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Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/12/2009 - 10:09
- Volta a Portugal LIVE video streaming on RTP. Links below photos.
- Next update as live television coverage gets underway for Stage 6 of the Volta a Portugal. Links to LIVE internet video feeds and ticker are below photos.
- Volta a Portugal Stage 6 begins at 12:50 local (7:50am U.S. Eastern). LIVE video coverage should begin at around 15:58 local (10:58am U.S. Eastern).
- While we're focusing on Portugal, L'Equipe is reporting that Portuguese rider Sergio Paulinho will join Lance Armstrong's new Team RadioShack in 2010. A longtime close teammate of Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros-Wurth, Team Wurth, Discovery Channel, Astana), Paulinho is (or was) without a contract for 2010 and received an offer to join RadioShack next year, according to the French sports daily. And former USPS/Discovery Channel rider, Jose Azevedo, also of Portugal, reportedly will join RadioShack as a directeur sportif.
- L'Equipe is also reporting that the BMC Racing Team budget will double to $6 million in 2010. The team is rumored to be interested in signing Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie. Note that according to UCI rules, new contract transfers cannot be announced before September 1. Joining BMC would appear to be a risky move for Leipheimer as the team would have to depend on a wild card in order to compete in the Tour.
Paulinho to ride for RadioShack in 2010 (L'Equipe)
Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 04:08
- Today is a rest day at the Tour of Portugal.
Submitted by admin on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 09:02
- Vuelta a Burgos LIVE via TDP. Link below. More links to come.
- Next updates as live television coverage gets underway for Vuelta a Burgos and Volta a Portugal. Links to LIVE internet video feeds and tickers are below photos.
- Vuelta a Burgos final stage Sunday begins at 12:41 CET (6:41am U.S. Eastern). LIVE video coverage should begin at around 16:00 CET (10am U.S. Eastern). Stage 5 is a mountaintop finish. Garmin-Slipstream's Tom Danielson is race leader with teammate Danny Pate in second at 4 seconds. Alejandro Valverde is third at 5 seconds. Below: photos of Danielson and Pate, USA Cycling teammates at the 2003 Tour de l'Avenir (Tour of the Future).
Coming Soon: "This Beautiful Sport"
Vuelta a Burgos Stage 5 Profile
Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/31/2009 - 12:48
Allentown, PA (July 31, 2009) – The Univest Grand Prix, the finale of the USA Cycling Pro Tour, expands for 2009 with the addition of a team time trial stage in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Friday, September 11. The Univest Grand Prix will now become a two-day UCI 2.2 (Pro-Am stage race) consisting of the opening TTT and followed by the famed Univest Grand Prix road race with start and finish in Souderton, Pennsylvania.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 11:50
Press Release --
Universal Sports Inks Four-Year Deal
Network Now Home to Two of the Three Grand Tours of Road Cycling
LOS ANGELES (July 28, 2009) – Universal Sports announced today it has inked an exclusive four-year multimedia deal to broadcast the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain), a three-week road cycling stage race that is one of the three Grand Tours of Europe and part of the UCI World Ranking calendar. Universal Sports will broadcast throughout next month’s Vuelta, beginning with the start in Assen, Holland, on August 29, and ending in Madrid, Spain, on September 22.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 02:54
- French sports daily L'Equipe is reporting that Andreas Kloden, Yaroslav Popovych, Gregory Rast and Haimar Zubeldia, currently all with Astana, will join Lance Armstrong at Team RadioShack next season. They assume that Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner will also join RadioShack but do not have firm info on that. They also report that RadioShack is close to a deal with Andy Schleck, second overall in the 2009 Tour de France; however, negotiations have been slowed because RadioShack does not want to take Andy's brother Frank. (L'Equipe)
- More Tour de Cycling - Monday, including more Tour de France photos and videos, to come...
Submitted by admin on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 13:14
Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 23:49
Breaking news: Team Radio Shack to be Lance Armstrong's new team
- VIDEO: Lance Armstrong announces Team Radio Shack.
- Lance Armstrong's Team Radio Shack website now active.
- Team Radio Shack is now on Twitter.
- Team RadioShack press release.
- Announcement expected after Time Trial, possibly around 18:00 CET (12pm U.S. Eastern)
- Below, how we broke this story yesterday.
- More when available -
Speculation is rampant regarding the name of the new American sponsor that Lance Armstrong has found for his team in 2010 and beyond. Armstrong is expected to announce the new partnership tomorrow, Thursday.
As we reported 9 days ago, Armstrong seemed to rule out the long-rumored Nike and Livestrong as title sponsors on French television, though they no doubt will be team partners in some capacity.
Among the other companies or brands thrown into the mix in the online world, some obviously in jest, some wishful thinking and with absolutely no supporting evidence: Oracle, Google, Apple, Twitter, FRS, Zappos/Amazon, Nutella. (I vote for Nutella!)
Now we can add another one to the list: Radio Shack
ESPN's Bonnie Ford posted the following message via Twitter late today France time (she is on site covering the Tour):
"Two words: Radio Shack."
Now, for all we know Bonnie Ford needed an adapter for her cell phone and found one at a Radio Shack in France and just wanted to give them a shout out. But consider this: Radio Shack headquarters are in Armstrong's home state of Texas (Fort Worth). They are a technology company, which is consistent with most of the other unsubstantiated rumors out there. They have retail stores in North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Africa. (Tandy/Radio Shack stores have bailed me out on a few occasions in France.) Radio Shack is a sponsor in NASCAR racing. Radio Shack has also been the official consumer electronics retailer of the National Basketball Association. So there is already an established relationship with professional sports.
And with the recent demise of Circuit City, perhaps Radio Shack wants to take a new run at challenging Best Buy and sees sponsoring Lance Armstrong's team as a start.
In a sport, cycling, that is increasingly relying on technology, and where the riders love their gadgets, from mp3 players to advanced cell phones, Radio Shack seems like a natural choice for a cycling team's title sponsor.
And perhaps an extra-sportive reason that Johan Bruyneel led the effort last week at the Tour de France to oppose the banning of race radios?
If Radio Shack is the team sponsor, Lance Armstrong fans will probably invade retail outlets within hours of an announcement.
Oracle, Radio Shack, Nutella. We should know tomorrow.
Update: Someone tweeted me their vote for Dell and a couple of people have tweeted the following link:
Update: It is definitely looking now like it is going to be:
Team Radio Shack
The domain, teamradioshack.com, is registered to CSE Cycling of Austin, Texas. This is Armstrong agent Bill Stapleton's sports agency that previously registered thepaceline.com. (Thanks Chris Capellini for this final bit of info that ties it all together!)
Latest Update: We note that the teamradioshack.com domain (which is not yet active) was registered just a couple of days ago, on July 20. The domain is currently reserved for just two years, to 2011.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 13:13
- Update: For our full Stage 18 Live Coverage Guide, including full TT start order and times, please go here.
- Below are partial Annecy Time Trial Start Order and Times. Full times to come later. Times listed are local. (Times in parentheses are U.S. Eastern)
Riders will depart every two minutes; the final 23 riders will depart every three minutes. The first rider to depart will be Yauheni Hutarovich, at 11:10 CET.
11:10 CET (5:10am) Hutarovich
Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 23:01
Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 Profile
- Tuesday's Tour de France Stage 16 departs Martigny at 12:55 CET (6:55am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Bourg-Saint-Maurice between 17:11 and 17:41 CET (11:11am and 11:41am U.S. Eastern). Tour de France live coverage on Versus TV is scheduled to begin at 6:30am U.S. Eastern (6:55am U.S. Eastern for the Versus live streaming). Live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 12:45 CET (6:45am U.S. Eastern). Live coverage on France 2 is scheduled to begin at 13:50 CET (7:50am U.S. Eastern).
- Today is the second and final rest day at the Tour de France. More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come...
40 years ago, Armstrong landed on
2009 Tour de France Art: Cycling paintings by Rob Ijbema
2009 Tour de France: Stage 5, Cap d'Agde-Perpignan
2009 Tour de France: A relieved Alberto Contador (Astana) celebrates on the podium
- More Tour de France Stage 15 photos to come later today...
2003 Paris-Camembert: Lauri Aus (AG2R-Prevoyance)
2003 Four Days of Dunkirk, Stage 4, Boulogne-sur-mer: Lauri Aus (AG2R-Prevoyance),
It was six years ago today, on July 20, 2003, that popular pro cyclist Lauri Aus (AG2R) was killed while training in his native Estonia, struck from behind by a drunk driver. Aus wasn't on the AG2R Tour team that year but he did ride in support of fellow Estonian sprinter Jaan Kirsipuu in the 1997 and 2000 Tours. A moment of silence was held in Aus's memory at the start of Stage 15 of the 2003 Tour. Aus notably finished 5th in the 1992 Olympics road race behind gold medal winner, the late Fabio Casartelli, a Motorola teammate of Lance Armstrong. Armstrong finished that race in 14th place in the same time as Aus.
We haven't forgotten.