Team GB cy­cling boss re­veals se­cret of their record medal haul…

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CY­CLING boss Dave Brails­ford has told how Team GB stormed the Olympics – by wash­ing their hands!

The British team has picked up more medals in Lon­don’s Games than ever, with Sir Chris Hoy, Vic­to­ria Pendle­ton and Laura Trott wow­ing fans.

And Brails­ford, 48, said they’ve smashed their per­sonal bests by get­ting the small­est de­tails right, in­clud­ing mak­ing sure they don’t have the tini­est speck of dirt on their hands.

He ex­plained: “The whole prin­ci­ple came from the idea that if you broke down ev­ery­thing you could think of and im­proved it by 1% and put it back to­gether you’ll get a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease.

“There’s fit­ness and con­di­tion­ing but there are other things that might seem on the pe­riph­ery like sleep­ing in the right po­si­tion, hav­ing the same pil­low when you’re train­ing in dif­fer­ent places, hy­giene.

“Do you re­ally know how to clean your hands? If you do things like that prop­erly, you’ll get ill a lit­tle bit less. Tiny things make a dif­fer­ence.”

CLEAN BREAK: Dave says it’s the lit­tle things that count

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