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Great Britain team manager John Herety has resigned following an investigation into the team's tactiPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford was left fuming after the world championship road race in Madrid on September 25 after two of his six-man team were seen riding on the front of the bunch early in the race when the whole team had been built around strong-man Roger Hammond. Other strong riders, including Jeremy Hunt, were left out of the squad for the 273km race to stake everything on bringing Hammond to the finish with the best possible chance of taking the rainbow jersey. But after Charly Wegelius and Tom Southam, who during the rest of the season race for the Liquigas-Bianchi and Barloworld teams respectively, were seen giving it everything riding on the front of the race early on rather than working for Hammond, Brailsford carried out an inquiry following the race to find out what went wrong. "The men's road team was chosen with a clear strategy, which identified a single team leader in Roger," Brailsford said. "The remaining riders in the team were expected to totally dedicate their efforts to supporting him." Team manager John Herety also resigned following the inquiry, admitting that "mistakes were made in Madrid and, in light of Dave's review, I think resignation was the appropriate action for me to take". Southam and Wegelius allegedly offered to pay back their costs for the trip to Madrid, which was paid for through British Cycling membership and National Lottery funding. "I cannot foresee the circumstances under which Tom or Charly would ever be selected for GB or England again," said Brailsford. The incident again brings into the spotlight the issue of, and the problems associated with, the national team set-up at the world championships, where teams are made up of riders whose allegiances lie with trade teams - normally made up of a host of nationalities - for the rest of the season. Riding for your country means riding against many of those with whom you share hotel rooms and meal times for the rest of the year, and national pride occasionally takes second fiddle to professionals' livelihoods.