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Training ground welcomes special guest

7 March 2016

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Rovers welcomed a special guest to Brockhall last week, as the club gear up for the Championship run-in.

British cycling supremo Sir Dave Brailsford, who helped Team GB win eight gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and Team Sky claim three Tour de France titles in the last four years, visited the training ground to meet manager Paul Lambert and senior coaching staff.

The Rovers boss has become a cycling enthusiast over the past 12 months and was delighted to spend time with the world-renowned coach.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Lambert. “It was a great experience for myself and the staff to listen to him.

“He’s in charge of team and he has got to make big decisions and he has worked with elite athletes like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome and Chris Hoy, and it’s an incredible thing what they’ve experienced.

“It’s a different sport, but there’s not too much disparity with a lot of things. He spent three hours and I could have sat all night listening to him and asking questions. It was really kind of him to come in the first place and a fantastic experience to hear from somebody of that ilk, who has achieved incredible success.

“I think he said that Britain hadn’t had a World Champion cyclist for 70-odd years and all of a sudden there’s two or three there, as well as Olympians and Tour de France champions, which is an incredible achievement and it was an absolute pleasure to meet him.  

“I don’t know everything, I never will know everything and hopefully I’ll never stop learning, because if you do that, I think you become vulnerable to yourself and these kind of guys and great managers that I’ve spoken to, you’ve got to learn from and it’s important that you do take things in and hearing from Sir Dave Brailsford, it really was a fascinating day.” 

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