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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.

Sutton promoted

Shane Sutton has been appointed technical director with responsibility for rider performance, while Andy Harrison will continue as programmes director with responsibility for the running of the Great Britain cycling team's development programmes. Both will report to British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake. And a new role - head of performance support - will be created.

Brailsford said: "This is a big step but it is the right decision for the team and for me.

"Since London 2012, we have worked hard on succession planning and that has meant we've got to a point where I can move on, knowing the team will go from strength to strength.

"I'll still be available to Ian, Shane and Andy for support if they need it and my role at Team Sky will mean we'll still work closely and support the aims of British Cycling.

"I'd like to thank all the great staff who I've worked with and of course the amazing athletes who ultimately deserve all the credit for their success.

"I have some extraordinary memories - not just from Olympic Games and World Championships but also just day to day seeing cycling go from a fringe activity to a mainstream sport.

"I've always said that, more than any of the medals, the transformation of cycling in Britain is the single thing I'm most proud of having helped achieve."

Chief executive Drake said: "Firstly, I want to thank Sir Dave Brailsford for his enormous contribution to British Cycling - the organisation he leaves behind is transformed from the one we both joined in 1998.

"In that time the Great Britain cycling team has not only set the standard by which British sporting success is judged but also inspired millions of people to get active through cycling."

Peters exit

As well as Brailsford, Professor Steve Peters will step down as the British team's psychiatrist.

Peters now works with a range of other individuals and teams and will work with England's footballers ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.