Cycling: Sports director Sunderland leaves Team Sky.


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1Cycling : Sports director Sunderland leaves Team Sky .
2Australian Scott Sunderland has left his post as senior sports director with Team Sky after reaching a mutual agreement , the British cycling team announced on Saturday .
3Sunderland , a former professional who worked with the CSC then Saxo Bank teams after retiring from the sport , was one of the first sports directors to join up with Team Sky and helped sign many of their riders .
4Reasons for Sunderland 's departure were not revealed , although Sunderland is believed to want to spend more time with his family .
5Dave Brailsford , the Team Principal for Team Sky , said : `` We would like to thank Scott for his contribution to Team Sky .
6`` He helped us get from the drawing board to being a real road team , working with us from the announcement of the project to our first podium finishes .
7We all wish Scott the very best , personally and for his future career . ''
8Sunderland said : `` It has been an incredible journey , helping to set up a new , highly professional team from scratch .
9`` I 'm proud of the team 's achievements so far and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season , their first Tour de France and a successful future . ''
10Britain 's Bradley Wiggins will spearhead Team Sky 's bid for glory on the 2010 Tour de France , on which he finished fourth overall last year .