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Trouble at the top

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At the centre of the storm – Charly Wegelius – pic: © Richard Wilson

British Cycling’s press statement in full:

Following a detailed review of the circumstances surrounding the GB Team’s performance in the Elite Men’s race at the 2005 Madrid World Road Race Championships, Performance Director Dave Brailsford has released the following statement:

“The GB Cycling Team is working hard across all areas of its operation to improve its performance and levels of professionalism. As the national team, we also believe that both transparency and accountability are important.

The Elite Men’s Road Team for the World Championships in Madrid was chosen with a clear strategy, which identified a single team leader. The remaining riders in the team were expected to totally dedicate their efforts to supporting him.

In the event, both Tom Southam and Charly Wegelius ignored this team strategy and instead chose to ride for themselves, an act which was totally unacceptable.

I have spoken at length to Tom and Charly and they both recognise that they made a grave error of judgement. Whilst they have both apologised for their actions, this type of behaviour by a GB rider will not be tolerated now or at any time in the future.

As a consequence of their actions, I cannot foresee the circumstances under which Tom or Charly would ever be selected for GB or England again. Both riders have agreed to repay the costs associated with their participation in the event.

In light of my review, John Herety, the National Road Race Manager, who is responsible for formulating and implementing team strategy and tactics, has tendered his resignation, which I have accepted.

We have the stated ambition of becoming the most successful team in world cycling. The level of professionalism we demand leaves no room for riders with private agendas. Total commitment to the team is non-negotiable.”

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