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Breaking news: CTV lands Milan-San Remo

Paris ( - One might think that with Lance Armstrong's return to cycling, negotiations for broadcast rights for races that Armstrong competes in would go smoothly.  After all, Armstrong is a big draw wherever he goes.  Organizers and broadcasters alike benefit from his presence.

Think again.  There isn't much easy about negotiating broadcast rights in today's world of complicated geo-restrictions, TV vs. online rights, and package deals.  And the presence of Armstrong raises the stakes for everyone.  If a race organizer or other rights owner packages, say, a race in March such as Milan-San Remo (Saturday) with an even bigger event such as the Giro d'Italia in May, and it isn't even clear by mid-March who an online broadcaster will be dealing with for Giro rights, online rights for Milan-San Remo can go unpurchased.  Everyone loses, especially cycling fans.

Fortunately, the unthinkable (no M-SR to a big market like the U.S.) has been avoided thanks to Ben Golding of  In a phone conversation this afternoon, Golding told me he sought and has secured rights for Saturday's Milan-San Remo.  The trick was to separate M-SR negotiations from Giro negotiations, not an easy task.  "I didn't want to lose Milan-San Remo," Golding told me.  Final paperwork is pending but Golding came to an agreement with rights owner RAI and the result is that will be broadcasting Saturday's race to cycling fans in the U.S. and Canada.'s Milan-San Remo live race coverage Saturday is scheduled to run from 9:30am to 12pm U.S. Eastern with Anthony McCrossan and Brian Smith in the commentary box.

Anthony McCrossan,
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More MS-R details to come... will of course publish a full Milan-San Remo Live Coverage Guide later this week.

- Pete Geyer, Publisher,

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25 Teams for Paris-Roubaix Announced

Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) today announced the 25 teams that will be competing in next month's Paris-Roubaix (April 12):

"ProTour" teams: AG2R, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, Française des Jeux, Lampre, Liquigas, Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel, Quick Step, Silence-Lotto, Rabobank, Saxo Bank, Milram, Columbia, Garmin-Slipstream, Katusha, Astana.

Also invited: Cervélo, Skil-Shimano, Vacansoleil, Topsport, Landbouwkrediet, Agritubel, Amica Chips, BMC. will of course once again be covering Paris-Roubaix: Live video, audio, tickers and graphics.  And of course photos.

2009 Tour of California final stage wrap-up

2009 Tour of California, Stage 8:  Frank Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) wins the final stage in Escondido.
Photo shows running time since Schleck crossed the line as well as elapsed time in hours, minutes and
seconds since the stage start in Rancho Bernardo.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/

2009 Tour of California: Frank Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) with podium girls after his Stage 8 victory in Escondido.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/

2009 Tour of California:  Overall race winner for the third consecutive year,
Levi Leipheimer (Astana) holds a giant check for $14,000.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/

- Escondido stage update from "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" here.  (Talk to your neighbors, thanks Christian Vande Velde, best towns, goals for next year)

Still to come:  full 2009 Tour of California Photo Galleries



2009 Tour of California video highlights

Levi after Stage 8, and the Win!
(Levi drops an F-bomb.  Bike Monkey is the local cycling magazine where Levi lives.) (02:29)
Bike Monkey
Announcing the LiveStrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin Ireland
(Armstrong to race Tour of Ireland) (01:23)
Escondido Gets Ready for TOC (01:52) NBC KNSD
Stage 6 Highlights (02:57) SCVTV
Amgen Stage 5 Recap (04:36) ABC KFSN
Amgen Stage 5 begins in Visalia (04:38) ABC KFSN
Amgen Tour Cycling Through the Valley (05:16) ABC KFSN
Amgen Tour Hits the Central Valley
(Includes Levi's crash) (02:34)
Lance Armstrong Before Stage 2 (01:50)
Stage 3:  Amgen Racers Reach the Valley (03:23) ABC KFSN
Stage 3: Cyclists deal with stormy weather (01:13) NBC KNTV11
Armstrong, Tour cross Golden Gate
Lance Armstrong talks about
the race start



Tour of California Stage 6 - Solvang Time Trial Start Order and Times

The complete Solvang Time Trial Start Order and Times:

Amgen Tour of California Kick-Off Press Conference Quotes

Press conference quotes from Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, Christian Vande Velde, Ivan Basso, Mark Cavendish, Carlos Sastre, Oscar Freire, Phil Liggett, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and others.

Tour of California Preview Show on Versus today

Versus in the U.S. is showing several cycling programs today.  The following times are U.S. Eastern:

3:30pm-4:30pm:  Tour Down Under Recap Show
4:30pm-5:00pm:  Lance Armstrong: The Return
5:00pm-6:00pm:  Tour of California Preview Show

Check our Versus Schedule link and/or your local listings.

Latest cycling videos

You'll always find the latest video highlights and clips from pro bike races, including today's Cyclo-Cross World Championships (Women's and Men's races) and the GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise (the start of the European road race season!) in our Recent cycling videos section at the top of our Cycling videos page.

New section: Cycling videos

We've added a new category at left for posts:  Cycling videos

Under Cycling videos you'll find all our current listings for bike race video highlights and clips, interviews, etc.

Final Teams Announced for 2009 Amgen Tour of California

Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Fabien Cancellara and Oscar Freire will Lead Race’s Best-Ever Field of Seventeen of the World’s Best Teams to Compete in February 14-22 Stage Race on Twitter

We're now on Twitter, the fast-growing and free social networking and micro-blogging service.  It's a great way to get the latest on what's happening with your favorite riders, teams and events.  And now, in addition to our RSS Feed, you can get the latest updates, from your computer or mobile device, on live race coverage and other news via the Twitter here.  Some information will only appear on our Twitter, particularly info posted from the road.  Also, in the event that the main server is overwhelmed or has an outage during a race, we will post a link to our backup server on the Twitter.  Don't miss any race action, start following today!

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