Tour Down Under, Berlin Six and Damian Collins MP | Episode 3

Jan 27, 2017, 10:07 AM

January 27 | In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe briefly recap the Tour Down Under, where Richie Porte won on Willunga Hill for the fourth year in a row and Australian riders completed a clean sweep of stage wins for the second successive edition of the race.

Daniel reflects on the death at the age of 31 of former under-23 world champion Dmytro Grabovskyy, who won the rainbow jersey and looked to have a glittering career ahead of him when he signed for Quick Step. However, Grabovskyy struggled with alcoholism during his career and those close to him warned he was following a similar self-destructive path to Marco Pantani and Frank Vandenbroucke.

Daniel also visited the Berlin Six-Day race where he spoke to organiser Valts Miltovics about the challenges of organising the event and the shape of the Six-Day scene.

In the final part, Richard and Lionel met Damian Collins MP, who is chairing the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s select committee hearing into doping in sport. So far they have taken evidence from and asked questions of Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford, British Cycling president Bob Howden, coach Shane Sutton and, this week, heard explosive testimony from Nicole Cooke. But how did the DCMS hearing come to be, what are its powers, who might be called to give evidence next and what are the possible conclusions? We ask the man in the hot seat.

The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

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