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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.”
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