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Must Reads: Cancellara’s medal, Armstrong’s investors, Floyd’s wire and Kirchen’s future

Blick.ch: Cancellara gets his silver medal Fabian Cancellara was awarded the silver medal from the elite men’s Olympic road race in his hometown over the weekend. Cancellara, who won gold in the time trial in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, was bumped from bronze to silver after runner-up Davide…

Blick.ch: Cancellara gets his silver medal

Fabian Cancellara was awarded the silver medal from the elite men’s Olympic road race in his hometown over the weekend. Cancellara, who won gold in the time trial in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, was bumped from bronze to silver after runner-up Davide Rebellin tested positive for CERA. Though it’s more than two years later, Cancellara was quoted in the Swiss sports daily Blick saying, “It’s still the bronze that counts, for me, that was like gold.”

Wall Street Journal: Big-money investors were seduced by cycling

The Wall Street Journal featured a story about the big-money investors that lined up behind Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Service team during its hey-day only to find that many have changed their tune now that federal investigators are sniffing around doping allegations. One business executive who tagged along on training camp rides described the scene in the early 2000s like this: “There was a lot of macho that day. These fairly accomplished people were like little boys with big toys.”

New York Daily News: Landis wore a wire, sources say

The New York Daily News reported another twist in the ever-expanding role of Floyd Landis’s cooperation with federal investigators. Citing unnamed sources, the Daily News said Landis wore a hidden wire and carried a portable video camera during an encounter with former Rock Racing owner Michael Ball. Evidence gathered by Landis was later used to help investigators obtain a search warrant of Ball’s residence.

Wort.lu: Kirchen could be done

Kim Kirchen’s professional career could be over. According to an interview published in the Luxembourg daily Wort, Kirchen’s contract with Katusha becomes null and void this week after he was inactive for six months following his heart scare in June’s Tour de Suisse, when he collapsed in his room and was later placed into a medically-induced coma. Doctors later placed a pacemaker in his heart and Kirchen isn’t optimistic about his chances to continue his professional career: “The situation is anything but possible. It’s as if I am facing a high, impenetrable wall. I have only trained lightly and it looks unlikely that I will be able to race in any events in 2011. I would like to continue racing, but I will not take any unnecessary risks.”

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