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Must Reads: Gabrielle Giffords an avid cyclist, Armstrong, LeMond and a Basque Vuelta

Tucson Velo: AP reporter covers Giffords’ love of cycling An Associated Press reporter who is in Tucson covering the shooting called Tucson Velo to chat about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her love of bicycles. USA Today: Would ends justify means for Lance Armstrong? USA Today columnist Christine Brennan ponders…

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Tucson Velo: AP reporter covers Giffords’ love of cycling

An Associated Press reporter who is in Tucson covering the shooting called Tucson Velo to chat about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her love of bicycles.

USA Today: Would ends justify means for Lance Armstrong?

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan ponders accusations against Armstrong, writing: “Would all his good deeds allow him to get away with more than other athletes have, if he did in fact take illegal substances? In other words, would the ends justify the means, if the means involved cheating?

Boulder Report: SI article points to larger damage

Bicycling blogger Joe Lindsey analyzes the effects of the Sports Illustrated article on the Armstrong investigation. “If just two of the allegations contained therein are true (and – crucially – are proved true), then the damage in this case will spin out far past Armstrong. The SI story implicates not just Armstrong’s inner circle but also the United States Olympic Committee and the clinical drug trial system.”

Miami Herald: LeMond raises temperatures in Florida visit

Greg LeMond raises some troubling questions in a recent visit to Florida, who told The Miami Herald he’s pleased to see the U.S. government investigating allegations of doping in cycling: “Cycling needs a deep cleansing,” LeMond said. “I’m relieved the U.S. government is taking on this case. I’m confident the truth will come out. I believe we’ll get beyond it and you can again watch a rider and actually believe what you see.”

Noticias de Gipuzkoa: Vuelta will boost Basque Country

Vuelta a España boss Javier Guillén says the race will give a boost to cycling in its returns to Spain’s Basque Country for the first time in more than three decades: “The Vuelta has to be the engine and boost for cycling in Basque Country. And the Vuelta needs to the Basque Country, both for its passion and for its roads.”

WFAA.com: Texas velodrome could be torn down

The 12-year-old, $15 million Superdrome in Frisco could be removed to make way for a parking garage. “The Frisco bike track sits on property owned by the Preston Ridge campus of Collin College. The school has averaged a thousand new students a year and officials say they have run out of room for those students to park.