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Must Reads: Phil Anderson says Evans’ plan is risky, Versus and Universal update schedules

Must Reads: Phil Anderson says Evans' plan is risky, Versus and Universal update schedules

The Sydney Morning Herald: Phil Anderson says Evans’ plan is risky

Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson tells Rupert Guinness that Cadel Evans’ plan to reduce his pre-Tour de France race schedule this year, which we wrote about in January, is not without risks. Such a plan ”puts more pressure on the rider,” Anderson said. “‘Let’s hope he can take that pressure … You can become so nervous you can’t cope.” Anderson finished in the Tour top-10 five times and was fifth twice.

Universal and Versus update their cycling broadcast schedules

Universal and Versus have each updated their cycling broadcast schedules for 2011. Coming up: Versus will air daily coverage of Paris-Nice at 4pm EST, from March 6-13 (2pm on March 12). Versus also will show a Criterium International show at 5pm March 27. Universal has been replaying the cyclocross world championships every day or so lately, and will broadcast one-hour daily shows during Tirreno-Adriatico, March 9-15. Universal also is doing a two-hour show from the world track championships, 3-5pm on March 10.

SantaMariaTimes.com: Trek-Livestrong visits Solvang elementary school

The U23 team is holding a training camp in the area and stopped by an elementary school for a visit. Solvang School fifth-grade teacher John Padfield said the Trek-Livestrong team members — ranging from 18 to 22 years old — are fairly close in age to the elementary students, and some of the pro riders began developing their cycling careers at the students’ ages. The team talked about their training and dietary plans and their bikes. Team member Josh Atkins, of Christchurch, New Zealand, talked about the earthquake that hit his hometown last month. “The whole city is in pieces,” he said.