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British Cycling?s performance director Dave Brailsford has responded to criticism over the decision to name Kate Cullen only as a non-travelling reserve for the World Track Championships in Manchester next month.

Brailsford said: ?We are in the business of trying to win Olympic medals. Our role is to work with athletes we believe can win an Olympic medal either now or in the future.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.