Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 24, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel, Vos take wins at Diegem; UK Anti-Doping Agency investigators search British Cycling HQ; British Cycling names new performance director; Van der Haar to return at Heusden-Zolder; Johan Museeuw rides 24 hours for charity; Brian Cookson offers a year in review; Esteban Chaves voted most friendly by media; Sunday Times editor says dooring article was ‘heavy irony’; London truck drivers given cyclist training; Sagan is not good at everything; Happy holidays!

British Cycling names new performance director

by CyclingTips

Stephen Park has been appointed the British Cycling performance director at the embattled governing body. This is the first performance director since Dave Brailsford left the position in April 2014 to focus on Team Sky.

“I feel privileged and excited to be given this opportunity and look forward to building on the high-performance culture at British Cycling,” said Park. “Clearly cycling poses very different challenges to sailing but it’s a sport I am very passionate about from a personal perspective. I’m looking forward to meeting its challenges head on and working intensively with a highly motivated and experienced group of athletes, coaches and support staff.”

There will likely be numerous metaphors as Park comes from the Royal Yachting Association to a governing body that is listing and taking on water as it deals with multiple controversies — from Shane Sutton who resigned over allegations of discriminatory and sexist behaviour to Dave Brailsford and Team Sky over a medical package sent to Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

British Cycling CEO Ian Drake has already announced he will be departing in early 2017 and the organisation is currently searching for a replacement. A replacement for Shane Sutton has also not been named.

“The standard of applicants was predictably high, and in appointing Stephen Park I am extremely confident that we have someone in place who can now go forward and build on the fantastic success that British Cycling has enjoyed in recent years,” said Chris Boardman who was part of the selection process. “The role calls for a highly effective, ambitious leader with a track record of successfully delivering at the highest level, and an ability to instill a real sense of team and get the most out of the wealth of experience that is evident in the Great Britain Cycling Team.”

Click through to read more at British Cycling.