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Cycling boss targeted by rivals

By James Munro
BBC sports news correspondent

Brailsford, Hoy and Ross Edgar
Brailsford has masterminded Great Britain's cycling success

The man behind Britain's unprecedented cycling success in Beijing has told the BBC he has been approached by other countries to work for them at 2012.

But British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford says national pride would not allow him to swap sides, whatever the money.

"Yes, I've had offers while I've been here," Brailsford said on Sunday.

"But with the London Games in 2012, it would be crazy to go. This is the greatest job in the world."

Great Britain's cyclists won 14 medals in Beijing, with eight golds providing almost half of the team total.

Nicole Cooke won Team GB's first medal of the Olympics, with gold in the road race, and Chris Hoy became the first Briton for 100 years to win three golds in one Games.

Brailsford said of approaches from rivals: "They'd say: 'You can't do anything more with the British team. Why don't you come and do something else? It'll be exciting. We've got a big budget, we are a big country.'

"But the worst job would be to lead a foreign team in that Olympics. I don't think I could stomach that really. National pride would not allow me to do it, no matter what somebody paid me."

British Cycling have to get the full financial package necessary to continue to deliver medals and keep people of Brailsford's quality, otherwise we will lose him

BOA chairman Lord Moynihan

Brailsford's comments come as the British Olympic Association is considering paying cash bonuses to medal winners and their support staff at the London Games.

The BOA chairman, Lord Moynihan, said: "We have to look at what's happening in the rest of the world. A number of National Organising Committees, including the USA and Australia, do reward their medallists with cash bonuses."

He also appealed to the Government to confirm its funding commitment to elite sport as soon as possible, to prevent the best staff from being poached.

"British Cycling have to get the full financial package necessary to continue top deliver medals and keep people of Brailsford's quality, otherwise we will lose him, and we will lose other top coaches.

"It's a highly competitive market for coaches these days, and performance directors, and cycling will need to be well resourced in order to make sure that we are strong, if not stronger, if that is possible, in 2012."


Cycling Road medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGreat Britain 1 1 0 2
Women's Individual Time Trial 0 1 0
Women's Road Race 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forSwitzerland 1 0 2 3
Men's Individual Time Trial 1 0 0
Men's Road Race 0 0 1
Women's Individual Time Trial 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forUSA 1 0 1 2
Men's Individual Time Trial 0 0 1
Women's Individual Time Trial 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forSpain 1 0 0 1
Men's Road Race 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forSweden 0 2 0 2
Men's Individual Time Trial 0 1 0
Women's Road Race 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 1 2
Men's Road Race 0 1 0
Women's Road Race 0 0 1

Cycling Track medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGreat Britain 7 3 2 12
Men's Individual Pursuit 1 0 1
Men's Keirin 1 1 0
Men's Points Race 0 0 1
Men's Sprint 1 1 0
Men's Team Pursuit 1 0 0
Men's Team Sprint 1 0 0
Women's Individual Pursuit 1 1 0
Women's Sprint 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forSpain 1 1 1 3
Men's Madison 0 1 0
Men's Points Race 1 0 0
Women's Points Race 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forArgentina 1 0 0 1
Men's Madison 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forNetherlands 1 0 0 1
Women's Points Race 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 1 2
Men's Sprint 0 0 1
Men's Team Sprint 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 1 2
Men's Points Race 0 1 0
Men's Team Sprint 0 0 1
7 also show each event results forNew Zealand 0 1 1 2
Men's Individual Pursuit 0 1 0
Men's Team Sprint 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forAustralia 0 1 0 1
Women's Sprint 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forCuba 0 1 0 1
Women's Points Race 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forDenmark 0 1 0 1
Men's Team Pursuit 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forChina 0 0 1 1
Women's Sprint 0 0 1
12 also show each event results forJapan 0 0 1 1
Men's Keirin 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Men's Madison 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forUkraine 0 0 1 1
Women's Individual Pursuit 0 0 1

see also
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics


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