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Tirreno-Adriatico

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Tirreno-Adriatico Pro Cycling Stage Race Final Stages Good Stuff!

This is converted from some earlier comments started here (Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race). Now I'm remembering how much I like this one. The Tour de France is huge and flashy and comfy in ways, with better roads and more everything. This is a great alternative to Tour de France, and it appears some teams are splitting their efforts or choosing between Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice (another fun one to follow). 

First, if you're going to just watch a few minutes, here's the finish of Stage 5, the last 7.7km, which are great fun to watch, with a breakaway, small chase breakaway, some major riders dropped, and some major riders in a chasing peleton. Check it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sWCGR8ZR50

Location

Macerata
Italy
43° 18' 2.6856" N, 13° 27' 22.5432" E
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Thomas De Gendt Talks Strategy, Sausages and Defending the Paris-Nice Jersey

Here's an interesting interview with a guy who talks and rides well, and seems to have respect for cycling and its traditions...and his team mates and competitors. If his words turn out to be genuine, I could be considered a fan. I haven't followed Paris-Nice well this year, but it is usually one of the first two events I notice a bit each year (along with Tirreno-Adriatico. 

Here's the finish of Stage 1, where you can see Jens Voigt hanging with the young guys again, including de Gendt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmo4_lJYfrQ

I thought it was nice to hear what I took to be frank, direct answers to some interesting questions, like how's it different when you go to an international pro team:

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Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race

 

Just some quick notes here to remind that the World Single Distance Championships are under way in speed skating (they seem to like to have several kinds of world championships, ha!), and the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race started yesterday with a team time trial. I followed the T2A (as we roadskaters might dub it) in past years and found it very entertaining, through territory reminiscent of the mountains of NC as I recall. 

Location

Ludwig-Schwabl-Stadion (Eisstadion Inzell) Inzell, Bayern
Germany
47° 45' 47.0484" N, 12° 44' 49.0488" E
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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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