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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

 

2009 Tour of the Basque Country Live Coverage

2009 Tour of the Basque Country Live Coverage

The Vuelta al Pais Vasco, or Tour of the Basque Country, starts tomorrow, Monday, and runs through April 11.  There will once again be live video streaming for this race.  Alberto Contador is back to defend his 2008 title.  Among other riders expected on the start line: Brajkovic, Rubiera, Horner, Sanchez, Sastre, Davis, The Schlecks, Casar, Colon, Nocentini, Siutsou, Lovkvist, Rogers, Cunego, Bruseghin, Gesink, Freire, Danielson, Duggan, Vande Velde, Pate, Zabriskie, Kreuziger, Moncoutie, Evans, Dekker, Wegmann, De la Fuente.  Quite a start list.


2008 Tour of the Basque Country:  Alberto Contador (Astana)
won the final stage Time Trial and the overall.
Photo courtesy diariovasco.com


Alberto Contador on the final podium
Photo courtesy diariovasco.com

Universal Sports will be offering a FREE Tour of the Basque Country live webcastVuelta al Pais Vasco live coverage will also be available from at least one other source, notably ETB SAT.  We will post our Tour of the Basque Country Live Coverage Guide in the morning before race time, including links to live video streams and tickers.

Tour of the Basque Country Official Website
Official Start List

Race starts at: 13:42 CET (7:42am U.S. Eastern)
Live video on Universal Sports: 9:35am U.S. Eastern
Live coverage on ETB SAT: 15:55 CET (9:55am U.S. Eastern)

Tour of Flanders LIVE video streaming


2009 Tour of Flanders:  Riders climbing the "Muur" this afternoon.
Copyright © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Watch the final 2km on Sporza here. (04:44)

- Watch Sporza Tour of Flanders highlights of the climbs:

Oude Kwaremont
Paterberg
Koppenberg
Taaienberg
Eikenberg
Varent
Leberg
Berendries
Valkenberg
Tenbosse
Eikenmolen
Muur
Bosberg

- Coming up a bit later:  Tour of Flanders photos and video clips.

- Flanders LIVE on France4.fr (link at right).  Geo-restricted to France.

- Flanders LIVE now.  Three of us in three countries now looking for more.

- Tour of Flanders LIVE now on RTBF.  (Link at right.  Works for us in France but only on an older computer with older Flash player.)

- Sporza geo-restricted today, probably RTBF too, not a surprise.  Eurosport TV coverage doesn't begin until 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern).  France 4 on TV starts at 14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern) and their live stream is listed as starting just before then.  Geo-restrictions unknown at this time.  Nothing playing yet in France, on TV or otherwise.  We're monitoring a number of alternatives.

- Tour of Flanders LIVE on cycling.tv.

- We are monitoring a number of possible alternative live video feeds and will list them as race coverage begins.

- We're listing expected live feed start times directly below the links at right.  We've also started adding more tickers, some of which are now live with the race.

- And they're off!  That webcam kind of reminded you of the early days of the web, didn't it?

- Brugge webcam LIVE now here.  The riders are lining up at the start.  -Bernie S.

- A couple of you e-mailed overnight asking if we were sure about the CTV start time we posted yesterday, that perhaps our time was one hour early.  I suspect you are right.  Didn't notice the usual "+1" was missing on the CTV site.  Better an hour early than an hour late, but sorry for the mixup.  So CTV should get underway at 12:40 CET (6:40am U.S. Eastern)  Thanks for the correction.  -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.

- If you are able to watch the Tour of Flanders via satellite, MJ Ray has you covered in our cycling via satellite blog here.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Tour of Flanders.

2009 Tour of Flanders LIVE
Belgium, April 5
Official Website
Start List (.pdf)

 Race starts at 9:45 CET and is expected to finish between 16:04 CET (4:04pm CET) and 16:41 CET (4:41pm CET).


Brugge

 Brussels weather


Live video streaming:


(12:40 CET (6:40am U.S. Eastern))
(Subscription, some geo-restrictions)

France4.fr
(14:28 CET (8:28am U.S. Eastern))
(geo-restricted)

rtbf.be
(13:25 CET (7:25am U.S. Eastern))

Sporza
(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)
French

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

 

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