Evans keen on Olympics ride
Tour de France champion Cadel Evans told Australian media that he would love to compete at next year’s Olympics, but only if the course is tough enough. Evans became the first Australian — and only third non-European — to win the Tour when he finished in Paris on Sunday. His schedule is being overhauled to accommodate extra commitments and he has not ruled out racing the Olympic road event, despite the London Games starting only days after next year’s Tour de France. “I don’t know if the course is going to be suitable, but if I can be the man for the job to represent the country, of course I would love to ride,” he said. “
UK warns about journalists
Training for next year’s Olympics extends beyond gyms and running tracks for British athletes. Coaching is being provided on how to deal with scoop-hungry British journalists. General news reporters, the British Olympic Association is warning athletes, will only be at the Games to find front-page stories that “will not be in the athlete’s interest.” “These writers have no allegiance to your sport and are sent to an event such as the Olympic Games to get a story,” the association’s Athletes’ Guide to Dealing with the Media says. “These stories by their very nature are usually linked to a scandal and the writer does not care if he/she treads on any toes to find a lead. The news reporter’s aim is to find a front-page story.”
McEwen sprints to form
Australia’s Robbie McEwen took his first win of the season in a sprint finish for the fourth stage of the Tour de Wallonie in Belgium on Tuesday. The 39-year-old RadioSchack rider beat Norway’s Alexander Kristoff and Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus after the 151.6km run from Enghien to Mouscron. Belgian Greg Van Avermaet of BMC took the leader’s yellow jersey from Dutch rider Joost van Leijen. “The guys did a really good job staying in the front and keeping myself and Manuel Cardoso out of the wind and up where we needed to be,” said McEwen, a triple winner of the Tour de France’s green jersey sprinter’s classification. This season he is focusing on the rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Copenhagen in September.
Love takes talents to beach
NBA rebounding leader Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is taking his talents to the professional beach volleyball circuit during the NBA’s ongoing lockout of players. Love announced on Tuesday that he plans to play in next month’s Manhattan Beach Open and hopes to make it past the opening round of the US$200,000 California beach event, although he does not yet have a partner. “I’m tall. I’m quick. I can jump and I’ve spent some time playing beach volleyball during my time in Los Angeles,” Love said. “Now that I have to start thinking about a backup plan with the basketball lockout, I thought ‘Why not?’”
Paul, Anthony mull China
Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony have said they will consider offers to play professional basketball in China if there is no resolution to the NBA lockout. Both players are on a promotional tour of China while monitoring news from home about the so-far fruitless attempts to break the NBA’s labor impasse. With Kobe Bryant reportedly negotiating a deal to play in Turkey, New Orleans Hornets star Paul and New York Knicks Anthony say they are also considering overseas moves.