Must Reads: Mosquera still in limbo, Armstrong campaigns for cig tax, more

Must Reads: Mosquera still in limbo, Armstrong campaigns for cig tax

El País: Mosquera case remains unresolved

Mosquera wins the stage, but not by what he needed to win the Vuelta
Mosquera winning stage 20 of the 2010 Vuelta

The on-again, off-again doping accusations shadowing Spanish rider Ezequiel Mosquera remain unresolved as the 2011 season cranks up. The Spanish daily El País reports that the Spanish cycling federation is awaiting documentation to begin a possible disciplinary process against the 2010 Vuelta a España runner-up. Mosquera tested positive for hydroxyethyl starch (HES), a banned plasma expander that can be used as a masking agent for EPO. Mosquera’s legal team is arguing that he accidentally ingested the product. His ex-Galicia-Xacobeo teammate David García has already been banned for testing positive for HES and EPO.

Tutto Bici: Nygaard says Leopard-Trek betting all on Tour

Brian Nygaard tells Tutto Bici in an interview that the Luxembourg-backed team is betting everything on winning the Tour de France: “We’re not going to deny it, we are going to France to win. He will have first-class support in his bid to win the Tour.”

LA Times: Armstrong campaigns for cigarette tax in California

The newly-retired Lance Armstrong won’t be racing at the Tour of California, giving him time to campaign for a $1 cigarette tax that will go on the ballot in California.