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Shane Sutton – Compassionately Ruthless

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Nine World and Eight Olympic titles; that’s Team GB’s haul for 2008 – so far, that is. That kind of excellence doesn’t ‘just happen,’ who’s behind it?

The GB head coach is Aussie, Shane Sutton – he was still in Beijing the day after his squad’s triumphant campaign ended, when we spoke to him.

You weren’t a bad rider yourself, Shane – Milk Race Winner?

“Yeah, yeah, but that was all a long time ago!”

You rode the Commonwealth Games in ’78 – changes since then?

“The guys are bigger, stronger, faster – training methods have progressed. Back then, it was a case of; “more is always better.” The philosophy has changed, it’s all about speed now, including the endurance guys – in the team pursuit final, their first kilometre was a 1-02.”