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In our daily NewsWire, we bring you a collection of the intriguing stories from newspapers, journals and elsewhere around the world of competitive cycling. Pour your coffee, mute your phone and read on.
Remembering Wouter — Gazet van Antwerpen
Two days after the emotional memorial at the Giro d’Italia, the peloton remembers Wouter Weylandt on the one-year anniversary of his death. Gazet van Antwerpen spoke with a number of those close to the fallen Belgian to hear their thoughts on the anniversary.
“There’s still not a day goes by that I don’t think about Wouter,” said Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). “Everything I see, what I hear, the things that I experience: the memory of Wouter always looms.”
American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) was Weylandt’s close friend and frequent training partner.
“I do not think I ever will fully process,” said Farrar. “But racing is racing and my life is my job. Despite what happened, I still love the sport. I do nothing rather than competitions.”
Memorial on Passo del Bocco — Het Nieuwsblad
The crash site where Wouter Weylandt was killed in 2011 has become a roadside memorial during the lead-up to the May 9 anniversary of his death. Today, Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad publishes a photo essay on the shrine.
GreenEdge boss talks team time trial — Sydney Morning Herald
Orica-GreenEdge director Matt White tells the Sydney Morning Herald that making up the team’s 23-second disadvantage on GC is a big ask in Wednesday’s team time trial.
“I’ll be a happy man if we do it,” White told the SMH. “We can beat BMC by 23 seconds; but can we beat Garmin and Sky by 10 seconds? That’s going to be the tricky one. I will be happy with the win … We would have to be on the ride of our lives tomorrow … We won the team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico by 17 seconds, but we only have three athletes from Tirreno here. But if we have a super ride we can do it.”