Must Reads: Wiggins: Tour ‘miserable,’ Boonen to debut in Qatar
Wiggins admits Tour pressure got to him
Bradley Wiggins admitted that the pressure of being a Tour de France contender coupled with the added responsibility of being team captain at the new Team Sky “became increasingly miserable.” In an interview with Sky News, Wiggins admitted things went sideways in 2010: “I was a bit up my own backside to be honest, with regards to trying to be a Tour contender and how a Tour contender should train and be at races. That’s rubbish to be honest, it’s not me. I became increasingly miserable as the year went on towards the Tour, and that reflects in other things, like not wanting to talk to the press and things like that.”
Ekstra Bladet:Riis blasts spoiled young pros
Bjarne Riis blasts what he calls the spoiled attitude among young pros coming through the ranks and says, without sacrifice, all the natural talent in the world will help you win. Riis, who recently confessed his doping past in a tell-all autobiography released in Denmark, tells the Danish daily Ekstra Bladet: “Today, we meet many young people who are so spoiled that they will be ruined before they perform. Many young people today want something before working for it. It’s a huge mistake.”
Het Laatste Nieuws: Boonen to debut in Qatar
Tom Boonen will stick to what works and make his annual debut at the Tour of Qatar, instead of trekking to the Tour Down Under. Boonen has won three of the nine editions of the desert race and looks to return to form this year after undergoing surgery midway through 2010. “What works, there’s no need to change. This is the ideal preparation for the Belgian weekend,” said sport director Wilfried Pieters.
ABC: No end to Contador scandal
The Spanish daily ABC wonders why it’s been five months and there still isn’t resolution in the Alberto Contador doping case.
Saxo Bank-Sungard: Mauduit optimistic despite exodus of talent
French sport director Philippe Mauduit makes the switch from Cervélo to Saxo Bank for 2011 and says the team will field a strong squad despite the departure of several top names for the new Luxembourg project. In an interview posted on the team’s web site, Mauduit expresses optimism for the 2011 season: “The new team is a great mix of experienced riders and young ones. I’m sure that these talented guys will make their mark on the rankings in the years to come. During the camp we saw quite a few guys who have been working so hard for their leaders in the past years now taking the lead and taking responsibility and it’s always good to see cyclists maturing physically and mentally to be able to take such a heavy weight on their shoulders.”