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Must Reads: No Tour for Geox, says AS; Wiggo back, Van den Broeck adds coach, Sørensen for Vuelta

AS.Com: ASO tells Geox the team will not be invited to 2011 Tour The Spanish daily, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that Tour de France owner ASO has already decided that Geox will not be invited to the 2011 edition, leaving 2008 champion Carlos Sastre and two-time podium…

AS.Com: ASO tells Geox the team will not be invited to 2011 Tour

The Spanish daily, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that Tour de France owner ASO has already decided that Geox will not be invited to the 2011 edition, leaving 2008 champion Carlos Sastre and two-time podium finished Denis Menchov on the sidelines. Geox missed an automatic berth via ProTeam designation because the team did not show adequate performances in 2010. And a discretionary pick would be difficult for Tour organizers because only one French team is an automatic selection, Ag2R. that leaves five other French Pro-Continental teams looking for selection, including:  Europcar, La Française des Jeux, Cofidis, Saoura-Sojasun and Bretagne-Schuller.

More Than the Games: Wiggins, Thomas make return to track with London 2012 in plans

Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas are expected to race in the Manchester World Cup to pick up some track experience ahead of a run for the gold in the team pursuit in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Ed Clancy said the return of the pair from the road will be the first time the gold medal-winning team will be together since Beijing: “It’s the first time since Beijing that we’ve really had a pick of everyone. Bradley and Geraint Thomas are back in the team, so we’re going to be pushing for a good result and a good time.”

WalesOnline: Geraint Thomas aiming for the top

At the Tour Down Under, the British rider says he’s more confident of his future after last season’s breakout ride at the Tour. He’s also feeling that Team Sky is in a better place with the addition of Michael Rogers. “We learnt a lot last year and learnt a lot about each other. With the new guys we’ve signed as well it should be a good year.”

Het Nieuwsblad: Van den Broeck adds psychologist to help handle Tour burden

Belgian GC man Jurgen Van den Broeck said he’s learned a lot from his fifth place finish in the 2010 Tour de France and wants to take aim for the final podium in this year’s Tour and said he’s hired a psychologist to help carry the burden of Belgium’s expectations: “I have a mental coach to help me. It really helps me a lot. He teaches to know myself.”

Riis Cycling: Sørensen aims for Vuelta GC

Climbing ace Chris-Anker Sørensen will take on a higher leadership hope in 2011, with an aim at the overall at the Vuelta a España. In an interview posted on the Saxo Bank team web site, Sørensen is ready for the challenge to test his legs in the GC of a grand tour: “I want to see how far I can go in the overall standings. Usually I get better throughout the long stage races where many others get tired and burn out and I also have an advantage in the heat, which often has a great influence on the Vuelta. The steep climbs appeal to me, of course, and since they are relatively placed close to the end of the race it might be my advantage.”