Published: 11 August 2015
Great Britain Cycling Team technical director Shane Sutton reflects on another successful month for the squad and looks ahead to more exciting action.
Last month we were treated to an historic second Tour de France win for Chris Froome – making it three British winners in the last four years – a situation that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
From the road to the track and our riders are back in action early this season, with a full-on team ready to wow the crowds at the opening Revolution in Derby’s new velodrome this weekend.
It’ll be great to see Sir Bradley Wiggins, our first Tour de France winner, back in action on the boards in our brand new Great Britain Cycling Team kit, launched as we celebrate ten years with adidas.
Also in the new kit in Derby will be Mark Cavendish, making an exciting return to the track. Like Brad, Mark’s early success came on the boards, winning the Madison world title in 2005 with Rob Hayles and 2008 with Wiggins.
Later in the month our under-23 guys compete on the road at the Tour de l’Avenir – the ‘Tour of the Future’, where tomorrow’s Grand Tour winners cut their teeth.
On the dirt we’ve seen some great performances – Rachel Atherton taking the downhill world cup title for the fourth time while Josh Bryceland got back to his winning ways after his horrendous accident at the worlds last year.
In cross-country we’ve seen Alice Barnes step up with her first under-23 world cup podium. Next month’s mountain bike world championships look set to be something special for Great Britain.
And finally, we’ve got a world champion in cycle speedway, Vicky Brown taking the title on home soil ahead of fellow-Brit Lauren Hookway.
Right across the board on road, track and dirt, British riders are firing on all cylinders and I hope you’ll join me in congratulating them all on their success so far, while looking ahead to the exciting next steps on the road to Rio.