27th Oct 2012 2:17pm | By Editor
Tour de France champ Cadel Evans has told fans cycling is in its “best years”, despite the negativity coming from the Lance Armstrong scandal.
“The events being uncovered mostly occurred seven or more years ago, among a minority of those involved in a sport which has already changed and moved on,” he said, adding the high-profile stripping of titles from drug cheats, such as Armstrong, were “driving forces behind major changes in cycling”.
Evans says cycling now rewards hard work, preparation and ability: “For those who are disappointed, do not despair, do not abandon us, we are in our best years.”
French-trained Dunaden is favourite to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups even though he’ll now carry 58kg after last week’s stellar Caulfield Cup victory.
The next leading contender for the AU$6.2m, 3200m race on Nov 6 is 2010 winner Americain, also from France.
“At the moment I think the French have the upper hand,” said legendary England-based Italian trainer Luca Cumani, whose Mount Athos will also run in the Cup.
The most popular sports person in Oz for the third year running is Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer. He topped the gemba Asset Study poll, which was filled with world beaters who do their talking on the field, court and track.
Retired Test bowler Glenn McGrath was second, ahead of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, former Test skipper Ricky Ponting, cyclist Cadel Evans and current Test skipper Michael Clarke. The list’s top woman was US Open winner Sam Stosur.
Trainer Tony Mundine has dumped All Black Sonny Bill Williams on the eve of his Nov 24 fight against 44-year-old South African Francois Botha.
Mundine said he couldn’t train Williams due to a dispute between his son Anthony and Khoder Nasser, Williams’ promoter and Anthony’s former manager: “My son had a blue with Khoder so that’s the end to it.”
Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd is about as good an ambassador for Aussie Rules footy as you’ll get.
The on-baller is his team’s leader and best and fairest for last season, in which he remarkably played every brutal match and topped the league’s disposals count for the second year running.
His side takes on Port Adelaide Power at Kia Oval on Saturday, bringing AFL back to London for the first time since 2006.
If anyone is going to show the world what makes the sport a beauty, it’s this bloke.
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