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2010 Ladies Tour of Qatar

- The second edition of the Ladies Tour of Qatar starts tomorrow, February 3, and runs through February 5.

2010 Ladies Tour of Qatar official poster

Run over 3 stages and covering a total of 304 km, there is 18,689 euros ($26,100) of prize money, including 1,128 euros ($1,575) for the overall winner.

15 teams will be competing, including Arcolris-Nederland, Cervelo Test Team, Giant Pro Cycling, Lotto-LadiesTeam, RedSun Cycling Team, Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan, Team Columbia HTC Women, Team MTN, and national teams from Germany, Australia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S.A.  Team U.S.A. are bringing Lauren Tamayo, Amber Rais, Shelley Olds, Sinead Miller, Janel Holcomb, and Katharine Carroll, with Alison Starnes, Devon Haskell, and Megan Guarnier listed as alternates.

Official Website
Start List (provisional)

2010 Paris-Nice route revealed

2010 Paris-Nice official poster design

- The route for the 68th edition of Paris-Nice, the "Race to the Sun," was unveiled today in Versailles.  The race, March 7-14, will begin with an 8km individual time trial at Montfort-l'Amaury in the department of Yvelines, southwest of Paris.  The 2010 edition marks the first year of a 4-year agreement with the department.

Stage 4 will finish with a climb to Mende, finish town for Stage 12 of the 2010 Tour de France.  Stage 6 includes a climb of the col de Vence, a long descent and a short climb to the finish.  The final stage around Nice will include climbs of La Turbie and of course the Col d'EzeAlberto Contador (Astana), winner in 2007 and race leader in 2009 before bonking, will be the big favorite.


March 7:  Prologue:  Montfort-l'Amaury (8 km)

March 8:  Stage 1:  Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines to Contres (201.5 km)

March 9:  Stage 2:  Contres to Limoges (203.5 km)

March 10:  Stage 3:  Saint-Junien to Aurillac (208 km)

March 11:  Stage 4:  Maurs-la-Jolie to Mende (172 km)

March 12:  Stage 5:  Pernes-les-Fontaines to Aix-en-Provence (153.5 km)

March 13:  Stage 6:  Peynier to Tourrettes-sur-Loup (220 km)

March 14:  Stage 7:  Nice to Nice (119 km)

Tour de Cycling - Monday

- 2010 Vuelta a Espana:  The route for the 2010 Vuelta will be presented this Wednesday, December 16 in Seville.  The presentation is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 CET (6am U.S. Eastern), with the route simultaneously being published online.  We'll post links before Wednesday's presentation.

- Cyclocross:  Video clips of the weekend's cyclocross events are available online:

  Druivencross Overijse  Final lap (07:16)


2010 Team RadioShack final roster

- Team RadioShack manager, Johan Bruyneel, today announced the final roster for the 2010 squad - 26 riders from 16 different countries.

The riders, in alphabetical order:

Tour de Cycling - Thursday

- The Six Days of Grenoble (track cycling) starts this evening.  We are not aware of any live video streaming for this event, unfortunately.  - Official Website -

- The November issue of Velo Magazine hit newsstands in France yesterday.  It contains more details regarding the selection of Alberto Contador as Velo d'Or winner for the third consecutive year.

November 2009 Velo Magazine, Alberto Contador Velo d'Or issue:
"Armstrong made me popular"

The 2009 Velo d'Or jury was composed of 16 journalists from around the world.  This year, each member of this international jury ranked their top 5 picks for "rider of the year".  A rider earned 5 points for each #1 pick he received, 4 points for each #2 pick he received and so on.  All the points were tallied up and the results were as follows:

1. Alberto Contador - 69 points
2. Mark Cavendish - 49
3. Fabian Cancellara - 32
4. Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck, tie - 22
6. Lance Armstrong - 19
7. Alejandro Valverde - 18
8. Denis Menchov - 6
9. Tom Boonen - 2
10 Thor Hushovd - 1

The jury was made up of Klaus Angermann (Germany, Wiesbadener Kurier), Rupert Guinness (Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald), Michael Kasper (Austria, ORF-Radio), Joel Godaert (Belgium, La Derniere Heure), Hector Urrego (Colombia, Cyclisme RCN), Josu Garai (Spain, Marca), Gilles Simon (France, Velo Magazine), Jeremy Whittle (Great Britain, The Times), Raymond Kerckhoffs (Holland, De Telegraaf), Pier Bergonzi (Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport), Nobuhito Kubo (Japan, Cycle Sport), Marcel Gilles (Luxembourg, RTL), Christophe Wyrzykowski (Poland, Eurosport Polska), Matvey Voznesenski (Russia, Canal Sport), Martin Born (Switzerland, Tages Anzeiger), and John Wilcockson (USA, Velo News).

Of the 16 journalists, 9 had Contador as their #1 pick, 5 had Cavendish as their #1 pick, 1 (Kasper) had Armstrong as his #1 pick, and 1 (Wilcockson) had Cancellara as #1.

Alberto Contador wins Velo d'Or for third consecutive year

Montpellier ( - Astana's Alberto Contador, winner of the 2009 Tour de France, has won the prestigious Velo d'Or ("golden bicycle") award for the third time, tying the record of consecutive wins held by Lance Armstrong, overall a 5-time winner.  The award is given annually to the rider considered  to have performed best during the year.  Created by the French Velo Magazine in 1992, the Velo d'Or winner is selected by an international panel of journalists who individually rank their top 3 candidates for the award.  A point system results in an overall score for each rider that was named by journalists, the rider with the most overall points winning the award.  Voting was closed on September 29 meaning that Philippe Gilbert's fantastic run in October was not considered.

Contador flew to Paris this afternoon and was presented his Velo d'Or trophy live on France TV's Stade2 program.    During the program, Contador acknowledges that he will need to train hard on cobblestones before the 2010 Tour de France.  When asked when he will make a decision on which team to race for next season, he indicated that a lot will happen in the next week.  He presumably was referring to reports that he would soon meet with Astana officials to learn of their plans for him for 2010.  Contador has long been linked to the Caisse d'Epargne, Garmin-Slipstream and Quick Step teams; Caisse is considered the front runner should the 2009 Tour champion decide to leave Astana.  He became free to leave Astana when the team recently missed an administrative deadline related to its ProTour license registration for the 2010 season.

Alberto Contador wins the 2009 Velo d'Or (France 2)

France TV also played a video document with highlights of Contador's 2009 season, including his bonk at Paris-Nice while wearing the leader jersey, and his career which has included an inspiring return from a near fatal accident.  

Alberto Contador, season and career highlights (France 2)

A Velo d'Or is also given annually to the top French rider as picked by a panel of French journalists.  Track star Gregory Bauge won the 2009 award.

Tour de Cycling - Sunday

- GVA Trophy Cyclocross LIVE now (links below) as well as alternative here which opens in media player.  (Thanks, Bernie)

- More live video streams (hopefully) for GVA Trophy Cyclocross Koppenberg as the race gets underway. live feed (Thanks, Jirka!)
(15:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern))

Sporza live feed
(14:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern))

- GVA Trophy Cyclocross Koppenberg (at Oudenaarde, Belgium) will be shown LIVE on Sporza, with coverage scheduled to start at 14:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  The Elite Men's race starts 15 minutes later, at 15:00 CET.  Note that in Europe we have set our clocks back 1 hour last night, so New York is 5 hours behind Europe until next weekend.  - Official Website -

GVA (Gazet van Antwerpen) Trophy Cyclocross - Koppenberg Oudenaarde Official Poster

Tour de Cycling - Saturday

- The 2010 Giro d'Italia Route was presented earlier today.  You'll find stage details, profiles, and videos at the Giro official site here.

2010 Giro d'Italia map

2010 Tour de France: What teams are in?

March 30, 2010 update:  2010 Tour de France teams announced

The following question came up quite a bit recently when Lance Armstrong's new RadioShack team was awarded a 4-year ProTour license:  Does this mean they are in the 2010 Tour de France?

Contador free to leave Astana?

The AFP and other sources this evening are reporting that 2009 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador may be able to break his contract with Astana after the team failed to meet a key administrative deadline.  (Contador has one more year remaining with the team)  They cite Article of the UCI Cycling Regulations.  This became an issue when Astana was among 5 teams (Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel, Saxo Bank, Sky are the others) not on a list the UCI published today of teams that have met requirements for a ProTour license.  Note that the teams have until November 20 to meet these requirements.  But the rules appear to allow individual riders an out when team requirements are not met by October 20.

Article of the UCI Cycling Regulations:

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