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Alberto Contador Velasco

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Watch Free P2P TV Live and On Demand Coverage of Cycling Tour Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco (Euskal Herria, Basque Country) 2009

Today is a good chance to take a quick look at some cycling of the climbing sort starting at 9:45 a.m., or later if you want to see it on demand.

Locations

Stage 1 Start/Finish; Stage 2 Start Ataun, Guipuzcoa
Spain
43° 0' 25.704" N, 2° 10' 23.214" W
Stage 2 Finish; Stage 3 Start Villatuerta, Navarra
Spain
42° 39' 33.84" N, 1° 59' 38.2236" W
Stage 3 Finish; Stage 4 Start Éibar, Guipuzcoa
Spain
43° 11' 3.048" N, 2° 28' 23.8404" W
Stage 4 Finish; Stage 5 Start Güeñes, Vizcaya
Spain
43° 12' 37.1556" N, 3° 5' 43.1412" W
Stage 5 Finish; Stage 6 Start/Finish Zalla, Vizcaya
Spain
43° 11' 57.4944" N, 3° 8' 52.2636" W
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Levi Leipheimer Wins Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León Bike Race 2009; Contador 2nd, Zabriskie 3rd; Alejandro Valverde Wins Stage

Levi Leipheimer won another professional stage bike race in Valladolid, Spain (España) today. He made two nice gestures that seemed to be appreciated by most. First, he took a photograph or two of the crowd with a small digital camera (not a professional photographer's TTL style one). Second, when Alberto Contador joined him on the stage for the top three photo, Levi pointed at him to give him credit. Alberto pointed back (the three facing the crowd, not each other), to which Levi raised his pointing level higher, which Contador matched.

Locations

Benavente
Spain
42° 0' 10.8828" N, 5° 40' 26.6916" W
Valladolid
Spain
41° 39' 10.6092" N, 4° 43' 42.1968" W
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Levi Leipheimer Quietly Wins Stage 2, Takes Lead of Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Over Alberto Contador, David Zabriskie

Fast becoming a favorite for many USA fans of cycling, Levi Leipheimer showed the dignified way to the front today. Noted for his diligent work ethic and quiet but friendly manner, Levi is not the first to be talked about when the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador are around. While gifted, surely, many feel he has to work harder, so he's often considered an underdog even when he should get attention as the leader. Today was an example, and all I can do is repeat that I hope he's never even suspected of doping, because he sure is a fine example of dignity in victory for me.

Locations

Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Stage 2 Palencia, Palencia
Spain
42° 0' 44.8488" N, 4° 31' 52.23" W
Cristo del Otero
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/92409
42° 1' 42.2976" N, 4° 31' 45.7356" W
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Alberto Contador Velasco Drops Everyone, Takes Yellow Jersey, Paris-Nice Stage 6

In case there were doubts, forget about them. Contador left everyone without leaving the saddle at first, distancing F. Schleck and L.L. Sanchez by :58 and taking a commanding lead in the Yellow Jersey GC (overall) competition. Thanks to...

http://www.letour.fr/2009/PNC/LIVE/fr/600/classement/

...for great results quickly and beautifully posted, pasted here for your edification and for further promotion of their event.

Locations

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
France
44° 20' 58.5384" N, 4° 45' 58.6872" E
Montagne De Lure,
France
44° 7' 31.08" N, 5° 46' 40.08" E
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Christian Vande Velde Takes Paris-Nice Pro Cycling Race Stage 4; Chavanel Holds; Contador Closes; Tirreno-Adriatico Begins

Christian Vande Velde (USA) of Garmin-Slipstream put in quite a strong and exciting performance today in the Paris-Nice! A second day in a row of real effort and dramatic action down to the finish. Vande Velde flew along damp and curvy mountain roads and blasted through village twists and turns and left the chasers arcing wider than they hoped through the tight rolling streets of the finish. 

Here's some video without commentary that shows some of the final chase...worth watching...

Locations

Vichy
France
46° 7' 23.0376" N, 3° 25' 20.6292" E
Saint-Étienne
France
45° 26' 22.6932" N, 4° 23' 16.1916" E
Cecina
Italy
43° 18' 37.4472" N, 10° 31' 4.026" E
Capannori
Italy
43° 50' 33.5832" N, 10° 34' 9.8616" E
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A Crack in Astana's Armor at Paris-Nice? Sylvain Chavanel Wins Wet Third Stage and Takes GC Lead Over Alberto Contador

I only saw a half hour or a bit more of the third stage of the eight-stage (seven plus short prologue), but it was some of the most fun I've had watching cycling this year. It was a bit mucky out and the roads were less than optimal, and the entourage was more like that of Tour de Georgia or Tour of California. Quaint, compared with Le Tour de France. That alone was fun.

Locations

Orval,
France
46° 43' 30.486" N, 2° 28' 50.8404" E
Vichy,
France
46° 7' 23.0376" N, 3° 25' 20.6292" E
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Hincapie in Pink? Discovery Disbands? USA Team in Tour de France?

Today promises to be a big day for announcements in pro cycling. Apparently the team to be formerly known as Discovery Channel has not found a replacement sponsor for next year. It seems Hincapie may be in magenta for T-Mobile, other USAmericans are in doubt, Slipstream may be the only USA team, and we have to wonder if they'll get an invite for the tour (anyone know about this yet?). Something more ominous than espresso seems brewing from Contador and Bruyneel regarding Operación Puerto and any connection with the footlose man Eufemiano Fuentes.

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David Millar: Say It Ain't So, Vino (Alexandre Vinokourov); plus Michael Rasmussen, Floyd, Lance

As timv has noted, David Millar can spin a yarn nicely in his TdF Diaries. As a doper who had done his time, he's uniquely qualified to share several perspectives. And he was there for his own "Say it ain't so, Joe" moment when Vino's non-negative was first announced. I'll leave most of the piece for you to read on the Bicycling site, but here's a brief sample of that moment:

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