Team Sky this afternoon announced that Senior Sports Director Scott Sunderland today left Team Sky under a mutual agreement. On his website Sunderland explains that he is leaving the Sky set up to spend more time with his family, his younger son has a life threatening kidney condition.
In the statement from Team Sky, Dave Brailsford, Team Principal for Team Sky, said: “We would like to thank Scott for his contribution to Team Sky. He helped us get from the drawing board to being a real road team, working with us from the announcement of the project to our first podium finishes. We all wish Scott the very best, personally and for his future career.”
Scott Sunderland was one of four Sports Directors in the new professional road team, alongside Sean Yates, Steven de Jongh and Marcus Ljungqvist.
Scott Sunderland a Senior Sports Director since the team’s launch, added:
“It has been an incredible journey, helping to set up a new, highly professional team from scratch. I’m proud of the team’s achievements so far and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season, their first Tour de France and a successful future.”
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.