The Team Sky boss says that Leicester City's Premier League victory is something all sports teams can learn from

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford says Leicester City’s unlikely victory in the Premier League is a “fantastic case study in sport” and something that cycling can learn from.

Brailsford revealed to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that sports scientists from Team Sky had already been to meet with the Foxes’ staff in an effort to try and “learn from each other.”

Leicester sealed their first ever English top division title on Monday night after their nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur drew with Chelsea, completing one of sport’s most unlikely triumphs having been tipped for relegation at the season’s start.

And it’s that implausible victory that Brailsford wants to learn from because “it just shatters everything that everybody has established.”

“Our sports science guys were up here a month and a half ago meeting with the guys here and having a look at what’s going on – that’s sport we all trying and learn from each other,” Brailsford said.


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“The refreshing thing about this particular story is that it just goes against every thing – the established norms and the conventional wisdom about how to win the Premier League. It just shatters everything that everybody has established. So it just an exciting opportunity to learn.

He added: “There’s an old saying in sport that the star team will always beat the team of stars. You quite often hear people saying that, and it’s very rarely seen in fact, but this is a really good example of that.

“They obviously had the talent, but the recruitment of that talent, how did they identify that talent, how did they pull it together, how they developed goal clarity.

“The journey they went through was exciting, they built momentum, [Jamie] Vardy’s run of scoring goals, that gave them belief and you could see the belief growing all the time. So it is just a fantastic case study in sport.”

Brailsford is currently getting his Team Sky squad ready to take on the first Grand Tour of the year, the Giro d’Italia, which begins on Friday.

  • Nathan Jones

    Of course they have low priority races. They’re a world tour team so they have to have a presence at all the WT races. Froome may not have even been rested going into Romandie but he needed some stage race prep. It’s probably calculated as a better training run for Froome for him to get ready for the Tour than LBL, DRV, Amstel etc. If he wants to win LBL or DRV then we’d see a totally different pattern from early in the season.

  • Wilson

    Ha ha, you again!

  • Timpacker

    You saw your first Tour de France in 1953.. I’m afraid the times have changed since then..I cannot believe that you don’t think most of the peloton doped in the 90s.. Why was Christophe bassoons given such a hard time then.. What about the amount of riders have stated from that era that if you didn’t go along with the doping practice you were looked down upon.. What about all the admissions from the Armstrong investigation .. What about operation purito in Spain .. So out of 190 odd riders in the peloton in that era only ones doping were from festina.. What about the once team with Manilo saiz.. What about Thomas davey a former banesto rider on indurains team saying indurains own DR Padilla administered epo to Indurain..and you really think it’s not a know fact.. Perhaps you should write a book explaining it all a conspiracy and no one EVER doped!!

  • Norris Lockley

    Hey, Honey…Please don’t call me Babe…I’m kinda gender sensitive.

    Have you ever met David Brailsford? Team Sky does not have ‘low priority races’ in its calendar …they are all high priority, except that some are higher than others.

    Froome also needs to feed his ego and self-belief that he is the best road cyclist ever..so he would not deign to even roll up to the start line unless he thought he could rely on his team-mates to shepherd him around the parcours..so he could just manage to sprint the last 300 metres or so to take the victory salute and to bask in the glory.

    Until this year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege Team Sky had never won a one day Classic; to do so was one of Brailsford’s burning ambitions..so he put up one of his best teams…and please dont tell me that Froome had agreed to play the role of the model domestique to any of his team mates..That’s just not in this man’s psyche nor, I suspect, within his capabilities.

    Both Brailsford and Froome needs wins..just as much as they need oxygen; it’s called a raison d’etre.

  • Alex

    Babe, you clearly don’t get pro-cycling. Just because Chris Froome wants to win a monument doesn’t mean he can just rock up at one and expect to win.. their plan was clearly about Kwiatkowski or Wout.

    And yes, of course there are low & high priority races in a team’s calendar… what an odd thing to say…

  • Norris Lockley

    Alex….Brailsford is a very driven and ambitious man…so there are NO low-priority races in the Team Sky calendar – Team Sky ride to win, every time…Brailsford needs the wins to feed his image.

    Froome has won the Tour de Romandie twice..so he went along this year to make it three wins…not to lose 17 minutes; fact is he had no form..he doesn’t race regularly enough. He has also stated publicly that he would like to win a one-day ‘monument’ – there would have been no better place to start that the recent Liege-Bastogne-Liege – the oldest and the most legendary of the Spring Classics..but again he showed no form, no stamina, couldn’t find a wheel to hang on to… He sets a dreadful example.

  • Norris Lockley

    If it’s a known fact as you state that 99.9% of the peloton were doping in the 90s. just show me the empirical data. Was Chris Boardman doping…? How about Indurain…? Apart from some of the Festina riders only a handful of French riders doped…the lack of drug-taking leading to their less than earth-shaking performances. Read what managers such as Marc Madiot had to say about doping..and riders such as Raphael Kimmage..

    Alex..there’s a great difference between wheel-sucking and riding in echelon-form to conserve energy. if you dont already know that, you should.

    I’m not a ‘Johnny- come-lately’ lycra type…saw my first Tour de France in 1953..and most of them since, so I have been around a long time, seen a lot, met a lot of Pro riders..here and on the continent.

  • Alex

    This comment is hilarious and I’m not even a Sky fan. The idea that Voeckler taking Roche in a 2 up sprint combined with Froome deciding to sit up and conserve energy on a low priority race somehow means that Brailsford is selling snake oil shows more about how little you seem to understand cycling.

    Especially when you celebrate him as ‘olde-skool’ and not one of those wimpy ‘wheelsuckerz’ hiding from the wind and conserving energy…

  • Timpacker

    It’s a know fact 99.9 % of the peloton was doping in the 90s right up to around maybe 2011. And you think voeckler wasn’t on anything right back from 2005.. So you think he finished 5th in 2005 without any chemical assistance whilst the other riders were taking God knows what substances!! So you think he only finished 4 places behind Armstrong will out any HELP!! He’s a doper!!!

  • Norris Lockley

    Unlike Team Sky, none of the teams in which Voeckler has ridden since he turned pro in the early 2000s, has been under suspicion of using drugs. Froome will turn 31 on May 20 whereas Voeckler will turn 37 on 22 June. For a quick comparison in the recent Liege-Bastogne-Liege Voeckler put nearly two and a quarter minutes into Froome…the latter finished 112th, while the plucky Frenchman finished 106th..with little or no team support.
    While Froome is constantly whingeing about either the weather being against him…or the kerb-edge jumping out a knocking him off…Voeckler just smiles, grins, pulls odd faces, sticks his tongue out and gets on with it…and wins over the crowd. No one is known to have thrown a bucket of urine over Voeckler !

    Think about it.

  • Timpacker

    So the fact that Thomas voeckler has never won the Tour de France and the only year he did finish 5th in 2005 was probably drug induced help but never mind he won the tour de Yorkshire!! Perhaps we’re see him challenge Chris froome in the tour!!! Ha ha ha I bet team sky are really worried now !!!! I bet the tour de Yorkshire wasn’t exactly a big priority for team sky either.. As for not being a wheel sucker you sound to stuck in your ways to realise cycling has changed over the years ..

  • Dave2020

    I agree, Norris. It does smack of ego-massaging. There are more important issues:-

    “. . . these allegations date back to Sutton’s time as a coach under performance director Brailsford. Some have asked why Team Sky’s general manager has not been more vocal.”

    He has broken his silence:-

    “You can’t get performance on a continuous basis over a long period of time through fear. I just don’t believe it.” So Brailsford doesn’t understand what a culture of fear feels like? No surprise there.

    “When you’re in a leadership position like that you have a responsibility to athletes and the care of athletes, more than anything else. And the welfare of those athletes.” More than anything else? Is it more important than winning medals? In Brailsford’s eyes, evidently not.

  • Norris Lockley

    Perhaps instead of trying to massage his ego further by cashing in on Leicester City’s success, Brailsford- the self-annointed Svengali of cycling, should examine the case study that stares him in the face. Instead of puzzling how Vardy and his mates managed to pull off the feat, he should be asking himself how a 37 year old (22 June 2016) Frenchman with almost no team support, managed to wipe the floor with the ‘kings of the peloton’ – Team Sky. Methinks that Brailsford assumes that his strategies to kill the racing and to dominate the peloton cannot be beaten; today he knows the bitter truth. Well done Thomas Voeckler- a real racing cyclist of the’old school’…not a wheelsucker. While he is at it Brailsford should also ask himself why, when his protoge, Froome, lost his team mates to nurse him along in last weeks Tour de Romandie, the latter primadonna, managed to loose over 17 minutes on the stage winner. Nobody needs to nurse Voeckler along – he’s his own man!

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Perhaps they’d like Shane Sutton.

    Meanwhile don’t forget folks, a 16 year old female racing cyclist really is tougher than an overpaid pansy footballer rolling around on the pitch pretending he’s hurt.

    Football – what a load of carp.