The Associated Press: Clenbuterol contamination IS possible
The AP investigates whether its possible for athletes to test positive for clebuterol after eating tainted meat, and finds Chinese scientist are quite sure it is possible. The AP quotes experts advising sports anti-doping authorities to set a threshold for allowable levels of the drug in athletes’ samples. Setting a threshold could open the door to abuse, however. “”It could give a green light to those who deliberately use,” one lab expert says.
The Age: Evans says new Oz team too late for him
Cadel Evans says the new Australian-backed team, GreenEDGE comes to fruition too late for him to realistically play a part: “At this point in my career, the Aussie team project comes a bit late for me,” Evans, who is 34 next month, said from Europe. ”While my national pride says one thing, at BMC we have all committed a lot to get this project going. And I have to say, I’m very pleased with the outcome, and the future here.”
Denver Post: Quiznos tour’s bumpy road
The Post reports that plans for the inaugural Colorado stage race are getting off to a bumpy start, in part because of its boilerplate contract with hos communities, a contract apparently used at the tours of California and Missouri by race organizer Medalist Sports. the contract “detailed everything from indemnity, insurance and what kind of sponsors towns could enlist to other specifics like obligations and trademarks. But it didn’t fit for any of the host cities, which range in size from metro cities such as Denver and Colorado Springs to mountain hamlets such as Salida and Mount Crested Butte. Each town is negotiating a separate contract with Medalist.”
Sydney Morning Herald: Oz officials to investigate White firing
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian cycling federation will conduct their own inquiry into the firing of Garmin-Cervélo sport director Matt White.
New York Daily News: Armstrong expects to be ‘vindicated’
The New York Daily News looks at Armstrong’s Twitter message that he expects to be “vindicated” by USADA query. “While we can’t comment on the specifics of the investigation the sport of cycling has asked us to open, we do appreciate the confidence all athletes have in our process to ultimately reveal the truth,” Travis Tygart said. “We encourage anyone with relevant information to contact us.”
Adelaide Now: Working behind the scene
Reporters join Team Sky for a stage during the Tour Down Under, and DS Sean Yates is none too pleased with the radio ban: “In my opinion (a race radio ban) is a bad idea — and one that vast majority of the ProTour teams are against,” Yates says. “I think the UCI is living in a fantasy world. If they think the racing is going to go back to how it was before race radio then, in my opinion, they’re sadly mistaken.”
The Australian: Passing grades for TDU
The Australian likes the Tour Down Under, writing: “The best way to describe this road race is like watching a rolling repertory.”