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Must Reads: Gilbert gains form; Brailsford: ‘Trying to win everything is a recipe for failure’

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 23, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM EDT
Philippe Gilbert rolling out for the 2012 E3 Harelbeke. Photo: Neal Rogers © VeloNews

Gilbert adds Ghent-Whevelgem to program — DHnet

In an effort to find a bit more form for the Ardennes classics, Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) has added Sunday’s Ghent-Wevelgem to his program.

“I have not done a lot of finals in recent weeks because of my troubles at Tirreno and my fall in Milan-San Remo,” said Gilbert. “I need more efforts to improve myself and as the weather is good, riding is pleasant in Wevelgem. There is no better training than covering the last ten kilometers of a classic. First one-hundred-and-fifty kilometers, anyone can do them.”

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Team Sky chief: ‘Trying to win everything is a recipe for failure’ — Cycling Weekly

Team Sky chief and Team GB performance director David Brailsford has said that having Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish aiming for glory in the Tour de France and Olympic Games is a “recipe for failure.”

“To give each an equal significance and try and win everything is probably a recipe for failure. What we really need to do is look at them and say, “If we can have one of those things, which one would you take and how would you build your chances around that?” Brailsford told Cycling Weekly.

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WADA President: dopers are ‘getting away with it’ — Bloomberg

WADA president John Fahey says that many athletes using performance enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone are “getting away with it” because not enough blood testing is being done.

Fahey lamented the lack of blood testing across all sports, but singled out cycling for working to deal with its bad record.

“Cycling had a very bad record going back ten years or so ago,” Fahey said. “They have at least stopped denying the problem, and worked with a program to deal with the problem.”

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