Today’s front pages – Tuesday, March 19

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish dailies are reporting on their front pages

Not you too, Rolf

Former professional cyclist Rolf Sørensen has become the latest Danish cycling legend to admit that he did not race clean during his career. Sørensen, who now works as a cycling TV pundit for TV2, said that he had “been doped and had used EPO and in some cases Cortisone”. Sørensen’s admission comes just weeks after Michael ‘The Chicken’ Rasmussen revealed that he had been drugged for most of his professional career. Other former Danish pro riders who have admitted to doping are Bjarne Riis, Jesper Skibby, Brian Holm and Bo Hamburger. – metroXpress

Young people won’t vote locally

Only one third of voters under the age of 25 say that they definitely plan to vote during the upcoming local government council elections. A study by the councils’ newsletter Momentum showed that just 35 percent of people between the ages of 17 and 24 are sure to vote in the November elections, while that number is at 61 percent for the general population. An election researcher at the University of Copenhagen said the news was a serious democratic issue and that a whole electoral generation could be lost. – Politiken

Robots to secure future welfare

Computers and robots will secure the necessary funds for the Danish welfare model in the future, a number of ministers argue. Robots that help people eat and automatically clean toilets along with wireless sensors that can detect when a patient is about to have a stroke are just a few of the technological ideas that will save the state some 12 billion kroner. Elderly advocates Ældre Sagen are worried that the increased use of technology could lead to people in need receiving less human care. – Jyllands-Posten

Larsen to take on IKEA

Billionaire duvet king and Jysk Sengetøj owner Lars Larsen looks poised to challenge IKEA on the Danish market after taking over languishing furniture outlet chains Idémøbler and Ilva. Larsen has purchased 80 percent of IDdesign, the company behind the two chains, making him the majority owner of both stores. The big loser is IDdesign’s owner, the capital fund Axcel, which will receive no money out of the deal since Larsen’s investment – in the millions of kroner – will go directly into bolstering the company. Axcel has pumped 570 million kroner into IDdesign over the past three years. – Børsen