The Province: Hesjedal makes year-end list
Garmin’s Ryder Hesjedal earned accolades from his hometown paper when he appeared on a year-end list of the top athletes hailing from British Columbia.
Geelong Advertiser: Porte excited about new season
Break-out star Richie Porte sees the glass as half-full following the departure of many top riders for the new Luxembourg team of the Schleck brothers. Porte says he’ll see more opportunities at Saxo Bank in 2011 as a result. “While it was sad to lose so many good guys and some were good mates of mine it’s really thrown me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t have got 12 months ago,” Porte said. “I’m lucky that I’ve got such a good team and they’ve given me a really nice race program and allowed me to pick what I wanted to do.”
Toronto Star: Contador makes ‘behaving badly’ list
Alberto Contador and his clenbuterol positive made a year-end list of “athletes behaving badly” published by the Toronto Star.
SBS: Davis targets MSR
Allan Davis speaks about his upcoming season as he prepares to debut at the Tour Down Under, with the spring classics, and Milan-San Remo in particular, an important early season goal for the newly crowned Commonwealth Games champion. “I think I’m very capable of winning Milan-San Remo. That’ll be on top of the agenda and hopefully I go one better than the second I got in 2007,” he told SBS.
El Pais: Trainer linked to doping track stars
Spanish trainer Manuel Pascua has reportedly confessed to training and doping several top Spanish track and field stars, El Pais reported Thursday. Pascua reportedly confessed to Spain’s Guardia Civil that he coached and helped facilitate a doping program for several big names within Spanish athletics. Spanish authorities raided Pascua’s house in early December and found an alleged doping calendar marked with an ‘X’ to signify dates and times of alleged doping practices. “Each page corresponds to the planning of doping for every type of event in athletics, directed to the athletes that he trained,” read a Guardia Civil report obtained by El Pais. Pascua later denied the accusations before a judge in a court appearance Thursday.