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Must Reads: Vacansoleil to start Tour – but what about Ricco? RadioShack and Liquigas to Mumbai, more

Times of India: RadioShack and Liquigas confirmed for Tour de Mumbai “The two legs of the international race, offering $50,000 to the winner, will be held in Nashik on February 11 and in Mumbai on February 13. The first leg will cover 158 kms, while the second leg will…

Times of India: RadioShack and Liquigas confirmed for Tour de Mumbai

“The two legs of the international race, offering $50,000 to the winner, will be held in Nashik on February 11 and in Mumbai on February 13. The first leg will cover 158 kms, while the second leg will cover 117 kms.”

Gazet Van Antwerpen: Vancansoleil to start Tour

The Belgian paper says team manager Daan Luijkx spoke to officials at Tour organizer ASO and reports “it is now one hundred percent sure that we can start.” No word on whether the team will be allowed to bring Riccardo Ricco, but Stijn Devolder and Björn Leukemans are likely starters.

La Gazzetta della Sport: Pellizotti sues UCI as UCI considers appeal to CAS

The Italian daily calls it ‘a head-on collision’ as Franco Pellizotti files suit against the UCI for loss of income while he was suspended from cycling last year. Pellizotti is seeking 200,000 Euros or more. Meanwhile the UCI is considering appealing the Italian cycling federation’s decision to drop the case against Pellizotti, which was based on the Biological Passport. After Pellizotti was cleared, he was free to race, but has not been signed for a team for 2011.

SportEngland.org: Women’s cycling programs awarded lottery grant

Sport England, which uses lottery funds in an effort to leverage the 2012 Olympics an increase sports participation, has awarded nearly a million euros to a women’s cycling program. “A National Women’s Cycling Network will be created thanks to a £992,159 investment which will see 80,000 women getting on their bikes. British Cycling will: recruit cycling champions to organise led-rides and inspire others to take part; recruit women cycling instructors to teach basic skills and help people gain confidence on the roads; and organise nine women-only mass cycling events.”

The Brooklyn Paper: NYPD to crack down on cyclists

New York cyclists are bracing for a battle after sources tell The Brooklyn Paper that police plan more enforcement of traffic laws. “Several police sources said on Tuesday that the strict enforcement of safety and vehicle traffic laws — which apply the same to cars as they do to cycles — will begin in a matter of weeks, and that bicyclists caught breaking those rules will be issued a moving violation.”

Stuff.co: Australian flooding keeps Chadwick away from nationals

The Australian site says that Australia’s Glen Chadwick is unable to get to the national road championships because flooding has closed the airport near his Queensland home. Chadwick, a former Team Type 1 and Rock Racing team member, is racing for the Australian Pure Black Racing team now. “It’s gutting for Glen because he had worked so hard to be ready for this race and he’s a rider that suits this tough course really well,” team director Carl Williams said.