British Cycling announces coaching restructure for the Olympic Programmes

British Cycling announces coaching restructure for the Olympic Programmes

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British Cycling has confirmed the changes which will be made to the coaching structure of the track programmes in the build-up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Iain Dyer has been appointed as coach coordinator and will be responsible for the coordination of podium coach-related operations, assisting in coach development planning and will be involved in major event selection panels in addition to his existing role as lead podium sprint coach.

Heiko Salzwedel has been appointed as the lead podium coach for men’s endurance for the Great Britain Cycling Team and will begin the role on 1 November, with Paul Manning taking up the role of lead podium coach for women’s endurance and Chris Newton appointed Olympic Academy coach for men’s endurance.

Salzwedel, who led the Russian track team at the 2012 London Olympics before joining Swiss Cycling as the national coach for the under-23 men, returns to British Cycling after a four-year absence. Speaking of his appointment, he said: “I’m very happy to be returning to the Great Britain Cycling Team. The bar continues to rise on the men’s endurance events and I’m looking forward to coaching the team to future successes.”

Technical director Shane Sutton said: “I’m pleased to be able to welcome Heiko back on to the Great Britain Cycling Team in the role of national men’s endurance coach. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience which I believe will help drive forward the performances of the men’s endurance squad. Paul picks up his role from London 2012 and will coach the women’s endurance team, whilst Chris will focus on coaching and developing endurance riders on the Academy programme with the aim of bolstering our Podium programme.

"I am pleased that Iain Dyer has accepted the additional responsibility to become coach coordinator which I think will galvanise the work of the podium coaches. I believe that these changes, along with the recent addition of Justin Grace to the sprint squad coaching team, put us in good stead at this stage of the Olympic cycle.”

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