Manxman says wins at the Tour of Austria and National Road Championships "did not prove a point".

Weeks after he was left out of their Tour de France line-up, Peter Kennaugh has called on Team Sky management to show greater support for their riders.

The 25-year-old, who yesterday took silver in the points race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, missed out on selection for this year’s Tour despite impressing in the 2013 edition.

Kennaugh won the National Road Race Championships in June and then the Tour of Austria at the start of July, although he believes he did not have a point to prove with those performances.

“It’s been a really good past couple of months,” he said. “I’ve been really relaxed with it all, I’ve been enjoying it along the way, I haven’t been stressing about anything.

“I feel like I’ve already proved what I can do, I don’t feel like I need to prove myself anymore. It’s starting to get frustrating when the team says things like ‘you need to go and prove yourself’.

“I know what I can do, they know what I can do, put some faith in your riders.”

However Kennaugh, who has one year left on his Sky contract, does not plan on returning to the track full-time as he did with the team pursuit in 2012.

“I love the road. The track is a bit too structural, it’s a bit too time specific, going round in circles,” he added.

“I just love the style of walking out your front door in sunshine, stopping during a ride at a cafe. There’s no sun in here, it’s depressing. Every time I ride out the velodrome I go ‘how nice is that?’.”

Kennaugh’s comments come just days after Bradley Wiggins said he planned to scale back his road riding.

“I’ve kind of done the road now. I’ve bled it dry,” said Wiggins on Thursday. “The road is quite cut-throat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people.

“That will probably be it for the Grand Tours. I can’t imagine doing that now.”

 

  • TrevorHoldsworth

    For me, Brailsford seems to be a cartesian, hierarchical, percentages guy. He should probably look at the past four years and use the experience gained to change his team management and goals.

    • Jon

      Seriously!? Yeah, Brailsford clearly knows hee-haw about managing a team, I mean, what have Team Sky and the British Cycling Team ever won under his leadership?!

  • Pee Bee

    To adapt The Bard, one might be forgiven for thinking that “Something is rotten in the state of (Team Sky).” It seems an unhappy ship and one would not be surprised to see more riders speak out. Perhaps Sir Wiggo is trying to be diplomatic with a thinly veiled statement aimed at Team Sky and it’s Prima Donna (who seems to control the strings) rather than at road cycling in general when he says “The road is quite cut-throat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people.”