The guy that took Connor Fields to Olympic gold has a new challenge
British Cycling are hoping that a shake-up in their BMX department will help them get back on the right path, and it is hoped that the appointment of former European BMX champion Pierre-Henri Sauze will be just the tonic.
The former French pro is no stranger to success as a coach, Sauze guided American star Connor Fields to Olympic gold in Rio last year and has also worked with world number three Tory Nyhaug.
In a report from Press Association Sport, Sauze’s appointment is considered to be a major coup for the GB programme – which has never won an Olympic medal, and has only recently lost UK Sport funding for its women’s team.
The cut in funding had been the catalyst for GB performance director Steve Park to make changes, including letting go former head coach Grant White. It’s a move that fuelled speculation about where the BMX program was headed.
Further doubts about the program gained traction earlier in October when junior world champ Beth Shriever announced she was leaving the Manchester-based GB squad to train with a close-knit group of coaches and support staff.
Shriever has called her self-funded move a “necessary step” to ensure she reaches the goal of competing at Tokyo 2020, denying any ill-feeling between herself and the GB squad.
For now, it is understood that British Cycling is hoping Sauze’s appointment will have such an impact that UK Sport will consider funding both the men and women’s programs again.
History shows, he has the runs on the board.