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
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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/

- 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