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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
MountainBike: Rampibike
17:00 CET (11:00am U.S. EST)
Pre-Giro d'Italia 1 and 2
18:50 CET (12:50pm U.S. EST)
Repeat: 04:05 CET
(10:05pm U.S. EST)

(times subject to change)

Notes: RAI Sport internet broadcasts require a media player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, etc.)

Reminder: Four Days of Dunkirk begins today, in Dunkirk on the English Channel.  More below (May 2 entry), including links to official web site.  We're not aware of any live tickers for this race.


Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
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Notes:  500 channels and nothing's on

Richard Virenque
Richard Virenque:  "Would you like fries with that?"

No, Virenque is not selling burgers in retirement.  He was signing autographs that day at a bike show in Paris.

Virenque has signed on as a consultant for Eurosport France and will be part of the broadcast team for the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) which begins on Saturday.

"Eki" out of action

Viatcheslav Ekimov and Roger Hammond
Viatcheslav Ekimov and Roger Hammond (Discovery Channel)

The bad luck continues for Discovery Channel this season.  After Paolo Savoldelli, Roger Hammond and Leif Hoste, it was 39 year-old Russian Viatcheslav "Eki" Ekimov who went down, in a crash last week while training with Lance Armstrong.  Eki's injuries are expected to keep him out of action until at least August.  His missing the Tour de France, now just two months away, will leave a big hole in the lineup for Discovery Channel.

Ekimov's value to the team cannot be overestimated.  Eki's signing to a young U.S. Postal team in 1997, before they signed Armstrong, instantly brought credibility to the team.  Ekimov won the final time trial in Paris-Nice that year, then won two stages in the Dauphine Libere and was race leader for several days, ensuring the team's selection as a wild card for the Tour de France.

It was Eki who held off Jan Ullrich to win a gold medal in the Sydney Olympics individual time trial.  While that was a victory for the Russian Olympic team, it felt like a victory for Postal fans as well.  (Armstrong finished third in Sydney.)  And team founder Thom Weisel reportedly gave Eki a sizeable bonus for that win.

And it was Eki who stepped up to grab a podium spot for Postal in Paris-Roubaix in 2003 when team classics leader George Hincapie was out of action due to a virus.

When you're aiming for a 7th consecutive victory in the Tour, how do you replace a guy who wins Time Trial gold at the Olympics, rides with the best over the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix, and provides tough early support in Tour mountain stages?

Floyd Landis and Viatcheslav Ekimov of U.S. Postal on the Galibier
2003 Dauphine Libere: Floyd Landis and Viatcheslav Ekimov's work for the day in support of Lance Armstrong is over but they still have to get over the Galibier to the finish line to ride another day


Viatcheslav Ekimov signing autographs at the 2003 Dauphine Libere
"Eki" signing autographs at the 2003 Dauphine Libere

Eki, a fan favorite with 14 participations in the Tour de France was hoping to equal Joop Zoetemelk's record of 16 Tours.  That goal now is in jeopardy.

Ekimov and Pena warming up for the 2003 GP Eddy Merckx
Ekimov and Victor Hugo Pena warming up for the 2003 GP Eddy Merckx (two-man time trial)

Former team members have had bad luck as well, with Colombian Victor Hugo Pena (Phonak) crashing in the neutral zone at Paris-Roubaix and questionable for the Tour de France.

Get well guys and hope to see you back in action as soon as possible.


Monday, May 2, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
Giro della Toscana
15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. EST)

(times subject to change)

Notes: RAI Sport internet broadcasts require a media player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, etc.)

Four Days of Dunkirk

The 51st edition of the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque (Four Days of Dunkirk) begins on Wednesday in Dunkirk, France on the English Channel.  The race, which is actually run over five days, won't see Dunkirk again until the finish on Sunday.  (At least they don't call it Paris-Dunkirk.)

This race is part of the UCI Europe Tour, not having been selected for the ProTour.  Consequently, organizers find themselves having to make due without UCI ProTeams such as Rabobank, Quick Step, Gerolsteiner, U.S. Postal (Discovery Channel) and Phonak, teams that participated in the past and that naturally brought more attention to the event.  Phonak originally planned to race Dunkirk this year after it was refused its ProTour license but promptly pulled out once its license was restored.  Such is life for organizers of some events not included in the ProTour, including some that have been around for decades.  Dunkirk organizers, obviously concerned about the future of their event, are calling for spectators to turn out in record numbers to "show the foreign teams and leaders of international cycling" that the event deserves more attention.  We wish them the best of luck.  It is a wonderful event.  (Imagine the likely tough times ahead for race organizers in the U.S. with Lance Armstrong retiring, even though Lance didn't race much in the U.S. in recent years.)

Foreign ProTeams Davitamon-Lotto and Team CSC will nonetheless compete at Dunkirk, joining French ProTeams Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Credit Agricole, La Francaise des Jeux (formerly fdjeux.com) and 14 or so "continental pro" teams from France, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United States (Navigators), Spain, Switzerland and Poland.

Troubled Belgian Franck Vandenbrouke (Mr. Bookmaker-Sports Tech) is expected at the start line, joining riders such as Thomas Voeckler, Jean-Patrick Nazon, Christophe Moreau, Thor Hushovd, Jimmy Casper, Baden Cooke, Lars Michaelsen, Andy Schleck, Fred Rodriguez and Leon Van Bon.

For the complete start list and parcours (race route), visit the official Four Days of Dunkirk web site (French):


Or, for a few laughs, check out a google-translated version in English:

Four Days of Dunkirk
("volunteers" = start list)
("frenchwoman of the plays" = Francaise des Jeux)


Sunday, May 1, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
Giro delle Regioni, Stage 6
Italy, U23 race
20:10 CET (2:10pm U.S. EST)

Giro della Toscana
22:10 CET (4:10pm U.S. EST)

(times subject to change)

Rund um den Henninger Turm
(Grand Prix of Frankfurt)
(Grand Prix de Frankfort)

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Cycling race live tickers on the internet today
Race
Tickers
Tour de Romandie
final stage Time Trial
Lausanne-Lausanne, 20.4km
(more info below)
(french)

Rund um den Henninger Turm
tough one-day race
in Frankfurt, Germany
(more info below)
(Google-translated)



Below is a guide to live internet/web coverage of the Tour de Romandie 2005.

Trophée des grimpeurs

Today is the 31st edition of the Trophée des Grimpeurs (Climbers' Cup) race in Argenteuil, just outside Paris.  This race is part of the Coupe de France (men's and women's (6th edition)).  The women, including cycling great Jeannie Longo, race in the morning, the men in the afternoon.  Run on a circuit through the streets of Argenteuil, the demanding race requires the men to climb the Côte de l'Ermitage (13% grade but just 300 meters long) 16 times, the women 7 times.  Among those expected at the start line in the men's race:  defending champion Christophe Moreau, past winner Patrice Halgand, Baden Cooke, Thomas Lovkvist, Jerome Pineau, past winner Didier Rous, Mark Scanlon, current French Cup leader Ludovic Turpin, and Florent Brard.  Team Bridgestone Anchor with a full roster of Japanese riders will be competing as well.

The best-ever finish by an American was Bobby Julich's second place in 1999, the spring after his 3rd place overall in the Tour de France.

Trophee des Grimpeurs
Trophee des Grimpeurs: 16 trips up the Côte de l'Ermitage (300 meters at 13%) for the men, 7 trips for the women

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Rund um den Henninger Turm

In Frankfurt, Germany, T-Mobile, led by Erik Zabel, and Gerolsteiner will look to control things in their country's toughest one-day race.  There are a handful of Americans entered in this race, including Levi Leipheimer and Fred Rodriguez.

Here is a link to the google-translated official site (site includes a live ticker):


Eurosport also has a live ticker for this race today:



Tour de Romandie
Tour de Romandie 2005

Notes:  What a thrilling stage finish yesterday, with 22 year-old Alberto Contador of Liberty Seguros-Würth riding away on the final climb to a spectacular win.  You can bet that Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong of Discovery Channel, as well as managers at a few other teams, have their eyes on this talent for the years ahead.

Contador moved up into 4th place at just 19 seconds behind new race leader Damiano Cunego.  Santiago Botero dropped to second place at just 3 seconds back.  Denis Menchov of Rabobank is currently 3rd at 13 seconds.

It all comes down to the final time trial in Lausanne today.  20.4km of all-out effort for the chance at a ProTour win.  Cunego will lose the race today; he is not a great time trialist and 3 seconds lead is not enough to hold off Botero, not even close.  Menchov, Contador and Manuel Beltran of Discovery Channel will give it everything too.

Alberto Contador
Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros), shown here during the 2005 Paris-Nice prologue, is an excellent climber and time trialist and thus has much potential as a stage racer.


photos © 2005 Pete Geyer
Tour de Romandie 2005, Switzerland, April 26-May 1, ProTour
Stage 5: May 1
Lausanne-Lausanne Time Trial, 20.4km
(Tour of Romandy)
(Ronde van Romandie)

Live video coverage:

cnlab "Romandie Live"
(Not live motion video but does have live still images, map and profile race position and data from Radio Tour.  This is a pilot test for future race coverage.)

Live audio coverage:

(unavailable)

(No live audio from Eurosport for this race, despite its ProTour status, as cycling gets bumped (snooked?) by live coverage of the World Snooker Championships, perhaps Europe's answer to OLN and Professional Bull Riding in the U.S.)


Live tickers:

Eurosport

Official site ticker



Official site


Start list at the official site under the "engages" section.




Saturday, April 30, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
Giro delle Regioni, Stage 5
Italy, U23 race
18:50 CET (12:50pm U.S. EST)
Repeats: 01:30 CET
(7:30pm U.S. EST)
03:20 CET
(9:20pm U.S. EST)
(times subject to change)
Notes: RAI TV internet broadcasts require a media player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, etc.)

cnlab of Switzerland tests new live race coverage

During the Tour de Romandie, cnlab is testing a system for providing live race coverage over the internet.  The system displays Livecam still images direct from the race, race position overlayed on a map and race profile, virtual race classification, time-stamped images from the current stage, the current race/course situation (who is in the breakaway, how far back the peloton is), and data from Radio Tour.  This is a pilot test.  Click the link below under "Live video coverage:".

Below is a guide to live internet/web coverage of the Tour de Romandie 2005.

Tour de Romandie 2005

Notes:  Well, Santiago Botero (Phonak) appears to be back in form.  One of the few riders to have beaten Lance Armstrong in a time trial in the Tour de France, Botero's climbing in the past has been inconsistent.  But yesterday he was good enough to stay with stage winner Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Caffita) long enough on the final climb to grab the yellow jersey.

Cunego looked very strong yesterday and seemed to barely break a sweat.  He said he was just testing himself ahead of the Giro.

Today's stage has two category 2 climbs and one category 1 climb toward the end.  Botero may lose the leader's jersey to Cunego today but if he can stay close enough, then he should be able to make up the difference in the final stage time trial tomorrow.  Alberto Contador of Liberty Seguros may be a rider to watch today.  He can time trial too and could be within striking distance of the podium tomorrow, assuming he has a good stage today.

Santiago Botero
Santiago Botero transferred to Phonak this season


photos © 2005 Pete Geyer
Tour de Romandie 2005, Switzerland, April 26-May 1, ProTour
Stage 4: April 30
Châtel-St-Denis-Les Paccots, 146.9km
(Tour of Romandy)
(Ronde van Romandie)

Live video coverage:

cnlab "Romandie Live"
(Not live motion video but does have live still images, map and profile race position and data from Radio Tour.  This is a pilot test for future race coverage.)

Live audio coverage:

(unavailable)

(No live audio from Eurosport for this race, despite its ProTour status, as cycling gets bumped (snooked?) by live coverage of the World Snooker Championships, perhaps Europe's answer to OLN and Professional Bull Riding in the U.S.)


Live tickers:

Eurosport

Official site ticker



Official site


Start list at the official site under the "engages" section.




Friday, April 29, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
Giro delle Regioni, Stage 4
Italy, U23 race
18:55 CET (12:55pm U.S. EST)
Repeat: Saturday 10:05 CET
(4:05am U.S. EST)
(times subject to change)
Notes: RAI TV internet broadcasts require a media player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, etc.)

OLN to provide live streaming video webcasts of weekday Giro stages

This is big news for anyone who will not have access to weekday regular broadcast coverage for the upcoming Giro d'Italia, including most cycling fans in the U.S.  The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) yesterday issued a news release announcing expanded weekend same-day coverage of the Giro as well as "streaming, live world feed of weekday stages on the network's Web site, OLNTV.com."

For just $5.95 and without commercial interruption, cycling fans will be able to "watch all the (weekday) action" of the Giro.  The price includes access to video archives of daily coverage, just in case the boss shows up while you're watching and you have to return to working (or pretending to).

For more details, click the OLN TV link (Links at left) for their home page, where you will find a link to the news release.  (note: we have modified our Links above to provide separate access to OLN's home page and to their broadcast schedule)

If you do not have regular broadcast coverage of the Giro, please do consider OLN's option to view live streaming video.  $5.95 is dirt cheap and streaming internet video is the future, especially for a sport like professional cycling.  We need as many options as we can get for following this beautiful sport so let's show OLN the demand exists.


Below is a guide to live internet/web coverage of the Tour de Romandie 2005.

Tour de Romandie 2005

Notes:  Tough day yesterday for Inigo Landaluze of Euskaltel-Euskadi, off the front alone most of the day, over all the climbs, but caught before the finish.  Another stage win for Fassa Bortolo's Alessandro Petacchi who also picked up the yellow jersey for a day and leads Oscar Pereiro by 8 seconds.  Discovery Channel's Paolo Savoldelli remains in third place, 12 seconds back.

Today's tough stage will shake things up, reveal who the real contenders are for final victory, and perhaps provide some further information about the form of those targeting the Giro, just one week away.  The stage has three category 1 climbs toward the end, including what should be an exciting finish up to Anzère.  Petacchi may want to finish the stage since he's in yellow for one day but chances are he either doesn't start tomorrow or doesn't finish, so he can begin resting up for the Giro.

Can Pereiro or a teammate (Moos?  Valjavec?) reclaim the yellow jersey for Phonak?  Giro riders such as Cunego, Garzelli, Cioni and Savoldelli will certainly want to test their form but how deep will they allow themselves to go?  What does Liberty Seguros plan to do with all their firepower?

What it probably comes down to is this:  Who wants this ProTour event the most, one week before the start of the Giro?

Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi), off the front of the peloton over all the climbs, moved into the lead in the mountains classification.  But Euskaltel is still looking for its first ProTour win.



photos © 2004, 2005 Pete Geyer
Tour de Romandie 2005, Switzerland, April 26-May 1, ProTour
Stage 3: April 29
Aigle-Anzère, 146.5km
(Tour of Romandy)
(Ronde van Romandie)

Live video coverage:

(unavailable)

Live audio coverage:

(unavailable)

(No live audio from Eurosport for this race, despite its ProTour status, as cycling gets bumped (snooked?) by live coverage of the World Snooker Championships, perhaps Europe's answer to OLN and Professional Bull Riding in the U.S.)


Live tickers:

Eurosport

Official site ticker



Official site


Start list at the official site under the "engages" section.




Thursday, April 28, 2005

Cycling TV broadcasts on the internet today
Program/Race
Time
Where
Giro delle Regioni, Stage 3
Italy, U23 race
20:00 CET (2pm U.S. EST)
(times subject to change)
Notes: RAI TV internet broadcasts require a media player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, etc.)

We have added a permanent link to Eurosport's broadcast schedule at left.  As you may already know, you can listen to Eurosport U.K. audio feeds from their cycling coverage, sometimes live.  When Eurosport cycling is "on the air," we'll include links to the audio feed in our mini-guide above and in our specific race coverage guides below.  If you ever listen in from work, you might consider getting wireless earphones.  We are not responsible if you get fired.

More regarding cycling being "snooked" by snooker this week on Eurosport:  Does snooker even count as a sport?  So spending hours in a smoke-filled pub with a pool stick and a beer is practicing a sport?  It seems to be a great GAME, however, very interesting.  Not a reason to place a pool stick in the spokes of cycling coverage though.  Those in France are lucky though as Sport+ picked up the coverage of Tour de Romandie, with the legendary 7-time Tour winning directeur sportif Cyrille Guimard as the on-the-air consultant.  (Laurent Jalabert is with France Television and Jacky Durand and Richard Virenque are with Eurosport France this season.)  Guimard directed Lucien Van Impe, Bernard Hinault, Laurent Fignon and Greg Lemond, among others.

Eurosport 2 will be launched in just a couple of days.

Below is a guide to live internet/web coverage of the Tour de Romandie 2005.

Tour de Romandie 2005

Notes:  On a day when everyone was talking about the retirement of the great Italian sprinter, Mario Cipollini (the "Lion King"), Alessandro Petacchi continued to assert himself as "Cipo's" successor, winning stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie.  Starting the day at 8 seconds behind race leader Oscar Pereiro (after the prologue), Petacchi picked up 10 bonus seconds for his stage win.  However, as Oscar Pereiro of Phonak was able to pick up 2 bonus seconds himself in the second (of two) intermediate sprints, Pereiro remains leader.  Petacchi is second overall at 0 full seconds behind, Paolo Savoldelli of Discovery Channel dropped to third overall at just 2 seconds back, and Bradley McGee is in 4th place at 3 seconds.

A little climbing today but nothing compared to the next two stages which finish on climbs.

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)




photos © 2003, 2005 Pete Geyer
Tour de Romandie 2005, Switzerland, April 26-May 1, ProTour
Stage 2: April 28
Fleurier-Fleurier, 171.9km
(Tour of Romandy)
(Ronde van Romandie)

Live video coverage:

(unavailable)

Live audio coverage:

(unavailable)

(No live audio from Eurosport for this race, despite its ProTour status, as cycling gets bumped (snooked?) by live coverage of the World Snooker Championships, perhaps Europe's answer to OLN and Professional Bull Riding in the U.S.)


Live tickers:

Eurosport

Official site ticker



Official site


Start list at the official site under the "engages" section.




Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Below is a guide to live internet/web coverage of the Tour de Romandie 2005.

Tour de Romandie 2005

Notes:  The cycling world is stunned by the unexpected announcement of Mario Cipollini's retirement ahead of the Giro.  The sprinting great, 38, originally expected to race at Romandie, will hold a press conference before the Giro.

Oscar Pereiro got a big win for Phonak in their "home race" yesterday, taking the prologue by less than a second faster than Paolo Savoldelli of Discovery Channel.  Savoldelli had set the fastest time earlier in the afternoon.  His time held up for over an hour and a half as rider after rider failed to better it.  Then Pereiro, the very last rider to go, came in to take the win in the slimmest of margins in a dramatic prologue finish.

Discovery Channel fans and cycling fans in general should be happy to see that Savoldelli has recovered from his injury earlier this season and is in form just 10 days before the start of the Giro.  With the help of Tom Danielson, perhaps Savoldelli can add to the excitement in what mostly was expected to be a Cunego/Simoni/Basso show?

Oscar Pereiro (Phonak)
Oscar Pereiro Sio (Phonak)


Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)
Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) won the Tour de Romandie in 2000 and the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) in 2002.


photos © 2005 Pete Geyer
Tour de Romandie 2005, Switzerland, April 26-May 1, ProTour
Stage 1: April 27
Avenches-Avenches, 166.9km
(Tour of Romandy)
(Ronde van Romandie)

Live video coverage:

(unavailable)

Live audio coverage:

(unavailable)

(No live audio from Eurosport for this race, despite its ProTour status, as cycling gets bumped (snooked?) by live coverage of the World Snooker Championships, perhaps Europe's answer to OLN and Professional Bull Riding in the U.S.)


Live tickers:

Eurosport

Official site ticker



Official site


Start list at the official site under the "engages" section.




Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Below is a guide to live internet/web coverage of the Tour de Romandie 2005.

Tour de Romandie 2005

Notes:  Tyler Hamilton won in 2003 and 2004 but cannot defend his titles as he was recently suspended for two years, accused of doping.  Hamilton maintains his innocence and is expected to appeal.

Hamilton's win in 2003 broke a string of three consecutive wins by Italians (Paolo Savoldelli in 2000, Dario Frigo in 2001 and 2002).  Will an Italian once again claim Romandie ahead of May's Giro d'Italia?  Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Prodir) was top Italian last year, finishing on the podium in third place.  Stefano Garzelli and last year's 5th place finisher, Dario Cioni (Liquigas-Bianchi), Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo), Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel), Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and 2004 Giro winner Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Caffita) are also Italians to watch.

But Swiss riders naturally get motivated for Romandie as well.  Last year's runner-up Fabian Jeker (Piepoli's teammate at Saunier-Duval), and last year's 6th place Alexandre Moos (Phonak) may be the best bets for Switzerland.

Thomas Dekker of The Netherlands leads Rabobank, Frank Schleck of Luxembourg leads Team CSC, Andreas Klier of Germany leads T-Mobile, Patrick Sinkewitz of Germany leads Quick Step, Aitor Gonzalez of Spain leads Euskaltel-Euskadi still looking for a ProTour win, Roberto Heras of Spain leads Liberty Seguros-Wurth.  Liberty's Joseba Beloki is also racing as he tries again to make a comeback.  Liberty has a strong team in this race, also bringing rising star Alberto Contador, and David Etxebarria, Angel Vicioso, and Jörg Jaksche who finished 6th, 10th and 13th respectively in Liege on Sunday.

Patrick McCarty (Discovery Channel) is the only American in this race, Americans having focused on the just-completed Tour de Georgia.  Tyler Hamilton and Georgia-winner Tom Danielson were the only Americans to compete in Romandie in 2004.

Also riding for Discovery Channel with McCarty and team leader Savoldelli:  Manuel Beltran, Fumiyuki Beppu, Volodymyr Bileka, Ryder Hesjedal, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Max Van Heeswijk.

Bradley McGee
2004 Prologue winner Bradley McGee (La Francaise des Jeux) of Australia hopes to once again rule the prologue and take the first leader's jersey.  McGee finished 9th overall last year, 5:08 behind Hamilton.

This is one of the few ProTour races that Eurosport is not broadcasting, thus no live audio on the web, though they do have a live ticker.  Sport+ is broadcasting this race live in France.  TSR 2 is broadcasting live in Switzerland.

This race is important for the Phonak team, the only major Swiss cycling team.

Patrick McCarty
Discovery Channel's Patrick McCarty is the lone American racing the Tour de Romandie this year

photos © 2003, 2005 Pete Geyer
Tour de Romandie 2005, Switzerland, April 26-May 1, ProTour
Prologue: April 26
Geneva, 3.4km
(Tour of Romandy)
(Ronde van Romandie)

Live video coverage:

(unavailable)

Live audio coverage:

(unavailable)

(No live audio from Eurosport for this race, despite its ProTour status, as cycling gets bumped (snooked?) by live coverage of the World Snooker Championships, perhaps Europe's answer to OLN and Professional Bull Riding in the U.S.)


Live tickers:

Eurosport

Official site ticker

Cyclingnews



Official site


Start list at the official site under the "engages" section.  Note that Swiss star Fabian Cancellara of Fassa Bortolo has pulled out before the prologue.










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