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Justin Grace – Kiwi Coach Switches from Team France to Team GB

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The last time we spoke to Justin Grace – the Kiwi who’s coaching skills had much to do with turning New Zealand into one of the world’s major cycling sprint nations – he’d just left his role at the Land of the Long White Cloud and signed up for – La Belle France.

It seemed like an unlikely partnership but with Francois Pervis blasting the world 200 and 1,000, records and winning world titles three at a time – sprint, keirin and kilometre – all looked rosy.

However, it was always going to be difficult for an ‘Anglo’ to be accepted as sprint coach in a land which has produced Morelon, Trentin, Tournand, Rousseau, Sireau and Bauge.

So perhaps it was no surprise to hear that Grace is now with British Cycling as sprint coach – with New Zealand and France among his toughest opposition.

As 2015 and the dreaded ‘one year ‘til the Olympics’ approached Grace took time before the recent Track World Cup round in Colombia to chat to VeloVeritas, again.