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 July 3-12: Giro Rosa Women's "Grand Tour"
 June 24-28: National Road Championships
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Chrono des Nations LIVE


World time trial champion Michael Rogers in the 2004 GP des Nations.
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- Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) won the Elite Men's event and the amazing Jeannie Longo won the Elite Women's event.

- Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme is in Les Herbiers today.  He was interviewed at length this morning on Radio des Nations (link at right) on multiple topics, including Alexandre Vinokourov (in the race today) and the reduction in TTs at the Tour.  On the subject of Vino, Prudhomme said "Vinokourov cheated, he served his suspension, and now he is back. That's life."  This might be an indication that A.S.O. may not try to bar Vino (Astana) from the Tour.  That remains to be seen and first Astana need to retain their ProTour license.  On the subject of TTs at the Tour, Prudhomme commented that TTs do not have the same role that they once had among overall contenders where good time trialists who lost time in the mountains made it up in the TTs while good climbers lost time in the TTs and made it up in the mountains.  Today, he said, climbers are good in the TTs and time trialists are good in the mountains.  He pointed to Fabian Cancellara as an exception and Cancellara unfortunately loses out with fewer time trials.

- Live video feed is buffering and comes and goes.  Live radio feed (French) is solid though, playing here without problems for several hours.

- The Elite Men's event is underway.  Start list and start times here.  (Alexandre Vinokourov scheduled to depart last.)

- The Elite Men's event (48.5km) is scheduled to begin at 14:56 CET (8:56am U.S. Eastern).

- The Grand Prix des Nations Time Trial ceased to exist a few years ago.  I photographed the last two editions of that event which was organized by TDF organizer A.S.O.  The Chrono des Herbiers was renamed the Chrono des Nations a couple of years ago, effectively merging the two events, though this is no longer an A.S.O. event.  Five-time TDF winner Jacques Anquetil holds the record of victories (in the GP des Nations): 9 victories in 9 participations!  -Pete

- Chrono des Nations LIVE now.  Links at right.

- We recommend you open our Twitter feed in a separate window now.  If ever we have a server outage, we will update on Twitter and direct you to a live coverage page on another server.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Chrono des Nations.

2009 Chrono des Nations LIVE
France, October 18
Official Website
Start Lists

Race start: (coming)

Live video:  Now!


Les Herbiers

Les Herbiers weather


Live video streaming:

 

Official Site Live Video

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

Radio des Nations
(French)

Live tickers:

(--)

News and photos:


(cycling news)
Yahoo photo gallery (AP/AFP)
 

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Tour de Cycling - Sunday

- Update:  Race is LIVE on Cycling TV and Sporza.  Looking for alternatives...  In the meantime, Marco on Twitter is watching Sporza and tweeting race updates here.

- More Tour de Cycling - Sunday to come, on Sunday...

- Sunday's round two of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Plzen will be streamed LIVE on the internet via Cycling TV and Sporza.  Note that Cycling TV has not yet secured rights for the U.S. market.  Their coverage is scheduled to begin at 13:50 CET (7:50am U.S. Eastern).  Live streaming on Sporza is scheduled to begin at 14:00 CET (8:00am U.S. Eastern).  We will look for alternative streams at that time and list them if we find any.  Start List

2009 Giro di Lombardia LIVE


The peloton along beautiful Lake Como during the 2008 Tour of Lombardy.
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- Video:  Giro di Lombardia final km here. (Sporza, 01:26)

- English Audio:  Eurosport English audio feed now playing Lombardy.  Not yet sure how this matches up, if at all, with video feeds, especially since they were not scheduled to be live.  Audio links in "Live audio streaming" section at right.

- Giro di Lombardia LIVE via Rai3

- Lombardy also LIVE via Eurosport.

- Tour of Lombardy LIVE

- Eurosport France has a live ticker now active.  (Google-translated to English)

- Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) did not start today.  He has had a fever for two days and showed up at the start in Varese wearing street clothes.  (AFP)

- More links to come...

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- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Giro di Lombardia.

2009 Giro di Lombardia LIVE
Italy, October 17
Official Website
Start List

Race start: 11:00 CET
(--)
Finish: 16:37 to 17:12 CET
(4:37pm to 5:12pm CET)

Live video: 15:30 CET
(3:30pm CET)


Como

Como weather


Live video streaming:

 


(Rai Tre)
(16:00 CET)
(10:00am U.S. Eastern)


(15:30 CET)
(9:30am U.S. Eastern)


(Sporza, Belgium only?)
(15:30 CET)
(9:30am U.S. Eastern)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(Note: Eurosport is not showing
the Giro di Lombardia live
in all markets today.)

(English)
---
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian - Swedish
---
Check schedule

 

Live tickers:



(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano

(more tickers to come)

 

News and photos:


(cycling news)
Yahoo photo gallery (AP/AFP)


Graham Watson
Photography

 

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2009 Tour of Lombardy Live Coverage

 

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The peloton along beautiful Lake Como during the 2008 Tour of Lombardy.
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

Update: Click for our Giro di Lombardia Live Online Coverage Guide

The Giro di Lombardia is tomorrow, Saturday, and of course there will be live streaming video.  Cyclingnews has a race preview here - Official Website - Start List

Sources of live coverage include Eurosport, Rai3 and Sporza.  We will of course post our complete Giro di Lombardia Live Online Coverage Guide before race time, with everything you need to follow the race on the internet: live video, graphics and text tickers.

Race starts at: 11:00 CET (5:00am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage on Eurosport France:  15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)
Live streaming video on Sporza:  15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage on Rai3:  16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern)

2010 Tour de France Route Presentation LIVE


Tour de France Route Presentation, Palais des Congrès, Paris:  Yellow-topped seats are for the riders,
green for the media, white for sponsors and guests.  (file photo)
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- 2010 Tour de France route details, videos, official poster design, etc. now online here.

- 2010 TDF presentation LIVE now.  Links at right.  Official site, Versus, and France3.fr streams playing here...

- France3.fr have changed their start time to 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).  Presumably this is now the start time for all live feeds.

- The 2010 Tour de France will celebrate the centenary of the first stage into the mountains of the Pyrenees, the Tourmalet in particular.  Indeed, the Tourmalet has seen a record number of ascensions in the Tour: 73.  The 2009 Tour visited the Pyrenees before the Alps and in keeping with the tradition of alternation, the 2010 Tour will visit the Alps first, setting up what should be a spectacular final week of the race in the Pyrenees.  So the 2010 TDF will be all about the Pyrenees and a lot of special coverage is planned to commemorate the centenary, including books on the subject.  One such book is already out, published a few years ago:


Tour de France: 100 years in the Pyrenees

- Most of the riders in attendance will be French but Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Mark Cavendish are confirmed, as is Johan BruyneelBernard Hinault should be on hand for A.S.O. to assist in the ceremonies and other past Tour winners expected to attend include Jan Janssen, Bernard Thevenet, and Joop Zoetemelk, all present in Paris Tuesday when the French senate gave Contador a medal for his TDF victory.  The French "voice of cycling," Daniel Mangeas, usually introduces the speakers.  If you've ever been to a Tour stage start or finish, you've probably heard Daniel's voice over the loudspeakers.  -Pete

- The general route for the 2010 Tour de France was defined in May, the details were completed in September, and after race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) reserved the necessary hotel rooms for the teams and race personnel, all that remains is to present the route to an invitation-only audience at the Palais des Congres in Paris...and, for the second consecutive year, to cycling fans online. -Pete


Each October, team bosses such as Patrick Lefevere (Quick Step),
left, and broadcasters such as Phil Liggett, join riders, sponsors,
media and special guests in Paris at the invitation-only presentation
of the next year's Tour route.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- More info and links to come before, during, and after the route presentation.

- The presentation is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 11:00 CET (5:00am U.S. Eastern) in Paris.  There will be opening remarks and speeches by a variety of officials, including A.S.O. president Jean-Etienne Amaury, Tour director Christian Prudhomme and local politicians.  There will also be award presentations such as the Jacques Goddet prize given to the author of the best article about this year's Tour de France.  There should also be approximately 12 minutes of video highlights of the 2009 Tour.  The actual presentation of the 2010 Tour route should begin at around 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).  Some live streams, such as Cycling TV's, are scheduled to begin at 11:30 CET.  Others are scheduled to begin at 11:00 CET.  -Pete

- We recommend you open our Twitter feed in a separate window now.  If ever we have a server outage, we will update on Twitter and direct you to a live coverage page on another server.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2010 Tour de France Route Presentation.

2010 Tour de France
Route Presentation
LIVE

Palais des Congrès, Paris, France
October 14, 2009
Official Website

Start: 11:30 CET


Paris



Live video streaming:

Official site live streaming
(11:30 CET)
(5:30am U.S. Eastern)


(free, worldwide)
(11:30 CET)
(5:30am U.S. Eastern)


(Versus)


(France 3)
(11:30 CET)
(5:30am U.S. Eastern)


(Sporza, Belgium only?)
(May be delayed coverage)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

News and photos:


(cycling news)
Yahoo photo gallery (AP/AFP)

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Tour de Cycling - Sunday

- Superprestige - Ruddervoorde LIVE now here.

- Superprestige cyclocross season is underway, at Ruddervoorde today.  Race starts at 17:15 CET (11:15am U.S. Eastern).  (Thanks, Jirka.)

- Superprestige live video feed hereSuperprestige Cyclocross Official Website here.

2009 Paris-Tours LIVE


Paris-Tours:  An early breakaway, late in the season.  Will it go all the way?
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- Video:  Paris-Tours final km here. (NOS, 02:14)

- Video:  Paris-Tours final km here. (Sporza, 02:41)

- Paris-Tours LIVE via Sporza.

- Paris-Tours LIVE via SuperSport, Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett commentating.

- Paris-Tours LIVE on France3.fr, works here in France but apparently is geo-restricted.  NOS is also geo-restricted.  Links at right.

- Paris-Tours LIVE on Cycling TV.  Link at right.

- Paris-Tours LIVE now via Eurosport France.

- Eurosport France television coverage running late.  Still with tennis.  Paris-Tours to follow...

- 31 of 36 5-man teams entered in the U23 race today are French.  If a Frenchman doesn't win today, Bernard Hinault will go berserk a la Billy Jack.  (Stay off the new Bernard Hinault pedestrian bridge!) -Pete

- No American has ever reached the podium at Paris-Tours.  Today, American sprinter Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) will go for the win.

- Today will see the last Paris-Tours finish on the famous Avenue de Grammont, due to the installation of tramway tracks in 2010.

- The town of Bonneval (km 44 for the Elite race and start town for the U23 race) yesterday unveiled a Tour de France street as well as a Bernard Hinault pedestrian bridge.  No word yet on whether or not Bernard tossed anyone off the bridge. -Pete

- LIVE ticker:  Eurosport France ticker (Google-translated to English).  More tickers listed at right.

- Paris-Tours book:  As far as I know, there is only one published book about the history of Paris-Tours, written by my good friend Charles Guenard (French, 2005, with preface by former TDF director Jean-Marie Leblanc).  There is currently just one copy left at Amazon.fr though they say they'll get more.  If you're ever in Paris on a Friday, you can stop by Charles' shop and get a signed copy.  Cover pics below with more info (in French) about the book on back cover.  -Pete

- Race organizer A.S.O. always produces nice event posters, though this year's Paris-Tours poster (see below) is nearly identical to last year's.  Large race posters are displayed throughout start/finish towns and a limited number of smaller versions are often available locally. -Pete


2009 Paris-Tours official poster

- The Eurosport France ticker is live.  (Link in "Live tickers" section at right.)


Chartres:  Start town for the Elite Men's race today.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com


Bonneval:  Start town for the U23 Men's race and at km 44
of the Elite Men's race.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

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- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Paris-Tours.

2009 Paris-Tours LIVE
France, October 11
Official Website
Elite Men Start List
U23 Men Start List

Elite Men start: 11:15 CET
(--)
Finish: 16:30 to 16:59 CET
(4:30pm to 4:59pm CET)


Tours

Tours weather


Live video streaming:


(free, North America)
(9:25am U.S. Eastern)


(15:00 CET)
(9am U.S. Eastern)


(France 3, geo-restricted?)
(15:25 CET)
(9:25am U.S. Eastern)


(NOS)
(15:30 CET)
(9:30am U.S. Eastern)


(Sporza, Belgium only?)
(15:25 CET)
(9:25am U.S. Eastern)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(Note: Eurosport is not showing
Paris-Tours in all markets today.)

(English)
---
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian - Swedish
---
Check schedule

 

Live tickers:



(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano

(more tickers to come)

 

News and photos:


(cycling news)
Yahoo photo gallery (AP/AFP)


Graham Watson
Photography

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour de Cycling - Saturday


Paris-Tours:  An early breakaway, late in the season.  Will it go all the way?
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- Sunday Update:  Race is underway.  Our 2009 Paris-Tours Live Online Coverage Guide is here.

- Tomorrow, Sunday, is the 103rd Paris-Tours and there will be live video streaming.  The Elite Men's race will start in Chartres instead of the usual Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines outside Paris.  It will finish in Tours, on the Avenue de Grammont for the last time due to the installation of tramway tracks next year.  (There is also an Under-23 race.  It starts in Bonneval and finishes in Tours.)  Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) is defending champion.  No American has ever reached the podium; Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream), winding down a breakout season, hopes to become the first American winner.  We'll post our full 2009 Paris-Tours Live Online Coverage Guide before the start of live television coverage.

Paris-Tours Official Website
Start List
Race starts at:  11:15 CET (5:15am U.S. Eastern)
Live video webcast on Cycling TV starts at:  15:25 CET (9:25am U.S. Eastern)
Live streaming on Sporza:  15:25 CET (9:25am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage on Eurosport France:  15:00 CET (9am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage from other sources:  Check back in the morning
 

- On now:  Giro dell'Emilia delayed video coverage via Rai here.  (Thanks, Bernie.)

- More Tour de Cycling - Saturday to come, including a first look at tomorrow's Paris-Tours LIVE coverage options.

- LIVE now:  GVA Trophy Cyclocross - Namen here.  (Thanks, Jirka!)  Also LIVE here.  (Bernie S.)

Tour de Cycling - Wednesday

- Flying overnight to Paris today, so next update late Thursday.  -Pete

- The 2010 Tour de France Route Presentation is one week from today at the Palais des Congres in Paris.  You will be able to watch the event LIVE on the internet, with audio commentary in English and FrenchLive streaming is scheduled to begin at 11:00 CET (5am U.S. Eastern), October 14.  (We will of course have the links for you + more info as the event approaches.)  The first half hour should include speeches from TDF organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) president Jean-Etienne Amaury and Tour director Christian Prudhomme, among others including officials from key regions visited during the 2010 Tour.  This is a good time for a nap.  Things will then get more interesting as breathtaking 12-minute video highlights of the 2009 Tour, set to music, remind everyone why we love this sport.  The event concludes with what everyone is waiting for: the presentation of the 2010 Tour de France race route.  Will there be a Team Time Trial?  (Rumor is no.)  How many Individual Time Trials and how long will they be?  How many mountaintop finishes?  With coastal winds already expected in week one, will organizers also throw in some cobblestone sections on the route from Rotterdam into Northern France to keep things interesting?  (Rumor is yes.  Remember Iban Mayo bouncing all over the road and crashing in 2004?)  Among the riders expected in attendance in Paris are Lance Armstrong and Alberto ContadorAlso expected "in the house":  Most everyone from team managers such as Marc Madiot and Johan Bruyneel to broadcasters Paul Sherwen, Phil Liggett and Bob Roll.  Will UCI President Pat McQuaid show up or will his "bad France week" this week extend into next week?  Will someone, perhaps a member of the French media, have sent bad boy and past regular attendee Alexandre Vinokourov an invitation in order to stir up trouble?  Stay tuned.  Not to be missed.  -Pete

- The 2009 Paris-Tours is Sunday.  Cycling.tv will have LIVE video of the race, free, to North America.  Click here for more info.  Cyclingfans.com will of course publish a complete Paris-Tours Live Online Coverage Guide before the race.

Tour de Cycling - Sunday

- Tour de Vendee LIVE on France3.fr.  Appears to be playing worldwide.

- Cyclo-cross World Cup:  Still looking for streams.

- A Cyclocross fan in the U.S. emailed saying he was able to watch the women's race live earlier on Cycling TV.  So if you have a CTV subscription in the U.S. you may want to give that a try, despite the fact it is supposed to be geo-restricted (available worldwide excluding U.S).

- UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup:  Sporza appears to be geo-restricted, not working in the U.S.  No surprise.

- Next updates when live coverage gets underway for the men's Cyclo-cross World Cup and for the Tour de Vendee.

- Circuit Franco-Belge Stage 4 today.  Official site - Live ticker (Select Stage 4 (Etape 4) from drop-down list)

- LIVE today:  Live coverage of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup event in Treviso, Italy is scheduled to begin on Cycling TV at 13:50 CET for the women's race and at 15:20 CET for the men's race.  Cycling TV's coverage is worldwide excluding the U.S.  Live coverage on Sporza should begin at around 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).


(Worldwide excluding U.S.A.)


(Likely Belgium only)

(More feeds at race time if available)

- LIVE today:  Live coverage of today's Tour de Vendee is scheduled to begin at 16:35 CET (10:35am U.S. Eastern).  Live streaming coverage on France TV is listed as geo-restricted.  Eurosport France is also covering the latter part of the race live.


(Often worldwide but listed
as restricted for this race)


(Eurosport France)
(Links at race time if available)

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