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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

Tour de Cycling - Monday

- The 2009 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (June 7-14) start list (provisional) is on the official website here (.pdf).  Official site homepage is here (French) or Google-translated to English.

- The Tour de France is just over one month away and following Lance Armstrong's 12th place finish in the Giro d'Italia many people are wondering how well the 7-time Tour champion might be able to do in July.  A reporter for Agence France-Presse (AFP) posed that very question to five pro team managers and directeurs sportif in Rome at the finish of the Giro.  All five believe Armstrong can finish in the top 10 at the Tour, with four of five believing he can finish in the top five.  Three of the five believe Armstrong can reach the podium, with two believing Armstrong can win it all.

Valerio Piva (Columbia-Highroad): "At his age and after being out for three years, I don't believe he can reach the podium.  Win?  No, in my opinion.  To win the Tour, you have to be with the best riders every day."

Lionel Marie (Garmin-Slipstream): "He can reach the podium.  Win?  If you're in the top three, why not?"

Vittorio Algeri (Milram): "He had a great Giro.  Even though I don't believe he can be the rider he was a few years ago, he can finish in the top 5 or 6 at the Tour.  Win?  I don't think so."

Laurent Biondi (AG2R): "At the Tour, he can reach top 5 if he continues to progress and given his experience.  Win?  That would seem a bit difficult.  But he could surprise us.  He can't be counted out for the podium."

Roberto Damiani (Silence-Lotto): "Armstrong will be very, very strong at the Tour.  His 12th place at a high quality Giro in May should translate to a podium spot at the Tour in July.  Win?  I'd say he is one of the contenders for overall victory."

- More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come.

Giro d'Italia Final Podium Photos


2009 Giro d'Italia:  Race winner Denis Menchov (Rabobank) on the final victory podium
in front of the Colosseum in Rome.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com


2009 Giro d'Italia:  Menchov celebrates a hard-earned victory.  He called it the greatest win of his career.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com


2009 Giro d'Italia:  Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes, second), Denis Menchov (Rabobank, first)
and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas, third) on the final podium.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com


2009 Giro d'Italia:  View of the podium and crowd from inside one of the TV trucks.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti for cyclingfans.com

Tour de Cycling - Tuesday

Wednesday's Giro d'Italia Stage 17 Profile

 

- Wednesday's 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.

- If you haven't already done so, check out Painting the Giro: Cycling art by Rob Ijbema.

2009 Giro d'Italia Stage 12 Individual Time Trial Start Order and Start Times

- Riders depart at 1-minute intervals. The final 20 riders depart at 3-minute intervals.

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DOCKX Bart
ISAICHEV Vladimir
SOKOLOV Evgeny
IGNATIEV Mikhail
KAISEN Olivier
ANDRIOTTO Dario
FERNANDEZ RAMOS Alberto
MULLER Martin
HUNT Jeremy
HADDOU Said
BELGY Julien
REDA Francesco
SENAC Jean Charles
VAN EMDEN Jos
PALUMBO Giuseppe
FERNANDEZ CRUZ Delio
CHIARINI Riccardo
CHAINEL Steve
HINAULT Sebastien
DE GROOT Bram
ZABRISKIE David
STANNARD Ian
FORSTER Robert
CESAR VELOSO Gustavo
SCHRODER Bjorn
GENE Yohann
MEYER Cameron
KLIMOV Serguei
LE FLOCH Guillaume
BARRY Michael
LUND Anders
VIGANO' Davide
HAEDO Juan Jose'
BARLA Luca
SCARSELLI Leonardo
PATE Danny
RENSHAW Mark
DEAN Julian
KLOSTERGAARD Kasper
CACCIA Diego
MARTINEZ ACEVEDO Serafin
KRIVTSOV Yuriy
FACCI Mauro
RABUNAL RIOS Gonzalo
DONATI Alessandro
CAVENDISH Mark
HUNTER Robert
FARRAR Tyler
MONTAGUTI Matteo
GATTO Oscar
CANCELLARA Fabian
CHARTEAU Anthony
STAMSNIJDER Tom
MORABITO Steve
MALACARNE Davide
ERMETI Giairo
FOTHEN Thomas
GOSS Matthew Harley
LLOYD Daniel
DION Renaud
DA DALTO Mauro
MASCIARELLI Andrea
KING Edward
ENGELS Addy
BERTOLINI Alessandro
LONGO BORGHINI Paolo
JACOBS Pieter
VANENDERT Jelle
MILLAR David
HUZARSKI Bartosz
MARZOLI Ruggero
BONO Matteo
BRUTT Pavel
DAVIS Allan
LJUNGBLAD Jonas
KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
QUINZIATO Manuel
VANOTTI Alessandro
GONZALEZ BAEZA Hector
CAPECCHI Eros
GILBERT Philippe
SWIFT Ben
FAILLI Francesco
TJALLINGII Maarten
HULSMANS Kevin
PERGET Mathieu
PETACCHI Alessandro
SEROV Alexander
VAN GOOLEN Jurgen
SERRANO Ricardo
STANGELJ Gorazd
MCCARTNEY Jason
DANIELSON Tom
CHEULA Giampaolo
LOPEZ GARCIA David
TSCHOPP Johann
MORI Manuele
SPRICK Matthieu
ESKOV Nikita
VOECKLER Thomas
SPEZIALETTI Alessandro
POSSONI Morris
GOMEZ GOMEZ Angel
CARLSTROM Kjell
DEVENYNS Dries
FOTHEN Markus
BONNAFOND Guillaume
GAVAZZI Francesco
AGNOLI Valerio
KOZONTCHUK Dmitry
DE BONIS Francesco
WEGELIUS Charles
MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir
GASPAROTTO Enrico
PAUWELS Serge
BELLOTTI Francesco
JEANNESSON Arnold
VISCONTI Giovanni
BRANDT Christophe
KIRYIENKA Vasil
AUGUSTYN John Lee
PIETROPOLLI Daniele
BERTOGLIATI Rubens
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
DEIGNAN Philip
MAYOZ ECHEVERRIA Iban
CATALDO Dario
MARZANO Marco
EFIMKIN Alexander
GOLCER Jure
GARCIA Marcos
CODOL Massimo
SONNERY Blaise
GRABOVSKYY Dmytro
TIRALONGO Paolo
VOIGT Jens
PINOTTI Marco
POZZATO Filippo
CAMANO ORTUZAR Iker
LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo
ARDILA CANO Mauricio Alberto
RUBIERA VIGIL Jose' Luis
SZMYD Sylvester
GERRANS Simon
MAZZANTI Luca
PETROV Evgeni
CARDENAS Felix Rafael
ZEITS Andrey
GRIVKO Andriy
WIGGINS Bradley
VORGANOV Eduard
OCHOA Carlos Jose'
GUSTOV Volodymir
BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo
BAK Lars Ytting
NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel
BRAJKOVIC Janez
DE GREEF Francis
FROOME Christopher
SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo
GARZELLI Stefano
MASCIARELLI Francesco
BOSISIO Gabriele
ROHREGGER Thomas
CIONI Dario David
SCARPONI Michele
SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
RODRIGUEZ Jackson
SOLER Juan M.
KESSIAKOFF Fredrik
CUNEGO Damiano
ARMSTRONG Lance
TEN DAM Laurens
SEELDRAYERS Kevin
POPOVYCH Yaroslav
BRUSEGHIN Marzio
VALJAVEC Tadej
SIMONI Gilberto
ARROYO DURAN David
LOVKVIST Thomas
BASSO Ivan
SASTRE CANDIL Carlos
PELLIZOTTI Franco
LEIPHEIMER Levi
ROGERS Michael
MENCHOV Denis
DI LUCA Danilo
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Tour de Cycling - Monday

- Tuesday's Giro d'Italia Stage 10 departs Cuneo at 10:00 CET (4am U.S. Eastern) and is expected in Pinerolo at around 17:16 CET (11:16am 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 15:15 CET (9:15am U.S. Eastern).  The Rai Sport Piu web streams usually go live before television coverage.  In the morning we'll have all the latest and best options for watching the Giro d'Italia live online.

- Today is the first rest day at the Giro d'Italia.  More Tour de Cycling - Monday to come.

- The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya starts today and runs through May 24.  We've not had live video streaming for this event in the past and we don't expect any such coverage this year; TV3 Catalunya schedule shows highlights only after midnight local time.  Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Official Website - Start List (.pdf) (Efimkin, Dessel, Vaitkus, Zubeldia, Fedrigo, Valverde, Pereiro, Dumoulin, Eisel, Kirchen, Sanchez S., Landaluze, Casar, Geslin, Vaugrenard, Cozza, Duggan, Maaskant, Martin, Karpets, Botcharov, Furlan, Chicchi, Ciolek, Knaven, Chavanel Syl., Cornu, Flecha, Posthuma, Kroon, Arvesen, O'Grady, Aerts, Dekker, Van Summeren, Hushovd, Roulston)

Poll: Was it correct to neutralize the Giro stage in Milan?

Giro d'Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan is not happy that riders protested race conditions, resulting in Sunday's much-anticipated stage in Milan being neutralized.  (A stage win was at stake but results did not count toward the general classification.)  Among obstacles noted by riders were parked cars, traffic islands, and tram lines.  An eyewitness reported to cyclingfans.com that amateur riders were on the course while the race was going on.  Were the riders correct to protest?

 

San Francisco Twilight Criterium Postponed Until 2010

SAN FRANCISCO TWILIGHT CRITERIUM POSTPONED UNTIL 2010

San Francisco, Calif. (May 11, 2009) – Organizers of the San Francisco Twilight Criterium say the event will be postponed until September of 2010, due to a lack of adequate sponsorship.

Tour de Cycling - Friday

- LIVE now: Collegiate National Road Championships live video streaming here.  (Fort Collins, Colorado)

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

- 4 Days of Dunkirk LIVE now on Direct8.  Links below.

- 4 Days of Dunkirk:  Direct8 geo-restriction was just turned off with the completion of the film, should now be viewable worldwide.  Race coverage should begin in a few minutes.  Coverage on France3 starts later.

- Program scheduled currently on Direct8, a film, is geo-restricted: France only.

- Today's "Four Days" stage is an 18.7km individual time trial.

- On today:  Four Days of Dunkirk live video streaming:

Direct8
(15:20 CET (9:20am U.S. Eastern))

France3.fr
(16:30 CET (10:30am U.S. Eastern))

Four Days of Dunkirk Official Website
Start List (.pdf)
Live ticker (French)
(Google-translated to English)

Tour de Cycling - Thursday

- Giro d'Italia teams presentation LIVE now. (links below)

- Watch coverage of the Giro d'Italia Teams Presentation today on Rai Sport Piu starting at 16:15 CET (10:15am U.S. Eastern).

Live video streaming:

Rai Sport Piu
 

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