- On now:Giro del Trentino Stage 3 Italian TV video stream. Plays worldwide. (see below)
- Coverage of today's Stage 3 of the Giro del Trentino is scheduled to be broadcast at 20:40 CET (2:40pm U.S. Eastern) on Italy's Rai Sport Piu channel. There should be about 30 minutes of coverage. The race should follow the rugby match which is currently playing. This feed is viewable worldwide. Once on that page, scroll down and click on Rai Sport Piu in the left margin. The video stream should start up.
Update: The AFLD has confirmed that the case is closed with a statement on its website here. (French, .pdf) In short, they met on the matter yesterday, took Armstrong's version of events into consideration, and closed the case without proceeding with testing of the hair sample. (Blood and urine tests were clean.)
7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has just reported via Twitter that he has heard from the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) regarding the testing of blood, urine and hair samples he gave while in France in March. "Case closed, no penalty, all samples clean," wrote Armstrong.
You've heard of the Giro d'Italia. The Giretto d'Italia, or "Little Giro," is a charity ride created by an American father and daughter team, Gene Nacey and Nina Wilczek. They need sponsors to help them reach their goal of raising $10,000 for LIVESTRONG. They are riding the first 5 stages of the Giro next month ahead of the peloton. Want to consider sponsoring a rider? "Whatever you can do is great - 10 cents per mile, $1 per mile, $10 per mile - it's up to you! Your funds will go towards cancer research through the Lance Armstrong Foundation and benefit cancer survivors worldwide." Click here for more info.
- Giro del Trentino LIVE tickerhere. More links below. More Tour de Cycling - Friday to come.
- 2009 Jelajah Malaysia: With two stages left to go, Mehdi Sohrabi (Iran, Tabriz Petrochemical Team) leads the race, with Taiji Nishitani (Japan, Aisan Racing Team) second at 4 seconds, James Spragg (Great Britain, Trek Marco Polo Cycling Team) third at 5 seconds and Will Routley (Canada, Jelly Belly) in 4th at 7 seconds.
- Had a good chat with the Jelajah Malaysia media officer during yesterday's Fleche Wallonne. They're doing some really impressive work, great communication and website. It seems the newer races, and that includes the Tour of California, are leading the way in embracing technology and new forms of communication. Good to see. TDF organizer A.S.O. use string and paper cups...they need to get with it. Pics below are from today's Jelajah Malaysia Stage 5. More pics on their website, links below. -Pete
The 33rd Giro del Trentino (Italy) starts tomorrow and runs to April 25. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) heads a field that includes Franco Pellizotti, Janez Brajkovic, Marzio Bruseghin, Danilo Di Luca, Stefano Garzelli, and Gilberto Simoni to name a few.
The official site promises a Giro del Trentino live ticker but television coverage will be delayed on RAI Sport Piu. Organizers are also inviting spectators to submit video clips and photos and are providing free WIFI access for this purpose. Video and photos from today's pre-race press conference are already available online.
We have been receiving some beautiful photos from Jelajah Malaysia media officials and are only too happy to help promote this race. They have an excellent website (link below) where you can read about the history of the race, see all the race news and results and plenty of superb photos from this year's race as well as from past years.
The Jelajah Malaysia is part of the UCI Asia Tour (2.2). The race began April 19 and runs through April 26. The U.S. team Jelly Belly is in the race with Matthew Rice (Australia), Will Routley (Canada) and Americans Bernard Van Ulden, Kel Reijnen, Charles Huff, and Matthew Crane (photo above). Among other countries represented include teams from Iran, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and of course Malaysia with several teams.
- France TV: Agreement "likely" that will allow Lance Armstrong to start the Tour de France
On yesterday's Stade2 program on France 2 television, there was a discussion of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) case vs. Lance Armstrong with regard to sample collection protocol in mid-March. Stade2 reporters talked to AFLD president Pierre Bordry, two-time Tour champion and TV consultant Laurent Fignon, a couple of French riders and other French athletes about the case. The UCI and Tour organizer A.S.O. did not respond to requests for interviews for the program. Armstrong continues to enjoy very wide support among his peers in the sports world, including in France, with everyone expressing surprise at how many times he has been tested in recent months. Fignon commented that the situation "is not good for cycling, not good for Armstrong, not good for anyone." A Stade2 reporter commented that though the AFLD, as previously reported, will announce its decision on what to do in early May, it now appears likely that all sides will come to an agreement permitting Armstrong to be at the start line of the Tour. The program also briefly covers the recent Tyler Hamilton positive and retirement announcement.
- The Bos/Impey crash poll has been closed due to evidence of several hundred votes coming from the same IP address this afternoon. (not difficult to do) The poll was never going to be scientific anyway but did we forget to ask people not to vote 300 times?
2009 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré route unveiled
Organizers of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré today officially unveiled the route for the 2009 edition of the race, June 7-14. The race will include a 12.1km opening time trial in the city of Nancy, a 42.4km time trial around the city of Valence, and a stage to Mont Ventoux. The race thus shares with the 2009 Tour de France an opening time trial instead of a prologue (prologues are limited to 8km), a 40km+ long time trial and a stage finish on Ventoux (the penultimate stage in the case of the TDF), making the Dauphiné a good preparation race for the Tour, as it typically is.
June 7, Stage 1: Nancy, 12.1 km Individual TT
June 8, Stage 2: Nancy - Dijon, 228 km
June 9, Stage 3: Tournus - Saint-Etienne, 182 km
June 10, Stage 4: Bourg-lès-Valence - Valence, 42,4 km Individual Time Trial
June 11, Stage 5: Valence-Mont Ventoux, 154 km
June 12, Stage 6: Gap - Briançon, 106 km
June 13, Stage 7: Briançon - Saint-François-Longchamp, 157 km
June 14, Stage 8: Faverges - Grenoble, 146 km
19 teams will be competing this year, with the BMC team added to the automatically qualified 18 UCI ProTeams. Riders that might be expected on the start line include Alberto Contador, Cadel Evans, Sylvain Chavanel, David Millar, Cyril Dessel, David Moncoutié, Sandy Casar, and Robert Gesink.
- Regarding yesterday's crash at the Tour of Turkey (links to video and our poll below), race winner Daryl Impey (Barloworld) has given his version of events:
"I got taken down deliberately by Bos from Rabobank, you can even see it on youtube, only one word for him and that is a true chophead. He doesn't deserve to race anymore and I am thinking about going to the UCI about his dangerous riding. He tried to pass me 700m to go in the bunch sprint but there was no-where to go and all of a sudden I felt a hand on my shoulder pulling me into the barriers. We both crashed." More here.
Minutes after a crash near the finish of today's Tour of Turkey final stage, we posted a link to this YouTube video showing the final kilometers of the stage. (The crash, involving Theo Bos (Rabobank) and Daryl Impey (Barloworld) takes place 03:40 into the video.)
The image above is a still from a higher quality video clip at laola1.tv. (free registration)
According to cyclingnews, "Impey remained on the ground for 20 minutes before getting back on his bike to cross the finish line. He was taken to the hospital in Alanya where the doctors reported a fracture of the third disc of his lumbar vertebra, a micro-fracture of his neck, facial trauma, a few broken teeth and a deep cut in his lips."
Bos denies intent with regard to Impey's crashing. UCI commissaires watched the video and agreed, taking no action against Bos. And yet one thing is sure: In the middle of a high speed sprint finish, Bos grabbed hold of Impey's jersey, a dangerous action, and caused the crash. Do you agree with the UCI commissaires?
You've heard of the Giro d'Italia. The Giretto d'Italia, or "Little Giro," is a charity ride created by an American father and daughter team, Gene Nacey and Nina Wilczek. They need sponsors and riders. They are riding the first 5 stages of the Giro next month ahead of the peloton. Want to consider sponsoring a rider? "Whatever you can do is great - 10 cents per mile, $1 per mile, $10 per mile - it's up to you! Your funds will go towards cancer research through the Lance Armstrong Foundation and benefit cancer survivors worldwide." Click here for more info.
- Amstel Gold Race: There are multiple live feeds playing now, post-teams presentation. There are different camera angles....looks like cyclo-tourists crossing the finish line, riders climbing the Keuteberg, and people gathered at a party.
- Tour of Turkey: David Loosli (Lampre), who lost the yellow jersey yesterday after a couple of flats and finally a crash, decided enough is enough and did not start today.
- Tour of Turkey Stage 7 LIVE now too on laola1.tv with Martin McCrossan commentating. (link below)
- Tour of Turkey LIVE now on TRT 1. (link below)
- Later today, we'll take a first look at the Amstel Gold Race live coverage options, with our full live coverage guide listing Amstel Gold Race live video, audio, tickers and graphics coming Sunday morning.
- Highlights of yesterday's Tour of Turkey Stage 6 are available at laola1.tvhere. (free subscription required)
On today: Tour of Turkey, Stage 7: (through April 19) Live video at TRT 1 (link is back online) Live video at laola1.tv (14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern), English commentary, free, requires registration) Live audio (Eurosport France) (14:00 CET) - Eurosport is not showing live weekend coverage of the Tour of Turkey Official Website - Teams/Start List