Following the resignation of BikeNZ high performance director, Michael Flynn, Credit Agricole’s Julian Dean has expressed his concern for the state of cycling in his native New Zealand. Speaking to the New Zealand Herald from his home in Rotarura, Dean said: "I just throw my hands in the air again in dismay at BikeNZ and the directors of BikeNZ because they have made a stupid mistake, again."
Flynn announced on Wednesday that he was returning to Australia for personal reasons but Dean believes it was the environment at BikeNZ which forced his resignation. "For BikeNZ to put Flynn in a situation where he wants to resign - which seems to be what happened - they have got no idea what they are doing ... Michael Flynn is very specialised at what he does, he knows cycling, he understands Europe and he knows how to build a programme. He's created an incredible environment for the young guys."
The chief executive of BikeNZ, Rodger Thompson, admitted that views of Dean and fellow professional Greg Henderson were understandable. "BikeNZ understands that there is real concern from many of the senior riders," said Thompson. "However, the decision to resign was taken by the high performance director and we must respect the decision."
With the Beijing Olympics only 18 months away, BikeNZ are hoping to find a replacement for Flynn by February.