2009 Paris-Tours LIVE

Paris-Tours:  An early breakaway, late in the season.  Will it go all the way?
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- Video:  Paris-Tours final km here. (NOS, 02:14)

- Video:  Paris-Tours final km here. (Sporza, 02:41)

- Paris-Tours LIVE via Sporza.

- Paris-Tours LIVE via SuperSport, Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett commentating.

- Paris-Tours LIVE on France3.fr, works here in France but apparently is geo-restricted.  NOS is also geo-restricted.  Links at right.

- Paris-Tours LIVE on Cycling TV.  Link at right.

- Paris-Tours LIVE now via Eurosport France.

- Eurosport France television coverage running late.  Still with tennis.  Paris-Tours to follow...

- 31 of 36 5-man teams entered in the U23 race today are French.  If a Frenchman doesn't win today, Bernard Hinault will go berserk a la Billy Jack.  (Stay off the new Bernard Hinault pedestrian bridge!) -Pete

- No American has ever reached the podium at Paris-Tours.  Today, American sprinter Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) will go for the win.

- Today will see the last Paris-Tours finish on the famous Avenue de Grammont, due to the installation of tramway tracks in 2010.

- The town of Bonneval (km 44 for the Elite race and start town for the U23 race) yesterday unveiled a Tour de France street as well as a Bernard Hinault pedestrian bridge.  No word yet on whether or not Bernard tossed anyone off the bridge. -Pete

- LIVE ticker:  Eurosport France ticker (Google-translated to English).  More tickers listed at right.

- Paris-Tours book:  As far as I know, there is only one published book about the history of Paris-Tours, written by my good friend Charles Guenard (French, 2005, with preface by former TDF director Jean-Marie Leblanc).  There is currently just one copy left at Amazon.fr though they say they'll get more.  If you're ever in Paris on a Friday, you can stop by Charles' shop and get a signed copy.  Cover pics below with more info (in French) about the book on back cover.  -Pete

- Race organizer A.S.O. always produces nice event posters, though this year's Paris-Tours poster (see below) is nearly identical to last year's.  Large race posters are displayed throughout start/finish towns and a limited number of smaller versions are often available locally. -Pete

2009 Paris-Tours official poster

- The Eurosport France ticker is live.  (Link in "Live tickers" section at right.)

Chartres:  Start town for the Elite Men's race today.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

Bonneval:  Start town for the U23 Men's race and at km 44
of the Elite Men's race.
Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com

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- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Paris-Tours.

2009 Paris-Tours LIVE
France, October 11
Official Website
Elite Men Start List
U23 Men Start List

Elite Men start: 11:15 CET
Finish: 16:30 to 16:59 CET
(4:30pm to 4:59pm CET)


Tours weather

Live video streaming:

(free, North America)
(9:25am U.S. Eastern)

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

(France 3, geo-restricted?)
(15:25 CET)
(9:25am U.S. Eastern)

(15:30 CET)
(9:30am U.S. Eastern)

(Sporza, Belgium only?)
(15:25 CET)
(9:25am U.S. Eastern)

(more links to come)


(more video links to come if available)


Live audio streaming:

(Note: Eurosport is not showing
Paris-Tours in all markets today.)

Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Russian - Swedish
Check schedule


Live tickers:

Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano

(more tickers to come)


News and photos:

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

Graham Watson


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