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Brailsford vows to focus on new generation of pro women cyclists

Comment came after Lucy Garner's win in World Championships junior road race in Valkenburg...

Dave Brailsford has been "thinking hard" since the Olympics about how better he can support the women cyclists who did so well at the London Games and continue to impress at this week's World Championships.

After junior world time trial champion Elinor Barker led Lucy Garner to victory in the road race, Brailsford said: “We are on the case, recent comments have not been falling on deaf ears and we have been thinking hard about it.

“I believe we have a good track record of supporting our best athletes and we will do it again," he told the Telegraph.

"These girls, along with the likes of Laura Trott, Dani King and others who have already achieved great things, are very special and we have a responsibility to them.

“Rather than just dive in I’m trying to hold everybody back just a little bit, maybe just four or five weeks, so that we can review everything properly and make sure we get this right first time. "

In a clear sign that it's nearly time for Sky to take on a women's squad he said: "We are very well aware that there is a stark inequality between women’s professional cycling and men’s, so British Cycling, along with Sky as its key partner, have been looking at some structures to see how best we can support and develop these girls.

"There has never been a better time to be a talented young British rider.”

Garner echoed those sentiments in comments to the Daily Mail. She said: "I'm definitely going to try and make it to the elite ladies. It would be nice if Sky had a team for women.

"Women's cycling is more and more popular. You can see it right here in Valkenburg."

Meanwhile today sees two other British greats, Emma Pooley and Nicole Cooke, take on the road race in Valkenburg. Lizzie Armitstead has pulled out of the race, but Cooke expressed her faith in Pooley.

"We will be up against bigger teams, some of them will go to the start line with seven riders and will have to ride really smart but that's part of road racing. It's about on the day making the best of the situations and the race dynamic.," said Cooke.

"You would have to make Marianne Vos favourite. She has a strong Dutch team riding for her but you never know with road racing."

We'll provide a race report here on later today.


After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on

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