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The following is an extract from Steve Cummings’ autobiography ‘The Break: Life as a Cycling Maverick,’ available now on Amazon . Cummings, now a directeur sportif at Ineos Grenadiers, recalls his time as a rider with the squad under the Team Sky banner in 2010 and 2011.
When I signed for Team Sky as one of their riders in their first ever line-up, I had this idea that I was really going to explore how good I could be. On paper the circumstances seemed perfect because I was on board there with Dave B and Shane Sutton and I knew how ambitious they were. Although they had publicly given themselves five years to win the Tour, it was a goal from the first day the team started.
When it came to winning the Tour, Dave was always asking rhetorically, ‘Why can’t you do it?’ and certainly racing history was on their side. If you had wound back the clock ten years and looked at what Brailsford and British Cycling had achieved on the track for Great Britain in that time, Dave’s question back then had been, ‘Why can’t you win an Olympic gold?’ But he’d answered that himself, because he’d masterminded British Cycling’s track performances as they went from netting bronze medals and the occasional gold in the Olympics and Worlds to a scenario where if you made the team and you couldn’t get at least one gold, you were the odd one out.
So I was […]