Doug Dailey: The original marginal gain

Doug Dailey

Great Britain is the best cycling nation on planet Earth. How the hell did that happen? How did Britain emerge from the shadows in little more than a decade?

There are several reasons. Lottery funding turned the key - it now stands at £26m. Then, along came Sky sponsorship in 2008, with £20m in backing to underpin the bid to win the Tour de France. British Cycling gained bolder leaders, smarter physiologists, better technology and reams more data, not to mention raw riding talent and the means to spot it. Compared to 16 years ago... well, there is no comparison.

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