Performance director and well-known name of British Cycling Sir Dave Brailsford is to step down from his position.

Brailsford led Team GB to seven gold medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics, having had a heavy impact on the sport during his tenure.

He has also made a big difference at Team Sky, having lead Sir Bradley Wiggins to his Tour De France win in 2012 as well as Chris Froome to his victory last year.

The 50-year-old recently missed out on the Track Cycling World Championships, saying he wanted to assess his other roles. Britain coincidentally gave a below-par average at the Championships, but insisted Brailsford's absence was not to blame.

In 1997 Brailsford joined British Cycling and took up the role of performance director when Peter Keen left in 2003.

He has undoubtedly transformed the sport of cycling, having masterminded Team GB to an amazing 30 medals, which were mostly on the track, between 2004 and 2012.

In 2005 Brailsford was made an MBE followed by a CBE in 2009 and was knighted after the London Olympics.

Team Sky has taken up more of Brailsford's time of late, leading him to make this big decision. He is currently carrying out preparation for this year's Tour De France which begins in Yorkshire on 5 July and the Giro d'Italia which starts in Belfast next month.

Former Great Britain cyclist and cycling journalist Michael Hutchinson said to BBC Radio 5 live: "It's potentially the Alex Ferguson moment isn't it? It's a big deal because Sir Dave Brailsford is the man who built the system."

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