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Organisation keen to exert greater control over riders’ race programmes

Stephen Park, British Cycling’s performance director, says the organisation has a “real aspiration” to set up a professional women’s road team with a view to tailoring British riders’ race programmes so that they can also compete on the track.

“We haven’t got anything firm in place but we have spoken about it,” he told The Daily Telegraph after the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen. “We are particularly keen to see where we can support women’s racing.”

Park said he would like to see something similar to Team Sky so that the organisation could exert greater control over what top British riders are doing.

“The problem is all those riders are going off and doing different things for different people and I suppose it’s just trying to balance up those programmes with the track programme.

“Ultimately that’s how Team Sky was born all those years ago. That was why they initiated it in the first place, and it just went on to snowball from there.”

At present, there is no sponsor for such a project, but Park expressed hope that one could be found.

“It’s not an inconsiderable outlay when you’re talking about millions of pounds. But it’s a great aspiration to have.”

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