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Must Reads: Floyd Landis retires, Riis urges patience, Gilbert undecided and more

ESPN.com: Landis retires Floyd Landis tells ESPN.com that he’s retiring for good from cycling, saying that he cannot find anyone to offer him a contract. “I’ve spent five years trying to get back to a place that I can never really go back to, and it’s causing more stress…

ESPN.com: Landis retires

Floyd Landis tells ESPN.com that he’s retiring for good from cycling, saying that he cannot find anyone to offer him a contract. “I’ve spent five years trying to get back to a place that I can never really go back to, and it’s causing more stress than is worth it,” he said, adding: “I’m relatively sure this sport cannot be fixed, but that’s not my job, that’s not my fight.”

Yorkshire Post: Refreshed Ben Swift riding support Down Under

Team Sky’s 23-year-old climber says he’s confident of his form following a solid winter of training, topped off with last week’s team camp in Mallorca. The Brit says he’s happy playing a support role at the Tour Down Under. “This year I’ll be looking to do a lot of work in the lead-outs and supporting the guys who are chasing the general classification. That’s definitely my main role, but if I can get over the climbs in the latter stages and no-one else is there, I might also get the chance for a win as well.

Wide World of Sports: Riis says stop the speculation

Saxo Bank-Sungard boss Bjarne Riis said speculation must end and calls for patience in the Alberto Contador doping case. Riis’s comment came on the heels of speculation by a Danish member of the UCI that Contador will receive a full, two-year ban in his clenbuterol case. “There’s too much speculation, let’s see some facts now – it’s about time to see facts,” Riis said on Tuesday before the start of the Tour Down Under. “I’m not going to comment on speculation – to respect the case as it is, it’s not a good thing to comment as (the UCU member) is. There is a process that has to be done and that has to be respected by everybody.”

Het Laatste Nieuws: Gilbert undecided on Tour

Philippe Gilbert will race Tirreno-Adriatico instead of Paris-Nice to prepare for Milan-San Remo and then make a full run through the spring classics. The Omega Pharma-Lotto star said he’s still undecided on whether or not he’ll go to the Tour de France, but confirmed he’ll ride the Vuelta to prepare for the world championships. “It depends on how the preseason and the recovery period goes. If the spring is too demanding, it would be crazy to do the Tour with the end of the year still waiting for the Vuelta. But I would love to ride the Tour. I can be lot of work to support Greipel and Van den Broeck. In addition there are opportunities for myself, as the arrival on the Mur de Bretagne. There are so many beautiful arrivals for me. “

Daily Telegraph: Big money behind GreenEdge

Up to $60 million over three years will be spent to create what everyone says will be Australia’s first world-class team. Team manager Shayne Bannon says the focus will be on Australian riders: “Although we aim to attract some of the world’s best riders, the team will be predominately Australian with Australians holding the majority of the management and support staff positions. Importantly for Australian cycling and general sports fans up to 75 per cent of the riders will be Australian.”

BBC.CO: How Twitter has changed sport

BBC blogger Ben Dirs muses about how Twitter has broken down a wall between fans and athletes, sometimes to the dismay of sports journalists and the athletes’ sponsors. “An irony for sports journalists is that while it has never been more difficult to pin down sport’s biggest names and wring anything vaguely interesting from them, along comes Twitter and all of a sudden they are splattering the minutiae of their lives across the internet for all to see. Not only that, they are letting slip things they would never in a million years reveal in a controlled interview situation.”