Herald Sun: Armstrong ‘Coming to to TDU to race’
In a phone interview from Hawaii with the Australian paper, Lance Armstrong says his form is coming around and he hopes to be competitive at the Tour Down Under late this month. “I’m definitely not flying halfway around the world to sit in the bunch,” he said, in the article illustrated with a 2009 photo of Armstrong in Astana kit. Armstrong said triathlon training has left him with strong lungs, but his legs aren’t as tough as he’d like. “I’m just trying to get the two to line up,” he said.
London Evening Standard: Olympic track fastest ever
Members of a local cycling club tested the 2012 London Olympic velodrome for the first time on Friday and declared it the fastest ever. It’s not clear how club riders could have the experience to make that claim, although the report does say some have ridden on the Manchester, England, track, which was used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. “The London track has been designed by the world’s foremost velodrome builder, Australian Ron Webb … Mr. Webb beamed with pride as he watched the test and then declared that he was retiring after completing this, his 53rd velodrome. The former professional cyclist also created the Olympic circuits for Seoul, Athens and Sydney.”
MARCA: Saíz on the comeback trail?
The Spanish daily Marca cites alleged Twitter remarks from Manolo Saíz that suggest a comeback for the controversial Spanish sport director Manolo Saíz seems all but imminent. One Twitter remark suggests there will be big news on January 11 and another says he “promises to be who I am, loyal to my beliefs, like it or not.”
ADELAIDE NOW: Roberts sees TDU as a possible career savior
Luke Roberts, a veteran of such teams as CSC and Milram, is hoping a strong performance at the upcoming Tour Down Under will help him land a contract for 2011 in the wake of the Pegasus Cycling disappointment: “Hopefully it’s enough to tip the scales in my favor – if there are any opportunities still out there. If not, I’m basically left without a job. … Once Tour Down Under has passed and if I’m still left without a team, it could mean the end of my career.”