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Dave Brailsford: it's right time to step aside

Sir Dave Brailsford has stepped down as British Cycling performance director to concentrate full-time on his role as Team Sky principal, the national governing body has confirmed.

Brailsford has led Britain's cyclists to an unprecedented period of success, with eight gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics and has arguably been more influential than any other person in turning cycling into a mainstream sport in this country.

The 50-year-old Welshman also established Team Sky, winning the Tour de France through Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013.

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

"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."

Shane Sutton, Brailsford's right-hand man in more than a decade of success and previously performance manager, has been named technical director, while Andy Harrison will continue as programmes director.

A new role of head of performance support will be created.

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