Spain (ESP) (España) + Madrid (comunidad) + Cataluña + València (comunidad) + Ciudad Real ESP + Baltanás ESP + Paredes de Nava ESP + Palencia ESP + Benavente ESP + Valladolid ESP + País Vasco (Euskal Herria or Pays Basque or Basque Country) + Éibar ESP + Ataun ESP + Villatuerta ESP + Güeñes ESP + Zalla ESP + País Vasco (Euskal Herria or Pays Basque or Basque Country) ESP http://roadskater.net/taxonomy/term/3788%20965%201276%201297%202493%202979%202980%202984%203084%203085%203117%203121%203122%203123%203124%203125%203126/0 en Puente la Reina 2014 Inline Speed Skating International Marathon http://roadskater.net/puente-la-reina-2014-inline-speed-skating-international-marathon <p>This looks like a great event. Very A2A-ish, hillwise, but marathon distance. There are some pretty technical hills on the course by the looks of it.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I believe a blind skater completed the race, aided by a paceline buddy. I don't know anything other than the name of the event and what's visible in the video, but I will add to this as I find out more, if I get time.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKVSsnMpHo" title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKVSsnMpHo">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKVSsnMpHo</a></p> http://roadskater.net/puente-la-reina-2014-inline-speed-skating-international-marathon#comments Roadskater.net Earth inline skating marathons open road outdoor outdoor inline speed roadskating skating Spain (ESP) (España) speed speedskating rolling hills Europe http://roadskater.net/crss/node/1465 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:46:28 +0000 eebee 1465 at http://roadskater.net Taylor Phinney Blogs Through the Burning Hot Hills of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain Pro Cycling Race http://roadskater.net/taylor-phinney-blogs-through-burning-hot-hills-vuelta-espana-tour-spain-pro-cycling-race <p>While we've been focusing on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge somewhat, the Vuelta a Espana is well underway, just not on my television. Well, neither is the USAPCC, but I've been finding ways to get a look in through the kindness of strangers. Anyway, I took a look at the Universal Sports page at the bottom there, which links to Taylor Phinney's blog here...</p><p><a href="http://taylorphinney.com/2011/08/24/an-amateur-end-to-one-of-the-most-difficult-days-ive-ever-had/">http://taylorphinney.com/2011/08/24/an-amateur-end-to-one-of-the-most-difficult-days-ive-ever-had/</a></p><p>There's something very relevant about these descriptions of pain and doubt. Something very easy to remember, but easy enough to forget, so we go out and do it again. Phinney has a good way of expressing it so that even those of us who've never been front runners like he has can at least know we share some of the same emotions and sensations.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://roadskater.net/taylor-phinney-blogs-through-burning-hot-hills-vuelta-espana-tour-spain-pro-cycling-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/taylor-phinney-blogs-through-burning-hot-hills-vuelta-espana-tour-spain-pro-cycling-race#comments Roadcyclist.net 2011 United States of America (USA) Aspen CO Colorado (CO) Gunnison CO pro cycling tours roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) Taylor Phinney USA Pro Cycling Challenge Vuelta Ciclista a España weblogs (blogs) http://roadskater.net/crss/node/1386 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 05:56:50 +0000 roadskater 1386 at http://roadskater.net While not skating, America's Cup http://roadskater.net/while-not-skating-americas-cup I just remembered that I've skated on Superbowl Sunday a couple of years in a row, and had made no plans to do it this year. It's nicer outside than it's been most days lately, but that's very faint praise considering what it's been like. Next year, I guess...<br /><br />So what to do with myself between the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics? Oh look, the America's Cup starts tomorrow! <br /><br /><a href="http://www.americascup.com" title="http://www.americascup.com">http://www.americascup.com</a><br /> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Marina Real Juan Carlos I</span> <span class="locality">Valencia</span>, <span class="region">Valencia</span> <span class="postal-code">46024</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="39.459995">39° 27' 35.982" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-0.331360">0° 19' 52.896" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/while-not-skating-americas-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/while-not-skating-americas-cup#comments InlineCafe.com 2010 America's Cup València València (comunidad) sailing http://roadskater.net/crss/node/1177 39.459995 -0.331360 Sun, 07 Feb 2010 23:19:54 +0000 timv 1177 at http://roadskater.net Watch Free P2P TV Live and On Demand Coverage of Cycling Tour Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco (Euskal Herria, Basque Country) 2009 http://roadskater.net/watch-free-p2p-tv-live-and-demand-coverage-cycling-tour-vuelta-ciclista-al-pais-vasco-euskal-herria-basque-country-2009 <p> 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. </p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Locations</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stage 1 Start/Finish; Stage 2 Start </span> <span class="locality">Ataun</span>, <span class="region">Guipuzcoa</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="43.007140">43° 0' 25.704" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-2.173115">2° 10' 23.214" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stage 2 Finish; Stage 3 Start </span> <span class="locality">Villatuerta</span>, <span class="region">Navarra</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="42.659400">42° 39' 33.84" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-1.993951">1° 59' 38.2236" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stage 3 Finish; Stage 4 Start </span> <span class="locality">Éibar</span>, <span class="region">Guipuzcoa</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="43.184180">43° 11' 3.048" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-2.473289">2° 28' 23.8404" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stage 4 Finish; Stage 5 Start </span> <span class="locality">Güeñes</span>, <span class="region">Vizcaya</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="43.210321">43° 12' 37.1556" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-3.095317">3° 5' 43.1412" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stage 5 Finish; Stage 6 Start/Finish </span> <span class="locality">Zalla</span>, <span class="region">Vizcaya</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="43.199304">43° 11' 57.4944" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-3.147851">3° 8' 52.2636" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/watch-free-p2p-tv-live-and-demand-coverage-cycling-tour-vuelta-ciclista-al-pais-vasco-euskal-herria-basque-country-2009" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/watch-free-p2p-tv-live-and-demand-coverage-cycling-tour-vuelta-ciclista-al-pais-vasco-euskal-herria-basque-country-2009#comments Roadskater.net 2009 Basque Country Alberto Contador Velasco Ataun ESP cycling Éibar ESP free tv Güeñes ESP Luis Leon Sanchez p2ptv País Vasco (Euskal Herria or Pays Basque or Basque Country) ESP pro cycling tours Spain (ESP) (España) universalsports.com Villatuerta ESP websites Zalla ESP País Vasco (Euskal Herria http://roadskater.net/crss/node/980 43.007140 -2.173115 42.659400 -1.993951 43.184180 -2.473289 43.210321 -3.095317 43.199304 -3.147851 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 04:43:12 +0000 roadskater 980 at http://roadskater.net Levi Leipheimer Wins Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León Bike Race 2009; Contador 2nd, Zabriskie 3rd; Alejandro Valverde Wins Stage http://roadskater.net/levi-leipheimer-wins-vuelta-ciclista-castilla-y-leon-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. <h3 class="location-locations-header">Locations</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Benavente</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="42.003023">42° 0' 10.8828" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-5.674081">5° 40' 26.6916" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Valladolid</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="41.652947">41° 39' 10.6092" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-4.728388">4° 43' 42.1968" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/levi-leipheimer-wins-vuelta-ciclista-castilla-y-leon-bike-race-2009-contador-2nd-zabriskie-3rd-alejandro-valverde-wins-stage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/levi-leipheimer-wins-vuelta-ciclista-castilla-y-leon-bike-race-2009-contador-2nd-zabriskie-3rd-alejandro-valverde-wins-stage#comments Roadcyclist.net 2009 Alberto Contador Velasco Alejandro Valverde Astana Cycling Benavente ESP closed road cycling David Zabriskie Levi Leipheimer outdoor roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) Valladolid ESP Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León http://roadskater.net/crss/node/976 42.003023 -5.674081 41.652947 -4.728388 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:16:42 +0000 roadskater 976 at http://roadskater.net Levi Leipheimer Quietly Wins Stage 2, Takes Lead of Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Over Alberto Contador, David Zabriskie http://roadskater.net/levi-leipheimer-quietly-wins-stage-2-takes-lead-vuelta-ciclista-castilla-y-leon-2009-over-alberto-contador-david-zabriskie <p> 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. </p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Locations</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Stage 2 </span> <span class="locality">Palencia</span>, <span class="region">Palencia</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="42.012458">42° 0' 44.8488" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-4.531175">4° 31' 52.23" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Cristo del Otero</span> <div class="street-address"> <span class="additional"> http://www.panoramio.com/photo/92409 </span> </div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="42.028416">42° 1' 42.2976" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-4.529371">4° 31' 45.7356" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/levi-leipheimer-quietly-wins-stage-2-takes-lead-vuelta-ciclista-castilla-y-leon-2009-over-alberto-contador-david-zabriskie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/levi-leipheimer-quietly-wins-stage-2-takes-lead-vuelta-ciclista-castilla-y-leon-2009-over-alberto-contador-david-zabriskie#comments Roadcyclist.net 2009 Alberto Contador Velasco Astana Cycling closed road cycling David Zabriskie Lance Armstrong Levi Leipheimer outdoor Palencia ESP roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León http://roadskater.net/crss/node/974 42.012458 -4.531175 42.028416 -4.529371 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:52:57 +0000 roadskater 974 at http://roadskater.net Lance Armstrong Crashes at Castilla y León; Breaks Collarbone, Abandons, Leaves in Ambulance; Sobrino Wins Stage 1 http://roadskater.net/lance-armstrong-crashes-castilla-y-leon-breaks-collarbone-abandons-leaves-ambulance-sobrino-wins-stage-1 Lance Armstrong has crashed at the Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León and retired from the race, leaving the scene by ambulance. It has been confirmed as a collarbone injury. I was unable to get video going today, so I didn't see it, but I'll post video links if I find any (not of the crash in particular). I'll update as I know more. Armstrong was there with Astana Cycling, Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer. It was the first time all three cyclists were to be racing together as a team. <h3 class="location-locations-header">Locations</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Paredes de Nava</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="42.152971">42° 9' 10.6956" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-4.694350">4° 41' 39.66" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Baltanás</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="41.937166">41° 56' 13.7976" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-4.245830">4° 14' 44.988" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> http://roadskater.net/lance-armstrong-crashes-castilla-y-leon-breaks-collarbone-abandons-leaves-ambulance-sobrino-wins-stage-1#comments Roadcyclist.net 2009 injuries Astana Cycling Baltanás ESP closed road collarbones crashes cycling Lance Armstrong outdoor Paredes de Nava ESP roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León http://roadskater.net/crss/node/973 42.152971 -4.694350 41.937166 -4.245830 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:18:41 +0000 roadskater 973 at http://roadskater.net Spanish Cycling Federation Takes a New Look at Doping, Drugs in Cycling's Operacion Puerto Case http://roadskater.net/spanish-cycling-federation-takes-new-look-doping-drugs-cyclings-operacion-puerto-case <p> A couple of recent articles say that the Spanish Cycling Federation, Real Federación Española de Ciclismo (RFEC), will be pursuing santions against riders and others involved in blood doping in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operaci%C3%B3n_Puerto_doping_case" target="_blank">Operación Puerto cycling doping case</a>. Most thought that the Spanish federation had let it drop, and some were disappointed in this decision. </p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Madrid</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="40.416741">40° 25' 0.2676" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-3.703250">3° 42' 11.7" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/spanish-cycling-federation-takes-new-look-doping-drugs-cyclings-operacion-puerto-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/spanish-cycling-federation-takes-new-look-doping-drugs-cyclings-operacion-puerto-case#comments Roadcyclist.net 2009 blood doping cycling doping drugs epo Eufemiano Fuentes Fränk Schleck Madrid Madrid (comunidad) Operación Puerto pro cycling tours Real Federación Española de Ciclismo (RFEC) roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) sports j http://roadskater.net/crss/node/943 40.416741 -3.703250 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:32:31 +0000 roadskater 943 at http://roadskater.net Dopers, Testers, Tests, Lance Armstong, Tour de France, Vuelta, Giro, Garmin-Chipotle http://roadskater.net/dopers-testers-tests-lance-armstong-tour-de-france-vuelta-giro-garmin-chipotle <p> Well the Tour de France route for 2009 has come out, and there's some new old stuff, like the Team Time Trial is back. Some say this makes Lance Armstrong more likely to show up, some say less, and he seems to want some assurances from the organizers about respectful treatment or some such. </p> <p> Meanwhile Contador sounded welcoming at first, but lately perhaps less so, and Vino's name has surfaced as well. Nothing solid here from me...just some impressions. </p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <div class="street-address"> Avenue des Champs-Elysées </div> <span class="locality">Paris</span> <span class="postal-code">75008</span> <div class="country-name">France</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="48.869801">48° 52' 11.2836" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="2.307586">2° 18' 27.3096" E</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.fr/?q=Avenue+des+Champs-Elys%C3%A9es%2C+Paris%2C+75008%2C+fr" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/dopers-testers-tests-lance-armstong-tour-de-france-vuelta-giro-garmin-chipotle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/dopers-testers-tests-lance-armstong-tour-de-france-vuelta-giro-garmin-chipotle#comments Roadskater.net 2008 2009 United States of America (USA) blood cheating cycling doping France (FRA) Giro d'Italia Italy (ITA) pro cycling tours roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) testing Tour de France (tdf) urine Vuelta Ciclista a España http://roadskater.net/crss/node/869 48.869801 2.307586 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 04:40:27 +0000 roadskater 869 at http://roadskater.net USA Cyclist Levi Leipheimer Takes Vuelta (Tour of Spain) Fifth Stage ITT and GC Lead http://roadskater.net/usa-cyclist-levi-leipheimer-takes-vuelta-tour-spain-fifth-stage-itt-and-gc-lead <p>Now, something to cheer about! You never know about people really, but I've seen Levi in person and on streaming video and I can tell you there were awesome performances, but nothing that seemed &quot;unbelievable,&quot; like some other performances I've seen. I'll never know if Levi is clean, just like I thought it was certain that others were, but seeing Levi almost but not quite do it several times leads me to believe in him. Having said that, joining Astana and linking with some I've begun to doubt still makes me wonder, which is sad.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Ciudad Real</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.986096">38° 59' 9.9456" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-3.927263">3° 55' 38.1468" W</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://roadskater.net/usa-cyclist-levi-leipheimer-takes-vuelta-tour-spain-fifth-stage-itt-and-gc-lead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/usa-cyclist-levi-leipheimer-takes-vuelta-tour-spain-fifth-stage-itt-and-gc-lead#comments Roadcyclist.net 2008 Astana Cycling Ciudad Real ESP closed road cycling individual time trials outdoor pro cycling tours professional roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) Vuelta Ciclista a España http://roadskater.net/crss/node/826 38.986096 -3.927263 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 19:22:30 +0000 roadskater 826 at http://roadskater.net Astana Accepted into Vuelta Without 2006 Winner Alexandre Vinokourov http://roadskater.net/astana-accepted-vuelta-without-2006-winner-alexandre-vinokourov <p>Astana is taking August off, they said, but that doesn&#39;t keep them from starting September in Spain, it seems. This photo is pretty impressive. Yowee that hurts. It is a shame that amazing feats are cheapened by some of the very ones who achieve them. I admire the struggle through great pain, because I&#39;ve done that one, and finished way back. And if we don&#39;t quit, we get off the couch, out of the bed, and onto the road again, that&#39;s something. We beat everyone who doesn&#39;t start, at least.</p><p><a href="http://roadskater.net/astana-accepted-vuelta-without-2006-winner-alexandre-vinokourov" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/astana-accepted-vuelta-without-2006-winner-alexandre-vinokourov#comments Roadcyclist.net 2007 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana Cycling blood doping buttburger roadrash Spain (ESP) (España) Vuelta Ciclista a España http://roadskater.net/crss/node/547 Fri, 03 Aug 2007 20:01:11 +0000 roadskater 547 at http://roadskater.net Tour de France 2007 Streaming Video Free TV & Heart Rate Monitoring http://roadskater.net/tour-de-france-2007-streaming-video-free-tv-heart-rate-monitoring <p>For those who don&#39;t have cable television but do have high-speed internet, here are some links that may (or may not) work for you to watch some worldwide television. Currently, of course, this is of interest because of the Tour de France. Look below for some links to the live data for GPS (location), power, heartrate and more. It&#39;s amazing to watch the video as the riders pass through a town and make a turn and to see this happen on the Google map while viewing HRM data.</p><p><a href="http://roadskater.net/tour-de-france-2007-streaming-video-free-tv-heart-rate-monitoring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/tour-de-france-2007-streaming-video-free-tv-heart-rate-monitoring#comments 2007 Belgium (BEL) cycling England (ENG) UK France (FRA) Ile-de-France (region) FRA Paris FRA pro cycling tours Spain (ESP) (España) television Tour de France (tdf) websites Europe http://roadskater.net/crss/node/512 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 13:38:54 +0000 roadskater 512 at http://roadskater.net Peer Pressure and Finishing the Ride http://roadskater.net/peer-pressure-and-finishing-ride <p>I liked this <a href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2006/sep06/sep04news3" title=" Grupetto peer pressure made Förster hang on">little piece</a> that appeared on Cyclingnews a couple of days ago:</p><p><a href="http://roadskater.net/peer-pressure-and-finishing-ride" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/peer-pressure-and-finishing-ride#comments 2006 roadcycling Spain (ESP) (España) Vuelta Ciclista a España http://roadskater.net/crss/node/239 Wed, 06 Sep 2006 05:29:56 +0000 timv 239 at http://roadskater.net Vuelta a España http://roadskater.net/vuelta-espana <p>The 2006 Vuelta a España, the third and last of the three-week tours, begins this weekend in Malaga with a dead-flat 7.2km team time trial on Saturday. The field looks pretty interesting too. Tom Danielson will be the designated team leader for Discovery, unlike the situation in the Tour de France this year where there was no clear number one for that team. Alexandre Vinokourov and his Kazakhstan-based Astana team (formerly the Spanish Liberty Seguros squad) will compete after being shut out in France at the last minute. TdF <em>de facto</em> winner Oscar Pereiro and hard-luck crash victim Alejandro Valverde will lead the Caisse d&#39;Epargne-Illes Balears team. And one of my favorite riders, Alessandro Petacchi, has recovered from the fractured kneecap suffered early in the Giro d&#39;Italia and will be back to contest the sprints against Robby McEwen, Thor Hushovd, and others.</p><p><a href="http://roadskater.net/vuelta-espana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://roadskater.net/vuelta-espana#comments 2006 pro cycling tours Spain (ESP) (España) Vuelta Ciclista a España http://roadskater.net/crss/node/220 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 04:59:33 +0000 timv 220 at http://roadskater.net