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NewsWire: Bauge’s coach ‘sorry for him’; Contador returns to ‘positive reactions’

In our daily NewsWire, we bring you a collection of the intriguing stories from newspapers, journals and elsewhere around the world of competitive cycling. Pour your coffee, mute your phone and read on.

Bauge’s coach laments French sprint losses — l’Equipe

Florian Rousseau coached French track sprint star Grégory Baugé to four world titles in the years since the Beijing Olympics, and the pair expected to repeat its international success in London. But it was not to be, as the French team sprint squad and Baugé himself were overhauled by an uptick in sprint prowess from across the Channel.

“The goal before coming here was gold in team sprint and individual sprint. Today, there are two silver medals. For (Baugé), it is difficult,” Rousseau said after the match sprint finals, which saw Baugé take silver to Great Britain’s Jason Kenny. “Now, we must be honest. We must face the facts. He did nothing wrong. He ran very well. He was just beaten.”

“I feel sorry for him,” he added.

On the strength of Kenny, who Baugé beat in the final round of the 2012 world championships just months ago, Rousseau was at a loss.

“I have no explanation. It will take some time to find explanations, and perhaps challenge them. No one will perhaps ever know how they prepared for the Olympics. They are stronger than what they were doing four years ago. There is visible change: the performances, the material. In my opinion, behind it is a lot of work, very careful and in many areas. ”

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Contador’s return garners ‘only positive reactions’ from peloton — Gazet Van Antwerpen

Alberto Contador rejoined his Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank squad and raced without incident on Monday, cruising happily across finish of the first stage of the Eneco Tour in the main field. The racing was tense and nervous, but the Spaniard says he felt welcomed back by his colleagues.

“It was indeed gratifying to be a rider again,” he said. “I can’t complain about my arrival back in the group. I received only positive comments from my colleagues.”

“It was a long and nerve-racking day,” he added. “The wind and the narrow roads ensured a nervous peloton. I was concerned about cracks and any loss of time, but the team did a fantastic job and kept me constantly in the front of the peloton, no matter how difficult it sometimes was. But we did it. It was a successful day.”

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Olympians’ thigh-popping success starts in the quads — New York Times

Would you win a quad-off, “cycling’s version of the male-model walkoff in the movie Zoolander?” Perhaps not against Mr. Thigh, or Quadzilla, or even the Gorilla — all pro cyclists with nickname-inducing legs.

New York Times reporter Greg Bishop takes a look at the oddly wide world of cyclists’ quadriceps, a sprinter’s difficulty in finding pants, quad-building chocolate cake for breakfast, and the demands of the sport that creates such interesting body types.

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Leaks in Olympic velodrome roof — Sports Illustrated

The Olympic Velodrome, nicknamed “the Pringle” thanks to its chip-like shape, has sprung three leaks according to officials.

The roof of the Pringle is lowest in the center, a design intended to feed water into a holding tank which can then be used to water the grounds. The leaks are centered around this low middle of the roof, and have not effected the wooden track itself. Racing will continue as scheduled.

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