Live race coverage

Tour of the Basque Country LIVE - Stage 6

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

Time Trial Start Order and Times (.pdf)

 

- Watch video of today's Stage 6 Time Trial On Demand here. (U.S., 1 hour and 58 minutes, raw video w/o commentary).  Also: Stage 6 photos, results and storyFinal overall standings

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

 

- TT also LIVE now on universalsports.com.

- TT LIVE now on ETB Sat. (links at right)

- "Armstrong fears he will be barred from Tour" - Story here.

- ETB Sat obviously running behind schedule.  Live video on universalsport.com is scheduled to begin in a few minutes.

- Selected start times:

- First rider: Lefevre:  15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern)
  Freire:  15:54 CET (9:54am U.S. Eastern)
  Zubeldia:  15:59 CET (9:59am U.S. Eastern)
  Vande Velde:  16:03 CET (10:03am U.S. Eastern)
  Brajkovic:  16:11 CET (10:11am U.S. Eastern)
  Schleck A.:  16:17 CET (10:17am U.S. Eastern)
  Lovkvist:  16:26 CET (10:26am U.S. Eastern)
  Sastre:  16:30 CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern)
  Rogers:  16:43 CET (10:43am U.S. Eastern)

Final 10 riders:
  Casar:  16:47 CET (10:47am U.S. Eastern)
  Nibali:  16:49 CET (10:49am U.S. Eastern)
  Kreuziger:  16:51 CET (10:51am U.S. Eastern)
  Sanchez L.L.:  16:53 CET (10:53am U.S. Eastern)
  Gesink:  16:55 CET (10:55am U.S. Eastern)
  Cunego:  16:57 CET (10:57am U.S. Eastern)
  Colom:  16:59 CET (10:59am U.S. Eastern)
  Evans:  17:01 CET (11:01am U.S. Eastern)
  Sanchez S.:  17:03 CET (11:03am U.S. Eastern)
  Contador:  17:05 CET (11:05am U.S. Eastern)

- Only 86 riders remain in the race, so the organizers moved back the start time.  Riders will depart at one-minute intervals, with the final 10 riders departing at two-minute intervals.

- Note that the organizers have changed the start time today:  The first rider, Laurent Lefevre, will depart at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern), not at 14:00 CET as originally scheduled.

- Start order and start times for today's final stage TT here. (.pdf)

- Today's Stage 6 Individual Time Trial begins at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider departs.  Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 10:15am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:50 CET (9:50am U.S. Eastern).

- 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 Tour of the Basque Country.  (Also known as Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spanish) or Tour du Pays Basque (French)).

2009 Tour of the Basque Country LIVE
Spain, April 6-11
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 6 start:  15:30 CET
(3:30pm CET)


Zalla

Bilbao weather


Live video streaming:


(10:15am U.S. Eastern, U.S.A. only)

ETB Sat
direct feed

alternative
(15:50 CET (9:50am U.S. Eastern))

Sport+ (French)

TV2 Sport
(16:00 CET, Denmark only)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

diariovasco.com
(Babelfish-translated to English)
(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 of the Basque Country LIVE - Stage 5

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Saturday's Stage 6 Individual Time Trial begins at 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider departs.  Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 10:15am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:50 CET (9:50am U.S. Eastern).

- Watch the full Tour of the Basque Country Stage 5 broadcast playback on universalsports.com.  Stage 5 photos, results and story are also now available.  Links below.

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)

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

- Race also LIVE on ETB Sat. (links at right)

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE now on universalsports.com.

- AFLD vs. Armstrong:  The French anti-doping agency will take "one month" to decide whether or not to open a disciplinary procedure against Lance Armstrong.  (source: Damien Ressiot/L'Equipe)  In other words, right before the Giro d'Italia, continuing the tradition of making announcements timed for maximum political effect.  (Note: AFLD has no authority outside France.)  What's next, lab testers on Twitter?

- Circuit Sarthe Stage 5 live ticker here.  (Google-translated to English)  Stage is underway.


Circuit Cycliste Sarthe:  Rue Gazonfier climb  in Le Mans: 18% grade but only 300 meters long. The riders will have to face this "wall" four times today right before the finish.  Note the stairs to help pedestrians get up the sidewalk.
(photo © 2005 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com)

Tour of the Basque Country Stage 5 Profile

- Tour of the Basque Country Stage 5 departs Güeñes at 13:02 CET (7:02am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Zalla between 17:03 and 17:28 CET (11:03am and 11:28am U.S. Eastern).
Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- 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 Tour of the Basque Country.  (Also known as Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spanish) or Tour du Pays Basque (French)).

2009 Tour of the Basque Country LIVE
Spain, April 6-11
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 5 start:  13:02 CET
(1:02pm CET)
Finish:  17:03-17:28 CET
(5:03pm CET-5:28pm CET)


Güeñes

Bilbao weather


Live video streaming:


(9:35am U.S. Eastern, U.S.A. only)

ETB Sat
direct feed

alternative
(15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern))

Sport+ (French)

TV2 Sport
(16:00 CET, Denmark only)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

diariovasco.com
(Babelfish-translated to English)
(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

 

Paris-Roubaix. Sunday.


Photos Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Tour of the Basque Country LIVE - Stage 4

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Friday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 5 departs Güeñes at 13:02 CET (7:02am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Zalla between 17:03 and 17:28 CET (11:03am and 11:28am U.S. Eastern).
Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- Watch Stage 4 highlights (01:51) with English-language commentators.

- Stage 4 results and photos now available.

- More regarding the breaking AFLD/Armstrong story here.

- Today's stage also LIVE now on ETB Sat.  (links at right)

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE now at universalsports.com.

- Circuit Sarthe Stage 4 live ticker here.  (Google-translated to English)  Stage is underway.

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 (01:51)

Tour of the Basque Country 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

- Tour of the Basque Country Stage 4 departs Eibar at 13:15 CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Güeñes between 17:05 and 17:29 CET (11:05am and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).
Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- 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 Tour of the Basque Country.  (Also known as Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spanish) or Tour du Pays Basque (French)).

2009 Tour of the Basque Country LIVE
Spain, April 6-11
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 4 start:  13:15 CET
(1:15pm CET)
Finish:  17:05-17:29 CET
(5:05pm CET-5:29pm CET)


Eibar

Güeñes weather


Live video streaming:


(9:35am U.S. Eastern, U.S.A. only)

ETB Sat
direct feed

alternative
(15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern))

TV2 Sport
(16:00 CET, Denmark only)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

diariovasco.com
(Babelfish-translated to English)
(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

 

Gent-Wevelgem LIVE

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

Tour of the Basque Country QUEEN stage underway.
Our Live Coverage Guide here. (opens new window)

 

- Watch Gent-Wevelgem post-race interviews in English:

Cavendish (00:26)
Hincapie (00:49)
Boasson Hagen (02:10)

- Watch the final kilometer on Sporza here. (01:52)

- Circuit Sarthe TT live ticker here.

- Tour of the Basque Country QUEEN stage LIVE now on universalsports.com. (U.S.A.)  See our full Basque Country Live Guide for more feeds and tickers.

- G-W LIVE on RAI.

- Sport+ (France) LIVE.

- Ned 1 playing beautifully in France.   RTBF is geo-restricted.  We are hopeful for more options from 15:00 CET (9am U.S. Eastern).

- Gent-Wevelgem LIVE now.

- Sporza appears geo-restricted.  Next up (after CTV), RTBF at 25 minutes past the hour.

- The Sporza stream doesn't start until 14:00 CET but the embedded ticker is live.  Big breakaway group containing Boonen, Brown, Haussler, Quinziato, Burghardt, Hincapie, Cancellara, among other big names.  Wow.  Sporza ticker is Google-translated to English here.

- The 2009 Gent-Wevelgem is underway.  Start times for various Gent-Wevelgem live video streams are listed directly under the links at right.  More video feeds to come at race time.

- 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 Gent-Wevelgem.

2009 Gent-Wevelgem LIVE
Belgium, April 8
Official Website
Start List

 Race start: 11:30 CET
Finish: 16:12 to 16:40 CET
(4:12pm to 4:40pm CET)


Deinze

 Wevelgem weather


Live video streaming:

Sporza
(14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern))
(Geo-restricted)

RTBF
(14:25 CET (8:25am 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
(Google-translated to English)

(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of the Basque Country LIVE - Stage 3

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Thursday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 4 departs Eibar at 13:15 CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Güeñes between 17:05 and 17:29 CET (11:05am and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).
Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- You can skip around in the 2 hours of Universal Sports raw footage below.

- Watch Tour of the Basque Country Stage 3 replay at
Universal Sports.  This is over 2 hours of raw footage with no commentating. (U.S. only)  Also:  Stage 3 results.  - Overall Standings - The Story - Stage 3 Photos

- More Stage 3 photos here.

- Circuit Sarthe TT live ticker here.

- Basque Country QUEEN stage LIVE now too on ETB SAT. (links at right)

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE now on universalsports.com. (U.S.A.)

- Tour of the Basque Country Stage 3 departs Villatuerta at 12:57 CET (6:57am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Eibar between 17:03 and 17:29 CET (11:03 and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- 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 Tour of the Basque Country.  (Also known as Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spanish) or Tour du Pays Basque (French)).

2009 Tour of the Basque Country LIVE
Spain, April 6-11
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 3 start:  12:57 CET
Finish:  17:03-17:29 CET
(5:03pm CET-5:29pm CET)


Villatuerta

Eibar weather


Live video streaming:


(9:35am U.S. Eastern, U.S.A. only)

ETB Sat
direct feed

alternative
(15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern))

TV2 Sport
(16:00 CET, Denmark only)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

diariovasco.com
(Babelfish-translated to English)
(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

 

2009 Gent-Wevelgem Live Coverage


2008 Gent-Wevelgem: The peloton hits the cobblestones.
photo Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

Gent-Wevelgem is tomorrow, Wednesday, and cycling.tv will have a live webcastEurosport is NOT showing the race this year but Sporza is among the stations that are.  Geo-restrictions unknown.  Bernie S. and MJ Ray in the U.K. report G-W is a tough one to find coverage options for this year, but in the morning we'll have 4 people in 3 countries doing all we can to ensure that everyone gets to watch.  We'll have the available Gent-Wevelgem live video feeds and tickers in our G-W Live Coverage Guide, updated during the race.  Hope to see you back here then.  -Pete

Gent-Wevelgem Official Website
Start List (provisional)
Race starts at:  11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern)
Live video on CTV:  14:20 CET (8:20am U.S. Eastern)
Live video on Sporza:  14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern)
Live coverage from other sources:  Check back in the morning

Update: For Gent-Wevelgem Live Coverage, go to our homepage

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire Live Coverage (ticker)


Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire
The peloton crosses the line during the circuit finish in Angers, 2003.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

The 2009 Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire got underway this morning and runs through April 10.  Today's Stage 1 departed the island of Noirmoutier via the Passage du Gois.  Yes, THAT Passage du Gois, the same one used in Stage 2 of the 1999 Tour de France that saw a massive crash on its slippery surface that split the peloton, with a certain Lance Armstrong in a group up the road but his top lieutenant for the mountain stages, Jonathan Vaughters, on the ground and out of the race.


The island of Noirmoutier.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


Vacationers at the Passage du Gois, which can only be crossed at low tide,
wait for the tide to recede.  The passage, 4.5km long, is naturally
flooded at high tide twice a day.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

I can no longer think of the Circuit Sarthe without thinking of Saul Raisin's crash in Stage 1 of this race in 2006.  Saul had raced Milan-San Remo that year and seemed poised for a break-out season before the crash ended his pro dreams.  I'd otherwise think of Sarthe as a minor race...but from this perspective, there is no such thing as a minor bike race.  The race arrives each year in the city of Angers, where Saul's parents spent weeks waiting and worrying about the future of their son who was in hospital there.  The story is told in Saul's book, "Tour de Life".  -Pete

Riders on the start list this year include: Kloden, Pereiro, McCartney, Moos, Casper, Goubert, Vaugrenard, Kirchen, Lewis, Henderson, Barry, El Fares, Dumoulin, Voeckler, Bouyer.

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe Official Website
Start List
Live ticker
(Google-translated to English)

Official site photos

Stage 1 video highlights on French TV Evening News
Watch from 20:30 to 22:37 in program

Tour of the Basque Country LIVE - Stage 2


 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Wednesday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 3 departs Villatuerta at 12:57 CET (6:57am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Eibar between 17:03 and 17:29 CET (11:03 and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

Watch Tour of the Basque Country Stage 2
ON DEMAND

Tour of the Basque Country Stage 2 Video now available FREE for viewing On Demand at Universal Sports.  (1 hour and 25 minutes, U.S. viewers only)

Stage 2 Results
The story
Photos

 

- Stage 2 official site photos are posted here.

- Pais Vasco LIVE now on ETB Sat. (links in gray section at right)

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE now on universalsports.com. (U.S.A.)

- Tour of the Basque Country Stage 2 departs Ataun at 13:15 CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Villatuerta between 17:04 and 17:28 CET (11:04 and 11:28am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- 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 Tour of the Basque Country.  (Also known as Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spanish) or Tour du Pays Basque (French)).

2009 Tour of the Basque Country LIVE
Spain, April 6-11
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 2 start:  13:15 CET
(1:15pm CET)
Finish:  17:04-17:28 CET
(5:04pm CET-5:28pm CET)


Ataun

Villatuerta weather


Live video streaming:


(9:35am U.S. Eastern, U.S.A. only)

ETB Sat
direct feed

alternative
(15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern))

TV2 Sport
(16:00 CET, Denmark only)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

diariovasco.com
(Babelfish-translated to English)
(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 of the Basque Country LIVE


 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- For the latest in our live race coverage listings, please visit our homepage.

- Tuesday's Tour of the Basque Country Stage 2 departs Ataun at 13:15 CET (7:15am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Villatuerta between 17:04 and 17:28 CET (11:04 and 11:28am U.S. Eastern).  Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

Watch Tour of the Basque Country Stage 1
ON DEMAND

Tour of the Basque Country Stage 1 Video now available FREE for viewing On Demand at Universal Sports.  (1 hour and 27 minutes, U.S. viewers only)

Stage 1 Results
The story
Photos (coming)

 


2009 Tour of the Basque Country:  The peloton during Stage 1
photo courtesy diariovasco.com

- There are quite a few Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 1 photos posted on the official site here.  (Don't click if you do not want to know the stage winner.)  There is also a set of Alberto Contador photos here.

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE also on Denmark's TV2 Sport. (Denmark only)  Thanks, Thore!

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE now on ETB SAT.

- Universal Sports tell us the race commentators will be Todd Gogulski and Steve Schlanger.  At the moment there is no commentary.

- Tour of the Basque Country LIVE now on universalsports.com. (U.S.)

- Tour of the Basque Country live video streaming on universalsports.com is scheduled to begin at 9:35am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on ETB Sat is scheduled to begin at 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern).

- Race is underway with the first breakaway who, according to the translated ticker, just had their rent raised.  (switched to Babelfish translation for now as ticker wasn't updating under Google)

- As the Google-translated ticker says, the official site ticker will allow us to know which riders are running away and which ones have been dropped from the bike.  Should be a fun week for translations and hopefully great racing.  Alberto "The Accountant" Contador (Astana) is the big favorite.  His top rivals from last year, all of whom finished within one minute of the champion, are back:  Cadel Evans, Thomas Dekker, Damiano Cunego.  Throw in a couple of Schlecks, Sanchezes, a Kreuziger, and a strong Garmin-Slipstream team with Danielson, Vande Velde, Pate and Zabriskie leading the way, and the attacks are assured.  Pate has probably already attacked...and the race hasn't begun yet.  Oh, and a certain Tour champion, Carlos Sastre, is racing too.  Lots of mountains and then a final stage time trial where Danny Pate seals a stunning overall victory, the first ever by an American in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.  Probably not, but anything can happen.  -Pete

- Thanks to Jafet for the Tour of the Basque Country live radio feed.

- Tour of the Basque Country Stage 1 departs Ataun at 13:42 CET (7:42am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at the finish back in Ataun between 17:05 and 17:27 CET (11:05 and 11:27am U.S. Eastern).

- 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 Tour of the Basque Country.  (Also known as Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco (Spanish) or Tour du Pays Basque (French)).

2009 Tour of the Basque Country LIVE
Spain, April 6-11
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 1 start:  13:42 CET
(1:42pm CET)
Finish:  17:05-17:27 CET
(5:05pm CET-5:27pm CET)


Ataun

Ataun weather


Live video streaming:



ETB Sat
direct feed

alternative

TV2 Sport
(Denmark only)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

diariovasco.com
(Babelfish-translated to English)

(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

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