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UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Men - LIVE

The Under 23 Men's Cyclo-cross World Championship is now LIVE on Sporza.

2009 Tour of California LIVE on Eurosport


Eurosport Headquarters, Paris (Issy-les-Moulineaux)
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

Paris (cyclingfans.com) - Lance Armstrong's comeback continues to have a positive impact on broadcast coverage of pro road racing.

Following our announcement that Versus in the U.S. will be showing the 2009 Amgen Tour of California LIVE (including, for the first time, on weekdays), we can now announce that Eurosport will also have live coverage of the event which will be Armstrong's second race of the season (after the recently completed Tour Down Under).

Eurosport ads are announcing complete live coverage of the Tour of California from February 14-22, with broadcast start times from 23:00 CET (California is 9 hours behind Paris).

Eurosport headquarters in Paris confirmed to me via phone this afternoon that they will indeed have live coverage, though they would only confirm Stages 1 and 2 at this time.  But I think we're going to get the entire week.  Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, during a Skype internet phone call I had with them last week, Universal Sports (formerly WCSN) didn't sound like they would be showing the 2009 Tour of California.  Race organizer AEG is offering non-exclusive broadcast rights and Universal Sports, which will be putting more effort into its TV channel and less into internet streaming, felt the price was too high.

As announced previously, AEG and Tour de France organizer A.S.O. signed a deal last June that involves A.S.O. helping with international distribution of the Tour of California.  Armstrong's return may have sealed the deal on live coverage.

Finally, I have also confirmed that there will once again be Tour of California live streaming video for those who want or need to watch via the internet.

-Pete Geyer

UCI Cyclocross World Cup - Milan - LIVE

Update:  Race is playing on cycling.tv (UCI subscription) and on Sporza here (heavy buffering).

UCI Cyclocross World Cup - Milan -  LIVE today on cycling.tv.

Today's race in Milan is the 9th and last leg of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.  Mathematically, Belgian national champion Sven Nys has the World Cup wrapped up given his 88-point lead over Bart Wellens and the fact that a victory today will bring the winner 80 points.  So most everyone is likely already looking ahead to next Sunday's (February 1) Cyclo-cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands.

As an indication of the place Sven Nys now holds in the Belgium sports world, consider this:  He recently was selected Belgian sportsman of the year, winning head of, among others, 2008 Tour of Flanders winner and Belgian national road race champion Stijn Devolder.  With this season's Cyclo-cross World Cup already wrapped up, he will be thinking ahead to next week's World Championships for sure.

You'll find more information about this event hereStart list here.

This event should also be available in some markets on Sporza.

Race should stream live on Sporza here.

Also check: Sporza here (QuickTime) and here (Real Player).

Other possibilities include Sporza (QuickTime) and Sporza (Real Player).

Expected start time:  Around 14:55 CET (8:55am U.S. Eastern)

Tour Down Under LIVE coverage - Stage 6

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Click to watch 2009 Tour Down Under videos.

- Later on today (Sunday) there will be live internet video of the UCI World Cup cyclo-cross event in Milan.  We'll post info and links before race time.

- According to SBS, their TDU Stage 6 video highlights may be posted with a bit of a delay compared to usual given that they provided live coverage.

- 4 laps to go according to ABC Radio Adelaide which is alternating between covering Australian Open tennis and the Tour Down Under.

- Cycling.tv live coverage is underway according to the site.  (Cannot verify because for this race it is geo-blocked to France, among several other countries.)

- TDU Stage 6 is underway.  For U.S. viewers, it is streaming live on Versus.comCycling.tv coverage, for some markets, not supposed to begin until 05:00 CET.  We are looking for alternatives.

- Tour Down Under LIVE streaming video of Stage 6 will be available on cycling.tv starting at 05:00 CET in some markets (cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions here).  For U.S. viewers, the race will be shown live on Versus.com starting today at 10pm Eastern.  If we find any alternatives at race time, we will list them.

- There will be Tour Down Under LIVE streaming video coverage for Stage 6.  Details to follow.

Stage 6 Profile - click graphic for details

- The Tour Down Under Stage 6 is the Adelaide City Council Circuit and begins at 1:35pm local time Sunday.  (04:05 CET Sunday, 10:05pm U.S. Eastern SATURDAY).  The total distance is 90km (56 miles), based on 20 laps of a 4.5km circuit.  (The official site notes that the distance could possibly be modified depending on demands of the live television coverage available for this stage, but we have heard nothing about any changes).

 

- We will post and update new guides with the latest info and links each day of the race.

- Tour Down Under live race coverage will be limited to live internet radio and text tickers until Stage 6 when live streaming video will also become available.  Video highlights will, however, be available each day.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for Stage 6 of the 2009 Tour Down Under.

2009 Tour Down Under
Adelaide, Australia, January 18-25
Official Website
Start List
World TV Coverage

Stage 6 Starts at 1:35pm local time
(Finish at approx. 3:25pm)


Adelaide

Click for current time in Adelaide

 


Live video streaming:
 


(LIVE coverage for some markets)
cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions


(10pm U.S. Eastern)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

  ABC Radio Adelaide

Alternative ABC Radio
(should open in media player)

Triple M Radio
(Race sponsor will have race updates
and live reports from the finish line.)

Live tickers:

TDU on Twitter

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the team car

Official site ticker

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour Down Under LIVE coverage - Stage 5

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Please visit our homepage for the latest Tour Down Under live coverage info. and archive video clips.

- This stage could be decisive but if not, we will finally have live streaming video (in some markets anyway) tomorrow for Stage 6 and it could come down to sprint bonuses.

- Stage 5 is underway.  ABC Radio have placed a reporter on the Willunga climb which the riders will go up twice.  They will check in regularly with race updates.

- ABC Radio Adelaide schedule lists the program, SA Grandstand with Peter Walsh and Roger Wills starting at 11am, same time as the race start.  Walsh and Wills called the live action for the Cancer Council Classic, though they do not appear to be specialist cycling commentators and didn't sound like it last weekend.  Anyway, this is a sports program so perhaps there will be more frequent updates from the race for Stage 5?  On the other hand, there may be a lot more sport activities for them to cover since it's a Saturday.  We'll see.

- Big Stage 5 starts in an hour, so riders will start going to sign in now.

- You can check in on Stage 3 coverage of the Tour of Wellington in New Zealand.  (01:35, 3News).  You may also be interested in video coverage you'll find of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina here.  -Bernie S.

Stage 5 Profile - click graphic for details

- The Tour Down Under Stage 5 from Snapper Point to Willunga begins at 11am local time Saturday.  (01:30 CET Saturday, 7:30pm U.S. Eastern FRIDAY).  The distance is 148km (92 miles).

 

- We will post and update new guides with the latest info and links each day of the race.

- Tour Down Under live race coverage will be limited to live internet radio and text tickers until Stage 6 when live streaming video will also become available.  Video highlights will, however, be available each day.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for Stage 5 of the 2009 Tour Down Under.

2009 Tour Down Under
Adelaide, Australia, January 18-25
Official Website
Start List
World TV Coverage

Stage 5 Starts at 11am local time
(Finish at approx. 2:45pm)


Adelaide

Click for current time in Adelaide

- More race resources to come -


Live video streaming:
 


(NOT live until final stage but video highlights available each day)
cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions

(Alternative Tour Down Under live streams are expected for the final stage, notably on Versus for the U.S.A.  We will list direct links at that time.)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

  ABC Radio Adelaide

Alternative ABC Radio
(should open in media player)

Triple M Radio
(Race sponsor will have race updates
and live reports from the finish line.)

Live tickers:

TDU on Twitter

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the team car

Official site ticker

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour Down Under LIVE coverage - Stage 4

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Please visit our homepage for the latest Tour Down Under live coverage info. and archive video clips.

- TdU Stage 4 has begun.  And Johan Bruyneel is already posting tweets from the team car.  (link under Live tickers)

- If you are joining us for the first time, in this Tour Down Under Stage 4 Live Coverage Guide you will find links listed in the gray section at right for live radio updates (not continuous coverage but they regularly break to reporters with the race) and live text tickers.  We won't have live streaming video until Stage 6.

- 2009 Tour Down Under Videos:  For TdU race highlights and interview videos, scroll down and select from our growing list.

- 2009 Tour of California:  For those of you outside the U.S., Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) and ToC organizer AEG announced a partnership last June whereby ASO will assist with the international distribution of ToC television and digital media rights.  The agreement calls for ASO to, among other things, "develop, produce and distribute a portfolio of programming formats including live coverage of the race."  We will let you know as soon as we have details.

- In case you missed our earlier posts on these subjects, Versus today announced their broadcast schedule for the 2009 Tour of California, including, for the first time, LIVE coverage of the weekday stages.  Also, the final list of 17 Tour of California teams was announced.

So we're looking at a ToC featuring Armstrong, Sastre, Leipheimer, Cancellara, Vande Velde, Hincapie, Boonen, Hushovd, Cavendish, Freire, Landis, Basso, Hamilton.  Yowza!  Traffic jam has already begun...

- Bruyneel's first tweet of the day in Australia: "Getting ready for another day at TDU. Think it's going to be a quiet stage before tomorrow's (Saturday's) Willunga."  You can follow any other updates from Johan by clicking his Twitter link in our Live Tickers section.

- Added another race ticker for Stage 4:  Johan Bruyneel tweets from the team car.  Is Bruyneel the first team director to provide updates via Twitter during a race?

Stage 4 Profile - click graphic for details

- The Tour Down Under Stage 4 from Burnside Village to Angaston begins at 11am local time Friday.  (01:30 CET Friday, 7:30pm U.S. Eastern THURSDAY).  The distance is 143km (89 miles).

- We will post and update new guides with the latest info and links each day of the race.

- Tour Down Under live race coverage will be limited to live internet radio and text tickers until Stage 6 when live streaming video will also become available.  Video highlights will, however, be available each day.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for Stage 4 of the 2009 Tour Down Under.

2009 Tour Down Under
Adelaide, Australia, January 18-25
Official Website
Start List
World TV Coverage

Stage 4 Starts at 11am local time
(Finish at approx. 3:00pm)


Adelaide

Click for current time in Adelaide

- More race resources to come -


Live video streaming:
 


(NOT live until final stage but video highlights available each day)
cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions

(Alternative Tour Down Under live streams are expected for the final stage, notably on Versus for the U.S.A.  We will list direct links at that time.)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

  ABC Radio Adelaide

Alternative ABC Radio
(should open in media player)

Triple M Radio
(Race sponsor will have race updates
and live reports from the finish line.)

Live tickers:

TDU on Twitter

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the team car

Official site ticker

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Amgen Tour of California LIVE on Versus

For the First Time Ever, VERSUS will Air Live Weekday Coverage of the United States' Top Cycling Event and Lance Armstrong's Second Race of the Season

Tour Down Under LIVE coverage - Stage 3

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Please visit our homepage for the latest Tour Down Under live coverage info. and archive video clips.

- First set of video highlights from TDU Stage 3 listed below.  There may be no live video until Stage 6 but as UK correspondent Bernie S. says, SBS is doing a fine job of providing highlights.

Stage 3 Profile - click graphic for details

- The Tour Down Under Stage 3 from Unley to Victor Harbor begins at 11am local time Thursday.  (01:30 CET Thursday, 7:30pm U.S. Eastern WEDNESDAY).  The distance is 136km (84.5 miles).

- We will post and update new guides with the latest info and links each day of the race.

- Tour Down Under live race coverage will be limited to live internet radio and text tickers until Stage 6 when live streaming video will also become available.  Video highlights will, however, be available each day.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for Stage 3 of the 2009 Tour Down Under.

2009 Tour Down Under
Adelaide, Australia, January 18-25
Official Website
Start List
World TV Coverage

Stage 3 Starts at 11am local time
(Finish at approx. 2:45pm)


Adelaide

Click for current time in Adelaide

- More race resources to come -


Live video streaming:
 


(NOT live until final stage but video highlights available each day)
cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions

(Alternative Tour Down Under live streams are expected for the final stage, notably on Versus for the U.S.A.  We will list direct links at that time.)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

  ABC Radio Adelaide

Alternative ABC Radio
(should open in media player)

Triple M Radio
(Race sponsor will have race updates
and live reports from the finish line.)

Live tickers:

TDU on Twitter

Official site ticker

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour Down Under LIVE coverage - Stage 2

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Please visit our homepage for the latest Tour Down Under live coverage info. and archive video clips.

- While we wait for the Stage 6 live video, our growing list of Tour Down Under video clips below captures some of the TDU atmosphere, racing action and thoughts by Lance Armstrong and other riders.  We'll add Stage 2 video clips in the morning.

- Speaking of the Tour of California, you'll find ToC and other racing wallpapers in our wallpapers section.

- If you are joining us for the first time, we are in our 5th year of tracking live internet coverage throughout the pro road racing season.  For most races, we have live streaming video (including every stage of stage races) so this Tour Down Under is unusual in that live video will not be available until Stage 6.  We hope you'll stick around all season long because there will be many, many days of live video coverage from races big and small, including next month's Amgen Tour of California.  Speaking of the ToC, it already has established itself as an important race and moved the season start earlier in the year.  The Tour Down Under has moved the season start even earlier for many riders, fans and journalists.

- Updated link for Triple M Radio, which should also be providing live race updates and live coverage from the finish line.

- Tour Down Under Stage 2 is now underway.  Robbie McEwen, who injured his arm during the sprint finish of stage 1 when it struck a spectator's camera, is going to "race through the pain."  Also according to a radio reporter for ABC Adelaide, the peloton departed under cooler temperatures, something that will be much appreciated.

Stage 2 Profile - click graphic for details

- More updates to come after the inauguration of Barack Obama which you can watch online here. (preliminary coverage already streaming)

- The Tour Down Under Stage 2 from Hahndorf to Stirling begins at 11am local time Wednesday.  (01:30 CET Wednesday, 7:30pm U.S. Eastern TUESDAY).  The distance is 145km (90 miles).

- We will post and update new guides with the latest info and links each day of the race.

- Tour Down Under live race coverage will be limited to live internet radio and text tickers until Stage 6 when live streaming video will also become available.  Video highlights will, however, be available each day.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for Stage 2 of the 2009 Tour Down Under.

2009 Tour Down Under
Adelaide, Australia, January 18-25
Official Website
Start List
World TV Coverage

Stage 2 Starts at 11am local time
(Finish at approx. 2:35pm)


Adelaide

Click for current time in Adelaide

- More race resources to come -


Live video streaming:
 


(NOT live until final stage but video highlights available each day)
cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions

(Alternative Tour Down Under live streams are expected for the final stage, notably on Versus for the U.S.A.  We will list direct links at that time.)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

  ABC Radio Adelaide

Alternative ABC Radio
(should open in media player)

Triple M Radio
(Race sponsor will have race updates
and live reports from the finish line.)

Live tickers:

TDU on Twitter

Official site ticker

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Tour Down Under LIVE coverage - Stage 1

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Please visit our homepage for the latest Tour Down Under live coverage info. and archive video clips.

- Stage One highlights video with Phil Liggett commentating is back online, now with about 4 minutes (though player indicates it should be 24:40).  -Bernie S.

- Our Tour Down Under Live Coverage Guide for Stage 2 will be posted a bit later today.

- More TDU videos are up.  (Each day's newly added videos will be highlighted in gray.)  More to come.

- If you click on the Yahoo photo gallery link (below right, just above our pic of Graham Watson), you'll find some TDU photos taken at the start of today's stage.

- Tour Down Under internet radio flash:  We are now listing Triple M Radio in our Live Guide.  They are an official race sponsor and just said on the air they are "celebrating the Tour Down Under" all week long.  Looks like race updates and live reporting from the finish line.  We will continue to look for more ways to follow the first "ProTour" race of the 2009 season!

- The 2009 Tour Down Under is officially underway.

- ABC Radio Adelaide is talking about "regular radio updates" from the Tour Down Under, so it doesn't sound like continuous radio coverage of the race this time.  We'll see.  Perhaps they'll feel pressure to do more race coverage and ditch their usual radio shows for the week.

- Next update:  At race time (THIS EVENING U.S. time), with verified links, particularly for live internet radio.

Stage 1 Profile - click graphic for details

- The Tour Down Under Stage 1 from Norwood to Mawson Lakes begins at 11am local time Tuesday.  (01:30 CET Tuesday, 7:30pm U.S. Eastern MONDAY).  The distance is 140km (87 miles).

- We will post and update new guides with the latest info and links each day of the race.

- Tour Down Under live race coverage will be limited to live internet radio and text tickers until Stage 6 when live streaming video will also become available.  Video highlights will, however, be available each day.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for Stage 1 of the 2009 Tour Down Under.

2009 Tour Down Under
Adelaide, Australia, January 18-25
Official Website
Start List
World TV Coverage

Stage 1 Starts at 11am local time


Adelaide

Click for current time in Adelaide

- More race resources to come -


Live video streaming:
 


(NOT live until final stage but video highlights available each day)
cycling.tv TdU schedule and geo-restrictions

(Alternative Tour Down Under live streams are expected for the final stage, notably on Versus for the U.S.A.  We will list direct links at that time.)

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

  ABC Radio Adelaide

Alternative ABC Radio
(should open in media player)

Triple M Radio
(Race sponsor will have race updates
and live reports from the finish line.)

Live tickers:

TDU on Twitter

Official site ticker

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

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