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Tour de France Stage 18 Annecy Time Trial Start Order and Times

- Update:  For our full Stage 18 Live Coverage Guide, including full TT start order and times, please go here.

- Below are partial Annecy Time Trial Start Order and Times.  Full times to come later.  Times listed are local.  (Times in parentheses are U.S. Eastern)

Riders will depart every two minutes; the final 23 riders will depart every three minutes.  The first rider to depart will be Yauheni Hutarovich, at 11:10 CET.

11:10 CET (5:10am) Hutarovich
12:00 CET (6:00am) Mondory
13:00 CET (7:00am) Pozzato
14:00 CET (8:00am) Kern
15:00 CET (9:00am) Lefevre
16:02 CET (10:02am) Goubert
16:35 CET (10:35am) Kloden
16:38 CET (10:38am) Armstrong
16:41 CET (10:41am) Schleck F.
16:44 CET (10:44am) Schleck A.
16:47 CET (10:47am) Contador

 

Tour de Cycling - Monday

Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 Profile

 

- Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 departs Martigny at 12:55 CET (6:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Bourg-Saint-Maurice between 17:11 and 17:41 CET (11:11am and 11:41am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live coverage on Versus TV is scheduled to begin at 6:30am U.S. Eastern (6:55am U.S. Eastern for the Versus live streaming).  Live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 12:45 CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern).  Live coverage on France 2 is scheduled to begin at 13:50 CET (7:50am U.S. Eastern).

- Today is the second and final rest day at the Tour de France.  More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come...

40 years ago, Armstrong landed on Mont Ventoux the moon


NASA today celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first landing by humans
on the moon.  Commander Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed on
the moon while pilot Michael Collins orbited above the surface.  Now that's all
well and good except as you can clearly see above, they really landed on
Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence" in France.  Aside from scaling and cropping,
no modifications were made to the above two photos.  In other words, I busted NASA.
But seriously, I'm a big fan of the brave men and women who explore space. -Pete
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com


Another Armstrong on the "moon".  Lance on Mont Ventoux, 2004 Dauphine Libere.  Armstrong has never won on Ventoux.  Perhaps he'll get another shot on Saturday's penultimate stage of the 2009 Tour de France.
Copyright © 2004 Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

2009 Tour de France Art: Cycling paintings by Rob Ijbema

2009 Tour de France:  Stage 5, Cap d'Agde-Perpignan
acrylic on paper 6x8"
Copyright © 2009 Rob Ijbema
Rob Ijbema is busy painting the 2009 Tour de France.  You may recall we featured
his work during the 2009 Giro d'Italia.  If that experience was any indication, his Tour paintings
are going to sell very quickly.  Check them out at his blog, Painting le Tour.  -Pete
 

2009 Tour de France:  A relieved Alberto Contador (Astana) celebrates on the podium
after winning Stage 15 and taking over the race lead.  Teammate Lance Armstrong
moved up to second place overall but lost time to Contador and sits at 1:37 back.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti/cyclingfans.com

- More Tour de France Stage 15 photos to come later today...

 

Remembering Lauri Aus (1970-2003)

2003 Paris-Camembert:  Lauri Aus (AG2R-Prevoyance)
of Estonia signs autographs before the start.
photo Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

2003 Four Days of Dunkirk, Stage 4, Boulogne-sur-mer:  Lauri Aus (AG2R-Prevoyance),
Saulius Ruskys (Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf), and Jacky Durand (FDJeux.com) were dropped but
hung on to finish the stage, 26 minutes behind winner Christophe Moreau.
photo Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

It was six years ago today, on July 20, 2003, that popular pro cyclist Lauri Aus (AG2R) was killed while training in his native Estonia, struck from behind by a drunk driver.  Aus wasn't on the AG2R Tour team that year but he did ride in support of fellow Estonian sprinter Jaan Kirsipuu in the 1997 and 2000 Tours.  A moment of silence was held in Aus's memory at the start of Stage 15 of the 2003 Tour.  Aus notably finished 5th in the 1992 Olympics road race behind gold medal winner, the late Fabio Casartelli, a Motorola teammate of Lance Armstrong.  Armstrong finished that race in 14th place in the same time as Aus.

We haven't forgotten.

Laura Antoine, an American podium girl at the Tour de France


By special request, introducing Laura Antoine, the American podium girl at the Tour de France...  (You may have seen her featured on Versus the other day.  Link below.  I've had a few requests for photos of Laura, so here you are...)

2009 Tour de France:  American Laura Antoine, left, on the podium with
best young rider Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) after yesterday's Stage 15.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti/cyclingfans.com

2009 Tour de France:  American Laura Antoine, Skoda podium girl.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti/cyclingfans.com
 

Laura is a model from Saint Louis, Missouri.  She has worked at the Lido in Paris  (A number of American women indeed dance at the Lido and Crazy Horse in Paris.)  Laura was recently featured on Versus.  -Pete


 

2009 Tour of Missouri Live Coverage: Television and Online

The 2009 Tour of Missouri (September 7-13) is a go, so we can begin to look forward to live and delayed coverage options for the race.

In a media conference call today involving Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, Chris Aronhalt (Medalist Sports) and Steve Brunner (King of the Mountain Sports), cyclingfans.com learned that the state of Missouri, and cycling fans, can expect a record amount of Tour of Missouri TV hours: 28 hours of televised coverage.

According to Brunner, 2009 Tour of Missouri coverage can currently be summarized as follows:

 

- Live streaming video online/webcast

- Live broadcast on Universal Sports

- Tape delay on Versus

- Tape delay on Fox Sports Midwest

 

 

 

 

 

We will have more information as available.  cyclingfans.com will of course publish a complete guide to 2009 Tour of Missouri Live Coverage.

Tour de Cycling - Monday


Tour de France, L'Equipe, Tuesday July 14:
"Contador is alone, or nearly so, but he can't allow himself to admit it."
(photo shows Contador at rest day press conference)

- Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 10 departs Limoges at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Issoudun between 16:59 and 17:25 CET (10:59am and 11:25am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live coverage on Versus TV is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern (8:00am U.S. Eastern for the Versus live streaming).  Live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern).

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

- Tour de France:  Today is the first of two rest days.

- Many news outlets are referencing Lance Armstrong's comments Sunday, in a post-Stage 9 interview on French TV, regarding his likely return to race another Tour de France in 2010.  Appearing with two-time Tour champion and current broadcaster Laurent Fignon, currently undergoing treatment for cancer, Armstrong also comments on the possibility of creating a new team with Johan Bruyneel (Nike may be involved but they are looking for a title sponsor) and answers a question assessing his interest in one day becoming president of the UCI ("That job is harder than doing the Tour.  And I'd have to live in Switzerland!")  He also talks about Livestrong in France (all monies collected from bracelet sales remain in France).  Fignon comments that he sees that Armstrong is getting "better and better" throughout the Tour.  Armstrong states that though the Tour is approaching halfway point, in terms of racing "we're only 25% done".  Armstrong also acknowledges there is some tension on the team related to his rivalry with teammate Alberto Contador.  Actor/director Ben Stiller tells Armstrong to bug off while he (Stiller) prepares for the TTT.  And show host Gerard Holtz calls Armstrong a geek, due to his love of Twitter, etc.  The show also includes highlights from the first week of race action.  You can watch the full show online (21:08), link below. -Pete

Watch Lance Armstrong's Sunday interview on France TV
- 2009 Tour de France "probably not" his last Tour -
- Tour at about halfway point but in terms of racing, "we're only 25% done" -


Click here to watch Armstrong interview in media player. (21:08)

 

Tour de France Stage 4 Team Time Trial Start Order and Times

 

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Tuesday is the big Team Time Trial at Montpellier.  Teams will depart at 7-minute intervals.  Start Order and Times are listed below.  Times given are local.  (Times in parentheses are U.S. Eastern.)

As usual, we'll list available live feeds so you can follow Stage 4 of the Tour de France on the internet.

Tour de Cycling - Tuesday

 

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- Quote of the day:  "We can't wait for the Tour to begin, especially with the start in Monaco and the return of Lance Armstrong.  I'd love to be a fly on the wall to see how Astana is going to approach the race..... (Everyone) is curious to find out if Armstrong's return will be successful.  Will it be like (Michael) Jordan, successful, or like (Bjorn) Borg?"  - Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France (in today's L'Equipe)

Armstrong and teammates to recon Montpellier Team Time Trial course twice


Flashback, 2003 Tour de France:  USPS on its way to winning the Team Time Trial.
It was the first-ever victory in a TTT for Armstrong.
Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- 2009 Tour de France:  The Team Time Trial is back after a 4-year absence and today (Tuesday) Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and their Astana teammates will do reconnaissance of the Stage 4 TTT course (39km) in Montpellier near the Mediterranean.  They will then ride the course again on Wednesday morning before heading that afternoon to Monaco where the Tour starts on Saturday.


April, 2009: Montpellier, Place de la Comedie:  Site for the start of the
2009 Tour de France Team Time Trial (July 7).
Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Tour de Cycling - Monday

 

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Watch Lance Armstrong on Vivement Dimanche (France 2 TV) with Michel Drucker

 

- Lance Armstrong was featured on the popular Vivement Dimanche program on France 2 television yesterday.  Hosted by the highly respected Michel Drucker, the program includes guest commentary and questions from a number of celebrities including 5-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx, 2-time TDF champ Laurent Fignon, Eric Fottorino (writer and director of Le Monde), and French writer Christian Laborde (longtime Armstrong fan and author of the book "Champion" about Armstrong).  Drucker recently travelled to Aspen, Colorado for the feature which includes highlights from Armstrong's career, accompanied by a variety of song clips from the Alan Parsons Project's Sirius (the music long used to introduce the Chicago Bulls players before home games) to John Denver's Rocky Mountain High.  The program is a full hour long and you can watch it online here. (Armstrong mostly speaks in English, sometimes dubbed in French, sometimes with sub-titles.)  Nicely done.

 

2009 Men's British National Road Race Championships:  British born and American raised (Texas),
Kristian House (Rapha Condor) wins in Abergavenny, Wales.
Copyright © 2009 Dave O'Nyons

2009 Men's British National Road Race Championships:  Peter Kennaugh (100% ME, third),
Kristian House (Rapha Condor, first) and Daniel Lloyd (Cervelo Test Team, second) on the podium.
Copyright © 2009 Dave O'Nyons

 

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Versus to televise 2009 Tour de France in full HD

VERSUS TO TELEVISE 2009 TOUR DE FRANCE IN HD FOR FIRST TIME EVER

NETWORK SET TO DELIVER MORE THAN 250 HOURS OF RACE COVERAGE

FEATURING LANCE ARMSTRONG'S SHOT AT RECORD EIGHTH TOUR VICTORY

- press release -

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 24, 2009)- VERSUS, the exclusive television home of the Tour de France in the
U.S., will kick-off its ninth year of wall-to-wall coverage of the most intense and grueling
competition in all of sports on Sat., July 4, at 9:30 a.m. ET.  The network will begin its first day
of Tour coverage at 8:30 a.m. ET with a one-hour special chronicling Lance Armstrong's career and
his 2009 comeback season. For the first time ever, each stage of the Tour will be produced in full
HD.
 

Tyler Hamilton | Statements Regarding USADA Sanction

Tyler Hamilton was given an 8-year suspension today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
 
Statements in response to the penalty handed down to Tyler Hamilton by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency:
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