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by Mark Zalewski
January 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’
In addition to the controversy surrounding Dave Brailsford, Team Sky and British Cycling over a medical package sent for Bradley Wiggins back in 2011, Brailsford is also the subject of allegations of lies, bullying and harassment while performance director of British Cycling from 2003 to 2014 — in particular from former British Cycling coach Ken Matheson.
“Listen, I’m demanding,” Brailsford said during the Team Sky media day in response to the allegations. “I’m uncompromising in trying to achieve performance. We started off as a British team who were second rate — nowhere in the world, attitude of gallant losers — and we thought, ‘Actually, no. Why can’t we be the best in the world?'”
“And to be the best in the world, you have to set some standards. You’ve got to have some ambition. And then you’ve got to be pretty full on in terms of making sure those standards are achieved. That’s not to say you’ve got to be vindictive or malicious but you do have standards. And I am uncompromising, I know that. Anyone in high-performance sport, that’s the environment you create. Some people can cope with that environment and some people can’t. Those who can’t — it’s not a judgment, but they shouldn’t be in it.
“When I took over at British Cycling I tried to push hard. Some people I felt should be there and some people quite clearly didn’t have the skills or the capabilities to be at the level where we wanted to go. I’ll never make any excuses about that. I committed full on. I’ve committed a lot of my life to trying to improve and do things which people said couldn’t be done.”
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