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New post at British Cycling

British Cycling is to recruit a programmes director to support performance director Dave Brailsford.

Brailsford is also Team Sky principal and will now be supported as he balances both roles in a structure designed to sustain success.

The decision to appoint a programmes director follows an internal review which was initiated after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The programmes director will, along with Brailsford, be responsible for the operational delivery of the Great Britain team's podium, podium potential and talent programmes.

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake said: "After British Cycling's greatest year, in which we saw a first winner of the Tour de France, world-leading results at the Olympics and Paralympics and rising levels of participation, it was important we looked at how the organisation can continue to set a high standard for sport in the UK.

"British Cycling is extremely fortunate to have individuals of Dave's calibre, he has played a major role in the transformation of the sport in this country and I am thrilled he will continue his work.

"But we need to ensure there is a lasting legacy which will see Britain continue on its journey to becoming a cycling nation.

"No-one here underestimates the challenge but, by acting now, we are giving ourselves the best possible chance of success.

"The programmes director will already be a high-achiever in sport and I look forward to the recruitment process."

Brailsford added: "I am delighted to confirm my commitment to British Cycling and I look forward to implementing our plans for Rio 2016.

"I wholeheartedly endorse the decision to recruit a programmes director.

"The successes we have achieved come from a continuous search for improvement and, while 2012 has been very good for cycling in the UK, I am determined that there is even better ahead."