Live race coverage

GVA Trophy Cyclocross LIVE

The GVA Trophy Cyclocross race is Saturday.  The official website is here.  There should be live streaming video on Sporza.  We do not know if this coverage will be available worldwide.  We do expect Sunday's Superprestige live streaming here to be available worldwide.

2009 Tour de France Route Presentation LIVE

 

 Notes:


2009 Tour de France Official Poster

- You will find detailed information regarding the 2009 Tour de France route at the official site here.  (includes a fly-over video)

- So, the Team Time Trial is back, there will be fewer individual time trial kilometers, and it will all come down to the penultimate stage, to Mont Ventoux the day before the stage into Paris.

- Official site feed is now working for us, with voice-over in English.

- Christian Prudhomme is now presenting the 2009 Tour de France route.

- Cycling.tv feed is running behind France 3 feed.  Prince Albert of Monaco now speaking.  If you are just now tuning in, they haven't yet begun showing the 2009 Tour route.  Velonews and official site live streams not working for us.

- Cycling.tv audio now working for us.  They have voice-over in English as the topic of sports in Monaco is being presented.  2009 TDF route to follow...

- Presentation also live now on France 3 here.  Christian Prudhomme is now speaking.  -Bernie S.

- Live feed is playing for us on cycling.tv, but with no audio.  At the moment, they are showing the 2008 TDF highlights video.  2009 TDF Route Presentation to follow.

- Next update here when live coverage gets underway.

- Live streaming video of the ceremony should get underway at 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).

- Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme survived the recent shake-up at A.S.O. that saw the firing of president Patrice Clerc.  Nevertheless, Prudhomme is in an awkward position this morning given his recent statements that the credibility of the Tour de France depends on the anti-doping controls carried out by the French anti-doping agency AFLD (as opposed to the controls done by the UCI through 2007).  It was an extraordinary faux pas by Prudhomme given that anti-doping control is being returned to the UCI in 2009.  Prudhomme, clearly the weakest director in the history of the race, will be pulled back into line by Amaury with the warming of relations between ASO and the UCI.  (note that the "peace" does NOT include official recognition of the ProTour by A.S.O.  Quite the contrary.  See below.)  -Pete

- What is also known this morning prior to the route presentation is that, as rumored, the penultimate stage of the 2009 Tour de France will be a road stage to the summit of Mont Ventoux, the first time the Tour will visit the "Giant of Provence" since 2002.  Yes, that is the day before the race finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris!

- Will the Team Time Trial return to the Tour de France?  That's one question many are asking.  The TTT was a victim of the ASO/UCI wars of recent years with ASO deliberately shelving the event after 2005 to undermine the UCI's ProTour Team Time Trial which had a place in June on the calendar prior to the Tour.  (A.S.O. of course has never publicly admitted as much and neither has L'Equipe.)  With no TTT in the TDF, teams had less incentive to take the ProTour TTT event seriously.  The result is that the event died.  With its death, we may see a return of the TTT to the Tour de France in 2009, or 2010 at the latest.

- According to this morning's L'Equipe, the 2009 Tour de France will indeed begin, as rumored, with a 15km time trial in the streets of Monaco, including a portion of the Formula 1 circuit.  Should be spectacular.  The last time a Tour de France started on the Cote d'Azur (Riviera)?  1981.

- UCI President Pat McQuaid, as expected, will be in attendance this morning.  This may have the effect of maintaining the mistaken belief, among many, that ASO and the UCI have buried the hatchet over their ProTour differences.  Though some in the English-language cycling media don't seem to have picked up on this, Amaury Group president Marie-Odile Amaury has made it clear:  Amaury does not recognize the ProTour and ASO will not be joining the ProTour.  Not now, not ever.  However, ASO does once again recognize the authority of the UCI as the sport's governing body.

- The normal start time for this event as in past years, and indeed the start time mentioned in this morning's (Wednesday) L'Equipe newspaper, is 11:00 CET.  If that time is accurate and live streaming does not start until 11:30 CET as announced, this suggests that opening remarks from the likes of new ASO president Jean-Etienne Amaury and Christian Prudhomme, as well as a speech by Prince Albert II of Monaco and awards presentations may not be part of the live streaming.  If that is the case, the presentation of the actual race route will of course be streamed live and possibly the highlights video of the 2008 Tour.  We'll see.

- The general route for the 2009 Tour de France was defined in May, the details were completed in September, and after race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) reserved the necessary hotel rooms for the teams and race officials, all that remains is to present the route to an invitation-only audience at the Palais des Congres in Paris and, for the first time ever, to cycling fans worldwide via live streaming video.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2009 Tour de France Route Presentation.

2009 Tour de France
Route Presentation

Palais des Congres, Paris, October 22
Official Website


Live video streaming:
 

Official Site Live Streaming
 

France 3

Sporza

(more video links to come if available)

 

News and photos:


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

 

Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com

 


Former Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc presents the 2005 Tour de France, October, 2004
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

The 2009 Tour de France route will be presented LIVE from the Palais des Congres in Paris tomorrow.  The invitation-only event will for the first time be seen by cycling fans worldwide via internet live streamingTour de France director Christian Prudhomme will be joined by Prince Albert II of Monaco in presenting the 2009 edition of the race with its "Grand Depart" in Monaco.  Among the riders expected in attendance are Carlos Sastre and Alberto ContadorLive streaming video of the ceremony should get underway at 11:30 CET (5:30am U.S. Eastern).

There will be several options for watching this event live, including:

cycling.tv
Tour de France Official Website
 


Paul Sherwen (OLN) interviews race director Jean-Marie Leblanc after the 2005 TDF route presentation
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

More info. to follow...

UCI Cyclocross World Cup - Kalmthout LIVE

Live streaming coverage of this event should begin on cycling.tv (worldwide excluding USA) at around 13:25 CET (7:25am U.S. Eastern).

This event may also be available on Sporza.

2008 Giro di Lombardia LIVE

 

 Notes:

On tomorrow: Cyclo-cross LIVE

- There are geo-restricted Eurosport Spain and Eurosport Germany live video feeds. -Bernie S.

- As always, you can mute the audio on a given video feed and then play a Eurosport audio feed in the language of your choice for your race commentary.

- Eurosport audio streams now playing the race live.

- Lombardy live coverage on cycling.tv has begun.

- Giro di Lombardia LIVE now on Sporza.  Stay tuned for more live streaming coverage options.  -Bernie S.

- On tomorrow:  Cyclocross World Cup - Kalmthout LIVE

Wednesday:  2009 Tour de France Route Presentation LIVE

2005 Tour de France Route Presentation, October, 2004:  TDF organizer Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.) presents an award to Richard Virenque to commemorate his record seven King of the Mountains titles.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

- Wednesday's 2009 Tour de France Route Presentation will be streamed live over the internet.  (John C., St. Louis)  Editor: This is a first and even in France there hasn't been any kind of live coverage of this event in recent years, if ever.  The presentation is typically an opportunity for A.S.O. to loudly condemn doping, sometimes followed by a presentation of an award to a, uh, French doper, as was the case in 2004 when 7-time King of the Mountains winner Richard Virenque was given a framed collage commemorating his 7 titles.  The show also features slick video highlights of the previous summer's Tour.  Stay tuned for our full coverage of this event.

- Lance Armstrong fans (and detractors) can follow his every move via the 7-time TDF champion's Twitter updates here.  (Thanks John C., St. Louis)

- Giro di Lombardia live streaming video should begin on cycling.tv at around 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern).  Live coverage on Eurosport should begin at 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  We'll list any other available live streams at race time.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 Giro di Lombardia.

2008 Giro di Lombardia
Italy, October 18
Official Website
Start List
 


Live video streaming:
 

(more video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(English)

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Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
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Live tickers:


(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
 

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2008 Giro di Lombardia Live Coverage

The 2008 Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy) is tomorrow, Saturday.  Live streaming video is scheduled to begin on cycling.tv at 14:50 CET (8:50am U.S. Eastern).  Live coverage on Eurosport should begin at around 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  We'll have the links to all available live streams, as well as live tickers, in the morning.

 

2008 Paris-Tours LIVE

 

 Notes:

- SuperPrestige cyclo-cross live now here.  (-Bernie S.  Thanks again, Charlie Young).

Coming next Saturday: Giro di Lombardia LIVE

- Frenchman Tony Gallopin just won the U23 Paris-Tours, crossing the line first on the Avenue de Grammont in Tours, according to Eurosport France.

- Paris-Tours live video now playing at Alfa Sport.

- We're now listing Eurosport Paris-Tours live text tickers in English, German, Spanish and French.  (Though they seem to be asleep at the UK keyboard.)

- Eurosport live audio playing in English, Deutsch, and Espanol.

- Paris-Tours live now.

- Paris-Tours live streaming video:  The race looks to go live after the tennis match or after the soccer match.  (Thanks, David, thanks John.)  We are monitoring feeds.

 


Today's Paris-Tours Espoirs (Under-23) race starts in the
beautiful medieval town of Bonneval; the Elite race, which starts
in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines near Paris, passes through Bonneval
after about an hour and a half of racing.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

- Paris-Tours live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  Live streaming audio should begin at that time.  If any video streams go live, we will post the links here.

- Also on today:  SuperPrestige cyclo-cross LIVE streaming here.  (Thank you, Charlie Young, for this info.)


Paris-Tours Wallpaper in the Wallpapers section
by Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com
 

Related books:

Histoire du Paris-Tours


 

From back cover:

 

Until 2005, it wasn't easy to find good, detailed information about the history of Paris-Tours.  My good friend Charles Guénard took care of that problem by writing this magnificent Histoire du Paris-Tours.  As former race director Jean-Marie Leblanc writes in the book's Foreword, Charles Guénard is a passionate cycling fan, historian and collector.  It takes such a person to produce a work like this, rich with 320 pages including illustrations.

Paris-Tours for years actually started in Paris.  Today the race starts in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, some 45 minutes outside the French capital.  Over the years the race has also been run between Tours and Versailles and Blois and Chaville, to name just two of the varieties of "Paris-Tours".

Once run in the spring, since 1951 Paris-Tours has been held in the fall.  In addition to describing the parcours for each edition of the race, the book is filled with anecdotes, reproductions of vintage race-related documents and all the race results (through 2004).

Usually thought of as a sprinter's race, it has been won in recent years by a variety of non-sprinters including Frédéric Guesdon (2006), Erik Dekker (2004), Jakob Piil (2002) and Richard Virenque (2001).  So it can be a difficult race to predict.

On the Friday before the 2005 edition of the race, and just days after the book's publication, I stopped by the Paris shop of Charles Guénard for a regular chat to discuss all things cycling.  Before leaving, I asked Charles who he thought might win that Sunday's race.  His reply, with a wink:  "I'll tell you on Sunday."

Alessandro Petacchi won the 2007 edition.  No American has ever reached the podium of Paris-Tours.  Perhaps Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Chipotle) can be in the mix today.

Histoire de Paris-Tours (French) can be ordered online here.
 


Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines
Copyright © 2007 Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

 
- Pete Geyer, Editor, cyclingfans.com

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 Paris-Tours.

2008 Paris-Tours
France, October 12
Official Website
Start List
 


Live video streaming:
 

(video links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

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

Live tickers:



(English)
Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
 

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2008 Paris-Tours live coverage


2008 Paris-Tours Official Poster

The 2008 Paris-Tours is this Sunday.  Eurosport will be showing the race live, so at minimum internet coverage should include live streaming audio.  We will of course list any available live video streams as well as live tickers.

2008 Paris-Tours Official Website here
Start list (Provisional)

2008 UCI Road World Championships Live - Elite Men Road Race

 

 Notes:

- Worlds video streaming on Universal Sports for U.S. viewers.  This coverage again is delayed.

- Worlds live on cycling.tv for subscribers outside the U.S.

- Worlds live streaming audio playing on Eurosport.

- Worlds live on Sporza.

- Next update after 15:00 CET (9am U.S. Eastern).

- Worlds Elite Women's Road Race photos will be posted later today.

- All World Championships events through yesterday's Elite Women's Road Race are available for On Demand viewing at Universal Sports.

- UCI Worlds live on Eurosport should begin today at around 10:00 CET (4:00am U.S. Eastern).

- Universal Sports will be showing the Worlds for viewers in the U.S.  Today's coverage is scheduled to begin at 7am U.S. Eastern.

- Today's event is the Elite Men's Road Race.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 UCI Road World Championships.

2008 UCI Road World Championships
Varese, Italy, September 23-28
Official Website

 


Live video streaming:
 

 


(Eurosport Germany, Europe only?)


(Eurosport Spain, Europe only?)

(more links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(English)

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Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
---

Live tickers:

 

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2008 UCI Road World Championships Live - Elite Women Road Race

 

 Notes:

- The Men's Road Race is of course on tomorrow.

- All World Championships events through yesterday's U23 Men's Road Race are available for On Demand viewing at Universal Sports.

- The race is streaming on Universal Sports.  This is delayed; we estimate at about 20-25 minutes.

- Worlds Elite Women's Road Race live streaming audio now on Eurosport.

- UCI Worlds live on Eurosport should begin today at around 12:30 CET (6:30am U.S. Eastern).

- Universal Sports will be showing the Worlds for viewers in the U.S.  Today's coverage is scheduled to begin at 8am U.S. Eastern.

- Today's event is the Elite Women's Road Race.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 UCI Road World Championships.

2008 UCI Road World Championships
Varese, Italy, September 23-28
Official Website

 


Live video streaming:
 


(Eurosport Germany, Europe only?)


(Eurosport Spain, Europe only?)

(more links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(English)

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Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
---

Live tickers:

 

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com

 

2008 UCI Road World Championships Live - Under 23 Men Road Race

 

 Notes:

- UCI Worlds live on Eurosport should begin today at around 13:00 CET (7:00am U.S. Eastern).

- Universal Sports will be showing the Worlds for viewers in the U.S.  Today's coverage is scheduled to begin at 10am U.S. Eastern.

- Today's event is the Under 23 Men's Road Race.

- Welcome to today's live coverage guide for the 2008 UCI Road World Championships.

2008 UCI Road World Championships
Varese, Italy, September 23-28
Official Website

 


Live video streaming:
 


(Eurosport Germany, Europe only?)


(Eurosport Spain, Europe only?)

(more links to come if available)

 

Live audio streaming:

(English)

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Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian
---

Live tickers:

 

News and photos:


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


Graham Watson
Photo Gallery

 

Copyright © 2008 www.cyclingfans.com

 

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