It’s a lot like having a defribillator ….

“clear” That’s how defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Astana) described racing a prologue. Under stormy skies and appreciative crowd, the 2009 Tour of California kicked off with a prologue in Sacramento.   Former World TT Champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) took the honors blazing around the corners to stop the clock at four minutes and thirty-two seconds.…

2009 Amgen Tour of California Women’s Criterium Preview

Tibco’s Brooke Miller won the bunch to claim victory in the inaugural AToC Women’s Crit in 2008 (photo courtesy Stephanie Gutowski) On Sunday February 15, the National Racing Calendar (NRC)  kicks off, for the women, with the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Criterium in Santa Rosa, CA.  For the second year, the race is held…

Tour of California stages – cheat sheet

Saturday 14 February 2009 – Prologue: Sacramento Distance: 2.4 miles (3.9 km) Starting Line: Capitol Mall at 9th St, Sacramento Start Time: 1:30 pm PT Finish Line: L St. at 11th St., Sacramento End ETA: 4:00 pm PT Resources: map, profile, log, MapMyRide by cycling.tv  and more info Sunday 15 February 2009 – Stage 1:…

Tour of California team rosters

Astana (KAZ) 1- Levi Leipheimer (USA) 2- Lance Armstrong (USA) 3- Janez Brajkovič (SLO) 4- Chris Horner (USA) 5- Steve Morabito (SUI) 6- Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) 7- José Luis Rubiera Vigil (ESP) 8- Gregory Rast (SUI) Saxo Bank (DEN) 11- Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 12- Andy Schleck (LUX) * 13- Fränk Schleck (LUX) 14- Gustav Larsson…

Change of direction for the Tour of Missouri

The Tour of Missouri announced an overview of its 2009 route  and for the first time, the race reverse directions going east to west starting in St. Louis and finishing in Kansas City.  The 7-stage race which runs from Sept. 7-13 will bypass southwest Missouri and the riders will go through southeast Missouri for the…

JJ Haedo wins final stage at Tour de San Luis

For the second year, Argentinean JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) took the honors in the final stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina by easily winning the bunch sprint. Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni) was second and  Luis Mansilla (Chile), third. The 28-year old Alfredo Lucero (Argentina-A) safely crossed the line with the bunch to win…

Second stage win for Colavita/Sutter Home in Argentina

Colavita/Sutter Home’s Luis Amaran soloed away to bring the second stage win for his team at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. It is the second win for the American team following Lucas Sebastian Haedo‘s victory on stage 2.  Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Manuel Belletti (Diquigiovanni) crossed the finish line 39 seconds later…

The 17 teams for the 2009 Tour of California

Today, the final 9 teams have been confirmed for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California by AEG. The 2 Pro Continental teams are BMC and Cervélo TestTeamand the 7 Continental teams are Bissell, Colavita/Sutter Home, Fly V Australia, Jelly Belly, OUCH, Rock Racing and Team Type 1. These teams will be joining the previously announced…

Bissell’s Omer Kem on the Tour of Wellington

Bissell‘s Omer Kem is training and racing in New Zealand to get ready for the 2009 season. Along with teammates Jeremy Vennell and Pete Latham,  he is currently racing in the 22nd edition of the Trust House Cycle Classic International Tour of Wellington, a 5-day, 7 stage race which one of New Zealand’s premier cycling…

Tour de San Luis preview

Mas kilometros. Mas exigencia, Mas montaña. Mas desafios, Mas San Luis. The Tour de San Luis is the biggest race in Argentina and was awarded a 2.1 UCI ranking for its third edition. Starting Monday January 19, the riders will face three mountain top finishes, one 12-mile (19.8 km) time trial over seven stages in…