms part of management changes at the national governing body, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
Brailsford, who oversaw unprecedented British success in cycling at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, with eight gold medals at both games, and at other major international events, will now concentrate on managing Team Sky.
The team, which is backed by UK pay-television operator BSkyB, has provided the last two winners of the Tour de France in the shape of British riders Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013.
Brailsford joined British Cycling in 1997 and became performance director in 2003.
However, he has had to divide his attention between the national squad and Team Sky since the launch of the latter in 2009, and had indicated recently that he might have to review his roles, saying: "That side of things [Sky] has got bigger, more global and certainly doesn’t leave me a lot of time."
Meanwhile, Team Sky has signed an exclusive three-year deal with CNP, the sports nutrition brand, to become an official supplier.
CNP has worked with the team since 2010, providing bars, gels, protein products and supplements, helping to power the Tour de France successes, and now has an official role as supplier of sports performance and hydration drinks and sports nutrition food products.Sportcal