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Tour de Cycling - Thursday


- American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) won Stage 1 today of the Circuit Franco-Belge (to October 4).  Stage 2 Tuesday starts in Maubeuge and finishes in Poperinge.  The official website is hereLive ticker here.

Lance Armstrong's 2010 season schedule is starting to take form...

The October issue of Velo Magazine (French) just hit newsstands and the cover story is an interview with Lance Armstrong regarding his new team, RadioShack, and his plans for the 2010 season.

Velo Magazine and its publisher, L'Equipe, continue to refer to Armstrong's new team as "The Shack" but all indications (most notably UCI press releases) are that the team will be known as RadioShack.  Velo Magazine asked Armstrong what the name will be and he said he believes it will indeed be known as RadioShack.  The jersey colors are expected to be black, red and white.  (These are the longtime colors of RadioShack logos.)

As previously reported, Armstrong's 2010 season will begin in Australia with the Tour Down Under (January 19-24).  His first 2010 race in Europe may be the Tour of Murcia (Spain, March 3-7) "or possibly Paris-Nice" (March 7-14) Armstrong told Velo Magazine.  (Also, as we reported last February, Armstrong told Eddy Merckx he would race in the 2010 Tour of Qatar (February 7-12).)

In April, Armstrong may race some of the spring classics; "La Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, we're not sure".  Armstrong noted the May conflict between the Giro d'Italia (May 8-30) and the Tour of California (May 16-23, previously in February); "RadioShack is an American sponsor but the Giro is good preparation for the Tour de France."  The Tour of California will already suffer from less world media exposure going head to head with the Giro; Armstrong racing the Giro would be a huge blow to the American race.

Having previously commented that he would not repeat his 2009 pre-TDF preparation in the U.S., Armstrong told Velo Magazine that in 2010, "June will be more traditional, in Europe."  (the Dauphine Libere (June 6-13) has been his favored pre-TDF race in the past but depending on what he does in May, the Tour of Switzerland (June 12-20) or even just training and reconnaissance may be more likely).

Tour de Cycling - Monday

Worlds video clips here.

- More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come...


2009 UCI Road World Championships:  Cadel Evans, Australia's first-ever
elite men's road cycling world champion.
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2009 UCI Road World Championships:  Evans' wife, Chiara Passerini.
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2009 UCI Road World Championships, Elite Men Road Race:  The colors of the world peloton.
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2010 UCI Road Calendar

- Men Elite:  Events listed below include 2010 ProTour and Historical calendar races only.

Tour de Cycling - Monday

- Coming Tuesday:  A first look at live coverage options for the UCI Road Cycling World Championships.


2009 Vuelta a Espana:  Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), winner of the 2009 Vuelta.
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2009 Vuelta a Espana:  The final podium:  Samuel Sanchez (second, Euskaltel-Euskadi),
Alejandro Valverde (first, Caisse d'Epargne) and Cadel Evans (third, Silence-Lotto).
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2009 Vuelta a Espana Stage 20 Time Trial Start Order and Times

- Below are start order and times for Saturday's Vuelta Stage 20 Individual Time Trial.  Riders start at one-minute intervals with the final 20 riders starting at two-minute intervals.  Times are given in CET (CEST) and U.S. Eastern.  If there are overnight changes to order and/or times, we will update here when live TV coverage begins.

2009 Tour of Missouri Stage 5 Time Trial Start Order and Times

- Below are the Tour of Missouri Stage 5 Time Trial Start Order and Times.  Riders depart at one-minute intervals with the final 10 riders departing at two-minute intervals.  Times listed are U.S. Central 24-hour clock format.  First rider, Alessandro Vanotti, departs at 14:00 U.S. Central (or 2pm U.S. Central).  Add 7 hours for CET (CEST).

2009 Tour of Missouri Start List

- Below is the official start list for the 2009 Tour of Missouri.

Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 Time Trial Start Order and Times

- Below are Saturday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 Individual Time Trial Start Order and Times.  The 30km time trial takes place at Valencia.  Riders will depart at one-minute intervals with the final 30 riders departing at two-minute intervals.  U.S. times below are Eastern.  If there are changes, we will update them here.  Vuelta Stage 7 live television/video coverage is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).

Tour de Cycling - Wednesday

- Thursday's Vuelta a Espana Stage 5 departs Tarragona at 13:22 CET (7:22am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Vinaros between 17:19 CET and 17:43 CET (11:19am and 11:43am U.S. Eastern).  Vuelta a Espana live video on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 10:00am U.S. Eastern.  Vuelta live coverage on Sporza is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern).

- More Tour de Cycling - Wednesday to come, including Vuelta a Espana Stage 4 photos...

- Today is the first rest day at the Vuelta a Espana.


2009 Vuelta a Espana:  André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) wins Stage 4 in a crash-marred finale.
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Hincapie wins Stars and Stripes for the third time - Video, story and race results

Greenville local Hincapie wins his third professional road championship
as event announces return to Greenville for 2010

 

Greenville, S.C. (August 30, 2009)--One of the most decorated American cyclists of his generation, George Hincapie (Greenville, S.C./Columbia-High Road) added a third Stars-and-Stripes jersey to his collection, winning the Greenville Hospital Systems USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship in front of his hometown crowd. Hincapie jumped on a late race break on the last climb over Paris Mountain and outsprinted Andrew Bajadali (Boulder, Colo./Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Ken Louder (Salt Lake City, Utah/BMC) to earn the Stars-and-Stripes following three finishing circuits in downtown Greenville on Sunday.

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