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Bradley Wiggins pays tribute to Brailsford

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Sir Bradley Wiggins admits Dave Brailsford will be missed after all the success he has had with British Cycling.

Under the leadership of Brailsford, Team GB have won 59 World Championships between 2003-2013 and have picked up 18 gold medals in the last three Olympic games.

Great Britain have topped the medal tables for cycling in the last two Olympics.

Wiggins has a lot to thank Brailsford for after he became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012 under Brailsford's team management.

The former yellow jersey winner believes Brailsford has changed British cycling and cyclists into a dominant World force.

According to Cycling News, Wiggins said: "He took us from pretty much a team that was paying for their own travel expenses, bikes and wheels and not medalling to one of the most fears track teams in the world.

"I’m not sure how many medals we’ve got over the last four Olympic cycles, but he’s been at the head of that and I think that says it all."

Brailsford will now concentrate on Team Sky after leaving his position as Performance Director of British Cycling. Wiggins admits it wasn't too much of a surprise when he heard the news that he was leaving.

The Brit added: "I’ve seen it coming for a while, he’s been umming and ahhing about it. I don’t this all is well at the velodrome. There’s a lot of sniping and one bad result and it’s all Dave’s fault. Yet, he was coach of the year after 2012.

"I think that is the sport we’re in. One minute you’re on top of the world and the next thing, one bad result, and everyone’s calling for your head. I think from his point of view, he’s taken it as far as he can take it. He’s been there for the best part of 15 years.

" I think it’s incredible and I’m sure someone will step in and freshen things up a bit."

Shane Sutton, the current British Cycling Head Coach, seems to be the most likely successor to Brailsford and Wiggins thinks he would do I good job even though it's a position that requires a lot of politics. 

"I’ve never imagined him as a suit and blazer person, so that remains to be seen. Everyone knows he’s a coach and a man motivator. It will be weird seeing him in a blazer and in that politics side of things. I think he’ll rise to it. He needs to push himself and I think that he’ll rise to the challenge."

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