Must Reads: French agency to share Armstrong’s 1999 samples; Inside Contador’s defense and more

Must Reads: French agency to share Armstrong's 1999 samples; Inside Contador's defense and more

Le Monde: French agency to share 1999 Armstrong samples with Novitzky

Le Monde interviews the new head of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) Bruno Genevois, who took over after the surprise resignation of Pierre Bordry in October. In a wide-ranging interview in the newspaper, Genevois promises increased cooperation with the UCI and says AFLD will share information about Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France samples with U.S. investigators. L’Equipe reported that 1999 samples tested positive for EPO and were tied to Armstrong, who has denied ever using the banned drug. “Every citizen must answer to justice when approached by her,” Genevois told Le Monde.

The Independent: Inside Contador’s defense

The British paper’s Alasdair Fotheringham interviews Contador’s lawyer Andy Ramos, who explains Contador’s defense arguments. Among the revelations: Basque authorities traced the supplier of Contador’s rest day beef back to three possible sources. “Curiously enough, the owner of the (supplier) that was most likely to be it is in partnership with (the supplier’s) brother, who was penalized a few years back for using clenbuterol,” Ramos told the paper.

France Soir: Roman Feillu says Ricco never should have been recruited

Vacansoleil’s sprinter Roman Feillu tells the paper that his team should never have recruited Riccardo Ricco. He also says Ricco never changed after testing positive in 2008.“He does not see life differently. I think there are others like Ivan Basso, who were smart enough to resume cycling without doping.”

Bicycle Retailer: IF founders dreamed of independence

BR&IN’s Matt Wiebe details the history of Massachusetts’ Independent Fabrication, which is entering a new era with its planned move to New Hampshire. “Problems started to erode the dream as the company grew and added employees. Many newcomers had less passion and knowledge of bikes than the founders. For them it was a job, not a lifestyle,” Wiebe writes.