Herald Sun: New Australian hope: Green Edge Cycling
The Herald Sun reports that a new Australian team will be announced January 17 in Adelaide, the day before the start of the Tour Down Under. The new program is to be headed by Shayne Bannan, who resigned last week as Cycling Australia national performance director. “That resignation heightened speculation about a new bid to achieve Australian cycling’s Holy Grail – a top-level team from this country competing in the world’s top road races, especially the Tour de France,” the Herald Sun says.
Ouest France: Rous-Bernaudeu split ways
The French daily Ouest France reports that ex-pro Didier Rous and Europcar team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau have ended their work relationship, and Rous will leave the French squad. “With him, it’s black or white,” Bernaudeau said.
Nine Sports: Rogers ready for Oz nationals
Michael Rogers says he’s optimistic about his and Team Sky teammate Simon Gerrans’ chances in the upcoming Australian national championships: “It’s the best field ever — I am no longer one of the younger ones, I’m one of the older ones. Simon is in pretty good shape and we have a few guys who can support him. We are in with a great chance to win.”
Riis Cycling: Guidi debuts as sport director
Ex-pro Fabrizio Guidi will debut as sport director with Saxo Bank-Sungard this year, saying on the team’s web site he’s excited about the upcoming season: “The team has become even more professional and aware of its values since I left the team as a cyclist and now I can see that the attention towards every detail regarding planning the upcoming season is even more accurate than then.”
The Telegraph: Hoy: ‘We can go faster’
Sir Chris Hoy talks about his expectations for the 2011 season in his diary published online in The Telegraph: “We have the potential in our squad to go as fast, if not faster, than we did winning gold in Beijing when we broke the world record, but we have a way to go yet.”
L’Equipe: Augé to become sport director
Stephane Augé will stop his racing career to join Cofidis as a sport director for the 2011 season. Augé, 36, joined Cofidis in 2005 and won the Four Days of Dunkirk in 2008 and the Cholet-Pays de Loire in 2007.
Het Nieuwsblat: Masson, Paris-Roubaix winner, dies at 95
Emile Masson Jr., who won the Paris-Roubaix in 1939, died in Belgium on Sunday. He was 95. Masson also was a two-time Belgian national champion and a winner of la Fleche Wallonne. His father, Emile Masson Sr., also was a professional cyclist who won two stages of the Tour de France and the overall at the Tour of Belgium.