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Must Reads: Schleck on Tour; Di Luca’s crocodile tears; Barry on season

Le Quotidien: Schleck: ‘Everything is new’

Andy Schleck speaks with trademark frankness in this end-of-season interview in the main Luxembourg paper. The younger of the Schleck brothers speaks about his near-miss at the 2010 Tour de France and the formation of his new team. “There’s new motivation. Everything is new. The riders are new, the whole team will be born. It’s good for the head.”

Sporza: Danilo’s crocodile tears

Danilo Di Luca appeared before a group of teens this week to confess his doping past. In this report, Di Luca sheds tears while he recants the mistakes of his past. Or was he crying because he still doesn’t have a contract for next season?

Team Sky: Barry says Sky has learned from mistakes

In a new feature on Team Sky’s web site, Michael Barry answers reader’s questions. When asked about the team’s debut season, Barry replied: “The squad has been strengthened and there is more depth in the roster which will surely lift the performance. I think we’ve also learned from the mistakes made last season which is obviously crucial in progression. Now that we are all together at our first training camp, it is evident the team is closer, which should make the biggest difference once we get to the races.”

Associated Press:Year’s end doping round up

The AP sums up another year of doping scandals in cycling in a year-in-review special — bah! humbug!

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