NewsWire: RadioShack could be banned from Tour; Armstrong questions answered
USADA v. Armstrong questions answered; cycling confronts elephant in the room; RadioShack could miss Tour; HoogerHeide to host ’cross worlds
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Series of events critical to legacy — ESPN
Why would USADA file charges when the federal government did not? How can Armstrong be charged in the absence of a positive drug test? What potential sanctions does Armstrong face? ESPN’s Bonnie Ford answers the common and uncommon questions relating to USADA’s case against Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong and cycling confront elephant in the room — Sydney Morning Herald
Longtime Sydney Morning Herald reporter and columnist and former VeloNews European correspondent Rupert Guinness discusses the importance of the USADA case against Lance Armstrong, why it must continue, why a verdict needs to be reached for the good of cycling, and the damage it may inflict on the sport.
RadioShack to miss Tour de France? — RMC Sport
RadioShack-Nissan could be the first casualty of the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong. According to RMC Sport, Tour de France organizer ASO could ban the squad due to ethical violations. Team manager Johan Bruyneel and a team doctor have been implicated in the USADA investigation.
“Management does not comment on the pending case since, at present, this is just the opening of an investigation, we have been told,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme to RMC Sport. “No statement will be made as regarding Armstrong, Bruyneel and RadioShack. If a decision should be made, it would be under the auspices and under the rules of the UCI.”
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Cyclocross Worlds may return to Hoogerheide in 2014 — Cyclo-cross.info
The cyclocross world championships may return to Hoogerheide, Belgium, in 2014, according to Belgian cyclocross site Cyclo-cross.info. Treviso, Italy, and Luxembourg both had bids in, but they have since withdrawn.
Hoogerheide hosted the world championships in 2009, when Niels Albert took the title in his first-ever elite worlds.