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OregonLive.com: Editor struggled with Armstrong tale In the past year, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Sports Illustrated have reported informative tidbits suggesting that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs. And now, Armstrong can say, “Et tu, Bicycling?” The magazine’s…

OregonLive.com: Editor struggled with Armstrong tale

In the past year, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Sports Illustrated have reported informative tidbits suggesting that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs. And now, Armstrong can say, “Et tu, Bicycling?” The magazine’s editor, Peter Flax, tells OregonLive that editor at large Bill Strickland struggled with his first-person piece, in which he said he was convinced that Armstrong doped during his career. “I’ve known Bill a long time,” Flax said. “I know how he struggled to understand Lance and his legacy. To finally see his journey come to an end with him finally feeling convinced Lance doped was a moving experience for me.”

Bloomberg: Brits flood to amateur ‘Hell of the North’

Amaury Sport Organisation is staging an amateur version of Paris-Roubaix, and about 25 percent of 1,500 people who signed up for the inaugural event are from the British side of the Channel. “Cycling is the new golf,” said Tom Underhill. “Cycling used to be a bit of a closed world. Now there’s a have-a-go feel about it.”

BCLocalNews.com: Belgians are born to ride

There’s more to biking in Belgium than this weekend’s Tour of Flanders — it’s simply how people get around. Says Andrée St. Martin, the executive director of the New Westminster Arts Council: “I can never not remember riding a bike. Everybody is born to ride a bike.”