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by Shane Stokes
August 23, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4
Following the non-renewal of his contract in June by Cycling Australia’s new high performance director Simon Jones, former national endurance coach Gary Sutton has been named new head endurance track coach for USA Cycling. The federation announced the news this week, with CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall saying that the acquisition should be a big boost.
“Endurance track is an area of strength for the U.S. We are the reigning world champions in the women’s team pursuit and earned two silver medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games,” he said. “However, we have greater ambitions for the future and want to keep improving. Gary is one of the most experienced and skilled track coaches in the world, and we are very fortunate to have been successful in recruiting him to join our team.”
Sutton was points race world champion in 1980, and is the brother of former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton. He has more than 25 years of coaching experience and served as women’s track endurance coach for CA from 2010.
“Obviously, I am really looking forward to working at USA Cycling and being part of their renewed focus on high performance athlete development,” he said. “The U.S. has amazing talent and depth in women’s endurance track, and I am excited to work with these athletes and their coaches. And the opportunity to build a men’s endurance track program and work with Jim Miller and his high performance team is also very exciting for me.”
USA Cycling has set a target of becoming the top women’s endurance track programme in the world. According to the federation, Sutton’s new role will see him ‘identifying and developing a deep pool of world-class endurance track athletes and fully leveraging USA Cycling’s development programs and high performance support.’ He will also launch a new men’s endurance track program.