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New road coach for Great Britain women

Chris Newton will take team to 'London 2012'

Liasion with trade teams and Olympic planning key factors

The British cycling federation, 'British Cycling', has announced today that Chris Newton has been appointed to the role of women's road coach in the build-up to the London Olympic Games. Newton will be part-time in the role, he will continue working with the "Academy" men on the road and track throughout this tenure.

According to the federation, Newton will oversee the management and programmes of the long-list of six riders for the road race. The six riders are Elizabeth Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Nicole Cooke, Sharon Laws, Lucy Martin and Emma Pooley. Four ride for the Dutch AA Drink team, Cooke rides for the Italian Faren Honda team and Colclough for Specialized-lululemon. If Great Britain qualify the maximum quota, they will have four places at the Olympic Games.

In the build-up to London, Newton will liase with the rider's personal coaches and their professsioanl team managers. He will also be organising camps, where the six will be able to get together and train. Newton will not be sending a Great Britain team of these riders to any races prior to the Olympics, "What makes it difficult is that we have four riders in one team, and another two riders in another two teams," he told British Cycling, "You can't put a Great Britain team together and ride as Great Britain if that rider's pro team is competing in that race - it's a conflict of interest".

Great Britain Performance Director, David Brailsford, commented that "Chris Newton has been working with the Men's Endurance Academy over the past 12 months and he has done superb work bringing the group together on both the road and track and building a true team ethos. Chris will continue to work with the Academy Men but with increased support from Keith Lambert so that he can commit time to his role with the Women's Road Team," he continued, "We're confident that Chris' skills and capabilities will ensure that the Women's Road Team arrive at the London 2012 Olympic Games ready to give their best possible performance.'

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