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Monday, March 10, 2008
Below is our Guide to Live Coverage of the 2008 Paris-Nice
Coming Wednesday:  Tirreno-Adriatico live
Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) on his way to winning yesterday's Paris-Nice prologue
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Notes:

- Tomorrow's Paris-Nice Stage 2 from Nevers to Belleville begins at 11:50 CET (6:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish between 16:18 and 16:44 CET (11:18am and 11:44am U.S. Eastern).

- The cycling.tv coverage begins tomorrow at 14:50 CET (9:50am U.S. Eastern).  Other streams (audio and video) will begin after 15:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern).


- Live video streaming flash:  Sputnik is streaming Paris-Nice live

- The cycling.tv live video stream is playing Paris-Nice.  (Available only in North America to subscribers of Premium, Silver or Gold US packages.)   Sign up .

- The France 4 live video streaming has begun, with one of our all-time favorite color commentators, two-time Tour winner Bernard Thevenet .

- Eurosport's live coverage of Stage 1 of Paris-Nice has begun.  The live audio streaming is playing, with 7-time winner Sean Kelly commentating.


- Today's stage of Paris-Nice has finally begun.  We'll have to see what kind of video coverage there'll be given the weather conditions.

- We've added a link to France 4 live video streaming of the race.  This feed is available only to viewers in France and its overseas departments and territories, Andorra and Monaco.  Today's France4 coverage is scheduled to begin at 15:25 CET.

- A.S.O. has again changed today's route: Today's Paris-Nice stage will begin in La Chapelotte, original location of the feed zone.  The riders will ride 93.5 kms today.


- Nasty weather here in France today has forced race organizers to modify today's route.  The race will begin late (14:30 CET or 9:30am U.S. Eastern) and will start in Sancerre instead of Amilly.  The stage is shortened to 74km.

- We are in the process of checking on alternative sources for live video streaming of Paris-Nice.

- cycling.tv's coverage is scheduled to begin at 15:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  The Eurosport live coverage of Paris-Nice kicks in today and is also scheduled to begin at 15:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).

- Be sure to reload this page occasionally during the race for the latest live race coverage links and information.  The most recent notices always appear at the top of this Live Guide.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for Stage 1 of the 2008 Paris-Nice.

2008 Paris-Nice
France, March 9-16
Official Website
Start List

Live video streaming:


(North America only)


(Available in France, Dom Tom, Andorra, Monaco)

Sputnik

(More to come if available)

Live audio streaming:


Live tickers:
(Eurosport English ticker)

News and photos:

(cycling news)


Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Notes:

- Tomorrow's Stage 1 of Paris-Nice from Amilly to Nevers starts at 12:15 CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish between 16:16 and 16:39 CET (11:16am and 11:39am U.S. Eastern).

- cycling.tv's coverage is scheduled to begin at 15:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  The Eurosport live coverage of Paris-Nice kicks in with Stage 1 and is also scheduled to begin at 15:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern) tomorrow.


- cycling.tv is streaming the Paris-Nice prologue live.

- We've added live Eurosport tickers in Deutsch and Espanol.  There should be some live audio streaming tomorrow.



- The Eurosport live coverage of Paris-Nice will not start until tomorrow, Monday.  The Eurosport France live ticker is active today, however.

- We will be using a 3G mobile broadband modem to connect today directly from the race course.  Hopefully we won't have connection problems and the rain won't get too bad.  In the event that we cannot get a mobile connection, then we will not be updating links until after today's stage.  Either way, it usually takes a day or two to get a set of links that people can use for the remainder of the race.   We know of one live video stream that won't even start before tomorrow, Monday, though at this time we do not know if it will be available worldwide.

2008 Paris-Nice: Prologue

Paris  - At 9:30 CET, it is cool and drizzly in Paris.  We'll be on our way shortly to Amilly to cover the race, so this edition of "Breakfast at the races" will be short.

According to this morning's L'Equipe newspaper, Pat McQuaid will be in Amilly for the prologue today.  Sounds like fun.  Maybe he'll say he was misunderstood, that he didn't say he'd suspend anyone but rather he would hand out UCI logo suspenders to all riders who participate in Paris-Nice?  Anyway, actually Pat is a good guy, from a family with a long history of organizing races and passionate about cycling.  It's a tough situation he's in having inherited the ill-fated ProTour.

Read on below to learn about American Team Type 1 starting the Tour de Taiwan today with defending champion Shawn Milne on the squad.  Good luck guys...

Team Type 1 to Tour de Taiwan
2008 Team Type 1 training camp Recent Team Type 1 training camp photo
Unlike the Amgen Tour of California, not a drop of rain fell during the team's 10-day training camp.
Photo courtesy MarcoQuezada.com

Paris-Nice isn't the only stage race getting underway today.  The 2008 Tour de Taiwan (March 9-15) will see the American team, Team Type 1, competing.  Riding for the team this year is 2007 Tour de Taiwan champion, American Shawn Milne.  Joining Milne on the road are Emile Abraham (Trinidad/Tobago), Chris Jones (U.S.), Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukraine), and Phil Southerland (U.S.).

Team Type 1 is "racing to cure diabetes" and you can visit the official team website here .

- Pete Geyer

- The cycling.tv live coverage of today's prologue is scheduled to begin at 13:10 CET (8:10am U.S. Eastern).

- Today's Paris-Nice prologue gets underway at 12:10 CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern)  (France doesn't start Daylight Saving Time until March 30)

- Be sure to reload this page occasionally during the race for the latest live race coverage links and information.  The most recent notices always appear at the top of this Live Guide.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the prologue of the 2008 Paris-Nice.

2008 Paris-Nice
France, March 9-16
Official Website
Start List

Live video streaming:


(North America only)

Zulu
(verify at race time)

Sputnik
(verify at race time)

(More to come if available)

Live audio streaming:


Live tickers:
(Eurosport English ticker)

News and photos:

(cycling news)


Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Note:  Tomorrow's Paris-Nice Prologue gets underway at 12:10 CET (7:10am U.S. Eastern)
Important:Daylight Saving Time begins tonight in most places in the U.S. with clocks moving ahead one hour.  Therefore, for example, New York will be 5 hours behind Paris instead of 6 hours.  Daylight Saving Time in France does not begin until March 30.

Paris-Nice Start List  -- Prologue Start Order and Times  -- Live coverage options will be posted in the morning


photo Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Quote of the day:  "The ProTour system as it is today is completely bombed" (UCI president Pat McQuaid)

Editorial

A.S.O. once again tests positive for hypocrisy, the U.C.I. for incompetence

On the eve of Paris-Nice, the real start to the pro cycling season for many people, including seven-time champion Sean Kelly, it is clear more than ever that leadership is lacking in this sport.  Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) is really nothing more than a banal business and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is threatening to punish others, including teams and riders, for its own total failure to sell its version of the reform of the sport, the UCI ProTour, to all parties.

It is hardly a surprise that Paris-Nice, A.S.O.'s first race in Europe in 2008, is the first real battleground of the new season in the years-long war between the Tour de France organizer and the U.C.I.  It was at the 2005 Paris-Nice that the ProTour was officially launched with none other than Lance Armstrong (and his Discovery Channel team) making a token appearance, perhaps as a favor to then-UCI president Hein Verbruggen, the man behind the ProTour and as a current UCI vice-president arguably the man still behind UCI decision-making pulling the strings of UCI president Pat McQuaid.  Only now is a bitter U.C.I. starting to acknowledge what has been clear for many months; the ProTour is dead.

The disagreement between A.S.O. and the U.C.I. is fundamentally about the role of the Tour de France in the reform of cycling.  For A.S.O., understandably, any reform of cycling must have the Tour de France at the center.  The Tour de France is the Olympics, only better, and takes place every year.  For the U.C.I. it is about weakening the influence of the Tour de France and spreading the wealth.  These two visions of the future are mutually-exclusive, thus the never-ending fighting.

The latest round of fighting became inevitable when A.S.O. announced last month that the Astana cycling team of 2007 Tour champion Alberto Contador (then riding for Discovery Channel) was not welcome at Paris-Nice or any of its races this season, including the Tour de France, because of the Astana team's role in tarnishing the Tour's image last July with the positive dope test of Alexandre Vinokourov.

Despite the exclusions of Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso from the 2006 Tour, we have never been fooled into believing that A.S.O. was serious about doing whatever it could as an event organizer to fight doping in cycling.  Not even a positive dope sample given by 2006 Tour winner Floyd Landis resulted in A.S.O. moving beyond the rhetoric in 2007.

The best way for a race organizer to do its part to fight doping is to do what it can to prevent suspect teams and individuals from entering its events and to reward teams that take serious steps in-house to fight doping.  A.S.O. has now failed twice in the case of the Astana team, first when it extended an invitation to the team when it was led by Alexandre Vinokourov despite numerous signs that Vinokourov was not riding clean.  More to the point, A.S.O. itself did not believe "Vino" to be a clean rider.  In fact, the performance expert, Fred Grappe, of the Amaury Group's cycling publication, Velo Magazine, wrote following Vino's 2006 Vuelta win that the display of power shown by Vino and his teammate Andrey Kashechkin was beyond the limits of human potential without medical assistance.  But A.S.O., which has always put revenue-generating spectacle ahead of sporting concerns or ethics, invited them to the 2007 Tour anyway.  The "confidence" expressed by A.S.O. was not one of belief the riders would not dope but one of belief that they would not be caught.  That distinction lies at the core of the culture of doping in professional sports.

There may not have been enough evidence in early 2007 for the UCI to suspend Vinokourov.  There may not have been enough evidence available to most cycling fans to conclude with certainty that Vino was not clean.  However, a race organizer who speaks loud and clear about the need to fight doping had the option of simply not inviting Vinokourov's team, particularly since they did not believe him to be clean.  A race organizer who speaks loud and clear about the damage done to the image of its main event really need look no further than its own attitude regarding doping.

It isn't difficult to understand why A.S.O. in 2007 would want a rider like Vinokourov at its events.  The Vuelta champion was well liked in France, had ridden for French teams in the past, and he had panache.  He would animate the race and drive up the ratings and ultimately revenues.  Alas, when Vino tested positive during the 2007 Tour de France, an angry Tour director Christian Prudhomme declared that riders were playing "russian roulette".  But no one had played the game more than A.S.O. itself.

And as no case of intellectual dishonesty on the part of A.S.O. goes unaccompanied by propaganda from French sports daily L'Equipe, like ASO owned by the Amaury Group, an editorial in L'Equipe pointed to the Vinokourov positive as an example of why ASO should be allowed to invite the teams it wants to the races instead of being told by the UCI what teams will compete.  Nevermind that ASO chose Astana as a wild card team.

Meanwhile, some in France are concerned that Vinokourov will follow through with his threat to write a tell-all book.

On the question of rewarding teams for taking measures to fight doping, A.S.O. failed again when it announced last month that the revamped Astana team led by Johan Bruyneel was not welcome at any of its events this season.  This despite the fact that Astana hired renowned anti-doping expert Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard and is thus doing more than most teams in the pro peloton today to test its own riders.  Eddy Merckx was right when he said there is no good reason to prevent 2007 Tour champion Contador from defending his title.

While some continue to believe Contador may be tied to the Operation Puerto doping scandal despite his being cleared of any involvement, ASO has stated publicly they do not have a problem with Contador himself.

A.S.O. has always been quick to speak out against doping.  Its actions rarely follow the rhetoric, however, such as when it presented Frenchman Richard Virenque with an award for his record seven Tour de France King of the Mountains jerseys at the presentation of the 2005 Tour route.

Let's be clear:  A.S.O. has no credibility whatsoever in the so-called "war on doping".

It would be wrong to suggest that nothing A.S.O. does helps to discourage doping.  As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.  But the evidence through the years is overwhelming that A.S.O. cannot really be bothered with the problem.  Dopers are welcome at A.S.O. races as long as they are good for business and that means not getting caught doping.

UCI president Pat McQuaid is correct to point out the dangers inherent in a company like A.S.O. having too much control of the sport.  The problem is that it is the UCI that initially provoked the current situation with its ill-conceived ProTour.  The UCI should have anticipated that ASO would be a problem.  Instead, they have been thoroughly out-maneuvered by the race organizer and now everyone is paying for their ineptitude.

Given ASO's attitude toward doping, it seems clear that the exclusion of Astana from its races was designed simply as the final nail in the coffin of the UCI ProTour.

So, finally perhaps everyone can now agree that the ProTour is dead.

Now what?

2008 Paris-Nice: Eve of the Prologue

Paris  - "Breakfast at the races" is a new feature at cyclingfans.com.  The idea will be to share some thoughts each morning regarding that day's race or stage, what people are talking about, what's in the media and so forth.  I'll also post an occasional photo, typically in the start town, from the morning of a race.

I planned to start this column a couple of years ago and even went so far as to buy a croissant for the accompanying photo.  But I ate the croissant before I could get a photo of it and that was that.

Then I was going to launch this at last month's Tour of California.  But my hotel internet connection worked about as often as pro cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke actually gets to the start line of a race.  Then my laptop started acting up in the press room at Stanford University and I had no idea where to find croissants in Palo Alto anyway.

As I flew across the Atlantic Thursday night, I wondered what the Friday morning French newspapers would be saying about Paris-Nice given the ongoing fighting between A.S.O. and the U.C.I.  What teams would show up?  Would A.S.O. spokesman Tour director Christian Prudhomme challenge U.C.I. spokesman president Pat McQuaid to a two-man bicycle race?  (That is one area where McQuaid might actually win.)

It looks like Paris-Nice is a go with most or all of the teams competing.  This is good news because once you start losing sponsors and/or media coverage of bike races there is no guarantee they will return.  A.S.O., rumored to be looking to acquire the Vuelta, may be the Microsoft of pro cycling (only worse since A.S.O. has no real competition) and must be stopped at some point but undermining its races now could prove fatal to the sport.  The UCI has finally admitted the ProTour is done.  They don't have a Plan B.  So let's just have some racing and let the riders do the speaking with their legs.

-Pete Geyer

Paris-Nice live coverage



The 2008 Paris-Nice, the "race to the sun," starts tomorrow and runs through March 16.   cycling.tv will be showing the race for viewers in North America.   Live video streaming will be available, as will highlights, on the Premium Channel .  This should be a fantastic week of coverage as Paris-Nice finally returns to Mont Ventoux before the traditional final two days in Cannes and Nice on the Cote d'Azur (French Riviera).  If you haven't yet subscribed to cycling.tv and would like to, you will want to sign up before Sunday's prologue so you'll be all set for live coverage as well as race viewing post-stage at your leisure.   You can pay with PayPal.

Starting tomorrow we will also list links to live video alternatives, live tickers and graphics, etc.  Eurosport in particular will be broadcasting Paris-Nice live starting with Monday's Stage 1 and may have a live video stream or two available.




Friday, March 7, 2008

Note:  Several people have asked about live coverage for tomorrow's Monte Paschi Eroica.  We're not aware of any live coverage at this time but if something turns up in the morning we will certainly list it.  But tomorrow is just the second edition of Monte Paschi Eroica so live coverage seems unlikely.  For those of you with satellite coverage, Bernie S. says RAI is showing (at 17:00 CET) a 35 minute delayed highlights program.

Note:  Today is the Vuelta a Murcia Mountain Time Trial.  You'll find the start order and times here (.pdf)
2008 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia
Stage 4 profile



First rider departs at:  14:05 CET (8:05am U.S. Eastern)
Last rider departs at:   15:50 CET (9:50am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:35 CET (9:35am U.S. Eastern)



Thursday, March 6, 2008

Below is our Guide to Live Coverage of the 2008 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia


Chechu Rubiera Wallpaper
José Luis "Chechu" Rubiera Wallpaper

"Chechu" Rubiera, in his last season in the pro peloton, won yesterday's stage of the Vuelta a Murcia.  He now joins our wallpapers section.  The photo shows Chechu in action during the prologue of the 2005 Dauphine Libere, Lance Armstrong's penultimate race as a professional.

Paris-Nice Wallpaper
Paris-Nice Wallpaper
(in the wallpapers section)


2008 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia
Stage 3 profile



Stage start time:  13:00 CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:   16:28 to 16:50 CET (10:28am to 10:50am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:35 CET (9:35am U.S. Eastern)



Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Status:  Vuelta a Murcia live stream coverage has begun.
2008 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia
Stage 2 profile



Stage start time:  12:45 CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:   16:17 to 16:39 CET (10:17am to 10:39am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:35 CET (9:35am U.S. Eastern)



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cycling news flash:  Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) and the teams have come to an agreement over participation in Paris-Nice which starts Sunday.  A.S.O. has accepted contract modifications requested by the teams.  (source: AFP)

Status:  Vuelta a Murcia live stream playing worldwide but demand is very heavy and not everyone will be able to get a feed...  Stage is running late.  There is a two-man breakaway with Alexander Serov (Tinkoff) and Jose Lopez Gil (Andalucia - Cajasur)
2008 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia
Stage 1 profile





Stage start time:  11:55 CET (5:55am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:   16:30 to 16:58 CET (10:30am to 10:58am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:35 CET (9:35am U.S. Eastern)



Monday, March 3, 2008

Starting tomorrow:Vuelta a Murcia live video streaming (to March 8)
  Vuelta a Murcia Start List (more info below)
Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) wins the GP Lugano in Switzerland Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) wins yesterday's GP Lugano in Switzerland
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The 2008 Vuelta a Ciclista Murcia (Tour of Murcia) starts tomorrow and runs through March 8.  Our own Bernie S. and a cyclingfans.com reader from Portugal report that there will be live video streaming for this race.  We don't yet know if this live coverage will be available worldwide but as always we're monitoring it and will let you know.

Vuelta a Murcia Official Website here
Start List

We will post more information about this race later tonight.


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Below is our Guide to Live Coverage of the 2008 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) in the peloton before winning the final stage of the 2008 Vuelta Valenciana Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) in the peloton before winning yesterday's final stage of the 2008 Vuelta Valenciana
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Starting just one week from today
2008 Paris-Nice official poster
2008 Paris-Nice official poster

The 66th Paris-Nice, the "Race to the Sun," starts one week from today.  We'll have all the 2008 Paris-Nice live coverage from live video and live audio to live tickers and graphics, as well as photos and commentary.





Notes:  

- KBK, 70km to go, cycling.tv feed is working for us today.  Hope it is the case for you as well.  cycling.tv is showing the race for free at bandwidths up to 400kbps with higher datarates and quality available on the subscription Premium Channel .  Premium Channel access is also required if you want to watch the race later at your leisure.


- Check back at race time for the latest info and live race coverage options.


- The cycling.tv live broadcast of today's Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne is scheduled to begin at 14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern).  Live coverage and highlights will be available on the cycling.tv Premium Channel.  Click here for more info and/or to sign up for one of the cycling.tv 2008 cycling season packages.

2008 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne official poster
2008 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne official poster

- Today's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne starts at 12:00 CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern).  The race is expected to finish between 16:34 and 16:47 CET (10:34am and 10:47am U.S. Eastern).

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne.

2008 Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne
March 2, Belgium



Live video streaming:


Live tickers:


News and photos:

(cycling news)


Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com



Saturday, March 1, 2008

Coming tomorrow:  Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne live
Breaking news:  UCI threatens riders with six month suspensions if they take part in Paris-Nice.   More

Note:  If you would like to subscribe to one of the cycling.tv 2008 season packages (Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne is tomorrow and Paris-Nice starts just one week from tomorrow and then the season will really kick in), it is best not to wait until race day as race day subscriptions seem to tax the servers, causing access problems.  This was the case today.  Cycling.tv tell us they have capacity for 25,000 to watch the races simultaneously.  They did not reach that limit today so they are looking into where the problems are exactly.  So if you want cycling.tv, sign up ahead of time.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

A.S.O. for not inviting the revamped Astana team to its races, including the Tour de France
The UCI for threatening to suspend riders who compete in Paris-Nice
The riders, while warriors on the bike, for being unable to get themselves organized to face up to A.S.O. and the UCI
Cycling great Eddy Merckx for calling on ASO and the UCI to resolve their ridiculous years-long dispute


Alessandro Petacchi (Team Milram) wins the final stage Alessandro Petacchi (Team Milram) wins today's final stage of the 2008 Vuelta Valenciana
as teammate Erik Zabel also celebrates
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti


Notes:  

- Cycling.tv has finally loaded for us.

- Today's final stage of the Vuelta Valenciana is streaming fine.  (link below)

- Cycling.tv tell us today's server problems are due to a lot of people trying to subscribe at the last minute.  They say the streaming servers are working but all the last minute attempts to sign up are bogging down the servers.  Hopefully that means things will be better for tomorrow's race.


- We currently have no access at all to cycling.tv ourselves.  Cycling.tv are aware of the problem and we'll continue to monitor the situation.


- The sportwereld.be live ticker includes some live dynamic graphics of the Het Volk race.

- Access to cycling.tv is very shaky at the moment.  Hopefully it will be fixed soon.


- Check back at race time for the latest info and live race coverage options.


- The cycling.tv live broadcast of today's Omloop Het Volk is scheduled to begin at 14:20 CET (8:20am U.S. Eastern).  Live coverage and highlights will be available on the cycling.tv Premium Channel.  Click here for more info and/or to sign up for one of the cycling.tv 2008 cycling season packages.

- We have a lead on a possible non-English live video stream for Het Volk.  We will verify at race time.

Also on today:  Final stage of Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana live

Stage 5 profile

Official Website
Start List
Live video streaming

Stage start time:  12:55 CET (6:55am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:   16:23 to 16:44 CET (10:23am to 10:44am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)


- Today's Omloop Het Volk starts at 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).  The race is expected to finish between 16:23 and 16:51 CET (10:23am and 10:51am U.S. Eastern).

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 Omloop Het Volk.

2008 Omloop Het Volk
March 1, Belgium



Live video streaming:


Live tickers:


News and photos:

(cycling news)


Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com



Friday, February 29, 2008

Below is our Guide to Live Coverage of the 2008 Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana

Coming tomorrow:  Omloop Het Volk live video streaming, Sunday:  Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne live
Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre) today won stage 4 of the Vuelta Valenciana Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre) wins today's stage 4 of the Vuelta Valenciana
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The peloton in stage 3 of the 2008 Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana The peloton during yesterday's stage 3 of the 2008 Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

This weekend on cycling.tv:
Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne - Brussels - Kuurne live video coverage

Watch the Omloop Het Volk live on Saturday, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne live on Sunday.  Click the banner above for more info and/or to subscribe to one of the cycling.tv packages for the 2008 cycling season.

Outside of Belgium, the only way to watch the races on the internet this weekend likely will be cycling.tv.  We will list any forms of available live coverage, including tickers, Saturday morning.
Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana live (to March 1)

Stage 4 profile

Official Website
Start List
Live video streaming

Stage start time:  12:20 CET (6:20am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:   16:25 to 16:43 CET (10:25am to 10:43am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)



Thursday, February 28, 2008

Below is our Guide to Live Coverage of the 2008 Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana

Coming Saturday:  Omloop Het Volk live video streaming, Sunday:  Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne live

News flash:  A.S.O. has announced the teams for the 77th Critérium International (March 29-30):  Along with three teams from the U.S., Slipstream Chipotle, High Road and BMC Racing Team , the following teams have been selected for the race:  Team Milram, Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner, Team CSC, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel - Euskadi, Karpin Galicia, AG2R - La Mondiale, Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis le crédit par téléphone, Credit Agricole, Française Des Jeux, Agritubel, Barloworld, Team Lampre, Skil-Shimano, Rabobank.

Erik Zabel wins stage 2 of the 2008 Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana Erik Zabel (Team Milram) wins stage 2 of the 2008 Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

2008 Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana live coverage (through March 1)

Stage 3 profile

Official Website
Start List
Live video streaming

Stage start time:  12:00 CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:   15:57 to 16:22 CET (9:57am to 10:22am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)



Wednesday, February 27, 2008

2008 Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana live coverage (through March 1)
Jose Ivan Gutierrez wins Stage 1
Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne)
wins Stage 1
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti


Stage 2 profile

Official Website
Start List
Live video streaming

Stage start time:  12:00 CET (6:00am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:  unavailable

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)



Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2008 Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana live coverage (through March 1)


Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana
Official Poster


Stage 1 profile

Official Website
Start List
Live video streaming

*More links to come at race time*

Stage start time:  12:26 CET (6:26am U.S. Eastern)
Stage finish time:  16:05 to 16:27 CET (10:05am to 10:27am U.S. Eastern)

Live video streaming is expected to begin each day at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)

Information provided by Bernie S. (cyclingfans.com) and Rebecca Bell ( )


Sunday, February 24, 2008


Notes:  

Coming up starting Tuesday:  live video streaming of the Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana (Spain).

2008 Tour of California wallpaper
2008 Tour of California wallpaper
(in the Wallpapers section, and more to come)


- Eurosport.fr is providing live streaming of today's Tour du Haut Var, from 14:30 to 16:00 CET (8:30am to 10am U.S. Eastern) with Patrick Chassé, Richard Virenque and Jacky Durand commentating.  This is the first event of the 2008 Coupe de France .  May not be available in all countries.  The Eurosport France Player tends to not be available everywhere but a link to a stream viewable worldwide might appear on the Eurosport France cycling home page or on the video page .

Other French Cup races Eurosport.fr will be streaming this season include the Tro Bro Leon (April 20), Classic de l'Indre (August 31) and the Tour de Vendee (October 5).


- Attend any stages of the Tour of California?  Take any photos?  Don't hesitate to email us some of your favorites and we'll post them.

- Cycling.tv's live coverage today of the Tour of California is scheduled to begin at 10:30am U.S. PST.  (19:30 CET)

- Today's final stage of the 2008 Tour of California gets underway at 12pm U.S. Pacific Standard Time (PST)  (21:00 CET)  The stage finish is expected between 3:27pm and 4:01pm U.S. PST (between 00:27 and 01:01 CET).

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for Stage 7 of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California.  Today's stage starts in Santa Clarita and finishes in Pasadena.

2008 Amgen Tour of California
February 17-24
(Tour de Californie)



Live video streaming:


Tour tracker
(Tour Tracker includes live streaming video)
Inside the Adobe Tour Tracker:
an interview with Allan Padgett


CBS 5 Tour of California live video streaming
(San Francisco CBS affiliate)
(Confirm at race time) CBS5 homepage

Live tickers:


News and photos:

(cycling news)
















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