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Must Reads: Feillu’s move; Davis’ hopes; Breschel’s prize; Lotto’s future

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Dec. 22, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 22, 2010 at 11:24 AM EST

Goldcoast.com. au: McEwen saves soccer stars from CO poisoning

Robbie McEwen’s career future may be in question, but he earned kudos for likely saving the lives of his friends, soccer stars Mat Rogers and Matthew Johns, this weekend. The group was on a small boat during a charity event when a storm came up, inspiring them to tightly cover the boat. As carbon monoxide built up under the cover Rogers and John had no idea what was going, but McEwen soon did. “One of my friends said to me that he thought he had food poisoning and another had to sit down because his heart was racing so much … I even joked to one of them to stop yawning because he was making me sleepy,” Rogers told the Goldcoast. McEwen recognized what was going on and rolled up the covers. Rogers and Johns later went to the hospital to have their blood oxygen levels stabilized.

France Soir: Feillu excited about move to Lux team

Brice Feillu, the young French climber who made a splash with a stage win in the 2009 Tour de France, says he’s ready to forget his low-profile season with Vacansoleil in 2010. Motivated by a move to the new Luxembourg team, Feillu told France Soir he hopes to shine next season: “If I play my cards, Paris-Nice and the Giro may be option. I am not talking about winning, but doing well.”

El Diario Vasco: Davis hopes for big 2011

Allan Davis says he hopes to be entering the best years of his career following his successful 2010 season, highlighted by a bronze medal at the world championships and victory in the Commonwealth Games. Davis, 30, will have a busy schedule, with a debut at the Tour Down Under, a heavy classics schedule and the Tour de France. “2010 was a special year in my career. I changed physically, I am stronger with more depth. I am in condition to compete in harder races.”

Copenhagen Post: Breschel Danish cyclist of year

Matti Breschel, runner-up in the 2010 world championships, was named the Danish cyclist of the year. He beat out fellow Saxo Bank riders Chris Anker Sorensen, Jakob Fuglsang and Alex Rasmussen. Breschel, 26, will be riding for Rabobank in 2011.

Sporza: Four more years for Lotto

The Belgian national lottery – Lotto – will continue to back cycling for another four years. The sponsorship dates back to the mid-1980s and the new deal will guarantee a high profile for the Belgian team through 2014. “The lottery will take its responsibility to Belgium in an increasingly globalized world of cycling to keep it at the top.”

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