Dan Martin wins Il Lombardia
This week’s Telegraph Cycling Podcast includes discussion of the weekend’s final classic of the season, the Tour of Lombardy, won by Ireland’s Dan Martin with a brilliantly executed late attack.
Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe ask whether Martin’s second ‘Monument’, after his victory in last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, vindicates his decision to prioritise one-day races over Grand Tours, and finally debunks the myth that the sport is all about the three-week stage races of France, Italy and Spain.
They also look at the controversy surrounding the Astana team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali. With two recent positive tests for EPO, is the Kazakh team’s membership of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) merely a PR exercise? And does the episode highlight the shortcomings of the MPCC, a voluntary body that includes some but not all WorldTour teams? Team Sky are among the squads who have opted not to join.
Finally, Daniel brings us news of next year’s Giro d’Italia route, including the key climbs, and Lionel looks at Team Sky’s five new confirmed signings for 2015, including Nicolas Roche of Ireland and Andy Fenn of Scotland.
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