Sir Dave Brailsford quits his roles as British Cycling's performance director to take another dimension. Dave heads to Team Sky where preparations for upcoming Tour de France are underway.
In the world of sports, we have seen several players and team managers quitting their roles. Some of the main reasons cited include retirement, being sacked, or even not pleased on their team’s performance. The very latest to appear on the headlines is Sir Dave Brailsford who wants to focus of running Team Sky. As a result, the British Cycling performance director has downed his tools to take a different dimension. This may not sink well more especially to British Cycling management and fans as well. It is a decision that has taken time to come out until on Friday 11th when the news got reported by BBC.
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Looking at the entire period Sir Dave Brailsford served as performance director, truly it is 10 years of great achievement. The 50-year old managed to lead Great Britain to attain eight gold medals in London and Beijing Olympics. How else can you define transformation in a team? If you thought that is enough, you will be surprised to note Brailsford’s performance in Tour de France. At Sky, Dave got an opportune moment to mastermind the Tour’s wins for Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012. Further, the year 2013 could not have ended minus Dave laying a hand on Chris Froome’s success.
Recently, during Track Cycling World Championship held in Colombia, Sir Dave Brailsford missed out from Great Britain’s squad on grounds of reviewing his roles. Many cyclists have praised the performance of Brailsford including Michael Hutchinson. Michael is a former GB cyclist who went ahead to compare Dave’s record to that of Sir Alex Ferguson. Now, Dave is no more at British Cycling team and the biggest challenge lies on how they will replace him. You will have to remember that Dave Brailsford joined British side in 1997 taking his mantle of leadership as performance director in 2003. This is the time when Peter Keen had left the team.
Sir Dave Brailsford’s Record at GB Team
Immediately after taking the leadership as performance director in 2003, it did not take longer for Dave to design a working mechanism for the team. In less than 10 years, between 2004 and 2012, Dave successfully snatched 30 Olympic medals for Team GB. This is courtesy of a working formula that targeted to revolutionize the sport. Among other Dave’s achievements include; named an MBE and CBE in 2005 and 2009 respectively. You do not have to stop there since the director was knighted immediately after the London Olympics.
In December 2012, BBC conducted an annual award winning ceremony to recognize Sports Personalities of the Year. Sir Dave Brailsford walked out with Best Coach of the Year award for his second time. So far, Team Sky has taken a lot of Dave’s time where the squad is recording a great success in road cycling competitions. As of now, Brailsford is busy preparing ahead of Tour de France which is going to be held in Yorkshire on July 5th alongside next month’s Belfast Giro d’Italia.