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Allan Davis says he deserved criticism at Tour Down Under

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The Australian sprinter Allan Davis (Astana Team) took gold at the Commonwealth Games and bronze in the world championships. But 2011 and 2012 will be even better.

Sure, he would have liked to take gold at the Worlds too, but why think more about it? The late part of the season was fantastic for Allan Davis, while the beginning was tough.

“To be honest, my first half of the year was not up to what I normally do and I needed a good look at the mirror and to get into it. I wasn’t worth a cracker – I normally do well in the Tour Down Under and go straight over to Europe and hit the Classics, but the last half pulled the season off for me.”

At the Tour Down Under, Allan Davis was the defending champion but failed to win a single stage and finished 87th overall. He received a lot of criticism about it.

"I think a lot of that was right - I was a little bit overweight, I did take it a bit too easy," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. "When you do have a good break those things do creep up on you."

The poor start made the automn season so much more important, especially when he got the chance to represent his country. He didn't want to be seen as a disgrace again.

"Physically I do have to keep an eye on that. This year I'm looking to start my season better."

Tour Down Under will be his first goal, even though defending champion Andre Greipel is “pretty hard to beat.”

He is also looking forward to the Tour de France and the Worlds in Copenhagen. But to be honest, he seems to be looking forward to the 2012 season the most. Especially the Olympic Games in London.

“The London Olympics is on top of the table – I’ve always been a reserve for the last two Olympics and it’s grating at me to do well there, and the talk is that the road race circuit that they’re going to use is right up my alley.” he told Australian newspaper News-Mail.

“I’m 30 now and I’ll be 32 by then and it might be my last crack at the Olympics – hopefully I’ll be still around in 2016 but there are a lot of good young riders coming through and it’s pretty cut-throat in the road race team with only five spots available.”

Tony Martin plans for a better 2011

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As usual, I have no idea what I have done during the day. Walking, swimming, eating Greek food, seen a movie at the cinema and then we bought some food, but did it really take eight hours? Crazy.

Tony Martin won three races and took bronze at the world championship time trial this year. But was still not satisfied with his season.

For three years, the German has raced as a professional. This year he won a stage, the time trial, at ENECO Tour, and suddenly he was the winner of the race too. His first ever stage race success!

He also won the German national time trial and as mentioned, finished third in the world championships, which he did in 2009 as well.

But he wished to do more. Like being able to beat Fabian Cancellara at the Tour de France. And to do well in he overall classifications too. He finished second in both time trials behind Cancellara and finished the race in 137th place. Not exactly what he wished for.

It was not a good idea to change seat position in January. It was, according to him, a huge mistake.

Since he changed it, he has suffered from tendon problems in his right knee, which meant less training than usual.

The second problem was overtraining and racing.

“I rode the Tour of California in May with a lot of commitment, then the Tour de Suisse and then did some hard Tour training. That was too intensive.”

And he suffered in the Tour de France because of it. Better luck next year when he has learnt more about his own body and how to train and race to win.

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Bellis don't want people to draw conclusions - hopes he can show his potential again

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Saxo Bank rider Jonny Bellis almost lost his life thirteen months ago after a scooter accident. He has returned to racing and hopes he can repay the Danish team for their support through the recovery.

Bellis signed a one-year contract extension with Bjarne Riis’s team in August, who continued to give his support.

After returning to racing, Bellis continued to have problems. He has gone through a tough time.

He abandoned British National Championships in June. He did however finish the GP Plouay but in September, he quit the Tour of Britain during stage one.

Before the accident, the British rider took bronze in the 2007 Under 23 World Road Race Championships in Stuttgart. And he hopes to show himself again, with exactly the same potential as in 2007.

“I know a lot of people will be saying behind my back that I’ve got a lot to do and won’t make it, but, as bad as it was, the accident caused no permanent damage,” he said.

“You don’t just lose your talent. People will look at my performance at the Tour of Britain and draw conclusions, but that was the ride of someone who had no race fitness and was up against people who had just ridden major tours and were preparing for the Worlds. I felt normal for someone starting his season. The problem was that I was the only guy in that position.”