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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.
“Icaraus,” a new documentary film about the Russian doping scandal, is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City in Utah.
The film began as a project by Bryan Fogel, a writer, director and actor from the 2013 romantic comedy “Jewtopia.” Himself a cyclist, he decided to make a documentary exploring the impacts of performance-enhancing drugs, by doping himself. His journey began with the well-known American anti-doping scientist Don Catlin who helped him dope for an amateur race, but quickly led him to Moscow anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov, who he interviewed not long after the Sochi Games
“He tells me he believes it is impossible to win a gold medal in Olympic Games, in any sport, without pharmacological help,” Fogel told Variety. “That was pretty amazing.”
Fogel later helped arrange the interview with the New York Times that eventually led to widespread bans of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
The film includes new interviews with former cyclists Timmy Duggan and Tyler Hamilton, as well as World Anti-Doping Agency members.
Click through to read more at Variety.