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Tour of California LIVE - Stage 8


2009 Tour of California, Stage 7:  Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale), far left, edges out Hayden Roulston (Cervelo TestTeam), far right.  Pieter Weening (Rabobank) finished third.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com


2009 Tour of California: Rinaldo Nocentini and podium girls after Stage 7 to Pasadena.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com


2009 Tour of California:  "Have you seen a large bus with the word 'ASTANA' printed on the sides?
I was sure we left it here this morning." (The bus pulled out before Levi Leipheimer returned
from the post-race press conference.)
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)


Race leader Levi Leipheimer (Astana) at the start in
Rancho Bernardo this morning.
photo Copyright © Carlos Rico/cyclingfans.com


Lance Armstrong (Astana) rides to the start line of Stage 8.
photo Copyright © Carlos Rico/cyclingfans.com

- Eurosport live audio feeds now playing the Tour of California.  So you now have the option of muting the audio on the Tour Tracker and listening to David Harmon and Brian Smith instead, if you prefer.

- Tour of California LIVE now on cycling.tv too.  Live coverage on Versus is scheduled to begin in about 15 minutes, at 5pm U.S. Eastern.

- Thanks to everyone who sent in predictions for the Solvang TT.  We will select and notify the winner of the Dauphine Libere poster in the next day or two.

- Pasadena report by "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" here.  (RV parking, the Astana train, new friends, and wearing antlers.)

- Tour of California Tour Tracker now streaming the race live.  Text tickers are also live.

- Yesterday's sprint battle in Pasadena between Rinaldo Nocentini and Hayden Roulston required a rare angle to really capture the action at the line.  As far as I know, our own Laura Alber (who used to shoot Oakland Raiders NFL football) is the only credentialed photographer to have nailed the shot.  (photo above)  Fantastic shot, Laura!  -Pete

- More Tour of California video highlights to come.

- Today's Tour of California Stage 8 departs Rancho Bernardo at 12:00pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Live video streaming on the Tour Tracker should begin at that time.

2009 Tour of California video highlights

Amgen Stage 5 Recap (04:36) ABC KFSN
Amgen Stage 5 begins in Visalia (04:38) ABC KFSN
Amgen Tour Cycling Through the Valley (05:16) ABC KFSN
Amgen Tour Hits the Central Valley
(Includes Levi's crash) (02:34)
ABC KFSN
Stage 3:  Amgen Racers Reach the Valley (03:23) ABC KFSN
Stage 3: Cyclists deal with stormy weather (01:13) NBC KNTV11
Armstrong, Tour cross Golden Gate
 (02:38)
ABC KGO TV7
   

 


Tour of California wallpaper, in the Wallpapers section

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Photos Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

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

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 8 starts at 12:00pm PST
  (Finish between 3:34pm-4:43pm PST)


Rancho Bernardo

 Escondido weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

GVA Trophy Cyclocross - Oostmalle - LIVE

Tip:  Reduce window size and you can watch side by side with Tour du Haut-Var live stream.

LIVE streaming flash:  Race playing live here.  (worldwide)

Bernie (U.K.) says:  "No commentary, it's like being there."

Pete (Chicago) says:  "Brilliant find, Bernie!"

Update: Race not playing in the U.S.

Update: Race may stream live here.  (geo-restricted?)

GVA Trophy Cyclocross - Oostmalle - LIVE streaming video today on Sporza. (geo-restricted?)

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

Tour du Haut-Var LIVE streaming video


Saint-Tropez, French Riviera
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

- Update: As reported on our Twitter feed, Thomas Voeckler won the stage and the overall.  Exciting finish!

- Race streaming live here.

- Sunday's Tour du Haut-Var Stage 2 runs from Draguignan to CallianLive streaming video is scheduled to begin at 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern) and run until approximately 17:00 CET (11am U.S. Eastern).

- Saturday's Stage 1 of the Tour du Haut-Var (France) runs from St Raphaël to Grimaud along the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.  There is live streaming video (viewable worldwide) starting at 14:40 CET (8:40am U.S. Eastern).  Official siteStart List (Valverde, Sanchez, Roche, Fedrigo, Voeckler, Moncoutie, Dumoulin, Zubeldia, Pineau, Sorensen, Moreau, Calzati)  Live video streaming here.

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 7


2009 Tour of California, Stage 7:  Frank Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) attacked his breakaway companions,
drilling it on the finishing circuit and breaking....the breakaway.
photo Copyright © Carlos Rico/cyclingfans.com


2009 Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer, Tyler Hamilton, Robert Gesink and Floyd Landis
riding through the streets of Santa Clarita this morning.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com


2009 Tour of California:  Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Levi Leipheimer at the start line this morning in Santa Clarita.
photo Copyright © Carlos Rico/cyclingfans.com

 


2009 Tour of California:  "Use The Force, Luke."  Levi "LeviStrong" Leipheimer (Astana) becomes
one with his machine on his way to winning the Stage 6 Solvang Time Trial and solidifying his overall lead.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com
 

2009 Tour of California:  Television commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen took time
to meet and chat with cycling fans "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig"
prior to the start of the Solvang Time Trial.
photo Copyright © The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig/cyclingfans.com

2009 Tour of California:  David Zabriskie (holding no doubt a future TT champion,
Garmin-Slipstream, second), Levi Leipheimer (Astana, first) and Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank, third)
on the podium after the Stage 6 Solvang Time Trial.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- GVA Trophy Cyclo-cross live streaming should begin Sunday at around 15:00 CET (9am U.S. Eastern).  Info and links before race time.

- Sunday's Tour of California Stage 8 departs Rancho Bernardo at 12:00pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Live video streaming on the Tour Tracker should begin at that time.

- The race is streaming live now on the Tour TrackerTickers are of course live too.

- Solvang report from "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" here.  (Traffic jams, the best spot to see a time trial, Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett, and an incomplete Tour of California pin collection.)

- Today's Tour of California Stage 7 departs Santa Clarita at 12pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Live streaming video via Tour Tracker should start at that 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 Tour of California.

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 7 starts at 12:00pm PST
  (Finish between 3:17pm-3:50pm PST)


Santa Clarita

 Pasadena weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 6


2009 Tour of California:  Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) finished 12th
in the Stage 6 Time Trial at Solvang.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com
 

2009 Tour of California:  Geri and Bruce Barrett, of Bakersfield, at the Utica feed zone during Stage 5.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com
 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Saturday's Tour of California Stage 7 departs Santa Clarita at 12pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Live streaming video via Tour Tracker should start at that time.

- Stage 5 update (from Paso Robles) from The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig here.  (photo of Cavendish sprinting for the line, exclusive Tips for the best ToC experience ever, taking out tree limbs with the RV, and why you need to check Twitter more often.)

Solvang TT Start Order and Times here

- Coming up later today: Tour of California Stage 7 info, on site report from "The 3 Riders...", and more fan photos and race photos.

- These crowds are unreal.  Have covered many Tour de France TTs and the crowds are never this big stretched out so far from the start ramp.  -Pete

- Live coverage on the Versus Channel is now underway, for those that have it.

- Our UK correspondent Bernie S. is on top of things for the European bike racing live coverage this weekend, including the Tour du Haut Var in France and GVA Trophy Cyclo-cross in Belgium.  There should be live streaming video in both cases, before the weekend stages of the Tour of California.  More to come.

- cycling.tv is also now live with the race.

- Solvang Time Trial LIVE video streaming now on Tour Tracker.  Text tickers are live too.

- Important:  Start Time changes.  Final 10 riders will depart at 3-minute intervals instead of 2-minute intervals.  The link above has been updated.  Or click here for Start Order and Times.


"Live" from the Solvang Start House: Paul Sherwen (Versus)
"We just pitched cyclingfans.com to Phil and Paul!"
Phone photo by The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig


The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig
sporting cyclingfans.com hats at the Tour of California

 


"Live" shot from the Solvang Start House
Photo by The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig

- Today's Stage 6 Individual Time Trial at Solvang begins at 12:00pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Tour of California live video streaming should begin at that time on the Tour TrackerLive coverage on cycling.tv is scheduled to begin at 11:40am PST (2:40pm U.S. Eastern, 20:40 CET), though the site also lists 12:30pm PST (3:30pm U.S. Eastern, 21:30 CET).  The latter time would seem more accurate, unless they plan to provide coverage before the first rider departs.  Eurosport.......nevermind.

Pick the Solvang Time Trial winner and win!

- Today is the all-important 24km (15 miles) Individual Time Trial at SolvangEmail the Editor with your pick for the stage winner and you could win the above-pictured poster celebrating 60 years of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere stage race, a race won twice by Lance Armstrong.  Poster features, in addition to Armstrong, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Thevenet, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and others.  In the event of multiple winners, we will randomly pick one poster winner.  Only picks received before 1pm PST (4pm U.S. Eastern) today will be considered.  Poster will be mailed to a U.S. address only.

- First Update From the Road from "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" is here.  (Hincapie, fans who don't understand the fuss over Astana, writing with chalk, where to eat, and who to meet.)

- 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 California.

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 6 starts at 12:00pm PST
  (Finish around 2:50pm PST)


Solvang

 Solvang weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 5

2009 Tour of California:  Tom Boonen (Quick Step, second), Mark Cavendish (Columbia - Highroad, first) and
Juan José Haedo (Team Saxo Bank, third) on the podium after Stage 4.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com
 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Friday's Stage 6 Individual Time Trial at Solvang begins at 12:00pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Tour of California live video streaming should begin at that time on the Tour Tracker.

- "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" are in a wine bar in Paso Robles waiting for the peloton to arrive.

- First Update From the Road from "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" is here.  (Hincapie, fans who don't understand the fuss over Astana, writing with chalk, where to eat, and who to meet.)

- 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.

- Today's Tour of California Stage 5 departs Visalia at 10am PST (1pm U.S. Eastern, 19:00 CET).  Live video via Tour Tracker should begin at around that time.  Live streaming video on cycling.tv is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm PST (3:30pm U.S. Eastern, 21:30 CET).  Eurosport live coverage is once again bumped to the Siberia of sports TV in Europe:  Eurosport 2.

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

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 5 starts at 10:00am PST
  (Finish between 3:00pm-4:22pm PST)


Visalia

 Paso Robles weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 4

2009 Tour of California:  Lance Armstrong and the peloton in the mountains during Stage 4.
Photo sent via wireless modem mid-stage.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com
 

 
2009 Tour of California:  Batman (Mark Buschini of Fresno) awaits the peloton in the
mountains during today's stage.  Photo sent via wireless modem mid-stage.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Our photo team will be sending pics of the ToC riders in the mountains a bit later.  They are now on their way to the finish in Clovis.

- Batman's true identity is....(drumroll)....Mark Buschini.  More fan pics to come in the next day or two.

- Batman at the Tour of California:  If you were watching the race a couple of minutes ago, you may have seen Batman running with the peloton.  We've got his photo (above) and I believe we will soon have his true identity.  Obviously this would be huge news.

- Live coverage, current situation:  Live video playing on Tour Tracker and on cycling.tvLive tickers on CN and VN.  Links at right.  Also, the Versus TV broadcast has begun for those with access to it.

- "The 3 Riders..." (see below) have been reporting in from the road on their way to today's finish in Clovis.  I emailed them, "Behave yourselves!" and the response was "No chance of behaving!"  Look out, Tour of California.

- A 3-woman team, friends of cyclingfans.com, is arriving at the Tour of California today and will be there through the end of the race.  They've asked to be known as "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse featuring Christy Craig."  (Apparently the finish line announcer at the Tour of California last year kept yelling the phrase "the riders of the Apocalypse" and it was annoying enough to stick with them!)  If you're going to any of the remaining TOC stages, you might bump into them; they'll be wearing cyclingfans.com hats and will be reporting in daily with a fan perspective.

- Photo team just reported in:  They are arriving in Oak Hurst.  Sunny, big crowds are out.  They will continue on looking for snow.

- Live video now playing on the Tour Tracker.

- 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.

- Today's Tour of California Stage 4 is scheduled to depart Merced at 11:00am PST (2pm U.S. Eastern, 20:00 CET).  Tour Tracker live streaming video should get underway at around that time.  Better weather is expected.  Tour of California live webcast on cycling.tv is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm PST (3:30pm U.S. Eastern, 21:30 CET).  According to the Eurosport schedule, they are bumping their Tour of California live coverage to Eurosport 2, which virtually no one has.  (Eurosport 2 would be a good place for Versus to export Professional Bull Riding (PBR) to.)

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

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 4 starts at 11:00am PST
  (Finish between 3:19pm-4:29pm PST)


Sacramento

 Sacramento weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 3

 
2009 Tour of California, Stage 3, Patterson Pass Road:  As race leader Levi Leipheimer (far right) drinks from his water bottle, his Astana team controls the front of the peloton before the real chasing of the breakaway begins.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- VERSUS, "The home black hole of professional cycling."  (They aborted today's stage finish to switch to hockey.)  Race is streaming live on cycling.tv Live Player and the Tour Tracker (links under "Live video streaming" in gray area at right).

- Laura:  "Photo upload at halfway point of completion.  Will leave it running while shooting the breakaway and peloton as they pass."

- Laura: "The breakaway riders are about 5 minutes from our current location.  Go Go Go"

- Our photo team just called in:  They are uploading shots they took of both the breakaway and the peloton on Patterson Pass Road.  (They found the windmills.)  Media pass and smiles are doing wonders for getting through police barriers as they drive from location to location.  Will post a pic shortly.  Carlos said that the 4 breakaway riders (Mollema (Rabobank), Vandborg (Liquigas), Louder (BMC Racing Team) and White (OUCH)) oddly didn't appear to be going all out.  Carlos added that Laura now wants to shoot the Giro d'Italia!

- LIVE coverage, current situation:  Live video streaming on Tour Tracker and on cycling.tvLive audio feeds playing on EurosportVersus TV is also showing the race live in the U.S.

- Have gotten way behind in posting photo galleries, but they're coming.  (Picked a heck of a week to get sick; 8 trans-Atlantic flights in just over 12 months will do that to you.  And unfortunately I don't have an IT department!)  Our photo team Laura and Carlos reported in an hour or so ago saying they were looking for windmill/peloton shots.  If they get something and are able to get a wireless modem connection, I'll post a pic before the stage finish.  -Pete

- More Tour of California video clips and highlights coming up shortly.

- Today's Tour of California Stage 3 departs San José at 12pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern or 21:00 CET).  The Tour Tracker live coverage should begin at around that time.  Tour of California live webcast on cycling.tv is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm U.S. Eastern (22:30 CET).  Live coverage on Eurosport will happen if the coin turns up heads and time permitting pending the completion of the grasshopper world's tiddly winks competition, otherwise there will be no live coverage.

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

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 3 starts at 12:00pm PST
  (Finish between 3:53pm-4:55pm PST)


Sacramento

 Sacramento weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 2

 
2009 Tour of California:  The peloton crosses the Golden Gate Bridge earlier
during today's Stage 2 from Sausalito to Santa Cruz.  Photo sent via wireless modem mid-stage.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Tuesday's Tour of California Stage 3 departs San José at 12pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern or 21:00 CET).  The Tour Tracker live coverage should begin at around that time.  Tour of California live webcast on cycling.tv is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm U.S. Eastern (22:30 CET).  Live coverage on Eurosport will happen if the coin turns up heads and time permitting pending the completion of the grasshopper world's tiddly winks competition, otherwise there will be no live coverage.

 


2009 Tour of California:  Carlos Rico, seen here at the Golden Gate Bridge early this morning, is part of the cyclingfans.com team on site at the race all week.  Carlos assists his wife, photographer Laura Alber, with carrying photography gear and in getting to the best possible locations for shooting.  And if that weren't enough, Carlos is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, kind of handy in the world of professional cycling!  Great work guys.  We need more races in the U.S.! -Pete

- About 50 minutes ago:  "We just crossed the summit.  Pouring rain and hydroplaning!   Traffic at a stand-still coming toward the Pacific Ocean." -Laura Alber

- Laura just called again:  "You have what you need."  Carlos continues driving while Laura transfers photos.  So I'm downloading Golden Gate Bridge pics now.  Gotta love technology.  (When it works, of course.)  But the technology is nothing without a great, dedicated, talented team like Laura and Carlos....with a great sense of humor.  Did I mention that the other day Laura grabbed a Team Cervelo directeur sportif's rental car contract and fuel card and held them for ransom?  Team soigneur Igor traded them some team musettes and bottles in exchange for the documents.  Hilarious.  As Laura said, "The tifosi are dancing in the streets of Sacramento."  And wreaking havoc.  Gotta love it.  -Pete

- Photographer Laura Alber just called from the road.  Wireless modem connection slow today, so decision was made for them to abort the image transfer and continue to Santa Cruz for the race finish; we'll have photos of the peloton on the Golden Gate Bridge later.

- Live coverage summary:  At the moment, the race is playing on cycling.tv, the Tour Tracker and the tickers, all listed in gray section at right.  Eurosport is broadcasting WTA tennis at this time.

- Our photographer with the race Laura Alber just reported in from the road.  We should have pics of the peloton going over the Golden Gate bridge in a bit.

- Below, we've listed a couple of video clips from this morning's stage start in Sausalito.


2009 Tour of California:  An exhausted Carlos Rico and Laura Alber fell asleep wearing their media credentials.  Very funny, you two!

- If you are joining us for the first time, we cover pro racing all season long, getting to many races ourselves (mostly in Europe but increasingly in the U.S. as well), and making it easy for cycling fans worldwide to follow and watch all the big races, and many small races, online.  Pro riders and members of the media also regularly visit cyclingfans.com.  One pro team representative suggested the following to me as a tagline after riders kept telling him about cyclingfans.com: "The site even the pros turn to for live race coverage."  We're in our 5th year of doing this and have come a long way since this started out as my photo blog.  We are in our second year of working with the award-winning and renowned cycling Fotoreporter Sirotti and with the Tour of California we've added the fantastic photo team of Laura Alber and Carlos Rico (fluent in English, Spanish, Italian) who seem to be having a blast despite the lousy weather.  -Pete

- Took a little while to connect to the Tour Tracker.  Peloton is now on the Golden Gate Bridge.  Our photo team, Laura Alber and Carlos Rico, is also on the bridge.  Shame the weather is so lousy.  If they get a good connection, we hope to have photos before they continue on toward the finish.

- 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.

- Today's Tour of California Stage 2 starts at 8:30am PST (11:30am U.S. Eastern, 17:30 CET).  The Tour Tracker live coverage should begin at about that time.  Tour of California live video of Stage 2 starts on cycling.tv at 9am local time (12pm U.S. Eastern and 18:00 CET).  Tour of California live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 18:30 CET (12:30pm U.S. Eastern).  Live TV coverage on Versus in the U.S. is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm Eastern.

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

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 2 starts at 8:30am PST
  (Finish between 12:52pm-2:03pm PST)


Sacramento

 Sacramento weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour of California LIVE - Stage 1

 
2009 Tour of California Stage 1, just before the town of Winters:  Tyler Hamilton, Stuart O'Grady, and Lance Armstrong in the peloton on a miserable day in the rain.  Photo sent mid-stage by wireless 3G card.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Monday's Tour of California Stage 2 starts at 8:30am PST (11:30am U.S. Eastern, 17:30 CET).

- Leave it to Bernie (U.K.) to remind me (Chicago) that Johan Bruyneel once again is tweeting from the road in California. -Pete

- Finally, live images are available.

- Report from the road:  Just spoke by phone with our photographer Laura Alber.  She says Francisco Mancebo is riding along minutes ahead of the closest chase group with the biggest grin on his face.  Laura and Carlos Rico have been sending in photos by wireless 3G card while driving.  Will get something posted in a couple of minutes.  -Pete

- Eurosport audio feeds are playing but Eurosport, like everyone else, are working without much in the way of images.

- U.K. correspondent Bernie S. reports:  "Lots of people in Europe complaining on Forums they can't access Tour Tracker because of server taking its limit of 100,000. Taken me 3 attempts but I am in now listening to Frankie and Joe."  Hopefully access will improve once cycling.tv and Eurosport coverage gets underway.  (If they get images from the race and go on the air, that is.)  Stay tuned.

- Added to our growing list of Tour of California Video Highlights below.

- We revealed in our pre-race photo gallery which team has a Hannah Montana poster in the team truck.  (It's Garmin-Slipstream.)  Our correspondent Carlos Rico reports that the team actually has TWO Hannah Montana posters in the truck.  "The garmin tech declined to go on the record concerning their obvious affinity for the teen diva!"

- JoeE Silva and Frankie Andreu are live at the finish in Santa Rosa on the Tour Tracker.  No images yet from the race itself, which just got underway.  cycling.tv, Eurosport, and Versus Tour of California live coverage begin a bit later.  (scheduled start times below)

Adobe Tour Tracker News

Allan Padgett, Adobe, creator of the Tour Tracker
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I checked in with Adobe's Allan Padgett, creator of the Tour Tracker, after yesterday's prologue.  The application, which has generated lots of interest on both sides of the Atlantic, was running great every time I checked in on it and I wanted Allan's take on the day.

"Yes, it was a great day. Paul Sherwen came up to me, gave me a big arm-hug and said 'The tour tracker was great today. There were lots of times during the broadcast where it was the best source of information we had. Keep it up!' Phil Liggett followed up with his own thanks as did the announcers at the finish line."

Allan was also approached by the man who owns the Tour of Ireland.  So perhaps we will all finally get to watch that race online someday soon.

I asked Allan what was new with the Tour Tracker this year.

"The live time trial results is new this year. Actually hooked into the timing system of the race. Otherwise, well, pretty much every line of code changed in the past 6 months for the sake of design, stability and customization. I can now generate spin-offs in 10 minutes if need be - like the one I'm building for Paul and Phil tonight..."

Anyone watching the Tour Tracker early on yesterday should get the joke about Allan creating a spin-off for Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett.  (The pair goofed around on the air for many minutes, with Paul talking in an exaggerated American accent....not knowing they were on the air.)

Allan also mentioned that the Tour Tracker ties into a new GPS system that is using the same RF network that the cameras are using..."so as long as there is video, there is GPS.  In theory."

For more information about how the Adobe Tour Tracker works, check out my interview of Allan Padgett from last year.

Also, there is an interesting video demo of the Tour Tracker by Jen Taylor, Adobe Director of Product Management, here.

-Pete Geyer, Publisher, cyclingfans.com

Still to come:  Our TOC Prologue photo gallery

photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

- 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.

- Tour of California live video of Stage 1 starts on cycling.tv at 2:30pm local time (5:30pm U.S. Eastern and 23:30 CET).  Tour of California live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 00:00 CET (6pm U.S. Eastern).  Live TV coverage on Versus in the U.S. is scheduled to begin at 3pm PST (6pm Eastern).

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

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 1 starts at 12:00pm PST
  (Finish between 3:56pm-5:01pm PST)


Sacramento

 Sacramento weather


Live video streaming:
 


(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)


(San Francisco)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

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