Must Reads: Sevilla back, cyclist action figures

Oscar Sevilla returns to racing; no Boonen, Cancellara, or Gilbert for Dwars door Vlaanderen, a cyclist immortalized in plastic, and Cav's Olympic hopes.

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Sevilla back after doping suspension —

Oscar Sevilla returned to racing at the Tour of Telmex in Mexico, six months after his positive test and subsequent suspension for Hydroxyethyl, a drug designed to mask EPO. Sevilla won Telmex in 2010.

The CAS will decide in the coming days whether the six-month sanction handed down by the RFEC (Spanish Cycling Federation) was sufficient.

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Were Cav’s Olympic hopes dashed in San Remo? — Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herarld’s Rupert Guinness takes a look at how the poor climbing Mark Cavendish displayed at Milan-San Remo could be an omen for this year’s Olympic road race, and how other countries can take advantage.

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Yukiya Arashiro action figure —

Yukiya Arashiro’s greatest claim to fame is his successful completion of the Tour de France in 2009, rolling across the line on the Champs-Élysées with compatriot Fumiyuki Beppu to become the first Japanese riders to finish the Tour.

With this achievement already preserved in the history books, Arashiro has taken further steps towards immortalization, this time in plastic.

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No Boonen, Cancellara, Gilbert for Dwars door Vlaanderen — Gazet Van Antwerpen

Dwars door Vlaanderen seems to be one for the sprinters this year, with most of the classics favorites staying out of the race. The field this year is topped by fast men, including Mark Cavendish, which should see the result play out differently than in years past.

Changes to the schedule have kept top riders away, as E3 Harelbeke gained WorldTour status and is therefore attracting most of the top classics riders.

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