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Dave Brailsford: 'If I do have any further health issues, I won't be able to continue'

Sir Dave Brailsford. Photo: Offside/L'Equipe
Will Strickson
19 Jul 2021

Ineos Grenadiers's top man, who has been hit with cancer and heart issues, admits he may walk away if health worsens

Dave Brailsford has said that he may be forced to quit Ineos Grenadiers if his health worsens.

Speaking to occasional Cyclist writer Jeremy Whittle for The Guardian after the Tour de France's final stage yesterday, Brailsford, who has been hit with cancer and heart issues in the past couple of years, said, 'If I do have any further health issues, I won't be able to continue. I'm pretty clear about that.

'I'm trying to look after myself but I'm here to help other people, to lead and support other people. If the moment comes when you're trying to support yourself more then it's time to get out.'

The 57-year-old who masterminded British Cycling and Team Sky's rise to the top of the sport said that while he was still 'hungry' to win, 'when you have what you think are life-threatening moments twice in the space of two years, you wonder what will happen.

'The cancer one was scary but manageable, but the heart issue felt different, way more scary. Then you start asking the question: "How long will my health last?"'

With somewhat of a dry spell in the Tour de France for Ineos Grenadiers in the last couple of years, including what many have said to be a disappointing outing this year, he was also asked about the team's performance, saying, 'This is our 34th Grand Tour and we've won 12 and I don't think that's an accident.

'There's been two Grand Tours this year, we have won one and finished third in the other. We have won more stage races this year than we have ever won, so I'm not sure where any pessimism is coming from.'

The headline on this article was amended soon after it was initially published