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Team Sky has appointed Australian Shaun Stephens as Performance Coach for 2013 to work alongside Team Sky’s Head of Performance Tim Kerrison.
Stephens has worked with Australian athletes through four Olympic cycles and is currently head coach and programme manager at the Australian Institute of Sport and Triathlon Australia. He is considered one of the top triathlon coaches in the world and was head coach for the Australian team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Stephens boosts Team Sky's coaching staff after the departure of road coach Bobby Julich. The American left the team in October after confessing to having used doped during his own professional career.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work as part of the Team Sky programme,” Stephens said in the team's press release. “I have watched their outstanding performances with interest over the last three years and have been impressed by how they have assembled their team and introduced innovative performance strategies to cycling.”
“I believe it is Dave Brailsford's vision of introducing a diversity of skill sets into Team Sky, and ultimately the cycling staff and riders' embracement of new training and competition strategies, that has given Team Sky a competitive advantage over other teams.”
Team principal Dave Brailsford hailed the arrival of the new coach, saying, "It is incredibly exciting to be bringing fresh expertise into the sport, and further reinforces this team's desire to break new ground in the field of performance.”