Boardman wants Brailsford decision

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Sir Dave Brailsford has been British Cycling performance director since 2003 Sir Dave Brailsford has been British Cycling performance director since 2003

Chris Boardman has called on British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford to make a decision, one way or the other, over his role after an under-par performance at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali.

Britain won five medals - two gold, one silver and two bronze - in Colombia, but there was no podium place for a British male in the worst performance since 1998, when Boardman was part of the squad.

The 1992 Olympic champion left his role as head of research and development after the London 2012 Olympics after working closely alongside Brailsford, whose other job as Team Sky principal meant he was absent for a second successive Track World Championships.

Brailsford, who has been performance director since 2003 and led Britain to great success at the Beijing and London Games, conducts regular reviews, including into his own role, which now comes under intense scrutiny after the disappointing showing which comes two years out from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"I'm not sure about an overhaul, but it needs a boss," said Boardman.

"I believe Dave's making a decision on what he's going to do, but it needs a full-time boss.

"Dave would clearly be the best full-time boss, but if he's not going to do that, it might be better if somebody else comes in and takes the reins.

"He's such a character, if he's still there it's difficult for people to go in and take command, but it needs somebody like him.

"Shane (Sutton, the head coach) is great, a good second in command, but perhaps not the person to be the big boss.

"British Cycling's in a period of change now. Still got some fantastic ingredients, some great athletes, got some great people working for them.

"The potential is all still there. It just might need somebody to pull it all together."

With Rio in mind and reflecting back to the same point in the Beijing and London Olympic cycles, Boardman was not too alarmed by the British performances in Cali.

The 45-year-old added: "If you look at the curve in the last eight years there's always a two-year lull in the middle.

"When you win things, you get lots of distractions, the hunger goes a little bit, you get a good kicking, that gives you back your incentive - the fear of loss.

"It's part of a cycle and I don't think there's any reason to be massively concerned for Rio yet.

"It's not like the rest of the world has gone massively faster, it's the British team that's slowed down, so you know the potential is there.

"They've lost a couple of key names in Vicky (Pendleton) and Chris (Hoy). I think that's being felt.

"They're not a million miles away, but they're behind the curve in every male event. They're just missing an edge.

"If you were concerned about anything, it's the fact they're finding it difficult to pinpoint and haven't seen it coming into the event."

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree