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Dauphiné Libéré LIVE - Stage 5

Friday's Dauphine Libere Stage 6 Profile

 

Flashback:  2006 Dauphine Libere:  It's a long way up Le Mont Ventoux.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Flashback: 2006 Dauphine Libere:  Philippe Gilbert and teammate Sebastien Joly started the day
as race leader and king of the mountains, respectively.  At the end of the stage,
Levi Leipheimer was in yellow and stage winner Denis Menchov was in the polka-dot jersey.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Flashback: 2006 Dauphine Libere:  Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner) was part of a 9-man breakaway
that escaped at the stage start.  At the base of Mont Ventoux, their lead was just under 3 minutes.
At the top, Scholz finished 20 minutes after stage winner Menchov.  But his work for the day had long
since ended, in support of his teammate, new race leader Leipheimer.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

2004 Dauphine Libere, Moon Ventoux:  I busted NASA.  Aside from scaling,
cropping and labeling, no alterations were made to the two images above.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Dauphine Libere Stage 5 Profile

2009 Dauphine Libere:  World time trial champion Bert Grabsch (Team Columbia Highroad) on
his way to winning yesterday's Stage 4 Time Trial.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Friday's Dauphine Libere Stage 6 departs Gap at 13:40 CET (7:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Briançon between 16:12 and 16:32 CET (10:12am and 10:32am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:10 CET (10:10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- Dauphine LIVE on ETB 1

- Dauphine Libere LIVE now on Eurosport

- Dauphine Libere LIVE on Cycling TV.  Link at right.

- Eurosport France ticker is reporting there is a very strong headwind in final 6kms of Mont Ventoux.  Any rider wanting to put serious time into Cadel Evans must attack before this section.  Reminder: the penultimate stage of this year's Tour de France finishes on Ventoux.

- Dauphine Libere Stage 5 departs Valence at 12:40 CET (6:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish on Mont Ventoux between 16:43 and 17:15 CET (10:43am and 11:15am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

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- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

2009 Dauphiné Libéré LIVE
France, June 7-14
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Stage 5 start: 12:40 CET

Finish: 16:43 to 17:15 CET
(4:43pm to 5:15pm CET)


Valence

Bedoin weather


Live video streaming:


(15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern))
(Worldwide except Europe)


(16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern))
(Priority goes to ATP tennis from Queens)

 


(16:05 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(English)
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Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
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Live tickers:

Official site live ticker (French)
(English - fewer updates)




(English)
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Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
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Dauphiné Libéré LIVE - Stage 4

2009 Dauphine Libere:  Niki Terpstra (Team Milram) celebrates victory in Stage 3.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Dauphine Libere:  Terpstra also took over the overall race lead; it won't last long.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Thursday's Dauphine Libere Stage 5 departs Valence at 12:40 CET (6:40am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish on Mont Ventoux between 16:43 and 17:15 CET (10:43am and 11:15am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- Dauphine LIVE now on Eurosport.

- Eurosport still with tennis...

- Dauphine LIVE on Cycling TV.  Link at right.

- Dauphine Libere:  Time Trial profile and partial Start Order and Times below...

Pick today's Time Trial winner and win!

- U.S. only:  Email the Editor with your pick for today's Time Trial winner and you could win the above-pictured poster celebrating 60 years of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere, a race won twice by Lance Armstrong.  Poster features, in addition to Armstrong, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Thevenet, Bernard "W" Hinault, Miguel Indurain and others.  In the event of multiple winners, I will randomly pick one poster winner.  Only picks received before 10:15am U.S. Eastern today will be considered.  Poster will be mailed to a U.S. address only.  -Pete

Dauphine Libere Stage 4 Time Trial Profile

- Dauphine Libere Stage 4 TT partial Start Order and Times:

Riders will depart at one-minute intervals with the final 20 riders departing at two-minute intervals.  

14:17 CET (8:17am U.S. Eastern): Devolder
14:52 CET (8:52am U.S. Eastern): Pereiro
14:59 CET (8:59am U.S. Eastern): Boonen
15:12 CET (9:12am U.S. Eastern): Gesink
15:17 CET (9:17am U.S. Eastern): Basso
15:24 CET (9:24am U.S. Eastern): Grabsch
15:52 CET (9:52am U.S. Eastern): Millar
15:54 CET (9:54am U.S. Eastern): Gutierrez
15:56 CET (9:56am U.S. Eastern): Vaugrenard
16:06 CET (10:06am U.S. Eastern): Valverde
16:08 CET (10:08am U.S. Eastern): Contador
16:10 CET (10:10am U.S. Eastern): Landaluze
16:12 CET (10:12am U.S. Eastern): Evans
16:14 CET (10:14am U.S. Eastern): Turpin
16:16 CET (10:16am U.S. Eastern): Trofimov
16:18 CET (10:18am U.S. Eastern): Pauriol
16:20 CET (10:20am U.S. Eastern): Terpstra


- Dauphine Libere Stage 4 Individual Time Trial (42.4km) from Bourg-les-Valence to Valence is scheduled to get underway at 13:25 CET (7:25am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider departs.  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- 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 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

2009 Dauphiné Libéré LIVE
France, June 7-14
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Stage 4 start: 13:25 CET
(1:25pm CET)

Finish: approx. 17:09 CET
(5:09pm CET)


Valence

Valence weather


Live video streaming:


(15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern))
(Worldwide except Europe)


(16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern))
(Priority goes to ATP tennis from Queens)

 


(16:05 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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


Live tickers:

Official site live ticker (French)
(English - fewer updates)




(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


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Photography

 

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Dauphiné Libéré LIVE - Stage 3

 

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Dauphine Libere Stage 4 Time Trial Profile

- Wednesday's Dauphine Libere Stage 4 Individual Time Trial (42.4km) from Bourg-les-Valence to Valence is scheduled to get underway at 13:25 CET (7:25am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider departs.  Riders will depart at one-minute intervals with the final 20 riders departing at two-minute intervals.  (Full TT Start Order and Times to come.)  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- Dauphine LIVE on Cycling TV.  Link at right.

- Dauphine Libere LIVE on Eurosport

Dauphine Libere Stage 3 Profile

- Dauphine Libere Stage 3 departs Tournus at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Saint-Etienne between 16:54 and 17:29 CET (10:54am and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- 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 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

2009 Dauphiné Libéré LIVE
France, June 7-14
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Stage 3 start: 12:30 CET

Finish: 16:54 to 17:29 CET
(4:54pm to 5:29pm CET)


Tournus

Saint-Etienne weather


Live video streaming:


(15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern))
(Worldwide except Europe)

(16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern))
(Priority goes to ATP tennis from Queens)

 


(16:05 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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


Live tickers:

Official site live ticker (French)
(English - fewer updates)


(CN coverage begins Wednesday)


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

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Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming - Stage 2

Tuesday's Dauphine Libere Stage 3 Profile

2009 Dauphine Libere:  Alberto Contador (Astana) before the Stage 2 start in Nancy.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Dauphine Libere:  Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) on his way to winning the Stage 1 Individual Time Trial.
He will also like the similar Stage 1 Time Trial in Monaco at next month's Tour de France.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Dauphine Libere:  Alberto Contador (Astana) finished in second place, 7 seconds behind Evans.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Tuesday's Dauphine Libere Stage 3 departs Tournus at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Saint-Etienne between 16:54 and 17:29 CET (10:54am and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- Dauphine Libere LIVE now on Eurosport.

- France 3 is geo-restricted.  Note that even in France, there is no national TV coverage of the Dauphine Libere until the weekend; coverage during the week is on regional TV and that rotates throughout the week.  (So for example, people in some French regions won't have the Ventoux stage on TV; those with computers will have to rely on internet streaming.)  Next up: Eurosport at 15:15 CET 9:15am U.S. Eastern), though they are giving priority to ATP tennis on the main Eurosport channel.  Stay tuned.

- Dauphine Libere LIVE now on Cycling TV.  Link at right.

Dauphine Libere Stage 2 Profile

- Dauphine Libere Stage 2 departs Nancy at 10:15 CET (4:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Dijon between 15:46 and 16:25 CET (9:46am and 10:25am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live streaming on France 3 is also scheduled to begin at that time.  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- 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 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

2009 Dauphiné Libéré LIVE
France, June 7-14
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Stage 2 start: 10:15 CET

Finish: 15:46 to 16:25 CET
(3:46pm to 4:25pm CET)


Nancy

Dijon weather


Live video streaming:


(14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern))
(Worldwide except Europe)


(15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern))
(Priority goes to ATP tennis from Queens)
 


(14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern))
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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


Live tickers:

Official site live ticker (French)
(English - fewer updates)


(CN coverage begins Wednesday)


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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Graham Watson
Photography

 

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Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming - Stage 1

Dauphiné Libéré LIVE coverage at www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Dauphine Libere Stage 1 Profile

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- Monday's Dauphine Libere Stage 2 departs Nancy at 10:15 CET (4:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Dijon between 15:46 and 16:25 CET (9:46am and 10:25am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphine Libere live streaming on France 3 is also scheduled to begin at that time.  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- Dauphine Libere LIVE video streaming now via Eurosport

- Dauphine Libere LIVE now on Cycling TV.  Link at right.  (Subscription)

- Dauphine Libere live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to get underway at 18:00 CET (12pm U.S. Eastern).  We monitor possible sources of live streaming throughout the stage each day of the race.

- Dauphine Libere Stage 1 TT:  Full Start Order and Times here.  (.pdf)

- LIVE now: Tour of Luxembourg Official Website -Live ticker

- Note:  The Dauphine Libere organizers have made a slight change to the start time today.  The first rider will depart at 16:09 instead of 16:20 CET.

- Select Dauphine Libere Stage 1 TT Start Order and Times:

First rider to depart: Frank (BMC): 16:09 CET (10:09am U.S. Eastern)

Gesink:  16:37 CET (10:37am U.S. Eastern)
Boonen:  18:19 CET (12:19pm U.S. Eastern)
Pereiro:  18:20 CET (12:20pm U.S. Eastern)
Millar:  18:28 CET (12:28pm U.S. Eastern)
Evans:  18:32 CET (12:32pm U.S. Eastern)
Contador: 18:33 CET (12:33pm U.S. Eastern)
Basso:  18:35 CET (12:35pm U.S. Eastern)
Grabsch:  18:37 CET (12:37pm U.S. Eastern)
Devolder:  18:38 CET (12:38pm U.S. Eastern)
Valverde:  18:39 CET (12:39pm U.S. Eastern)

- Dauphine Libere video clips:  We will be maintaining a list of Dauphine video clips here.  We've already listed some great historical footage of the race below, including one from 1983 where Greg LeMond gets a stage win and takes over the race lead:


(Click image to view clip.  More DL video clips listed below.)

10 Years Ago at Roland Garros


1999 French Open: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf practice on the
Friday before the final weekend. Both were surprise winners
in the Finals.
photos Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- Roland Garros (French Open):  On the Friday before the Women's (Saturday) and Men's (Sunday) Finals of the 1999 Roland Garros tournament, I shot Andre Agassi's and Steffi Graf's practice sessions, on the same satellite court at different times of the day.  Graf went on to win her finals match in a stunner over Martina Hingis; it was Graf's first Grand Slam victory in 3 years.  The next day, Agassi came back from a 2 set to love deficit to stun Andrei Medvedev in five sets; it was Agassi's first Grand Slam victory in four years.  The two champions danced at the winners' ball, then began dating before marrying in 2001.  1999 was a big summer for Americans in Paris as the month following Agassi's historic victory, Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de FranceThe 2009 Roland Garros Men's Final is today: Roger Federer vs. Robin Soderling...  -Pete

Dauphiné Libéré Stage 1 Individual Time Trial in Nancy starts at 16:09 CET (10:09am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider departs.  Riders will depart at 1-minute intervals.  Dauphiné Libéré live video streaming on Cycling TV is scheduled to begin at 17:30 CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Dauphiné live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 18:00 CET (12pm U.S. Eastern).  We will list other sources of Dauphine live feeds as they become available.

- 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 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

2009 Dauphiné Libéré LIVE
France, June 7-14
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Stage 1 start: 16:09 CET
(4:09pm CET)


Nancy

Nancy weather


Live video streaming:


(17:30 CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern))
(Worldwide except Europe)


(Coverage begins with
Monday's Stage 2.)


 

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(English)
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Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
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Live tickers:

Official site live ticker


(Philadelphia International)


(English)
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Français - Italiano

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News and photos:


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Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré live coverage

- The 2009 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré starts tomorrow, Sunday, and runs to June 14.  The race will be broadcast live on Cycling TV worldwide except Europe.  Eurosport and France 3 TV are also among the television channels showing the Dauphine Libere live.  Stage 1 Sunday is a 12.1km individual time trial in the city of Nancy.  We'll post our full Dauphine Libere Live Coverage Guide in the morning listing options for live video, live audio and tickers and graphics.  Some links and start times posted below.

 Cycling TV - Dauphiné Liberé

 

Criterium du Dauphine Libere Official Website
(Google-translated to English)
Start List (.pdf)
Stage 1 starts at: 16:20 CET (10:20am U.S. Eastern)
Live webcast on CTV: 17:30 CET (11:30am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage on Eurosport: 18:00 CET (12pm U.S. Eastern)
Live feeds from other sources: Check back in the morning

Tour de Cycling - Saturday

- Tour de Luxembourg:  Watch Stage 3 video highlights here.  (05:22)  -Bernie S.

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 info and links, including live ticker, below.

- LIVE now: Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 live ticker.  Link below.

- D-Day Remembrance ceremony has ended.

- LIVE now:  D-Day remembrance ceremony live stream on CNN.

- LIVE now:  D-Day ceremonies in Normandy, live stream from "Omaha Beach" on France 2 live stream.
-Bernie S.

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

- Coming later today:  A first look at Dauphine Libere live online coverage options.


Dauphiné Libéré LIVE coverage at www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

 

Today is the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings (D-Day)

I spent 15 summers on these beaches from 1990 and would like to observe the anniversary in this space. -Pete
 


Arromanches, Normandy, known as "Gold Beach" during the D-Day landings
and a site used by British troops in the Allied invasion.  A temporary harbor
was built here after the landings to assist in the operation; sections of that harbor
remain in place today.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


The Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.  9,387 American military dead
are buried here.  The cemetery overlooks "Omaha Beach" where many of these
soldiers were killed.  The graves face westward, towards the United States.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Normandy.  This town was part of "Sword Beach"
during the Allied invasion.
photo Copyright © 2008 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 video


Highlights from Stage 2 here.  (04:51)  -Bernie S.

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 departs Wiltz at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Diekirch between 16:52 and 17:32 CET (10:52am and 11:32am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Tour de Cycling - Friday

- Breaking news:  Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel says that the sponsor financial problems have not been solved and that the team will continue to protest with sponsor names faded on jerseys.  More here.

- Tour de Luxembourg:  As in years past, there is a daily highlights program scheduled on TV at 19:50 CET (1:50pm U.S. Eastern).  So a video feed may be playing here.  Note that this feed quickly becomes overwhelmed. More links below.

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

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 is underway.  Links below, including live ticker.  No live video for this race.

- Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen are the proud parents of a baby boy, Max.  More here.

- Today's French sports daily L'Equipe is reporting that the Astana team has pre-selected Andreas Kloden for the Tour de France.  An investigation into doping practices on the T-Mobile team in 2006 has not implicated Kloden according to Astana team spokeman Philippe Maertens.

 

New book:  Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide

 - Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide: The Complete Insider's Guide to the Tour! is now available for purchase.  Watson has followed and photographed the Tour for 31 years.  In this book, he shares his tips on where to eat and sleep and where to watch and photograph the race yourself.  The book is richly illustrated with Watson's photographs, maps and more.


Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 departs Schifflange at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Differdange between 16:40 and 17:31 CET (10:40am and 11:31am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Tour de Cycling - Thursday

- More to come...


Le Sale Tour: Le systeme Armstrong
by Pierre Ballester and David Walsh

- You know the Tour de France is right around the corner when Pierre Ballester and David Walsh publish another book about Lance Armstrong.  Obviously they didn't take the advice of esteemed International Herald Tribune reporter Sam Abt who suggested a couple of years ago it was perhaps time for them to "move on".  Of course, Walsh and Ballester's favorite subject was in retirement then.  He's back now and so are they.  Fair enough, except that early indications are that the book, "Le Sale Tour" (or The Dirty Tour), published today, is filled with wild speculation about Armstrong's reasons for returning to the sport, including future political ambitions, to make money, etc.  (Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan made more than $30 million in salary per year each of the last few years of his career, not including endorsements.  Armstrong is not taking a salary for riding for Astana but naturally is able to command high appearance fees.)  Ballester and Walsh also assert "(Tour de France organizer) ASO's new strategy is more turned towards business than the credibility of the sport".  Huh?  That has always been ASO's "strategy" and always will be for as long as they own the race.

Three years ago I asked Ballester, who once covered cycling, including Greg LeMond's comeback 20 years ago, for French sports daily L'Equipe, if he was a cycling fan.  He said no, his sport is rugby.  Funny, a former French rugby player last year stated that dope testing is virtually non-existent in the sport.  No wonder Ballester (and Walsh for that matter) likes rugby.  It is "clean" because no one is out to bust it.  Meanwhile, for over 10 years pro cycling, an easy target, is repeatedly targeted at every opportunity.

Will it ever end?  Not as long as there is money to be made tearing down the sport.

-Pete

 

- We mentioned yesterday that Astana was cleared to ride the Dauphine Libere (June 7-14).  That information is confirmed in today's edition of the French sports daily L'Equipe.

- Tour of Luxembourg info and links below.


June, 2009 issue of Velo Magazine (French): Le Guide du Tour.
Velo Magazine appears to be the first 2009 Tour de France guide
out of the gate; many more to come.

Meet Ed Buchette, Tour de Luxembourg organiser and forester!

Flashback: 2003 Tour de Luxembourg: Ed Buchette interviews
Benoit Joachim (Luxembourg national team and USPS) before the start of Stage 1.
Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

When it comes to race organizers, the names Jean-Marie Leblanc (former director of the Tour de France), Christian Prudhomme (current TDF director), Angelo Zomegnan (Giro d'Italia), Victor Cordero (Vuelta a Espana) and Thierry Cazeneuve (Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré) come to mind.  In Luxembourg, no one is more involved in the organization and other aspects of bike racing than Ed Buchette (photo above).  Buchette's résumé is impressive: in addition to his involvement with the Tour of Luxembourg and related races (including the Grand Prix General Patton) as General Secretary of the Association des Organisateurs du Tour de Luxembourg, he is Vice-president, along with Zomegnan, of the Association des Organisateurs des Courses Cyclistes (AIOCC) (Prudhomme is president), member (since 2000) of the UCI Road Commission, General Secretary of the Luxembourg cycling federation, and an international commissaire for the UCI.  Buchette is also a government forester since 1979 and since 1998 has been in charge of forests for the city of Luxembourg.

Buchette also appears to be the only organizer mentioned above who is on Twitter.  -Pete

Today is the Tour de Luxembourg Stage 1 from Luxembourg to Mondorf.  The stage is scheduled to begin at 13:00 CET (7am U.S. Eastern) and finish between 16:35 and 17:18 CET (10:35am and 11:18am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Tour de Cycling - Wednesday

- Astana cleared to continue racing:  As we noted on Twitter an hour ago, the UCI has for now cleared Astana to continue racing.  They are racing the Tour de Luxembourg, now underway, and look set to race the Dauphine Libere which starts Sunday.  Beyond that, things are not clear at this point.  More on this story here. (AP)

- Tour de Luxembourg:  As in years past, there is a daily highlights program scheduled on TV at 19:50 CET (1:50pm U.S. Eastern).  So a video feed may be playing here.  Note that this feed quickly becomes overwhelmed.  We do not know what if any coverage there will be for today's prologue since the race is taking place during the scheduled highlights show.

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


Tour de Luxembourg
photos Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


Flashback:  2003 Tour de Luxembourg, Stage 1:  "Baker boy" Thomas Voeckler, left,
glanced at breakaway companion Piotr Wadecki and then blasted up the short climb
to the finish for the stage win in the city of Luxembourg.  Voeckler went on to win the overall
but it wasn't until the following year at the 2004 Tour de France that Voeckler would become
a name known around the world when he wore and defended the yellow jersey for 10 days.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- The Skoda Tour de Luxembourg starts today and runs through June 7.  We do not believe there to be any live television coverage but highlights may be available.  More info to come on that.

The Tour of Luxembourg is the national Tour of the Schleck brothers, Frank and Andy.  They will be joined on the start line by riders including Stuart O'Grady, Maxim Iglinskiy, Andreas Kloden, Ruben Perez, Danilo Napolitano, Romain Feillu, Robert Hunter, Koen de Kort, and Baden Cooke.

Today's stage is a short 2.7km evening prologue in the city of Luxembourg.  According to the official website, the first rider will depart at 19:00 CET (1pm U.S. Eastern) and the last rider (Andreas Kloden) will depart at 21:00 CET (3pm U.S. Eastern).  The full start order and start times here (.pdf)

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

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