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Must Reads: Bauer aims for Europe; focus on Fuentes; Sørensen to soar in 2011; looking back at 2010

The Standard: Bauer set sights on Europe

Steve Bauer has created Canada’s first major home-grown elite team (not counting the now-defunct Cervélo TestTeam) and promises to enter some top European races in 2011 with his SpiderTech squad. Bauer said of the team’s recent Pro Continental status: “Division 2 gives you the opportunity to ride any top professional race in the world, including the big-name races like the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and all the World Tour races, subject to invitation. We’ll certainly get some great races.”

Reuters: Year-end story: Contador, Armstrong under gun

In a year-end wrap-up story of 2010, Reuters takes a look at the trials and tribulations of Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong. Caisse d’Epargne PR man Francis Lafargue is quoted: “With cycling’s degraded image because of doping and the financial crisis, it’s getting more and more difficult. The future is very uncertain.”

ABC: Double life of high-roller sport doctors

The Spanish daily ABC takes a look at the high-rolling sport doctors in a Sunday feature, with an in-depth portrait of the infamous Eufemiano Fuentes, back in the headlines again in the latest doping scandal in Spain, this time involving athletics. José Carlos Carabias writes: “He built an empire in the shadows. He not only advised riders of a team under contract, but extended his tentacles to rivals. He brought his ‘preparations’ to anyone who conformed to his rates (about 100,000 euros per year). This never raised an ethical dilemma, sporting or otherwise.”

Riis Cycling: Sørensen aims higher in 2011

Chris-Anker Sørensen hopes for an even better season in 2011 as the Danish climber, a winner of a stage at the 2010 Giro d’Italia, explains on the Saxo Bank team web site: “I’m basically looking forward to another season with this incredible team and I hope to be able to do the Ardennes classics and the Tour de France but the competition to be in the line-up has not become easier and I’m not guaranteed to play a part in France in July. In the autumn, I would like to repeat last year’s victory in Japan Cup and to be a part of the line-up for the Italian autumn classics.”

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