Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: The Status of Women’s Cycling – Part 1: A Discussion with Iris Slappendel; British Cycling CEO steps-down earlier than expected; Nicole Cooke to give testimony to British Parliament committee; Promising British cyclocross racer passes away; Former U23 World Champion dies of heart attack; Thalita De Jong out of World Championships; Equal prize money for 2017 HSBC UK National Women’s Road Series; Boonen to ride disc brakes during final season; Sport doping documentary that began with cycling premieres at Sundance; Multiple lawsuits filed over new Lemond carbon fibre company; Wiggins says reality TV decision based on maintaining fitness; Telenet UCI World Cup Hoogerheide highlights; Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under final stages.

Former U23 World Champion dies of heart attack

by CyclingTips

2005 U23 road World Champion and former professional Dmitry Grabovskyy was found dead on Sunday of a suspected heart attack.

Grabovskyy, who won his world title for Ukraine at the Madrid World Championships in a solo attack, also earned a silver in the time trial there. This resulted in a contract with the Quick Step team. However, he was never able to parlay his world title into any professional wins, with his best result as a podium at the 2007 Tour de l’Ain. In 2008 he stepped-down to the second division after three years with the Belgian outfit with his best result of his career, a fifth place on a stage of the Giro d’Italia.

His lack of success at the pro level resulted in depression that he said he battled with alcohol and drugs.

“It was wine and beer, no vodka. After training, in the afternoon, I’d go to the beach: women, parties, alcohol…” he said in a 2010 interview. “In those long periods without racing, I became a little depressed. I felt left alone, drifting away.”

After leaving pro racing in 2011 he fell away from the sport. However, he seemed to be back on track in recent years, becoming a citizen of Israel in 2015 and racing again with Giant bicycles in a handful of eastern European races that year.

He raced only once in 2016 at the Odessa Grand Prix where he did not finish.

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