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Brailsford quits GB role

Sir Dave Brailsford has left his post as performance director at British Cycling to concentrate on his role with Team Sky.

The news brings an end to a phenomenal 11 years at the helm of the British Olympic cycling squad, achieving great team success at the Beijing and London Games.

The 50-year-old, known for his methods of meticulous preparation, led Team GB to 30 Olympic medals between 2003-2012.

Brailsford now looks set to spend more time with Team Sky who he joined in 2010. It is here that he has guided Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to victory in the last two Tours de France.

The team is also opening a new performance centre in the south of France which would have pulled Brailsford away from British Cycling's Manchester base.

Brailsford, who considered his future with British Cycling after the London Olympics before deciding to stay on, has missed two successive world track championships due to Team Sky commitments, including February's event in Cali, Colombia where a disappointing performance prompted a fresh review of team operations.

Brailsford has also found his expertise in demand from outside of cycling and he is to address England's footballers ahead of the World Cup, although he remains committed to cycling as his primary focus.

A statement from British Cycling is expected later on Friday.

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

After missing last month's championships in Cali, Colombia, Brailsford revealed he would review his future commitments with a growing concern he could not focus enough of his time to help his riders bidding for a third consecutive crown at the Tour de France.

He said in February: "It is getting more and more difficult and I think, post-worlds, it is always a good time to sit back and review and see where I am at. The size of the challenge in Team Sky has grown over the last few years.

"The thing I am most concerned about is to make sure that the Great Britain cycling team is in the best possible shape going into the Rio Olympics."