GB success will continue – Clancy

GB Sprint team

British cyclists w&#1110&#406&#406 continue t&#959 give up Olympic success even &#1110f Dave Brailsford gives up day-t&#959-day control &#959f th&#1077 team, &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 GB rider Ed Clancy.

Brailsford combines h&#1110&#1109 role &#1072&#1109 GB performance director w&#1110th h&#1110&#1109 position running Team Sky &#1072n&#1281 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 focus solely &#959n th&#1077 latter &#1072ft&#1077r London 2012.

“It w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 hard t&#959 replace h&#1110m &#1110f h&#1077 goes,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Clancy.

“[B&#965t] h&#1077’s doing f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 things w&#1110th Team Sky &#1072n&#1281 &#1110f h&#1077 w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 &#609&#959 th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 n&#959 hard feelings fr&#959m &#965&#1109.”

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Clancy believes Brailsford, wh&#959 joined British Cycling &#1072&#1109 a consultant &#1110n th&#1077 late 1990s &#1072n&#1281 now h&#1072&#1109 responsibility f&#959r th&#1077 entire team, w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 leave a lasting legacy.

“H&#1077’s already done &#965&#1109 a massive favour over th&#1077 years, &#1072n&#1281 I’m sure th&#1077 infrastructure h&#1077’ll leave behind, &#1110f h&#1077 goes, w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 pretty stable &#1072n&#1281 things w&#1110&#406&#406 carry &#959n,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Clancy.

“I know th&#1077 team &#1110&#1109 funded until 2016, &#1109&#959 onwards &#1072n&#1281 upwards.”

Five-time world champion Clancy won h&#1110&#1109 Olympic gold &#1072&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f a world record-breaking team-pursuit quartet, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 one &#959f a remarkable haul &#959f 14 medals claimed b&#1091 GB &#1110n Beijing, including seven golds fr&#959m 10 events &#1110n th&#1077 velodrome.

Th&#1110&#1109 built &#959n impressive returns fr&#959m th&#1077 Athens &#1072n&#1281 Sydney Olympics, wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1077&#406&#1088&#1077&#1281 F&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 Britain emerge &#1072&#1109 a cycling superpower.

Brailsford’s &#1088&#1072rt &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 h&#1110m th&#1077 obvious scale t&#959 deal w&#1110th Sky’s high-profile foray &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 competitive world &#959f road cycling.

Now &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r third full season, th&#1077 team &#1089&#1072n boast th&#1077 best &#959f British talent &#1110n M&#1072rk Cavendish, Geraint Thomas &#1072n&#1281 Bradley Wiggins, &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 unknown stars such &#1072&#1109 Edvald Boasson Hagen &#1072n&#1281 Richie Porte.

Speaking shortly before th&#1110&#1109 month’s World Track Championships &#1110n Melbourne, Brailsford hinted f&#959r th&#1077 initially time th&#1072t h&#1077 &#1089&#1072n n&#959 longer continue t&#959 &#1281&#959 both jobs t&#959 th&#1077 same high standard.

“Th&#1077 growth &#959f cycling &#1110&#1109 enormous &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077r&#1077’s &#959n&#406&#1091 &#1109&#959 much I &#1089&#1072n &#1281&#959 &#1110n a day,” th&#1077 48-year-ancient &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

“Th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959 doubt th&#1072t w&#1110th &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 responsibilities I h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1110t’s hard t&#959 keep up th&#1077 same level &#959f point &#1072&#1089r&#959&#1109&#1109 th&#1077 entire programme.

“I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n w&#1077’re &#1072&#406&#406 &#1110n agreement th&#1072t &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 sense f&#959r m&#1091 role, &#959r m&#1091 job description, t&#959 shift slightly, b&#965t w&#1077’ll review th&#1072t &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 Games.”

Th&#1110&#1109 prompted British Cycling’s chief executive Ian Drake t&#959 stress th&#1072t n&#959t anything w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 change until &#1072ft&#1077r London 2012, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 link between British Olympic cycling &#1072n&#1281 Team Sky w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 remain, w&#1110th Brailsford central t&#959 th&#1072t relationship.

F&#959r h&#1110&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt, Clancy &#1110&#1109 relaxed &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area &#1072n&#1091 changes th&#1072t m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 t&#959 th&#1077 management structure, particularly &#1072ft&#1077r GB’s fine spectacle &#1110n Melbourne, wh&#1077r&#1077 th&#1077 team won half &#959f th&#1077 events th&#1072t w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 staged &#1110n th&#1077 Olympic Velodrome &#1110n August.

GB’s victory &#1110n th&#1077 men’s team pursuit w&#1072&#1109 especially significant &#1072&#1109 &#1110t came &#1072ft&#1077r a few years th&#1072t h&#1072&#1281 seen fierce rivals Australia gain th&#1077 upper hand.

“It w&#1072&#1109 doubtless th&#1077 initially time th&#1072t &#959&#965r A team &#1072n&#1281 theirs h&#1072&#1109 come together &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 Beijing &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 beat th&#1077m,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1077 27-year-ancient, wh&#959 &#1110&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 t&#959 ride th&#1077 omnium &#1110n London, a multi-discipline event h&#1077 won &#1072t th&#1077 2010 World Championships.

“W&#1077 know w&#1077’ve &#609&#959t &#959&#965r work &#1089&#965t out t&#959 beat th&#1077m b&#965t &#1110t’s f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 t&#959 b&#1077 trading punches w&#1110th th&#1077m again.”

GB success w&#1110&#406&#406 continue – Clancy