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Must Reads: Costa denies, Sutton prepares, Hoffman returns

The Telegraph: The highs and lows of the 2010 season The cycling season from a British perspective: Mark Cavendish earns the ‘Runner-up of the Year’ award for finishing second in the Tour points competition, while Geraint Thomas earns an honorable mention for displaying “plenty of Welsh hwyl to finish…

The Telegraph: The highs and lows of the 2010 season

The cycling season from a British perspective: Mark Cavendish earns the ‘Runner-up of the Year’ award for finishing second in the Tour points competition, while Geraint Thomas earns an honorable mention for displaying “plenty of Welsh hwyl to finish a battling second on the brilliant pavé stage of the Tour de France.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport: The highs and lows of the 2010 season

The cycling season from an Italian perspective: The pink paper reviews a big year in Italian cycling that saw victories in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España by Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali, respectively.

El Mundo: Costa says he’s innocent

Spain’s El Mundo newspaper takes a look at the doping positive of Rui Costa, the Portuguese rider who tested positive for what he claims were ingesting tainted dietary supplements. “Everything we’ve won has been in an honest way and that’s what we want to keep on doing,” Costa said.

Geelong Advertiser: Sutton readies for Jayco defense

Chris Sutton will have the full backing of Team Sky for some early season criterium racing before the Australian championships and the Tour Down Under. He told the Geelong Advertiser: “It’s going to be great having the full pro team racing in the crits.”

Saxo Bank: Hoffman rejoins Riis at Saxo Bank

Tristan Hoffman is back in the saddle with Bjarne Riis, returning as sport director after a few seasons with HTC. A classics specialist when he was a rider, Hoffman says Saxo Bank will field a strong team in 2011 despite the departure of many of its star riders: “I think we have a fantastic team for 2011. It’s not just a bunch of big names and the team is not revolving around one specific cyclist. My job is to get the maximum out of everyone and to let them feel good in the developing process.”