The French radio station for news, talkshows and sports, RMC, which in 2005 became the official advertising caravan radio station for the Tour de France, will no longer be able to use that title from 2009. On 3 October the station received a letter from A.S.O. in which the Tour de France organisor (among other sports events) ended the negotiations to renew the 3-year contract which will end this year.
RMC at home for the start of the Tour de France 2009
At the start of the Tour de France 2009 RMC will thus stay at home in two ways: first of all because the station has its roots in Monaco (when it started in July 1943 it was called Radio Monte-Carlo) and because the Tour de France 2009 will start in Monaco, but also because it will no longer be part of the advertising caravan. ...> Read the whole story | no comments | shown 3541x
This morning the Tour de France 2009 was officially presented in the Palais de Congrès in Paris.
Like last year I planned attending the presentation because of my work on the blog Orange dans le Tour, on which I give a look behind the scenes of the Tour de France for Orange.
Following the big success of my article concerning the rumours on the Tour de France stages (such a success by the way that my server wasn't able to support the heavy load; if you have experienced problems accessing this site you now know why it didn't work!) I was invited to be there by Welovevelo.fr as well. It was pretty cool by the way to discover that my information based on rumours corresponded quite well to the official version! ...
initially published on 31st August 2008 at 17h47
updated on 7, 11, 13, 16, 18, 30 September and 4, 15, 18, 19 and 21 October
About two months before the official announcement of the full track and stages of the 2009 Tour de France many rumours are going around and - like last year and due to the big success of that article - I have thus decided to pull together the different rumours to come to a more or less full list of stages for this 96th Tour de France. While the Vuelta a España 2008 started yesterday night with a team time trial in Granada (won by the Liquigas team) I hereby present you a high level overview of the biggest cycling event which will take place from 4 till 26 July 2009!
In the upcoming two months I will regularly update this article with new information and the full details will normally officially be re ...> Read the whole story | 331 comments | shown 89341x
After the 7 positive doping tests in the Tour de France 2008, a number of decisions have been taken which can have big impacts on German cycling. These decisions are the cancellation of two cycling events which should have taken place in Germany in 2009 (like each year) and stopping broadcasting the Tour de France on the German public TV channel ARD.
What happened before
In 2007 the German broadcasters (ARD and ZDF) had already decided to stop broadcasting the Tour de France 2007 right in the middle of it, after the positive doping test for the German rider Patrik Sinkewitz (see also my article about the end of the sponsoring of the T-Mobile team). And that was done despite the fact that it were those two broadcasters who had asked the organiser of the Tour de France, A.S.O., to do everything it could to fight doping. At that time a commercial channel ...> Read the whole story | 3 comments | shown 4720x
originally published on Thursday December 27 at 9.38PM
UPDATE 31 August 2008: this stage would finally take place in 2010 rather than in 2009 The Tour de France 2008 will only start in a little over 6 months, but the first rumours on Tour de France 2009 2010 stages can already be found on the Internet ... The Spanish newspaper Diario de Navarra announced on December 14th that the mayors of Arette in France and of Isaba in Spain both received a letter written by Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France director, concerning a stage between the two cities ...
The letter was sent at the end of November after a discussion which took place after the Tour 2007 stage on July 25th, between Orthez and Gourette / Col d'Aubisque. At that time Christian Prudhomme indicated he really liked the ...> Read the whole story | 3 comments | shown 9583x
The rumours around this started in June on the Internet and A.S.O. confirmed it on November 22nd : the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2009 will be in the Principality of Monaco. Yesterday, at a dedicated conference at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, the Tour organiser has finally presented the first information about this exceptional Grand Départ including especially some information and details about the first and second stages ....
It is now known that the absence of a prologue (the Tour de France 2008 will directly start with an in-line stage so that the whole of Brittany will be part of this Grand Départ organised by this region!) is not something to stay since the Tour de France 2009 will start with a prologue again.
Indeed, the first stage, on Saturday 4 July 2009, will be an 15 kilometer individual time trial for which the riders will start one by one f ...
On the website www.letour.fr the organisor of the Tour de France (A.S.O.) has officially announced on 22 November 2007 that the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2009 will take place in Monaco!
In the press release in which this was announced we read:
After the phenomenal success of the start of the Tour from London in 2007 and before the immense celebration promised in Brittany in 2008, the organisers of the Tour de France confirm that Monaco will host the Start of the 2009 Tour de France.
In the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II an official presentation will take place at 2.00 ...