Adelaide Now: Evans’ reduced spring campaign starts March 3
Cadel Evans is racing a reduced schedule this spring so he can arrive at the Tour de France fresher than ever before. The Adelaide paper focuses on his age (34): He’ll have to beat the odds. He will need to become the oldest winner since Frenchman Henri Pelissier, who was 34 and six months in 1923, to leave with the yellow jersey. Evans’ season starts next Thursday at the Giro di Friuli.
AP: Olympic anti-doping chief rejects food defense
In an interview with The Associated Press, Prof. Arne Ljungqvist said claims of food contamination in doping cases are “old stories” going back 30 years and have never been accepted by an international sports panel.
Het Nieuwsblad: New route for Flanders?
The Belgian paper reports that the race will finish in Oudenaarde for 2012, which will greatly change the route. Where previously the Old Kwaremont was the final climb, in 2012 the final ascent will be the Geraardsbergen. The Koppenberg will be about 50km from the finish and riders will hit the Old Kwaremont at 12 km from the finish.
The Guardian: Debunking a new myth
Cyclists reading the Daily Mail website yesterday were confronted by the headline: Why cycling to work is one of the biggest causes of heart attacks. The claim stemmed from a report analysing 36 separate scientific studies into what triggers heart attacks. Top of the combined list were exposure to traffic and physical exertion.
Deutsche Welle: Staffing turmoil haunts German anti-doping agency
Anja Berninger caught many people off guard when she announced that she would resign her post as acting director of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
USA Today: Austrian coach to stand trial
Former Nordic skiing and biathlon coach Walter Mayer of Austria will stand trial for allegedly selling doping substances to athletes. Vienna criminal prosecution said Mayer and four accomplices supplied unnamed athletes with banned drugs after Austria’s new anti-doping laws in August 2008 made possessing and selling doping products a criminal offense.