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Must Reads: Paralympian walks again; Basso, Wiggins, Vaughters and Scarponi all have big plans

The Associate Press: Dutch paralympian walks again In an incredible story, a Dutch paralympian has regained full use of her legs after a training crash. Monique van der Vorst lost the use of her legs when she was 13 and went on to win two silver medals in the…

The Associate Press: Dutch paralympian walks again

In an incredible story, a Dutch paralympian has regained full use of her legs after a training crash. Monique van der Vorst lost the use of her legs when she was 13 and went on to win two silver medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and hoped for gold in London 2012. But a training accident this summer somehow resulted in her legs becoming fully mobile in what’s described by doctors as a medical miracle. She won’t be able to compete in the London Paralympics, but has new goals: “It would be a dream of me to do the Ironman as an abled athlete.”

La Repubblica: Basso more motivated than ever

Ivan Basso says he promised Aldo Sassi, who recently died of a brain tumor, that he would not fall into the trap of doping again. In an interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica, Basso says he still wants to win the Tour de France and promises he’s more motivated than ever. “I still wake up in the morning thinking about what to do to improve. An athlete understands that for many signals if it is saturated or not. If the test does not give it all, whether in training do not push the limit, if you pull the pedal back, if you weigh the cold or rain, it means that it is time to stop.”

The Telegraph: Wiggins: It’s not all about the bike

In a year-in-review interview with the British daily The Telegraph, Bradley Wiggins concedes that all the pressure was on Team Sky in 2010. For next year, the Olympic champion vows a return to form. “It was a big year what with Team Sky starting up and the huge weight of expectation that came with that which was a good thing in a way. I mean, when has that ever happened before in cycling? It’s brilliant.”

The Denver Post: Vaughters optimistic about Garmin-Cervélo

Jonathan Vaughters, in an interview with The Denver Post, talks about his plans to create the world’s best team. “By the end of the year, we want to be the No. 1 team in the world. That’s the singular performance goal of our team. I’m being pretty loud about that sort of thing.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport: Scarponi to skip classics to focus on Giro

Michele Scarponi, fourth in the 2010 Giro d’Italia, tells La Gazzetta dello Sport he will put special focus on the Giro this year and put everything on going for the victory. “This year I came in the form too early, but the goal for 2011 is the Giro. I will target the race, though I might sacrifice Liège.”

Press Telegram: Long Beach police and cyclists enjoy Christmas Eve ride — not

Critical Mass riders near Long Beach, California, planned to get together to hold a fund-raising ride on Dec. 24. The cause? Raising money to pay for fines imposed on riders ticketed for participation in an earlier Critical Mass ride. Police came to the fund-raiser, too, The Press Telegram reports: “Many of the cyclists fled on foot with their bikes across Ocean Boulevard and down to the beach bike path. ‘We were forced to run away from the police like criminals,’ “ said Ronnie Sandlin, a member of the cycling group. A police spokeswoman said officers came to the ride to make sure the cyclists were safe. “Some bicyclists rode away and were tailed for a bit to make sure they rode safely,” the spokeswoman said.