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 Saturday, March 7: Strade Bianche
2014 winner: Michal Kwiatkowski
 March 8-15: Paris-Nice 2014 winner: Carlos Betancur

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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
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

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
---
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
---
Check schedule
 

Live tickers:

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 - Prologue

 
2009 Tour of California Prologue:  He's Back.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Coming Sunday:  Tour of California Stage 1 LIVE (Start time: 12:00pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Also:  Laura Alber's Prologue photos, up close with Lance Armstrong, and more.  And of course more Tour of California video clips.

- Exciting prologue, huge crowds.  Our exclusive photos and video clip listings to come...  Lots more to come throughout all stages of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.  We also expect more options for TOC live feeds starting tomorrow.

- Prologue start times again are here.  Final 10 riders will start with George Hincapie at 15:36 (3:36pm) local time (6:36pm U.S. Eastern, 00:36 CET), followed by the other big guns mentioned below.

- Eurosport live coverage has kicked in today afterall, on satellite and the live audio streams are playing as well.  (Bernie S.)  MJ Ray has Tour of California via satellite info in our cycling via satellite blog here.

- Regarding Tour of California coverage on Eurosport:  They have changed their schedules, looks like no live coverage until tomorrow.  -Bernie S. (UK correspondent)

- Liggett and Sherwen are now commentating live on both the Tour Tracker and on Versus TV (U.S.)  cycling.tv is also now LIVE with the race.

- LOL!  Liggett and Sherwen definitely are not aware they are on the air.  They are preparing for broadcasting on Versus in 5 minutes but the Tour Tracker currently is playing their audio feed!

- Not sure Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen know they're now on the air.  (Tour Tracker)

- Tour of California LIVE video now via the Tour Tracker (under "Live video streaming" at right).  Cycling.tv coverage should get underway shortly.  Eurosport coverage starts in about 30 min.

- 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.

- Prologue Start Order and Start times here.  (.pdf)  As defending champion, Levi Leipheimer starts last.  The final 10 riders to depart are: Hincapie, Hamilton, Zabriskie, Armstrong, Vande Velde, Cancellara, Basso, Rogers, Landis, Leipheimer.  That is worthy of a Tour de France prologue!

- Now listing Velonews live ticker.

- Laura Alber and Carlos Rico are at the Tour of California all week providing photographic coverage for cyclingfans.com.  Lots more photos to come later today.  And we'll answer the all-important question:  Which pro team has a Hannah Montana poster on the inside of their truck door?

- ToC Kick-Off Press Conference quotes here.

- We will update in the morning with more live coverage links as well as the Tour of California Prologue Start Order and Start Times.  Information and link updates will be made throughout the day each stage of the race.  We will also have plenty of Tour of California video highlights for you to watch at your leisure.  The first set of (pre-race) video clips will be posted in the morning.

- Tour of California live video of the Prologue starts on cycling.tv at 1:30pm local time (4:30pm U.S. Eastern and 22:30 CET).  Tour of California live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 23:00 CET (5pm U.S. Eastern).  Live TV coverage on Versus in the U.S. is scheduled to begin at 2pm PST (5pm 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

 The Prologue starts at 1:30pm PST
  (Finish at approx. 4pm 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:

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Mallorca Challenge LIVE streaming video - Stage 5

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Volta a Mallorca Stage 5 streaming live video now on Direct8.

- Coming Saturday through February 22:  Our 2009 Tour of California Online Race Guide.  Our correspondents at the race all week, in Chicago and in the U.K. will work to bring you quick and easy access to all available Tour of California LIVE internet coverage, video highlights and race photography.  The various broadcasters and sources of coverage won't tell you about each other but we'll tell you about them all...just as we do all season long.

- Mallorca Challenge Stage 4 photos here.

Thursday's Stage 5 Profile

- Live streaming video begins each day at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).

- The Mallorca Challenge Stage 5 starts at 12:20 CET (6:20am U.S. Eastern) Thursday.  Direct8 (France) live coverage of Stage 5 is scheduled to begin at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).  ib3.tv (Spain) live coverage should also begin at around that time.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Mallorca Challenge.

2009 Mallorca Challenge
Spain, February 8-12
Official Website
Teams/Start List

 

Stage 5 Starts at 12:20 CET
(Finish at approx. 16:13 CET)


Madrid

Click for current time in Madrid


Live streaming video:

 


Alternative
(Direct 8, France)

 
(ib3.tv, Spain)
(geo-restricted)
 

Live streaming audio:

IB3 Radio
(Catalan audio)
(race updates only)

Live tickers:

Official site ticker
(google-translated to English)

News and photos:


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

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Mallorca Challenge LIVE streaming video - Stage 4


2009 Mallorca Challenge, Stage 3:
A crash in the final corner, involving notably Alejandro Valverde and disrupting the peloton, left Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) with enough of a gap to take the victory.
Photo courtesy Unisport
 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Technical problems prevent Direct8 from showing the finish of today's stage.  Live coverage still available via the live text ticker.

- Mallorca live video has begun on Direct8.

Wednesday's Stage 4 Profile

- More Mallorca Challenge Stage 3 photos here.

- Live streaming video begins each day at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).

- The Mallorca Challenge Stage 4 starts at 12:25 CET (6:25am U.S. Eastern) Wednesday.  Direct8 (France) live coverage of Stage 4 is scheduled to begin at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).  ib3.tv (Spain) live coverage should also begin at around that time.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Mallorca Challenge.

2009 Mallorca Challenge
Spain, February 8-12
Official Website
Teams/Start List

 

Stage 4 Starts at 12:25 CET
(Finish at approx. 16:11 CET)


Madrid

Click for current time in Madrid


Live streaming video:

 


Alternative
(Direct 8, France)

 
(ib3.tv, Spain)
(geo-restricted)
 

Live streaming audio:

IB3 Radio
(Catalan audio)
(race updates only)

Live tickers:

Official site ticker
(google-translated to English)

News and photos:


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

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Mallorca Challenge LIVE streaming video - Stage 3


2009 Mallorca Challenge:
The peloton descends during Monday's Stage 2.
Photo courtesy Unisport
 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Stage 3 winner photo and Wednesday's Stage 4 info now posted on our Live race coverage page.

Coming up Wednesday on Stage 4 - Profile

- Brad emailed regarding my mention after Stage 2 of David Soul of Starsky and Hutch fame (the French love the series and Direct8 should be showing it later today): "I was hoping there'd be a musical link to David Soul's 'Don't Give Up On Us'".  I think he was joking, but guess what, "The Very Best of David Soul" was released last fall.  I didn't know he had any other songs.  I know you will all keep coming to cyclingfans.com for hot music tips.  -Pete

- Race LIVE now on Direct8.

- Vuelta a Mallorca Stage 3 live video on Direct8 should get underway after the commercials.

- More Mallorca Challenge Stage 2 photos here.

- Live streaming video begins each day at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).

Stage 3 Profile

- The Mallorca Challenge Stage 3 starts at 11:20 CET (5:20am U.S. Eastern) Tuesday.  Direct8 (France) live coverage of Stage 3 is scheduled to begin at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).  ib3.tv (Spain) live coverage should also begin at around that time.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Mallorca Challenge.

2009 Mallorca Challenge
Spain, February 8-12
Official Website
Teams/Start List

 

Stage 3 Starts at 11:20 CET
(Finish at approx. 16:08 CET)


Madrid

Click for current time in Madrid


Live streaming video:

 


Alternative
(Direct 8, France)

 
(ib3.tv, Spain)
(geo-restricted)
 

Live streaming audio:

IB3 Radio
(Catalan audio)
(race updates only)

Live tickers:

Official site ticker
(google-translated to English)

News and photos:


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

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Amgen Tour of California: Versus LIVE coverage just got better

Versus just announced a change to its live coverage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, which starts Saturday.

2009 Mallorca Challenge LIVE streaming video - Stage 2


2009 Mallorca Challenge:
Gert Steegmans (Team Katusha), center, wins Sunday's
Stage 1 ahead of teammate Robbie McEwen, right.
Photo courtesy Unisport
 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Stage 2 has ended but if you want to watch re-runs of Starsky et Hutch dubbed in French, Direct8 has it each day at 19:45 CET (1:45pm U.S. Eastern).  Many French celebrities mention this series when asked what their favorite TV show is!  And David Soul (who played Hutch) lived for a time in the 1990s on a Seine river boat near the Eiffel Tower, before settling in London and adding British citizenship.  Where else but cyclingfans.com can you get this vital information?  -Pete

- IB3 TV feed may be geo-restricted.  (Not playing in Chicago or U.K.). Direct8 should be viewable worldwide, however. (Alternative link should open in media player with a bit larger video.)

- Live streaming video now playing on Direct8, with Mikis Cerieix  and former Fdjeux rider Carlos Da Cruz commentating.

- Added link to IB3 radio under Live streaming audio.  This is Catalan audio and coverage should start each day at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).  Thanks, Jafet!

- More Mallorca Challenge photos here.

- Starting with Monday's Stage 2, live streaming video will begin each day at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).

Stage 2 Profile

- The Mallorca Challenge Stage 2 starts at 11:45 CET (5:45am U.S. Eastern) Monday.  Direct8 (France) live coverage of Stage 2 is scheduled to begin at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).  ib3.tv (Spain) live coverage should also begin at around that time.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Mallorca Challenge.

2009 Mallorca Challenge
Spain, February 8-12
Official Website
Teams/Start List

 

Stage 2 Starts at 11:45 CET
(Finish at approx. 16:09 CET)


Madrid

Click for current time in Madrid


Live streaming video:

 


Alternative
(Direct 8, France)

 
(ib3.tv, Spain)
(geo-restricted)
 

Live streaming audio:

IB3 Radio
(Catalan audio)
(race updates only)

Live tickers:

Official site ticker
(google-translated to English)

News and photos:


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

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Mallorca Challenge LIVE streaming video - Stage 1

 

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- SuperPrestige Cyclo-cross now streaming live.  (info and links in post below this one)

- Reminder:  ib3.tv is scheduled to begin streaming today's stage (obviously delayed) at 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  We'll see if technical problems were at the source or not.  Starting tomorrow through Thursday, both ib3.tv and Direct8 should provide live video from the race.

- More technical problems with Direct8 in Paris receiving live images from the race in Spain.  Hopefully things will be better tomorrow.

- I have an old copy of Cycle Passion in which Carlos da Cruz describes his training routes in and out of the canals east of Paris. -Bernie S.

- For those of you interested in watching today's Cyclo-cross Superprestige live coverage, it should begin in under 15 minutes, at 14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern).  Info and links are in the post below this one.

- Live streaming video of the race is back on Direct8.  Nice aerial shots.

- Ticker now reports there is a 7-man breakaway after the 4th tour. 

- According to the live text ticker (link below right), the peloton is all together after the third (of 10) tour of the circuit.

- Direct8 say they are not getting the race feed at the moment but they expect to get it back shortly.

- Live streaming video has begun!  Mikis Cerieix is commentating, with former Fdjeux rider Carlos Da Cruz doing color commentary.

- Race feed should begin shortly.  Unlike in the U.S., French TV is NOT strict about time schedules.  They should get around to the race eventually, after the cats playing Wii tennis and the newly-married couple that got set on fire when wedding guests bombarded them with silly string that ignited when it hit the candles on the cake.  (they're okay but do not try this at home)

- Direct8 is showing cats playing tennis on the Nintendo Wii.

- Direct8 schedule indeed shows race coverage from 13:00 to roughly 14:25 CET which is the approximate stage finish time.  If we get live video today, it may start in just over 10 minutes.  Stay tuned.  -Pete

- The Direct8 TV schedule has changed.  It now shows race coverage starting at 13:00 CET (7am U.S. Eastern), following the animal show.  Perhaps we'll get the race afterall?  -Bernie S. (U.K.)

- The Direct8 (France) live video feed may be geo-restricted.  (Feed is currently labeled "geo-targeted streaming" in the U.S. and is showing an animal program instead of the race.)  -Pete (U.S.)

- Starting with Monday's Stage 2, live streaming video will begin each day at 15:10 CET (9:10am U.S. Eastern).

Stage 1 Profile

- Stage 1 from Palma to Palma features an 11.6km circuit to be ridden 10 times for a total of 116km.

- The Mallorca Challenge Stage 1 starts at 11:50 CET (5:50am U.S. Eastern) Sunday.  Direct8 (France) live coverage of Stage 1 is scheduled to begin at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern).  ib3.tv (Spain) coverage is delayed today and is not scheduled to begin until 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Mallorca Challenge.

2009 Mallorca Challenge
Spain, February 8-12
Official Website
Teams/Start List

 

Stage 1 Starts at 11:50 CET
(Finish at approx. 14:25 CET)


Madrid

Click for current time in Madrid


Live streaming video:

 
(ib3.tv, Spain)
(not live Sunday)


Alternative
(Direct 8, France)
 

Live streaming audio:

(--)
 

Live tickers:

Official site ticker
(google-translated to English)

News and photos:


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

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Superprestige cyclocross - Hoogstraten - LIVE stream

Superprestige cyclocross continues Sunday in Hoogstraten, Belgium.  Live internet coverage is available worldwide, server capacity permitting...

Superprestige official website here.

Live streaming video here.

Broadcast start time:  14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern) according to the official site.

GVA Trophy Cyclocross - Krawatencross Lille - LIVE video

Update:  Live stream supposedly is playing according to info here.  Can anyone in Belgium confirm?  Perhaps they have geo-restricted this race.

Update: Still looking for a good link.  None of the usual links playing yet in the U.K. or U.S.

Update: New link here and it says it should begin at 15:00 CET (9am U.S. Eastern).

GVA Trophy Cyclocross - Krawatencross Lille - LIVE streaming video Saturday on Sporza.

Expected start time:  14:45 CET (8:45am U.S. Eastern)

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