Bike racing sometimes goes according to the book, but there are days when it respects neither plot nor narrative
The GC favorites got their first glimpse at what awaits them in a harrowing first week of the Tour de France in Saturday's hilly first stage
The stage winner and his colleagues marvel at the crowds, but say spectators need to take more care on course
It was his first day on the job, and it turned out to be a very tough one indeed
The Tour, in its essence, is unfair, brutal, and unrelenting. And that's why we'll all be tuning in again tomorrow
Kittel says his stage win proves cycling can be done clean and that he belongs "with the best"
A late bus and ASO's indecision adds to Tour's first-day chaos and spoils Corsica's party
A team bus disrupts the finish, crashes afflict favorites for stage and overall, and Kittel collects the first yellow jersey
The world champ got caught up in a crash in the finale
Peter Sagan has made quite a splash in his Tour debut, latching onto a surging Fabian Cancellara and beating him to the line
Graham Watson captures the action during stage 1 of the 2012 Tour de France
Casey B. Gibson's collection of images from stage 1 of the 2012 Tour de France
MOUNT CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (VN) — He entered the favorite and Levi Leipheimer stamped his name on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge with a stage 1 win Tuesday here. Leipheimer (RadioShack) said Wednesday night that the finale gave him confidence against the underdog Colombians from Gobernacion and EPM-UNE, but that the race would be difficult to control.
- 1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack in 4:29:22
- 2. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Gobernacion De Antioquia - Indeportes Antiquia 0:00:04
- 3. Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:00:07
- 4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
- 5. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
- 1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 4:37:47
- 2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:11
- 3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:00:17
- 4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
- 5. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:30
Jakob Fuglsang wants to keep his red jersey; Iñigo Cuesta is on the sidelines; and organizers hope an earlier race draws bigger crowds.
- 1. Leopard-Trek, 16:30
- 2. Liquigas-Cannondale, at 0:04
- 3. HTC-Highroad, at 0:09
- 4. Astana, at 0:10
- 5. Movistar, at 0:14
- 1. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard-Trek, 16:30
- 2. Fabian Cancellara, Leopard-Trek, same time
- 3. Maxime Monfort, Leopard-Trek, s.t.
- 4. Thomas Rohregger, Leopard-Trek, s.t.
- 5. Daniele Bennati, Leopard-Trek, s.t.
BENIDORM, Spain (VN) — The 22 starting teams will face a short, 13.5km, but challenging team time trial course to open the 66th Vuelta a España around this bustling beach resort along Spain's Mediterranean Coast.
Earlier this year VeloNews tech editor Nick Legan rode with the Rapha Continental team to scout the stages of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado. VeloNews and Rapha partnered to produce videos about the stages. Earlier this week we posted the first video and Nick's article about the ride. Today we are sharing the video about stage 1, from Salida to Crested Butte.
AURILLAC, France (AFP) — Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has met, and forgiven, the young fan who caused a crash in the first stage of the race and left the Spaniard with a significant deficit.
Stage 1 of the 2011 Tour de France proved yet again that contenders for the final overall victory need to keep themselves up front and out of trouble.
Alberto Contador's rivals for the overall got a gift on Saturday as the defending Tour de France champ lost more than a minute on the first stage.
Inside the sprawling 3,430km Tour de France, stage 2 is a mere 23km; however, the team time trial could well be decisive for the overall.
RadioShack pushed its four riders through the mayhem in Saturday's opening stage of the 2011 Tour de France, but team boss Johan Bruyneel shot down suggestions that the Shack was driving the bunch when Alberto Contador was caught behind the main pack with a crash in the closing kilometers.
Casey B. Gibson has dragged his camera bag across the pond yet again to help VeloNews.com cover the 2011 Tour de France.
Philippe Gilbert admitted he could not have wished for more as his dream season continued with a maiden Tour de France stage win, and the yellow jersey, on Saturday.
Andrew Hood's notebook will once again be a regular feature during Velonews.com's coverage of the 2011 Tour de France.
Johan Bruyneel talks about RadioShack's post-crash tactics on stage 1 of the Tour de France.
Philippe Gilbert's spare Canyon Aeroad CF is sexy enough to be anyone's main machine.
Breakfast with Bernie, stage 1: "We're always fighting on the bus"
Nick Legan sends a few snaps from the start of the 2011 Tour de France.
How does the '3km rule' impact Saturday's stage? Quite a bit, as it turns out.
- 1. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma - Lotto, in 4h 41' 31"
- 2. Cadel Evans, Bmc Racing Team, at 00:03
- 3. Thor Hushovd, Team Garmin - Cervelo, at 00:06
- 4. Joaquin Rojas Jose, Movistar Team, at 00:06
- 5. Broeck Jurgen Van Den, Omega Pharma - Lotto, at 00:06
Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) won a crash-filled kickoff to the 2011 Tour de France on Saturday, while defending champion Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) found himself nearly a minute and a half in the hole after getting caught behind a massive pileup with 8km to race.
Davis Phinney is perhaps America's winningest road racer ever.
LES HERBIERS, France (VN) — Two sprinters in one team might mean trouble, but Garmin-Cervélo promises that there will be no discord between world champion Thor Hushovd and Tyler Farrar when it comes to mass gallops over the next three weeks.
World champion Thor Hushovd, in his rainbow stripes, may have stolen the show at Thursday’s Tour de France team presentation by donning a wig and brandishing a hammer as the Norse god of thunder; but also sharing the spotlight were the riders in distinctively colored national championship jerseys who won their respective title races last weekend.
LES HERBIERS, France — Bradley Wiggins enters the 2011 Tour de France a dramatically different man than the one who showed up last year.
LES HERBIERS, France — In a survey of 94 Tour de France team managers and riders conducted by L’Équipe on Tuesday, only three mentioned Levi Leipheimer as a potential podium pick. The two American veterans say they are ready to upset the odds
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (VN) - On Sunday Jim Ochowicz stood outside the BMC Racing bus in Stateline, Nevada, while a group of team directors and riders negotiated with race organizers over alterations made to the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Twenty-four years ago, Ochowicz stood atop the Passo Gavia in northern Italy, waiting to hand eventual race winner Andy Hampsten a new set of clothes as snow piled up during the queen stage of the Giro d’Italia.
Got any doubts about whether stage one of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California should have been canceled? Photographer Casey B. Gibson helps clear your thinking.
Kenda-5 Hour Energy's Phil Gaimon knew he was in for a long day when the rumors began circulating: Portions of stage one would be neutralized, it would be shortened to a prologue, or he'd have to do the full race, and the lead moto would be replaced with a snowplow.
If you were planning on riding the trainer while watching Sunday’s opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California, you were disappointed. If you have other trainer sessions planned this year, you may want to check out the CTS DVD “Amgen Tour of California, The Workout,” which will play on your television regardless of the weather.
It's just DZ being ... well, DZ.
Whether the deciding factor was rider sentiment, weather forecasts or logistical concerns, in the end, the decision to cancel the stage was the right one.
Casey B. Gibson was among those denied a front-row seat at the Amgen Tour kickoff, which was canceled by inclement weather. He broke out the camera gear anyway.
The stage one that wasn't: Brad Kaminski was there.
Casey B. Gibson joined the rest of the Amgen Tour of California in prepping for a very chilly stage one.
2011 Amgen Tour of California preliminary startlist
Gregg Bleakney caught the pageantry of stage one at the 2011 Giro d'Italia's first stage.
Bjorn Selander, the white jersey after day one of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, says he's there for the team.
Tens of thousands of retired and active “Alpini” soldiers descended on Torino for an annual convention set to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification — just in time for the start of the 2011 Giro.