Live race coverage

2009 Amstel Gold Race Live Coverage


The peloton climbs during the 2008 Amstel Gold Race, won by Damiano Cunego (Lampre).
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

- Amstel Gold Race pre-race activities LIVE now here.  (multiple camera angles, including cyclo-tourists on the race course. Teams presentation is over.)

The 2009 Amstel Gold Race is tomorrow, Sunday.  Damiano Cunego (Lampre) is back to defend his 2008 title.

cycling.tv will once again have a live webcastEurosport, Sporza and RTBF are also among the broadcasters that will have Amstel Gold Race live coverage.  We will have the live video streams, audio and tickers in our live coverage guide in the morning.

Amstel Gold Race Official Website
Teams/Start List
Race start time: Unclear but CN live ticker scheduled to start at 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern)
Live webcast on CTV: 14:10 CET (8:10am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage on Eurosport: 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern)
Live video streaming on Sporza: 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern)
Live stream on RTBF: 14:15 CET (8:15am U.S. Eastern)
Live feeds from other sources: Check back in the morning
 

Tour de Cycling - Saturday

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.tv here.  (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

 

Tour de Cycling - Friday

 - Tour of Turkey Stage 7 live video on laola1.tv Saturday: 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern)

 

Hamilton announces retirement following positive test


Tyler Hamilton on Mont Ventoux during the 2004 Dauphine Libere.
Copyright © 2004 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- Tyler Hamilton retires, reveals he has been fighting depression for years, tested positive for an over-the-counter antidepressant.  AP story here.

- Tyler Hamilton to announce retirement today.  Story at ESPN here.

- Breaking news:  The New York Times is reporting that American Tyler Hamilton has tested positive for a banned substance and could face a lifetime ban from cycling.  Story here.

- Tour of Turkey LIVE again on laola1.tv. (link below)

- Update: 14:34 CET (8:34am U.S. Eastern) - Tour of Turkey video currently not playing for us (France) or Bernie (U.K.)

- Tour of Turkey LIVE now on laola1.tv (link  below), though we aren't getting any audio at the moment.

- More to come.

Tour of Turkey, Stage 6: (through April 19)
Live video (13:55 CET (7:55am U.S. Eastern))
Live video at laola1.tv (English commentary, free, requires registration)
Live audio (Eurosport France) (14:00 CET)
Official Website - Teams/Start List

Tour de Cycling - Thursday

- Tour of Turkey Stage 6 live video Friday: 13:55 CET (7:55am U.S. Eastern)

 

GP de Denain: Casper wins

 

- Watch a French evening news clip about the GP de Denain and Jimmy Casper's record-setting third win today.  Casper beat Juan Jose Haedo to the line.  Includes some historical footage.  Not a whole lot of race action. Clip is here.  (watch from position 17:10 to 19:20 in the program)

- Just in: Boonen foot not broken:  Tom Boonen, involved in the sprint finish crash at yesterday's Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, was examined today and has "heavy bruising" to his right wrist and foot but did not break any bones as was originally feared.  But if he still has pain on Monday, more tests will be done.  (source: Sporza)

- GP de Denain:  Mission accomplished for Jimmy Casper who just won his third edition of this race in a group sprint and solidified his overall lead in the Coupe de FranceJuan Jose Haedo took second, Denis Flahaut third.

- Tour of Turkey LIVE coverage has begun.  Links below but also, one person emailed and another tweeted that there is a live feed with English commentary available via laola1.tv.  This feed was embedded on the official site the other day but at the moment you will find a link to it at the bottom of the page here.  Note that registration is required.  We don't know anything about this site.

Tour of Turkey, Stage 5: (through April 19)
Live video (13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern))
Live audio (Eurosport France) (14:00 CET)
Official Website - Teams/Start List

- Kazakhstan’s cycling federation to resume paying Astana wagesAlberto Contador and his teammates had not received paychecks for about a month.  (Lance Armstrong is not taking a paycheck for riding for the team.)  AP story here.

- Robbie McEwen injury update:  McEwen suffered a concussion but no fractures in yesterday's sprint crash at the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen. (source: AFP)

Tour de Cycling - Wednesday

- Tour of Turkey Stage 5 live video Thursday: 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern)

 

50th Grand Prix de Denain Thursday

Thursday will see the running of the 50th Grand Prix de Denain (France).  Edvald Boasson Hagen won last year and he is back to defend.  Past winners include Jean Stablinski (1968), Walter Planckaert (1976), Paul Sherwen (1983), Frederic Moncassin (1990, 1991), Jan Kirsipuu (1998, 2001), Thor Hushovd (2004), Jimmy Casper (2005, 2006).

The GP de Denain is the next leg of the Coupe de France following yesterday's Paris-Camembert, won by Casper (Besson-Sojasun).  Casper is overall Cup leader with 85 points, Romain Feillu is in second place with 45 points.  Casper hopes to get his third career victory in Denain (worth 50 points) which would give him a pretty commanding lead in the French Cup.  He already has 4 victories this season, his surprising Besson-Sojasun team, led by manager Stephane Heulot, has 10 victories overall.  There is no live TV coverage for this race.

GP de Denain Official Website
Start List (.pdf)
(Boasson Hagen, Eisel, Kirchen, Renshaw, Elmiger, Krivtsov,
Chainel, Chavanel Seb., Guesdon, McEwen, Napolitano, Steegmans, Haedo, Feillu, Petacchi, Cooke, Lhotellerie, Bessy, Casper, Engoulvent, Jeandesboz, Vandenbrouke)

 

Quick Step to Tour of Missouri (September 7-13)

Tour of Missouri organizers have announced that the world's #1-ranked team, Quick Step, will compete at the 3rd annual Tour of Missouri.  More here.

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen LIVE

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

Tour of Turkey, Stage 4: (through April 19)
Live video (13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern))
Live audio (Eurosport France) (14:00 CET)
Official Website - Teams/Start List

 

- Watch video of the final kilometer of today's Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen on Sporza here. (06:56)

- LIVE tickers, race profile and graphics in our Live tickers section.

- Another stream taken town.

- Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen LIVE now on cycling.tvSporza coverage appears geo-restricted.  RTBF are having technical problems. We have other leads, one possibly starting at half past the hour.

- Tour of Turkey LIVE now.  Links to live video and audio (French) above.

- The Sportwereld ticker doesn't sit well with full page Google or Babelfish translation.  But you can copy/paste text from the ticker into the Translate text box of Google's Language Tools page.  Select Dutch as your source text, select the language you want it translated to and click the Translate button.

- Sportwereld ticker changed their start time, so looks like they're at least somewhat active from 13:00 CET, 5 minutes ago.

- Coming up after today's races: Tour de Cycling - Wednesday

- Looks like the earliest live ticker coverage (on CN) won't get underway until 14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern).

- Tom Boonen, by raising his arms too early, literally got posterized by Mark Cavendish in this race last year.  In a different manner, Thor Hushovd no doubt got posterized when he overcooked that corner in Paris-Roubaix as Boonen took off. (If you missed it, check out Bernard Papon's photo sequence in yesterday's "Tour de Cycling - Tuesday".)  Cavendish is not back to defend at the GP de l'Escaut as French speakers call it.

- 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 Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen.

2009 Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen LIVE
Belgium, April 15
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Race start: 12:15 CET
Finish: 16:50 to 17:15 CET
(4:50pm to 5:15pm CET)


Antwerpen

 Schoten weather


Live video streaming:


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

Sporza
(15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern))
(Geo-restricted?)

RTBF
(15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern))
(Geo-restricted?)

 

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(--)
 

Live tickers:

sportwereld
(Dutch)

sport.be (French)
(Google-translated to English)

(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour de Cycling - Tuesday

- Tour of Turkey live video Wednesday: 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern)

 

 

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Live Coverage

- Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the 97th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen (Belgium).  (In French it is called the Grand Prix de l'Escaut.)  Mark Cavendish won the race in 2007 and 2008 but is not back to defend this year.  Among the broadcasters showing the race live are cycling.tv and Sporza.  We'll have the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen live video streams and tickers in the morning, updated during the race.

Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen Official Website
Start List (.pdf)
(Boonen, Kirchen, Eisel, Davis, Hoste, Brown, McEwen, Napolitano, Steegmans, Ciolek, Knaven, Haedo, Haussler, Hammond, Petacchi, Cooke)
Race starts at: 12:15 CET (6:15am U.S. Eastern)
Live webcast on CTV: 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern)
Live video on Sporza: 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern)
Other sources: Check back in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Tour of Turkey is also LIVE on Eurosport TV.  If your French is better than your Turkish, you can listen to the Eurosport France live audio feed while watching the live video.

- Paris-Camembert ticker updates will be infrequent - communications can be difficult or impossible in some remote areas of Normandy along the race route.

- Tour of Turkey LIVE video now playing.  Paris-Camembert LIVE via ticker.  Links below.

- L'Equipe photographer Bernard Papon gets the shots

Graham Watson is by far the best-known individual cycling photographer worldwide.  He obviously is world class and arguably the best.  But when French sports daily L'Equipe puts a half dozen or more of its own world class photographers on a bike race, they easily combine to produce the best photographic coverage.  The low resolution and highly compressed images above do not do justice to the superb sequence shot by L'Equipe's Bernard Papon. - Thor Hushovd, the last man left to challenge Tom Boonen in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, goes down and Boonen is gone.  -Pete

- Paris-Camembert is underway, ticker is "live".  More to come, latest notes at the top.

On today: Paris-Camembert - (more info, links, photos, video on our Paris-Camembert page here)
Live ticker (Google-translated to English)

Also on today: Tour of Turkey (through April 19) - Official Website - Teams and Start List
Live video (starts at 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern)

Tour de Cycling - Monday

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.

 

Ronde Van Drenthe:  Not often that we have live coverage of women's racing.

Tour of Turkey LIVE now.  100% sure he just said "bicycle" (or "cycling") in Turkish.

Tour of Turkey live video on TRT 1 here (through April 19).  Official WebsiteTeams and Start List.

Drenthe LIVE now here.  (heavy buffering)  Official website  (Thanks Michel (skilfan) and Bernie S.)

More info. to come.  Other races too.

Paris-Roubaix LIVE video streaming

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)


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.  Click here for more info.

 

- Tour of Turkey: Stage 2 is Monday and we expect live video streaming to begin at around 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern).  Info and links in the morning.

- More Paris-Roubaix videos:  News footage and eyewitness accounts of terrible moto crash into spectators here. (01:47) (some serious injuries but thankfully not life-threatening)  Carrefour de l'Arbre: Hushovd crash here. (01:59)  Highlights of today's race here.

- Superb French TV video production summary of today's Paris-Roubaix, set to music. (09:29) Even if you don't understand French, it's worth your while.  Click graphic below.  Thanks, Bernie.  More to come.

- More Paris-Roubaix video in a moment...

Watch Tour of the Basque Country
ON DEMAND

Broadcast playback:

Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3
Stage 4 - Stage 5 - Stage 6

Video highlights:

Stage 1: Sanchez wins opener (01:46)
Stage 2: Trofimov goes the distance (01:42)
Stage 3: Contador wins
(01:43)
Stage 4: Albasini takes the win (01:51)
Stage 5 (01:51)
Stage 6: Contador's winning time trial (01:47)
Evans slips back (00:48)
Samuel Sanchez takes third (00:50)
L.L. Sanchez finishes fifth (00:35)
Vande Velde places seventh (00:32)

Photos:

Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3
Stage 4 - Stage 5 - Stage 6

Results:

Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3
Stage 4 - Stage 5 - Stage 6

Stories:

Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3
Stage 4 - Stage 5 - Stage 6

Also:

Armstrong fears he will be barred from Tour
Armstrong plans return at Tour of Italy

 

- Paris-Roubaix LIVE now on cycling.tv.  (subscription, North America)

- Paris-Roubaix coverage has begun on Ned 1 (Netherlands).  They are not with the race at the moment.  They just did a great interview in English with Juan Antonio Flecha.  Update: They are currently showing something else.  Don't know if or when they will be live with Paris-Roubaix.

- Added the sportwereld Paris-Roubaix live ticker, profile and map.  (Thanks, Chris)

- While we're waiting for the Paris-Roubaix live streams to begin (start times under links at right), the Tour of Turkey is LIVE now on TRT 1 here.  This is Stage 1 and the race runs through April 19.  Official WebsiteTeams and Start List.  -Bernie S.

- The Eurosport audio live streams have not worked lately.  They seem to disappear once or twice a year and then come back.

- The 2009 Paris-Roubaix is about to get underway.  As usual, we will be updating here during the race with links to the best live feeds and information.

- 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.

- If you are able to watch Paris-Roubaix via satellite, MJ Ray has you covered in our cycling via satellite blog here.

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

2009 Paris-Roubaix LIVE
France, April 12
Official Website
Start List

 Race starts at 10:50 CET and is expected to finish between 17:10 CET (5:10pm CET) and 17:49 CET (5:49pm CET).


Compiègne

 Roubaix weather


Live video streaming:


(7:40am U.S. Eastern)
(Subscription, North America)


rtbf.be
(13:40 CET (7:40am U.S. Eastern))
(Geo-restricted?)

Sporza
(13:40 CET (7:40am U.S. Eastern))
(geo-restricted?)

France2.fr
(13:30 CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern))
(geo-restricted?)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:


(English)

sportwereld (Dutch)

(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Paris-Roubaix Live Coverage


Born in Argentina, Juan Antonio Flecha began racing at the age of 7.  And from the start, he was in love with cobblestones. He lived on a cobbled street. Sharing a bedroom with his sister Emilia, Juan Antonio's bed was the one next to the window. Passing cars at night made the noise...that passing cars on cobblestones make. "I could hear the cobblestones even while asleep, even in my dreams."  (info from J.A. Flecha's website)
Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

There's my pick, or I should say co-pick for tomorrow's Paris-Roubaix: Juan Antonio Flecha.  "Co-pick" because I will continue to pick George Hincapie until he wins it or retires.  I highlighted Hincapie last year, now it's Flecha's turn.

Anyone who has been dreaming of cobblestones since the age of 7 needs to win this race.  Like Hincapie, Flecha is made for Paris-Roubaix.  They have both finished on the second step of the Paris-Roubaix podium.  In 2005, they were on the podium together, Hincapie second, Flecha third behind winner Tom Boonen.

Juan Antonio Flecha is a classy rider and he is great with fans and the media alike.


Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) answers questions at the 2008 Paris-Roubaix teams presentation in Compiegne.
Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Imagine a successful two-man breakaway on Sunday, Flecha and Hincapie.  Two men who have dreamed of this for most of their lives.  Two men who have been just one step from raising a cobblestone above their heads in triumph.  Two men who have already finished on the podium together.  I know who my top pick would be but I could be happy with either one.  -Pete Geyer

Paris-Roubaix Live Coverage

The best bet on the internet for North America, particularly if you need English-language audio commentary, is cycling.tvEurosport will be showing the race too, as will France TV, Sporza, and RTBF to name a few.  As always, we will do everything to get you the best, verified sources of live streams and information for the race.  Basically, we don't watch until we're sure you're able to watch, 3 people in 3 countries monitoring numerous sources.  Our complete Paris-Roubaix Live Coverage Guide will be posted in the morning and then updated during the race.

Paris-Roubaix Official Website
Start List

Race starts at: 10:50 CET (4:50am U.S. Eastern)
Live video on CTV: 7:40am U.S. Eastern
Live coverage on Eurosport: 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern)
Live video on Sporza and RTBF: 13:40 CET (7:40am U.S. Eastern)
Live video, other sources: Check back in the morning
  Update:  For our Paris-Roubaix LIVE coverage guide, please visit our homepage

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