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Event Notes
 December 17: UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Namur
Belgium
 December 16: DVV Trophy Cyclocross at Antwerp Belgium
 December 9-10: UCI Track Cycling World Cup Santiago, Chile
 December 10: Vlaamse Druivencross Cyclocross at Overijse Belgium
 December 9: DVV Trophy Cyclocross at Essen Belgium
 December 1-3: UCI Track Cycling World Cup Milton, Canada.  Final day live only.
 December 3: Cyclocross Zilvermeercross at Mol
Belgium.  Men's race only is live.
 December 2: Soudal Classics Cyclocross GP Hasselt
Belgium.  Men's race only is broadcast live.
 November 29: 2018 Giro d'Italia Route Presentation Full route details to be revealed.
 November 26: DVV Trofee Cyclocross Flandriencross
Hamme, Belgium - Women + Men
 November 25: UCI Cyclocross World Cup Zeven, Germany - Women and Men
 November 19: Six Days of Gent
Final day only is broadcast live
 November 19: UCI Cyclocross World Cup
Bogense, Denmark
 November 12: Superprestige Cyclocross at Gavere
Belgium.  Women's and men's races LIVE.
 November 11: Soudal Classics Cyclocross at Niel
Belgium.  Women's + men's races LIVE.
 November 10-12: UCI Track Cycling World Cup Manchester, Great Britain
 November 5: UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Pruszków, Poland
 November 5: UEC European Cyclocross Championships
Tabor, Czech Republic
 November 4: Saitama Criterium Japan
 November 1: DVV Trophy CX at Oudenaarde
Belgium.  Women's and men's races LIVE.
 October 29: Superprestige CX at Ruddervoorde Belgium
 October 29: Skoda Shanghai Criterium
Inaugural edition
 October 28-November 5: Tour of Hainan
China
 October 24: UCI Cycling Gala
Guilin, China
 October 24-29: Six Day London Track Cycling  
 October 22: UCI Cyclocross World Cup Koksijde
Belgium, Women + Men races
 October 21: Superprestige CX at Boom Elite Women and Men races.
 October 19-22: Track Cycling European Championships
Berlin, Germany
 October 17: 2018 Tour de France Route Presentation LIVE from Paris.
 October 15: Chrono des Nations
France. Women's and Men's ITTs.
 October 15: Superprestige CX at Zonhoven
Belgium. Women + Men races LIVE.
 October 14: Tacx Pro Classic
Netherlands
 October 14: Brico Cross Cyclocross Polderscross
Kruibeke, Belgium. Women and Men races.
 October 11: Famenne Ardenne Classic
Belgium.  First edition.
 October 10-17: Tour of Taihu Lake
2016 winner: Leonardo Duque
 October 10-15: Tour of Turkey 2016 winner: José Gonçalves
 October 8: DVV Trophy Cyclocross at Ronse
Belgium - Elite Women + Men Races LIVE
 October 8: Paris-Tours 2016 winner: Fernando Gaviria
 October 7: Brico Cross CX Meulebeke
Women's and Men's races live online
 October 7: Il Lombardia
2016 winner: Esteban Chaves
 October 5: Milano-Torino 2016 winner: Miguel Angel Lopez
 October 3: Tre Valli Varesine
2016 winner: Sonny Colbrelli
 October 3: Binche-Chimay-Binche 2016 winner: Arnaud Demare
 October 1: Tour de l'Eurometropole/Circuit Franco Belge
2016 winner: Dylan Groenewegen
 October 1: Superprestige Cyclocross at Gieten
Netherlands. Women's + Men's races LIVE.
 October 1: GP Beghelli
2016 winner: Nicola Ruffoni
 September 30: Soudal Classics Cyclocross GP Neerpelt
Belgium. Men's race streamed live.
 September 30: Giro dell'Emilia
2016 winner: Esteban Chaves
 September 24: UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup
Waterloo, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
 September 18: 2018 Giro d'Italia Start Route Presentation
Jerusalem
 September 17-24: UCI Road World Championships
Bergen, Norway
 September 17: UCI CX World Cup Jingle Cross
Iowa City, U.S.A.
 September 16: Primus Classic-GP Impanis Van Petegem
2016 winner: Fernando Gaviria
 September 15: Koolskamp Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen 2016 winner: Timothy Dupont
 September 14: Coppa Bernocchi 2016 winner: Giacomo Nizzolo
 September 13: Coppa Agostoni
Italy
 September 13: Grand Prix de Wallonie
2016 winner: Tony Gallopin
 September 12-16: Tour of Denmark
2016 winner: Michael Valgren
 September 10: Brico Cross at Eeklo
CX in Belgium
 September 10: Women's Vuelta Madrid Challenge
2016 winner: Jolien D'Hoore
 August 19-September 10: Vuelta a Espana
2016 winner: Nairo Quintana
 September 10: Grand Prix de Montreal 2016 winner: Greg van Avermaet
 September 8: Grand Prix de Quebec
2016 winner: Peter Sagan
 September 3-10: Tour of Britain 2016 winner: Steve Cummings
 September 3: GP de Fourmies
2016 winner: Marcel Kittel
 September 2: Brussels Cycling Classic
2016 winner: Tom Boonen
 September 1-4: Tour of Alberta
2016 winner: Robin Carpenter
 August 27: Schaal Sels LIVE video here. Official site here.
 August 27: Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France
2016 winner: Oliver Naesen
 August 26: GP de Plouay-Bretagne
UCI Women's WorldTour
 August 18-27: Tour de l'Avenir
2016 winner: David Gaudu
 August 17-20: Ladies Tour of Norway
2016 winner: Lucinda Brand
 August 10-13: Colorado Classic
Inaugural edition
 August 10-13: Arctic Race of Norway
2016 winner: Gianni Moscon
 August 7-13: BinckBank Tour (former Eneco Tour)
2016 winner: Niki Terpstra
 August 5: Documentary: "Les Elles du Vélo"
Women ride for the return of a women's Tour de France
 August 5: Dwars door het Hageland
 
 August 2-6: UEC Road European Championships
Herning, Denmark
 August 4-15: Tour of Portugal
2016 winner: Rui Vinhas
 August 1-5: Vuelta a Burgos
2016 winner: Alberto Contador
 July 31-August 6: Tour of Utah
2016 winner: Lachlan Morton
 July 29-30: Prudential RideLondon Classic
UCI Women's WorldTour + Men's race
 July 29-August 4: Tour de Pologne
2016 winner: Tim Wellens
 July 29: Clasica San Sebastian
2016 winner: Bauke Mollema
 July 25: Profronde van Surhuisterveen.  LIVE video here.  Site here. Post-TDF criterium
 July 22-26: Tour de Wallonie Final 3 stages live only
 June 30-July 22: Women's Tour de France Route Ride They ride day ahead of men's race.
 July 1-23: Tour de France 2016 winner: Chris Froome
 July 2-8: Tour of Austria
2016 winner: Jan Hirt
 June 24-25: USA Cycling National Road Championships Knoxville, Tenn.
 June 21-25: National Road Championships
France, Belgium, Netherlands, etc
 June 21: Halle Ingooigem
Belgium
 June 14-18: Tour de Beauce
2016 winner: Greg Daniel
 June 17-18: UEC BMX European Cup
Sandness, Norway
 June 15-18: Tour of Slovenia
2016 winner: Taaramae
 June 15-18: Route du Sud
2016 winner: Quintana
 June 14-18: Tour de Korea  
 June 10-18: Tour de Suisse
2016 winner: M. Angel Lopez
 June 4-11: Criterium du Dauphiné
2016 winner: Froome
 June 4: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Fort William, Scotland
 June 2-4: Hammer Series
Limburg, Netherlands
 June 1-4: Boucles de la Mayenne
France
 May 31-June 4: Tour de Luxembourg
 
 May 5-28: Giro d'Italia 2016 winner: Nibali
 May 28: An Post Ras
Final stage streamed live
 May 28: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Albstadt, Germany
 May 24-28: Tour of Belgium 2016 winner: Devenyns
 May 21-28: Tour of Japan  
 May 17-21: Euskal Emakumeen Bira.  LIVE video here and here. (11am cet) Official site here.
 May 17-21: Tour of Norway 2016 winner: Weening
 May 14-20: Tour of California
2016 winner: Alaphilippe
 May 14: Profronde van Noord-Holland.  LIVE video here and here. 10:50 cet Official site here.
 May 9-14: Four Days of Dunkirk
2016 winner: Coquard
 May 13-14: UCI BMX Supercross World Cup
Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
 May 1: Eschborn-Frankfurt 2016 winner: Kristoff
 April 30: UCI MTB World Cup
Lourdes, France
 April 28-30: Festival Elsy Jacobs.  LIVE video here and here.  Official site here. Geo-restricted?
 April 30: Rent Liv Løbet Skive.  LIVE video here and here.  Official site here. Denmark
 April 29: Tom Boonen Goodbye Race.  LIVE video here. "Tom Says Thanks"
 April 29: GP Viborg.  LIVE video here and here.  Official site here. Denmark
 April 28-30: Men's Tour de Yorkshire 2016 winner: T. Voeckler
 April 29: Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2016 winner: Kirsten Wild
 April 25-30: Tour de Romandie
2016 winner: Nairo Quintana
 April 23: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016 winner: Wouter Poels
 April 22: Little 500
Indiana University
 April 22: Arno Wallaard Memorial
Netherlands
 April 19: La Fleche Wallonne
2016 winners: Valverde, Van der Breggen
 April 18-23: Tour of Croatia 2016 winner: Kvasina
 April 17-21: Tour of the Alps
Formerly Giro del Trentino
 April 17: Tro Bro Leon
2016 winner: Mortensen
 April 16: Amstel Gold Race
2016 winner: Gasparotto
 April 13: GP de Denain Porte du Hainaut/Valenciennes Métropole 2016 winner: McLay
 April 12: De Brabantse Pijl 2016 winner: Vakoc
 April 12-16: UCI Track Cycling World Championships Hong Kong
 April 9: Paris-Roubaix 2016 winner: Hayman
 April 5-9: Healthy Ageing Tour
Netherlands
 April 5: Scheldeprijs 2016 winner: Kittel
 April 3-8: Tour of the Basque Country
2016 winner: Contador
 April 2: Tour of Flanders
2016 winner: Sagan
 April 1: GP Miguel Indurain
 
 April 1: Volta Limburg Classic
2016 winner: Floris Gerts
 March 28-30: Three Days of De Panne
2016 winner: Lieuwe Westra
 March 26: Gent-Wevelgem 2016 winner: Sagan
 March 24: E3 Harelbeke
2016 winner: Kwiatkowski
 March 22: Dwars door Vlaanderen
2016 winner: Debusschere
 March 20-26: Volta a Catalunya
Nairo Quintana
 March 19-26: Cape Epic MTB Stage Race
Western Cape, South Africa
 March 19: Trofeo Binda
UCI Women's WorldTour
 March 18: Milan-San Remo
2016 winner: Arnaud Demare
 March 17: Handzame Classic
 
 March 15: Nokere Koerse-Danilith Classic
Belgium
 March 12: Dorpenomloop Rucphen Netherlands
 March 11: Ronde van Drenthe
Women's + Men's races
 March 8-14: Tirreno-Adriatico 2016 winner: Van Avermaet
 March 5-12: Paris-Nice 2016 winner: Geraint Thomas
 March 5: Dwars door West Vlaanderen
Belgium
 March 5: GP Industria e Artigianato/Larciano Italy
 March 4: Strade Bianche
2016 winner: Cancellara
 March 1: GP Le Samyn
 
 February 26: Women's Omloop van het Hageland
 
 February 26: Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2016 winner: Jasper Stuyven
 February 25: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2016 winner: Van Avermaet
 February 23-26: Abu Dhabi Tour
2016 winner: Tanel Kangert
 February 19: Internationale CX Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle Belgium
 February 18: Soudal Classics Cyclocross at Leuven Belgium, Women + Men races
 February 15-19: Volta ao Algarve
2016 winner: Geraint Thomas
 February 15-19: Vuelta a Andalucia/Ruta del Sol
2016 winner: Valverde
 February 12: Cycling South Africa Road National Championships
Elite Men Race
 February 12: Brico Cross Vestingcross at Hulst
Netherlands
 February 11: Vuelta a Murcia
Spain
 February 11: Superprestige Cyclocross Noordzeecross at Middelkerke Belgium, Women and Men
 February 1-5: Etoile de Besseges
Final stage only is live
 February 5: Superprestige Cyclocross Hoogstraten
Women + Men races live
 February 4: DVV Trophy CX Krawatencross Lille
Belgium, women + men races
 February 1-5: Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Limited live video for some stages
 February 1-5: Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana/Tour of Valencia 2016 winner: Wouter Poels
 February 1: Brico Cross-Parkcross Maldegem
Belgium
 January 31-February 4: Dubai Tour
2016 winner: Marcel Kittel
 January 28-29: UCI Cyclocross World Championships Bieles, Luxembourg
 January 28-29: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Australia, Women + Men
 January 23-29: Vuelta a San Juan
Argentina
 January 22: UCI Cyclocross World Cup Hoogerheide
Netherlands, Women + Men
 January 21: Kasteelcross CX Zonnebeke Belgium
 January 17-22: Tour Down Under 2016 winner: Simon Gerrans
 January 15: Tour Down Under People's Choice Classic
 
 January 15: UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Fiuggi
Italy, Women and Men races
 January 9: Internationale Betafence Cyclocross at Otegem
Belgium
 January 8: Cycling Australia Road National Championships Saturday night in the Americas
 January 8: USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Hartford, CT
 January 7-8: Cyclocross National Championships
France, Belgium and more
 January 6-8: Cycling New Zealand Road National Championships Elite/U23 Women and Men
 January 4: Internationale Centrumcross Surhuisterveen Netherlands
 January 1-3: Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic
Australia
 January 1: DVV Trophy CX/GP Sven Nys at Baal
 
 December 30: Brico Cross CX at Bredene
 
 December 29: DVV Trophy Cyclocross Azencross at Loenhout  
 December 26: UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Heusden-Zolder Belgium, Women + Men races
 December 23: Superprestige Cyclocross at Diegem
Belgium, Women and Men
 December 18: UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Namur
Belgium, Women and Men
 December 17: Scheldecross Cyclocross at Antwerp
Belgium, Women + Men races
 December 11: Coupe de France Cyclocross Finale Nommay
U23, Elite Women, Elite Men
 December 11: Druivencross CX at Overijse
Belgium
 December 10: DVV Trophy Cyclocross at Essen
Belgium
 December 6-11: Six Days of Amsterdam Track Cycling
Netherlands
 December 4: Cyclocross Zilvermeercross at Mol
 
 December 3: Revolution Series Champions League Track London
 December 3: Hansgrohe Superprestige CX at Spa-Francorchamps
Women's + Men's races live
 November 27: DVV Trophy CX Flandriencross Hamme
Belgium
 November 26: Revolution Series Champions League Track
Manchester, England
 November 26: UCI Cyclocross World Cup Zeven Germany
 November 20: Six Days of Gent
Final day only is live
 November 20: UCI Cyclocross World Cup Koksijde
Belgium
 November 19: Soudal Classics Cyclocross Hasselt
Belgium
 November 13: Superprestige Cyclocross Gavere Belgium
 November 11-13: UCI Track Cycling World Cup Apeldoorn, Netherlands
 November 11: Soudal Classics Cyclocross Jaarmarktcross Niel, Belgium
 November 5-12: Tour of Taihu Lake
China
 November 6: Superprestige Cyclocross Ruddervoorde
 
 November 4-6: UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Glasgow, Scotland
 November 5: Soudal Classics Cyclocross Waaslandcross  
 November 1: DVV Trophy CX Koppenbergcross Oudenaarde
 
 October 30: Cyclocross European Championships
 
 October 29: Saitama Criterium
2015 winner: John Degenkolb
 October 25-30: Six Day London Track Cycling
 
 October 25: 2017 Giro d'Italia Route Presentation
 
 October 23: Chrono des Nations
Women's and Men's TTs
 October 23: Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup Valkenburg Women's + Men's races
 October 22-30: Tour of Hainan
China, Hainan Island
 October 22: Cyclocross: Niels Albert CX
Belgium
 October 19-23: Track Cycling European Championships
Paris
 October 20-23: Abu Dhabi Tour
2015 winner: Esteban Chaves
 October 18: 2017 Tour de France Route Presentation
Palais des Congres, Paris
 October 16: Superprestige Cyclocross at Zonhoven
Belgium
 October 15: Cyclocross: Brico Cross Kruibeke Belgium
 October 11: Sluitingsprijs-Putte-Kapellen.  LIVE video here and here. Official site here.
 October 9-16: UCI Road World Championships
Doha, Qatar
 October 9: Paris-Tours 2015 winner: Matteo Trentin
 October 8: Revolution Series Track Cycling
Glasgow
 October 8-9: Cyclocross: Brico Cross Meulebeke + DVV Trophy Ronse
Belgium
 October 4: Binche-Chimay-Binche 2015 winner: Ramon Sinkledam
 October 2: Superprestige Cyclocross Gieten
 
 October 2: Tour de l'Eurometropole
2015 winner: Alexis Gougeard
 October 2: Tour de Vendee 2015 winner: Christophe Laporte
 October 1: Il Lombardia
2015 winner: Vincenzo Nibali
 September 28: Milano-Torino 2015 winner: Diego Rosa
 September 27: Tre Valli Varesine
2015 winner: Vincenzo Nibali
 September 24: Telenet UCI CX World Cup Iowa City (Jingle Cross) Women's + Men's races
 September 21: Telenet UCI CX World Cup Las Vegas (CrossVegas)
Women's + Men's races
 September 19-25: Eneco Tour
2015 winner: Tim Wellens
 September 17-18: European Road Championships
Plumelec, France
 September 17: Primus Classic GP Impanis-Van Petegem 2015 winner: Sean De Bie
 September 14: Grand Prix de Wallonie
2015 winner: Jens Debusschere
 September 11: Women's La Course des Demois'Elle
2015 winner: Bérengère Staelens
 September 11: Cyclocross Brico Cross Geraardsbergen
 September 11: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal 2015 winner: Tim Wellens
 September 11: Thompson Bucks County Classic
 
 September 10: Reading 120
 
 September 9 and 11: UCI MTB World Championships 4X and Downhill Val di Sole, Italy
 September 9: Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec
2015 winner: Rigoberto Uran
 September 4-11: Tour of Britain 2015 winner: Boasson Hagen
 August 20-September 11: Vuelta a Espana
2015 winner: Fabio Aru
 July 2-24: Tour de France 2015 winner: Chris Froome
 January 9-10: Cyclocross National Championships France, Belgium, Italy, etc.

 More events/races below...

Live race coverage

Tour de Cycling - Saturday

- Tour de Luxembourg:  Watch Stage 3 video highlights here.  (05:22)  -Bernie S.

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 info and links, including live ticker, below.

- LIVE now: Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 live ticker.  Link below.

- D-Day Remembrance ceremony has ended.

- LIVE now:  D-Day remembrance ceremony live stream on CNN.

- LIVE now:  D-Day ceremonies in Normandy, live stream from "Omaha Beach" on France 2 live stream.
-Bernie S.

- More Tour de Cycling - Saturday to come...

- Coming later today:  A first look at Dauphine Libere live online coverage options.


Dauphiné Libéré LIVE coverage at www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

 

Today is the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings (D-Day)

I spent 15 summers on these beaches from 1990 and would like to observe the anniversary in this space. -Pete
 


Arromanches, Normandy, known as "Gold Beach" during the D-Day landings
and a site used by British troops in the Allied invasion.  A temporary harbor
was built here after the landings to assist in the operation; sections of that harbor
remain in place today.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


The Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.  9,387 American military dead
are buried here.  The cemetery overlooks "Omaha Beach" where many of these
soldiers were killed.  The graves face westward, towards the United States.
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Normandy.  This town was part of "Sword Beach"
during the Allied invasion.
photo Copyright © 2008 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

 

2009 Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 video


Highlights from Stage 2 here.  (04:51)  -Bernie S.

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 3 departs Wiltz at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Diekirch between 16:52 and 17:32 CET (10:52am and 11:32am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Tour de Cycling - Friday

- Breaking news:  Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel says that the sponsor financial problems have not been solved and that the team will continue to protest with sponsor names faded on jerseys.  More here.

- Tour de Luxembourg:  As in years past, there is a daily highlights program scheduled on TV at 19:50 CET (1:50pm U.S. Eastern).  So a video feed may be playing here.  Note that this feed quickly becomes overwhelmed. More links below.

- More Tour de Cycling - Friday to come...

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 is underway.  Links below, including live ticker.  No live video for this race.

- Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen are the proud parents of a baby boy, Max.  More here.

- Today's French sports daily L'Equipe is reporting that the Astana team has pre-selected Andreas Kloden for the Tour de France.  An investigation into doping practices on the T-Mobile team in 2006 has not implicated Kloden according to Astana team spokeman Philippe Maertens.

 

New book:  Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide

 - Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide: The Complete Insider's Guide to the Tour! is now available for purchase.  Watson has followed and photographed the Tour for 31 years.  In this book, he shares his tips on where to eat and sleep and where to watch and photograph the race yourself.  The book is richly illustrated with Watson's photographs, maps and more.


Graham Watson's Tour de France Travel Guide

- Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 departs Schifflange at 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Differdange between 16:40 and 17:31 CET (10:40am and 11:31am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Tour de Cycling - Thursday

- More to come...


Le Sale Tour: Le systeme Armstrong
by Pierre Ballester and David Walsh

- You know the Tour de France is right around the corner when Pierre Ballester and David Walsh publish another book about Lance Armstrong.  Obviously they didn't take the advice of esteemed International Herald Tribune reporter Sam Abt who suggested a couple of years ago it was perhaps time for them to "move on".  Of course, Walsh and Ballester's favorite subject was in retirement then.  He's back now and so are they.  Fair enough, except that early indications are that the book, "Le Sale Tour" (or The Dirty Tour), published today, is filled with wild speculation about Armstrong's reasons for returning to the sport, including future political ambitions, to make money, etc.  (Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan made more than $30 million in salary per year each of the last few years of his career, not including endorsements.  Armstrong is not taking a salary for riding for Astana but naturally is able to command high appearance fees.)  Ballester and Walsh also assert "(Tour de France organizer) ASO's new strategy is more turned towards business than the credibility of the sport".  Huh?  That has always been ASO's "strategy" and always will be for as long as they own the race.

Three years ago I asked Ballester, who once covered cycling, including Greg LeMond's comeback 20 years ago, for French sports daily L'Equipe, if he was a cycling fan.  He said no, his sport is rugby.  Funny, a former French rugby player last year stated that dope testing is virtually non-existent in the sport.  No wonder Ballester (and Walsh for that matter) likes rugby.  It is "clean" because no one is out to bust it.  Meanwhile, for over 10 years pro cycling, an easy target, is repeatedly targeted at every opportunity.

Will it ever end?  Not as long as there is money to be made tearing down the sport.

-Pete

 

- We mentioned yesterday that Astana was cleared to ride the Dauphine Libere (June 7-14).  That information is confirmed in today's edition of the French sports daily L'Equipe.

- Tour of Luxembourg info and links below.


June, 2009 issue of Velo Magazine (French): Le Guide du Tour.
Velo Magazine appears to be the first 2009 Tour de France guide
out of the gate; many more to come.

Meet Ed Buchette, Tour de Luxembourg organiser and forester!

Flashback: 2003 Tour de Luxembourg: Ed Buchette interviews
Benoit Joachim (Luxembourg national team and USPS) before the start of Stage 1.
Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

When it comes to race organizers, the names Jean-Marie Leblanc (former director of the Tour de France), Christian Prudhomme (current TDF director), Angelo Zomegnan (Giro d'Italia), Victor Cordero (Vuelta a Espana) and Thierry Cazeneuve (Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré) come to mind.  In Luxembourg, no one is more involved in the organization and other aspects of bike racing than Ed Buchette (photo above).  Buchette's résumé is impressive: in addition to his involvement with the Tour of Luxembourg and related races (including the Grand Prix General Patton) as General Secretary of the Association des Organisateurs du Tour de Luxembourg, he is Vice-president, along with Zomegnan, of the Association des Organisateurs des Courses Cyclistes (AIOCC) (Prudhomme is president), member (since 2000) of the UCI Road Commission, General Secretary of the Luxembourg cycling federation, and an international commissaire for the UCI.  Buchette is also a government forester since 1979 and since 1998 has been in charge of forests for the city of Luxembourg.

Buchette also appears to be the only organizer mentioned above who is on Twitter.  -Pete

Today is the Tour de Luxembourg Stage 1 from Luxembourg to Mondorf.  The stage is scheduled to begin at 13:00 CET (7am U.S. Eastern) and finish between 16:35 and 17:18 CET (10:35am and 11:18am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Tour de Cycling - Wednesday

- Astana cleared to continue racing:  As we noted on Twitter an hour ago, the UCI has for now cleared Astana to continue racing.  They are racing the Tour de Luxembourg, now underway, and look set to race the Dauphine Libere which starts Sunday.  Beyond that, things are not clear at this point.  More on this story here. (AP)

- Tour de Luxembourg:  As in years past, there is a daily highlights program scheduled on TV at 19:50 CET (1:50pm U.S. Eastern).  So a video feed may be playing here.  Note that this feed quickly becomes overwhelmed.  We do not know what if any coverage there will be for today's prologue since the race is taking place during the scheduled highlights show.

- More Tour de Cycling - Wednesday to come...


Tour de Luxembourg
photos Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com


Flashback:  2003 Tour de Luxembourg, Stage 1:  "Baker boy" Thomas Voeckler, left,
glanced at breakaway companion Piotr Wadecki and then blasted up the short climb
to the finish for the stage win in the city of Luxembourg.  Voeckler went on to win the overall
but it wasn't until the following year at the 2004 Tour de France that Voeckler would become
a name known around the world when he wore and defended the yellow jersey for 10 days.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- The Skoda Tour de Luxembourg starts today and runs through June 7.  We do not believe there to be any live television coverage but highlights may be available.  More info to come on that.

The Tour of Luxembourg is the national Tour of the Schleck brothers, Frank and Andy.  They will be joined on the start line by riders including Stuart O'Grady, Maxim Iglinskiy, Andreas Kloden, Ruben Perez, Danilo Napolitano, Romain Feillu, Robert Hunter, Koen de Kort, and Baden Cooke.

Today's stage is a short 2.7km evening prologue in the city of Luxembourg.  According to the official website, the first rider will depart at 19:00 CET (1pm U.S. Eastern) and the last rider (Andreas Kloden) will depart at 21:00 CET (3pm U.S. Eastern).  The full start order and start times here (.pdf)

Tour of Luxembourg Official Website
Start List
Live ticker

Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 21

Dauphiné Libéré, June 7-14:  With an opening time trial, too long to be considered a prologue, a second longer time trial, and a mountaintop finish at Mont Ventoux (photo above), this year the Dauphiné Libéré more than ever seems to be the perfect preparation for the summer's big event, the Tour de France.  This year's route was designed to appeal to Lance Armstrong who in the past favored this race for Tour preparation.  Alas, Armstrong will fly stateside tonight after finishing the Giro d'Italia, for the birth of his fourth child.  Ventoux is just one of a number of tough mountains featured in this Dauphiné Libéré.  Tour contender Alberto Contador will be back in action.  He has made it clear he doesn't like Ventoux.  Few riders do.  Contador will be joined on the start line by the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Oscar Pereiro, Cadel Evans, Robert Gesink, and Inigo Landaluze.  I covered the Dauphiné on location four consecutive years, starting with Lance Armstrong's second overall victory in 2003 through Levi Leipheimer's victory in 2006.  It's one of my favorite races to cover; it is like a week of the Tour de France in the Alps without the traffic jams.  You'll find the Dauphiné Libéré official website here.  More to come tomorrow, Monday, and throughout the week. -Pete
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2009 Giro d'Italia:  Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins Stage 20 ahead of
Thomas Voeckler (BBox Bouygues Telecom) and a charging peloton not far behind.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 20:  Gilbert enjoys his time on the victory podium.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 21 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three and one half hours of coverage.  North America.)

- More Giro d'Italia Stage 21 videos to come...

2009 Giro d'Italia video clips

Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 21, Part 1 (02:28) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 21, Part 2 (02:26) Eurosport
Lance & Levi final thoughts from the Giro (4:39) Livestrong
Interview with Lance Armstrong (11:22) Universal
Stage 21 Highlights (01:49) Eurosport
Stage 21 highlights (02:09) Sporza
2009 Giro winner takes the podium (01:39) Rai
Drama at the finish of Stage 21 (08:32) Sporza
Stage 21 TT, Last riders of the day (22:22) Rai
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 20, Part 1 (02:15) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 20, Part 2 (01:05) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 20, Part 3 (01:34) Eurosport
Stage 20 Highlights (01:45) Eurosport
Stage 20 Highlights / post-race show (30:20) Rai
Stage 20 highlights (06:27) Gazzetta
Stage 20 highlights (0:47) Sporza
Stage 20 final kilometer (02:12) Sporza
Last kilometer of Stage 20 (05:46) Rai
Lance, Levi and Jason McCartney before Giro stage 20 (06:43) Livestrong
UCI President McQuaid discusses Astana situation (0:43) Gazzetta
Lance and Levi Speak With Robbie Hunter before Stage 19 (06:42) Livestrong
Giro stage 19 in the bus with Ted King (04:59) Livestrong
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 19, Part 1 (02:25) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 19, Part 2 (02:27) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 19, Part 3 (02:01) Eurosport
Stage 19 Highlights (01:35) Eurosport
Stage 19 Highlights / post-race show (31:33) Rai
Stage 19 Highlights (03:23) Rai
Stage 19 Highlights (06:20) Gazzetta
Stage 19 final kilometer (3:48) Sporza
Last kilometer of Stage 19 (05:49) Rai
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 18, Part 1 (02:00) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 18, Part 2 (02:28) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 18, Part 3 (02:30) Eurosport
Stage 18 Highlights (01:59) Eurosport
Stage 18 Highlights / post-race show (26:09) Rai
Stage 18 Highlights (03:04) Rai
Stage 18 Highlights (06:49) Gazzetta
LA & Michael Barry before Stage 18 of the Giro (02:38) Livestrong
Stage 18 final kilometer (05:49) Rai
Lance & Chechu on the bus at Stage 18 of the Giro (02:50) Livestrong
Stage 18 final kilometer (02:07) Sporza
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 17, Part 1 (01:22) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 17, Part 2 (01:18) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 17, Part 3 (01:37) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 17, Part 4 (02:26) Eurosport
Stage 17 Highlights (01:55) Eurosport
Stage 17 Highlights / post-race show (31:59) Rai
Stage 17 Highlights (01:10) Sporza
Stage 17 Highlights (05:55) Gazzetta
Stage 17 Highlights (03:14) Rai
Lance and Popo catch up (04:32) Livestrong
Stage 17 final kilometer (03:31) Sporza
Last kilometers of Stage 17 (05:10) Rai
Lance's Rest day (0:57) Livestrong
Lance and Levi after Stage 16 (03:51) Livestrong
Stage 16 highlights (01:15) Eurosport
Armstrong discusses the team's situation (01:30) Gazzetta
Stage 16 Highlights / post-race show (27:16) Rai
Stage 16 highlights (01:43) Rai
Stage 16 highlights (01:20) Sporza
Lance, Levi and Jens (05:21) Livestrong
Stage 16 final kilometer (03:12) Sporza
Last exciting kilometers of Stage 16 (30:21) Rai
Stage 15 highlights (01:25) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 15, Part 1 (01:17) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 15, Part 2 (02:02) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 15, Part 3 (02:31) Eurosport
Stage 15 Highlights / post-race show (29:33) Rai
Lance, Levi and Mick Rogers (03:26) Livestrong
Lance tour of truck (03:39) Livestrong
Armstrong at the Giro d'Italia (01:05) Gazzetta
Stage 15 final kilometer (05:00) Sporza
Stage 15 final kilometer (05:51) Rai
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 14, Part 1 (01:46) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 14, Part 2 (02:12) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 14, Part 3 (01:32) Eurosport
Stage 14 highlights (01:45) Eurosport
Stage 14 Highlights / post-race show (29:15) Rai
Interview with stage 14 winner (02:13) Gazzetta
Lance wishes Alain Happy Birthday (03:55) Livestrong
Lance Talks to Jani Brajkovic (02:36) Livestrong
Lance and Levi Talk to Dave Zabriskie (02:02) Livestrong
Stage 14 final kilometer (06:03) Rai
Stage 14 final kilometer (06:14) Sporza
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 13, Part 1 (01:47) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 13, Part 2 (02:30) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 13, Part 3 (01:09) Eurosport
Stage 13 highlights (01:45) Eurosport
Stage 13 Highlights / post-race show (29:34) Rai
Post-stage 13 interview with Levi Leipheimer (01:37) Gazzetta
Post-stage interviews, including Stage 13 winner (02:09) Gazzetta
Stage 13 final kilometer (05:54) Rai
Lance and Levi before Stage 13 (02:53) Livestrong
Stage 13 final kilometer (06:23) Sporza
Levi Leipheimer Re-Caps Stage 12 ITT (01:01) Facebook
Post Stage 12 interview with Johan Bruyneel (02:02) Gazzetta
Stage 12 highlights (01:45) Eurosport
Stage 12 Highlights / post-race show (30:20) Rai
Lance and Team Before Giro's Time Trial (02:07) Livestrong
Planet Armstrong, Part 1 (01:22) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong, Part 2 (02:39) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong, Part 3 (01:39) Eurosport
Stage 12 one of the toughest (02:34) Eurosport
Levi talks about his stage 11 crash (0:54) Facebook
Bruyneel discusses Thursday's ITT (01:16) Gazzetta
Stage 11 Highlights / post-race show (30:03) Rai
Highlights & final kilometers of Stage 11 (04:19) Gazzetta
Stage 11 final kilometer (06:18) Rai
Lance Before Stage 11 (01:59) Livestrong
Tragic motorcyclist remembered (01:09) Eurosport
Stage 11 final kilometer (01:01) Sporza
Lance & Levi Postrace Update - Stage 10 (04:35) Livestrong
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 10, Part 1 (02:04) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 10, Part 2 (01:19) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 10, Part 3 (01:55) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 10, Part 4 (01:55) Eurosport
Stage 10 Highlights / post-race show (33:17) Rai
Giro stage 10 highlights (01:35) Eurosport
Lance & Levi Before Stage 10 (01:51) Livestrong
Team Meeting - Stage 10 (06:34) Livestrong
Stage 10 final kilometer (01:56) Sporza
Profile: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Part 1 (01:35) Eurosport
Profile: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Part 2 (01:39) Eurosport
Stage 10 final kilometer (07:32) Rai
Lance Update on Rest Day (07:03) Livestrong
Astana happy with Lance (02:05) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 9, Part 1 (01:39) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 9, Part 2 (01:56) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 9, Part 3 (02:23) Eurosport
Giro stage 9 highlights (02:24) Eurosport
Johan Bruyneel explains after Stage 9 (01:34) Gazzetta
Interview with Stage 9 winner (01:22) Rai
Stage 9 Highlights / post-race show (36:56) Rai
Stage 9 final kilometer (05:21) Sporza
Stage 9 final kilometer (01:16) Rai
Stage 9 First Kilometers, Riders stop (04:56) Sporza
Stage 9 Announcement by Di Luca (01:53) Rai
Lance and Team Astana After Stage 8 (01:57) Livestrong
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 8, Part 1 (02:31) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 8, Part 2 (02:20) Eurosport
Columbia-High Road's DS, Post Stage 8 (01:24) Gazzetta
Johan Bruyneel after Stage 8 (01:07) Gazzetta
Stage 8 Highlights (0:40) Rai
Stage 8 Highlights / post-race show (38:00) Rai
Giro stage 8 highlights (01:55) Eurosport
Lance Talks Before Stage 8 (01:40) Livestrong
Stage 8 final kilometer (05:42) Rai
Interview with Johan Bruyneel (02:40) Gazetta
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 7, Part 1 (02:14) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 7, Part 2 (01:38) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 7, Part 3 (01:36) Eurosport
Giro stage 7 highlights (02:22) Eurosport
Stage 7 Highlights / post-race show (29:00) Rai
Astana riders protest, Johan Bruyneel comments (01:06) Gazzetta
Basso tipped to challenge for Giro (01:40) Eurosport
Lance on the Bus Before Stage 7 (0:49) Livestrong
From Astana Team Bus, Start of Stage 7 (0:34) Livestrong
Stage 7 final kilometer (04:05) Rai
Stage 7 final kilometer (01:52) Sporza
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 6, Part 1  (0:43) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 6, Part 2 (02:30) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 6, Part 3 (01:41) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong - Giro stage 6, Part 4 (01:30) Eurosport
Stage 6 Highlights / post-race show (23:23) Rai
Stage 6 highlights (01:25) Eurosport
Interview with Armstrong after stage 6 (01:03) Gazzetta
Highlights & final kilometers of Stage 6 (07:00) Gazzetta
Stage 6 final kilometer (02:50) Sporza
Stage 6 final kilometer (02:10) Rai
Planet Armstrong: stage five, Part 1 (01:46) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong: stage five, Part 2 (02:07) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong: stage five, Part 3 (02:03) Eurosport
Stage 5 highlights (01:20) Eurosport
Stage 5 Highlights / post-race show (32:16) Rai
Stage 5 final kilometer (03:01) Rai
Post Stage 5 interview with Lance Armstrong (0:54) Rai
Stage 5 final kilometer (01:05) Sporza
Lance at the Start of Stage 4 (01:22) Livestrong
Planet Armstrong Stage 4, Part 1 (02:16) Eurosport
Planet Armstrong Stage 4, Part 2 (02:28) Eurosport
Stage 4 Highlights / post-race show (34:24) Rai
Interview with Lance & others before Stage 4 (01:44) Gazzetta
Highlights & final kilometers of Stage 4 (06:46) Gazzetta
Stage 4 Highlights (01:17) Sporza
Stage 4 highlights (01:19) Eurosport
Stage 4 final kilometer (02:10) Rai Sport
Stage 4 final kilometer (01:54) Sporza
Post Stage 3 interview with Lance Armstrong (02:04) Gazzetta
Planet Armstrong: Giro stage 3 (02:07) Eurosport
Lance Before Stage 3 (01:53) Livestrong
Stage 3 Highlights (01:25) Eurosport
Stage 3 Highlights / post-race show (28:39) Rai
Stage 3 Highlights (01:09) Rai
Lance & Company on the bus after Stage 2 (01:33) Livestrong
Armstrong & Johan Bruyneel Before Stage 2 (02:39) Livestrong
Stage 3 Final kilometer (04:30) Rai Sport
Interview with Lance Armstrong after Stage 2 (01:41) gazzetta.it
Planet Armstrong: Stage 2 (02:28) Eurosport
Stage 2 Highlights (01:20) Eurosport
Stage 2 Highlights/post-race show (26:05) Rai Sport
Stage 2 Final kilometer (01:42) Rai Sport
Post Stage 1 Interview with Lance Armstrong (01:25) gazzetta.it
Lance Armstrong on his Giro d'Italia hopes (01:00) Yahoo
Armstrong In The Groove, Giro news conference (0:55) Sky Sports
Road to Rome (01:50) gazzetta.it
Johan Bruyneel discusses Giro chances (02:45) gazzetta.it
Behind the scenes footage of Team Astana in Italy (02:09) gazzetta.it
   

 

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video via Eurosport.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming on Rai

- Giro LIVE now on Universal Sports.  Link at right.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE now on Rai Sport Piu.  (First Rai link at right.)

- Giro Rome TT start order and times here. (.pdf)


Alberto Contador in the snow on Tour de France reconnaissance
at the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard.  This mountain pass
will be featured in Stage 16.  But Contador will first race in the
Dauphine Libere which starts in one week.
photo courtesy T. Guillot/Le Dauphiné Libéré (more photos)

- 2009 Dauphiné Libéré:  This race starts one week from today.  We'll have pre-race coverage starting tomorrow, Monday.  Dauphine Libere official website hereRace routeStages

- Tour of Belgium: Like the Giro, the Tour of Belgium finishes with an individual time trial today.  First rider to depart: Mathieu Criquielion at 13:20 CET (7:20am U.S. Eastern).  Race leader Lars Boom departs at 15:33 CET (9:33am U.S. Eastern).  Full start order and times here.  Live video, tickers and other links below.

- Giro d'Italia Stage 21 Individual Time Trial in Rome starts at 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider, Evgeny Sokolov (BBox Bouygues Telecom) departs.  Race leader Denis Menchov will depart last, scheduled at 17:01 CET (11:01am U.S. Eastern).  Riders will depart at 1-minute intervals with the final 15 riders departing at 3-minute intervals.  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:50am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

- Tour of Belgium live video streaming is scheduled to begin at 14:10 CET (8:10am U.S. Eastern).  Links below.

Tour of Belgium LIVE
May 27-31
Official Website
Start List

Live video (Sporza)
(14:10 CET (8:10am U.S. Eastern))

Live ticker (French)
(Google-translated to English)

 

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 20 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three hours of coverage.  North America.)

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- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Giro d'Italia.

2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 21 start: 13:45 CET
(1:45pm CET)


Rome

Rome weather


Live video streaming:


(8:50am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)


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(15:00 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

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Live audio streaming:

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Radio Tour graphics:


(Not active for time trial stages)

Live tickers:


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano

(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

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Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 20

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 19:  Carlos Sastre (Cervelo Test Team) wins atop Mount Vesuvius.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 19:  Sastre is kissed by the podium girls after his second stage win of the race.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 19:  Three distinctive jersey wearers, Stefano Garzelli (king of the mountains),
Denis Menchov (overall race leader) and Danilo Di Luca (points leader) on the final climb
to Mount Vesuvius ahead of Levi Leipheimer.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Sunday's Giro d'Italia Stage 21 Individual Time Trial in Rome starts at 13:45 CET (7:45am U.S. Eastern) when the first rider, Evgeny Sokolov (BBox Bouygues Telecom) departs.  Race leader Denis Menchov will depart last, scheduled at 17:01 CET (11:01am U.S. Eastern).  Riders will depart at 1-minute intervals with the final 15 riders departing at 3-minute intervals.  You'll find the complete Giro Rome TT start order and times here. (.pdf)  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:50am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 20 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three hours of coverage.  North America.)

- Giro live tickers in multiple languages in our Live tickers section at right.

Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

NEW! 2009 Giro d'Italia: Blockhaus
acrylic on paper 5x9"
The face of the race: Menchov shadowing Di Luca
Copyright © 2009 Rob Ijbema

- See Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

- Giro LIVE now on Universal Sports.  Link at right.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming now on Rai Sport Piu.  Link at right.

- Giro d'Italia Stage 20 departs Napoli at 12:25 CET (6:25am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Anagni between 17:01 and 17:29 CET (11:01am and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 16:30 CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.


Dauphiné Libéré LIVE coverage at www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- Tour of Belgium live video streaming is scheduled to begin at 14:10 CET (8:10am U.S. Eastern).  Links below.

Tour of Belgium LIVE
May 27-31
Official Website
Start List

Live video (Sporza)
(14:10 CET (8:10am U.S. Eastern))

Live ticker (French)
(Google-translated to English)

 

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 19 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three and a half hours of coverage.  North America.)

- 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 Giro d'Italia.

2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 20 start: 12:25 CET
Expected finish: 17:01 to 17:29 CET
(5:01pm to 5:29pm CET)


Napoli

Anagni weather


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(8:30am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)


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(15:00 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

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Live audio streaming:

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Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

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Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 19

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 18:  Michele Scarponi celebrates his second stage win, this time ahead of Felix Cardenas, Danny Pate and Lars Ytting Bak.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Saturday's Giro d'Italia Stage 20 departs Napoli at 12:25 CET (6:25am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Anagni between 17:01 and 17:29 CET (11:01am and 11:29am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 16:30 CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.


Dauphiné Libéré LIVE coverage at www.cyclingfans.com
photo Copyright © 2009 Pete Geyer/www.cyclingfans.com

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 19 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three and a half hours of coverage.  North America.)

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming via Eurosport video and audio.  Also, Universal Sports and Rai Sport Piu.  Choose your language for commentary in our Live audio streaming section, links at right.

- Lots of Giro live tickers in multiple languages in gray section at right.

- Giro LIVE now on Universal Sports.  Link at right.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming now on Rai Sport Piu web stream.  First Rai link at right.

- Tour of Belgium LIVE now.  See feed below.

- Tour of Belgium live video streaming is scheduled to begin at 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern).  Links below.

Giro d'Italia Stage 19 Profile

- Giro d'Italia Stage 19 departs Avellino at 13:05 CET (7:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at Vesuvio (Ercolano) between 17:05 and 17:30 CET (11:05am and 11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 16:10 CET (10:10am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 18 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three hours of coverage.  North America.)

Tour of Belgium LIVE
May 27-31
Official Website
Start List

Live video (Sporza)
(14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern))

Live ticker (French)
(Google-translated to English)

  

- 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 Giro d'Italia.

2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 19 start: 13:05 CET
(1:05pm CET)
Expected finish: 17:05 to 17:30 CET
(5:05pm to 5:30pm CET)


Avellino

Ercolano weather


Live video streaming:


(8:30am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)


(Go to page, click on blue Web 1
or Web 2 button.)


  (geo-restricted?)


 


(rtpa.es, Spain)
(last part of stage only?)


 


(15:00 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Radio Tour graphics:


(Not active for time trial stages)

Live tickers:


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

Copyright © 2009 www.cyclingfans.com

 

Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 18

Friday's Giro d'Italia Stage 19 Profile

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 18:  Race leader Denis Menchov (Rabobank) speaks
to a Giro d'Italia hostess before the start.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 18:  Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step), leader in the
young rider classification, before the start in Sulmona.
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2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 18:  Lance Armstrong and Chechu Rubiera await the stage start.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 18:  And they're off.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 17:  Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) crosses the line for the stage win
and moves up to third overall behind Denis Menchov and Danilo Di Luca.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

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- Friday's Giro d'Italia Stage 19 departs Avellino at 13:05 CET (7:05am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at Vesuvio (Ercolano) between 17:05 and 17:30 CET (11:05am and 11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 16:10 CET (10:10am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 18 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three hours of coverage.  North America.)

- Giro LIVE now on Eurosport, switched from tennis.  See Eurosport live audio streams, links at right.

- Regarding Eurosport live audio:  They just announced they are staying with Roland Garros live coverage of the Roger Federer match for now.  They apologized to cycling fans.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming via Rai.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming on Universal Sports.  Link at right.

- Giro LIVE on Rai Sport too.  (Opens directly in media player.)

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming now on Rai Sport Piu web stream.  (First Rai link at right.)

- Tour of Belgium LIVE now.

- Tour of Belgium live video streaming is scheduled to begin at 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern).

Tour of Belgium LIVE
May 27-31
Official Website
Start List

Live video (Sporza)
(14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern))

Live ticker (French)
(Google-translated to English)

 

- Giro d'Italia Stage 18 departs Sulmona at 12:50 CET (6:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Benevento between 17:03 and 17:30 CET (11:03am and 11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:50am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

2009 Giro d'Italia: Maglia Rosa, Mark Cavendish
acrylic on paper 5x8"
Copyright © 2009 Rob Ijbema

- See Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 17 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over four hours of coverage.  North America.

- 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 Giro d'Italia.

2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 18 start: 12:50 CET
Expected finish: 17:03 to 17:30 CET
(5:03pm to 5:30pm CET)


Sulmona

Benevento weather


Live video streaming:


(8:50am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)


(Go to page, click on blue Web 1
or Web 2 button.)


  (geo-restricted?)


(rtpa.es, Spain)
(last part of stage only?)


(15:00 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Radio Tour graphics:


(Not active for time trial stages)

Live tickers:


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

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Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 17

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 17:  Lance Armstrong, looking stronger and stronger,
put in an attack on the Blockhaus.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 17:  Danilo Di Luca and Denis Menchov on the climb to Blockhaus.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com


Danilo di Luca, acrylic on paper 5x8"
Di Luca working hard to defend his pink jersey.
Copyright © 2009 Rob Ijbema
See Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top, below sticky notes)

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- Tour of Belgium live video streaming is scheduled to begin at 14:00 CET (8am U.S. Eastern).

- Thursday's Giro d'Italia Stage 18 departs Sulmona at 12:50 CET (6:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Benevento between 17:03 and 17:30 CET (11:03am and 11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:50am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10:00am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 17 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over four hours of coverage.  North America.)

- Giro LIVE video streaming now on Eurosport.

- Giro LIVE on Rai Sport Piu.  Link at right.  More to come.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming on Universal.  Link at right.

- Tour of Belgium LIVE video streaming on Sporza here.  This is Stage 1.  Tour of Belgium live ticker here.  (Google-translated to English)

- Next update:  Around 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern)

Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

2009 Giro d'Italia: Maglia Rosa, Mark Cavendish
acrylic on paper 5x8"
Copyright © 2009 Rob Ijbema

- See Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema

- The Rai Sport Piu web streams (first Rai link in Live video streaming section at right) should be live first with Giro d'Italia Stage 17 coverage.  Available Eurosport online coverage will depend on what's happening at the Roland Garros (French Open) tennis tournament.  We'll update links throughout the stage.


2009 Giro d'Italia:  Carlos Sastre (Cervelo Test Team)
on his way to winning Stage 16.
Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

- Giro d'Italia Stage 17 departs Chieti at 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at Blockhaus between 17:12 and 17:30 CET (11:12am and 11:30am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:50am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to begin at 15:30 CET (9:30am U.S. Eastern); coverage might appear on the main Eurosport channel depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

Giro d'Italia Stage 17 Profile

 

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2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 17 start: 14:50 CET
(2:50pm CET)
Expected finish: 17:12 to 17:30 CET
(5:12pm to 5:30pm CET)


Chieti

Chieti weather


Live video streaming:


(8:50am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)


(Go to page, click on blue Web 1
or Web 2 button.)


  (geo-restricted?)


(rtpa.es, Spain)
(last part of stage only?)


 


(15:00 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Radio Tour graphics:


(Not active for time trial stages)

Live tickers:


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photography

 

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Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 16


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- Tuesday is the second and final rest day of the 2009 Giro d'Italia.  Coming later on Tuesday: Stage 16 photos, more videos, Tour de Cycling - Tuesday, and Stage 17 info.

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 16 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three and a half hours of coverage.  North America.)

- Giro d'Italia:  Can't watch but can listen along?  Select your language from our list of Eurosport live audio streams.  (links in Live audio streaming section at right)  Audio streams can also be played while watching one of the video feeds, very useful if the commentary in your video feed is in a language you don't understand.

- Giro LIVE on Eurosport, earlier than scheduled.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE video streaming now on Universal Sports.  Links at right.

- Giro LIVE now via Rai.

- Giro d'Italia LIVE now on Rai Sport Piu web stream.  First Rai Sport link at right.

- First Giro feeds to go live will likely be the Rai Sport Piu web stream.  (First Rai Sport Piu link at right.)  As usual, we will update our Giro d'Italia live video listings throughout the stage, with the best available feeds.

- Stage 16 Preview:  This stage has all the makings of a great day of strategy and racing, attacks, counter attacks, hesitating on the part of some, going for broke on the part of others.  Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) and Levi Leipheimer (Astana), the top 3 in the overall going into today's stage, are all within 43 seconds of one another.  Franco Pellizotti and Ivan Basso of Liquigas are 4th and 6th at 2 minutes and 3:03, respectively, of Menchov.  Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) is 5th at 2:52.  Menchov fears this stage the most.  It will be hard to control, there likely will be attacks all day long and Menchov's rivals will attempt, and succeed, to isolate the Russian.  It will be up to Menchov, as race leader, to respond.  Will he find allies on the road?  There will be attacks on the climbs and there will be attacks on the descents.  Teammates of contenders will be sent up the road early and thus potentially available late in the stage to help their team leaders.  Other attackers from far out may become overall contenders on the road.  Lance Armstrong could attack a couple of climbs from the finish, a move that could benefit team leader Levi Leipheimer as well as allow Armstrong, going at his own pace, to get in some great training miles.  One thing is sure: all the teams vying for overall victory will have a plan designed to ensure success.  The most successful stage race strategist around, Astana's Johan Bruyneel, lives for days like this.  Astana misses Chris Horner but they can still play a huge role in dynamiting a stage like this.  So this stage is about teammates up the road, attacks on the climbs, attacks on the descents, and then one last climb where...Ka-Boom!...the first 4 km are particularly difficult.  Some will be all smiles on Tuesday's rest day, some will regret missed opportunities, some will simply say "I gave it all I had."  Then on Wednesday, the climb to Blockhaus.  Best sport in the world.  -Pete

Giro d'Italia Stage 16 Profile

- Giro d'Italia Stage 16 departs Pergola at 10:45 CET (4:45am U.S. Eastern) and is expected at Monte Petrano (Cagli) at around 17:19 CET (11:19am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern) but could start earlier depending on weather conditions at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris as well as competitor match-ups.  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 15 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three and a half hours of coverage.  North America.)

- 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 Giro d'Italia.

2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 16 start: 10:45 CET
Expected finish: 17:19 CET
(5:19pm CET)


Pergola

Cagli weather


Live video streaming:


(8:30am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)


(Go to page, click on blue Web 1
or Web 2 button.)


  (geo-restricted?)


(rtpa.es, Spain)
(last part of stage only?)


 


(15:00 CET)
(Geo-restricted)

(more links to come)

 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Radio Tour graphics:


(Not active for time trial stages)

Live tickers:


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano


(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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