Team Sky appoint British Cycling coach Dan Hunt as sports director
Team Sky have appointed Dan Hunt as sports director ahead of the 2013 season.
Last Updated: 03/01/13 10:24am
The Briton was part of the team during its inaugural season in 2010, dovetailing his work on the road with his coaching position on the track within British Cycling.
Fresh from a momentous summer that saw him help guide the men's team pursuit quartet to a world record-breaking defence of their Olympic title in London, Hunt is now ready to return to road racing.
With Team Sky and British Cycling sharing a base at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, as well as training camps and a common leader in Dave Brailsford, Hunt already has an intimate knowledge of the team and staff.
He told teamsky.com: "We have walked the same corridors with the same people for three or four years now. I know everyone on this team and I have a fantastic relationship with them all.
"I don't think it gets any better than Olympic gold at a home Olympics from a coaching point of view. It is a great time to bow out and start a new challenge and I'm really excited about the project."
Hunt joined the British Cycling set-up as coach of the women's programme in 2005, having previously worked as a sports scientist for the Welsh National Institute of Sport.
He joined Team Sky as a race coach in 2010 and also filled in as sports director, but with the London Olympic Games looming, he returned his focus to the track at the back end of the season and added his expertise to the men's programme.
'Re-learn the job'
Although he always intended to resume his career on the road, he admits he will need time to readjust
He added: "Having done a bit of DSing in 2010, it was actually quite hard to go back to the Olympics, particularly two years out from the Games.
"Equally, I don't want to do another four-year cycle as Olympic coach. I want to move into DSing.
"I want to learn the races and re-learn the job of a sports director, but maybe also bring different things to the table, because I'm not an ex-pro. I haven't ridden these races, so I have got a bit of homework to do.
"I need to expose myself to as much racing as possible to maximise my learning over the first year. I want to be good at this. I want to be a good DS and it's going to take time to get there."