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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Below is a guide to live coverage of the 2007 Tour of Flanders

The future of online race coverage?
Tour of California Tour Tracker - click to enlarge
The Adobe Tour Tracker
Amgen Tour of California
(click image to enlarge)


Your input is wanted

You follow the races online all year long.  Via cyclingfans.com , you've seen many different solutions for online race coverage, including live television video and audio streaming, live radio, live dynamic graphics, SRM telemetry, GPS tracking and live tickers.
If you followed the Amgen Tour of California online, then you are familar with Adobe's Tour Tracker , an application that was built in just four weeks.  Adobe, a leader in the software industry with products such as Acrobat/Reader, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash, is thinking about taking its Tour Tracker solution beyond the Tour of California to other races.  To that end, Adobe contacted cyclingfans.com asking if we'd solicit your feedback about their Tour Tracker .  We are only happy to help out.

So what did you like about the Adobe Tour Tracker?  What did you NOT like about it?  What would you like to see changed?  Features you'd like to see added?  When you sit down to follow a race, wherever that may be, what is most important to you?  This is your chance to perhaps have an impact on how bike race coverage will be offered in the future.

You can click the image above for a refresher on the general interface for the Adobe Tour Tracker.  You can also launch the Tour Tracker itself by clicking here .

Please send your thoughts to the editor here and we will forward them to our contact at Adobe.


Notes:

- Don't forget:  The Tour of the Basque Country starts tomorrow, Monday, and runs through Saturday.  Will Alberto "The Accountant" Contador get yet another win for Discovery Channel?   Eurosport will be covering this race live.

- Thanks to those of you who have already written in to offer your thoughts on the Adobe Tour Tracker used during the Amgen Tour of California .  Excellent comments and ideas!  It is clear from our communication with Adobe that they very much want to improve their software for future races.  The Adobe developer is a cyclist himself.  If you haven't sent in feedback, you can still do so if you are so inclined.


- If you hear the audio but do not see video when you click on the English-language Eurosport live video stream , try clicking the Full Screen button once the Eurosport page is open.  Alternatively, you can select one of the other Eurosport live video streams, mute the sound in your media player, and play the English-language live audio stream separately.


- As of 13:00 CET (7am U.S. Eastern), some Eurosport video streams have gone live.

- The Eurosport audio streams have gone live.


- Our next update here will be at around 13:00 CET (7am U.S. Eastern).  Stay tuned...

- At this time, the Eurosport ticker says there will be a live video stream starting at 11:00 CET (5am U.S. Eastern).  We believe that to be in error; elsewhere, a start time of 13:00 CET (7am U.S. Eastern) is given and that seems more likely.

- This morning's L'EQUIPE, the French sports daily that is occasionally useful for something other than wrapping fish, unsurprisingly rates Tom Boonen as its only 3-star favorite for today's race.  Ballan, Cancellara and Pozzato are the two-star favorites.  Bettini, Van Petegem, Hoste, Freire, O'Grady and Nuyens get one star.

- Be sure to reload this page occasionally during the race for the latest live race coverage links and information.

Flanders flags
Photo:  Pete Geyer

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2007 Ronde van Vlaanderen (or Tour of Flanders, or Tour des Flandres in French).



- What's the fastest way to see photos from today's race?  Check out the Yahoo photo gallery link in our Live Guide.  AP/AFP photographers will sometimes send in photos from the road mid-race.

2007 Tour of Flanders
April 8, Belgium
Official Website
Start List

Live video streaming:

Eurosport live video stream
(English)
Eurosport live video stream
(Spanish)
Eurosport live video streaming
(Italian)

Live audio streaming:


Live tickers:
News and photos:

(cycling news)


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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Cycling on TV flash:  The inaugural U.S. Open Cycling Championships are on NBC Sports in the U.S. today, from 2:30pm to about 5pm U.S. Eastern.  It's snowing on the race course!

2007 Tour of Flanders Live Coverage, Sunday

2007 Tour of Flanders poster

The 91st Ronde van Vlaanderen(Tour of Flanders) is tomorrow, Sunday, kicking off one of the most anticipated weeks on the professional cycling calendar.  (Gent-Wevelgem is on Wednesday and Paris-Roubaix is next Sunday....not to mention the Tour of the Basque Country stage race which begins Monday, April 9).  For some riders and cycling fans, this is the biggest week in cycling of the year.

Can Tom Boonen win his third straight Ronde van Vlaanderen?  His Quick Step-Innergetic team is certainly the team to beat, bringing, in addition to team leader Boonen, World Champion Paolo Bettini , Steven de Jongh, two-time winner and former rival Peter Van Petegem , Kevin Van Impe, Gert Steegmans, Sébastien Rosseler, and Kevin Hulsmans.  Going up against the Quick Step powerhouse will be, among others, 2004 and 2006 runner-up Leif Hoste (now riding for Predictor-Lotto after transferring from Discovery Channel), Stuart O'Grady and Fabian Cancellara of Team CSC, Nick Nuyens of Cofidis, Thor Hushovd of Credit Agricole, Philippe Gilbert of Française des Jeux, Roger Hammond of T-Mobile, 2007 Three Days of de Panne winner Alessandro Ballan of Lampre-Fondital, Filippo Pozzato and Luca Paolini of Liquigas, Erik Zabel of Team Milram, Oscar Freire , Michael Boogerd, Joost Posthuma, Leon Van Bon and Juan Antonio Flecha of Rabobank, Stijn Devolder and Vladimir Gusev of Discovery Channel, and 2004 Ronde winner Steffen Wesemann of Team Wiesenhof-Felt.

Discovery Channel, who had both Hoste and George Hincapie on the Flanders podium in 2006, will have to rely on Devolder and Gusev this year as Hoste left the team and Hincapie is recovering from injury.  ( Viatcheslav Ekimov is retired and will be in the team car as one of the directeurs sportifs.)

Tour of Flanders live coverage on the internet

Eurosport live video streaming

No fewer than four Eurosport websites announce live video streaming for the Tour of Flanders.  (Thanks, Bernie!)  According to schedules, separate live audio streams may begin as early as 11:00 CET (5am U.S. Eastern).  Some live tickers are announced as beginning as early as 09:45 CET (3:45am U.S. Eastern).  We will of course have the live coverage links for you tomorrow.


If you are in the U.S., Versus (OLN) has same-day coverage of this race.  Check our Versus schedule link and your local listings for broadcast times.

U.S. Open Cycling Championships on today, on NBC Sports

Today's inaugural U.S. Open Cycling Championships will be broadcast (not live) on NBC Sports.  Click here for local listings.  (Thanks, Mike Kunnecke of www.geekonabike.com .)


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Below is a guide to live coverage of the 2007 Three Days of de Panne

Notes:

- Bike racing is of course a sport of suffering but this, from the Babel Fish translation of today's sportwereld.be ticker, takes things to a new level: "Leif leaped about has bitten to pieces itself on the time of Stijn Devolder".  That has to hurt.


- The sportwereld.be ticker lists at the bottom the top ten placed riders after this morning's stage, thus the final 10 riders that will depart this afternoon's time trial.   Bert Roesems of Belgium, currently 5th overall, is one of the top time trialists in that group; he was 5th in the 2006 de Panne time trial.  Alessandro Ballan , currently in 2nd overall, finished the 2006 time trial in 25th place 42 seconds behind Roesems.   Joost Posthuma (Holland), who didn't compete in this event in 2006, can also time trial.


- USPS/Discovery Channel have owned the Three Days of de Panne the past three years with George Hincapie winning in 2004, Stijn Devolder in 2005 and Leif "Leaped About" Hoste" in 2006.   Viatcheslav Ekimov won in 2000 (and 1996 as well).  Alas, the Discovery Channel 2007 Belgium campaign has been decimated by injury (Hincapie), transfer (Hoste) and retirement (Ekimov).


- The decisive time trial is now underway.

- We should have a live ticker dedicated to fun Babel Fish and Google rider name translations.  Among our favorites so far: "The Accountant" (Contador), "Windy" (Ventoso) and today....."leaped about" (2006 de Panne winner Hoste), as in Leif "Leaped About" Hoste.


- Three Days of De Panne concludes today with two stages: a 119km stage in the morning and a decisive 11km individual time trial stage in the afternoon.  The morning stage begins at 09:00 CET (3am U.S. Eastern) and the afternoon time trial at 14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern).

- Daniele Bennati of Lampre-Fondital won yesterday's stage two ahead of Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Tomas Vaitkus (Discovery Channel).  Luca Paolini of Liquigas remains race leader heading into today's final two stages .

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for Stages 3 and 4 of the 2007 Three Days of De Panne .

2007 Three Days of De Panne
April 3-5
Start List (.pdf)

Live tickers:

(The tickers are Babel Fish-translated from Dutch)
sport.be (stage 3)
sport.be (stage 4)

sportwereld.be
(stages 3 and 4)

News and photos:

(cycling news)


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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Notes:

- Luca Paolini of Liquigas won yesterday's stage one and thus is race leader.  Alessandro Ballan of Lampre-Fondital is in second in the same time as Paolini and Kevin Hulsmans of Quickstep - Innergetic is third, 11 seconds back.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for Stage 2 of the 2007 Three Days of De Panne .

2007 Three Days of De Panne
April 3-5
Start List (.pdf)

Live tickers:

(The tickers are Babel Fish-translated from Dutch)
sport.be
sportwereld.be

News and photos:

(cycling news)


Copyright © 2007 www.cyclingfans.com


Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Notes:

- As some of you have discovered, the sportwereld.be ticker has been kicking and screaming over being Babel Fish translated .  We think we have a solution that works now.  But if you have problems with that ticker, you can access the original one in Dutch here .  (Thanks, Jack and Yonathan!)


- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for Stage 1 of the 2007 Three Days of De Panne.  (Known in Belgium as KBC - Driedaagse De Panne- Koksijde and in France as Trois Jours de la Panne .)

2007 Three Days of De Panne
April 3-5
Start List (.pdf)

Live tickers:

(The tickers are Babel Fish-translated from Dutch)
sport.be
sportwereld.be

News and photos:

(cycling news)


Copyright © 2007 www.cyclingfans.com





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