El País: Mosquera case remains unresolved
The on-again, off-again doping accusations shadowing Spanish rider Ezequiel Mosquera remain unresolved as the 2011 season cranks up. The Spanish daily El País reports that the Spanish cycling federation is awaiting documentation to begin a possible disciplinary process against the 2010 Vuelta a España runner-up. Mosquera tested positive for hydroxyethyl starch (HES), a banned plasma expander that can be used as a masking agent for EPO. Mosquera’s legal team is arguing that he accidentally ingested the product. His ex-Galicia-Xacobeo teammate David García has already been banned for testing positive for HES and EPO.
Tutto Bici: Nygaard says Leopard-Trek betting all on Tour
Brian Nygaard tells Tutto Bici in an interview that the Luxembourg-backed team is betting everything on winning the Tour de France: “We’re not going to deny it, we are going to France to win. He will have first-class support in his bid to win the Tour.”
LA Times: Armstrong campaigns for cigarette tax in California
The newly-retired Lance Armstrong won’t be racing at the Tour of California, giving him time to campaign for a $1 cigarette tax that will go on the ballot in California.