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British Cycling have named Scott Pollock as their new lead men's sprint coach after being forced into changes in the final months before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. (Fiona Hanson/PA)

British Cycling have named Scott Pollock as their new lead men's sprint coach after being forced into changes in the final months before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. (Fiona Hanson/PA)

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British Cycling have named Scott Pollock as their new lead men's sprint coach after being forced into changes in the final months before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. (Fiona Hanson/PA)

British Cycling have named Scott Pollock as their new lead men's sprint coach after being forced into changes in the final months before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.

Pollock has been named men's sprint programme lead, replacing Kevin Stewart who was dismissed in November due to "inappropriate relationships with riders", and will be charged with attempting to deliver another strong medal haul with a squad headlined by Jason Kenny.

The appointment is effectively an in-house one as Pollock had already been working full-time with British Cycling as senior strength and conditioning coach for the English Institute of Sport.

An outside appointment was considered, but the search was complicated given the short timeframe before Tokyo - the Games are due to open on July 23 - and the fact that most experienced coaches are already signed up elsewhere.

Performance director Stephen Park said: "We did consider bringing in new staff from outside the programme. However, ultimately we determined that an in-house solution will best ensure we stay on track to achieve our ambitions for the men's sprint squad at the forthcoming Olympic Games."

Lewis Marsden, an EIS performance analyst who likewise had been working full-time with British Cycling, will take on the role of lead for track programming, responsible for designing riders' training programmes and delivering sessions.

Women's sprint coach Jan van Eijden and academy sprint coach Andy Leveton will both lend their experience and be available to consult with the new coaches, and the set-up will be reviewed after the Games this summer.

Park added: "I am proud of the way the team have pulled together."

Belfast Telegraph


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