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  • Added: sunday 15 May 2011 at 18:51:00

    RAIT 2011 : Thomas Vedel Kvist wins the stage and Sylvain Georges takes the general classification!

    RAIT 2011 : Thomas Vedel Kvist wins the stage and Sylvain Georges takes the general classification!The 4th and last stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011 took place this afternoon between Saint-Maurice l'Exil and Charvieu-Chavagneux.

    When a leading group of 8 riders was taken back, Thomas Vedel Kvist and Jérémy Roy ended the stage together in the lead. Vedel Kvist intelligently uses (or abuses of) the combativity of Roy to be brought to the stage finish where he sprints from his wheel and wins the stage. Sylvain Georges, who took back the yellow jersey yesterday, ended as the overall winner of this 21st edition of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour.

    The summary of the 4th stage: Saint-Maurice l'Exil > Charvieu-Chavagneux

    Several groups were formed at the head of the race right from the start, but after 30 kilometers the whole bunch got back together and the race could just start all over again.

    A bit later, an attack by Nicolas Baldo (Atlas Personal), Thomas Vedel Kvist (Glud & Marstrand), Arnaud Gérard (FDJ) and Christophe Laborie (Sa ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Rhône Alpes Isère Tour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: sunday 15 May 2011 at 14:37:00

    RAIT 2011: Remco Broers celebrates his birthday

    RAIT 2011: Remco Broers celebrates his birthdayRemco Broers, rider in the Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de from Luxembourg, today celebrates his birthday on the roads of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011.

    A short interview with this rider who was part of the Rabobank Continental Team last year thus seemed to be the best way for me to wish this rider a happy birthday!


    Remco, today's your birthday. How old are you now?
    I celebrate my 23rd birthday today.

    Is this your first Rhône Alpes Isère Tour?
    Yes, it's the first time I was at the start of this race.

    What did you think of this race?
    It didn't go so well for me, I'm actually quite disappointed. I felt I was not in shape as I hoped I would be. But it's been a nice race and I'm now looking forward to the upcoming races and hoping I'll get some better results there.

    How did the race go for the rest of the team?
    We have had two guys among the first, Christian Poos and Jonas Ljungblad (5th in the ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Rhône Alpes Isère Tour| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: saturday 14 May 2011 at 18:53:00

    RAIT 2011 : Sylvain Georges - a good descender on his way to the top!

    RAIT 2011 : Sylvain Georges - a good descender on his way to the top!The third stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011 took place under the rain between Chaponnay and Saint-Maurice l'Exil today. The final circuit was removed from the stage because of the rain and the race route was thus shortened to 145.9 kilometers.

    Sylvain Georges manages to get rid of all his competitors thanks to his perfect skills in the descent and to win the stage while taking back the yellow jersey as well!

    The summary of the 3rd stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011

    After several unsuccessful attempts, a group of 8 riders was formed with Jérémy Roy (FDJ), continuously attacking in this Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011. This time, the rider from FDJ is accompanied by Christophe Laborie (Saur-Sojasun), Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Schuller), Tony Hurel (Team Europcar), Jérôme Mainard (CR4C Roanne), David Rösch (Team Atlas Personal), Thomas Vedel Kvist (Glud & Marstrand-LRO) and ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)| Rhône Alpes Isère Tour
  • Added: friday 13 May 2011 at 19:17:00

    RAIT 2011 : Gaëtan Bille takes revenge!

    RAIT 2011 : Gaëtan Bille takes revenge!The second stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour took place under a beautiful sun and a clear blue sky. Perfect weather for an animated stage, which was won by the rider who missed the victory in yersterday's stage for a few centimeters only.

    The summary of the second stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour : Charvieu-Chavagneux > Toussieu

    After several attempts by some of the 118 riders who started this morning, the whole bunch was still together when they started the climb of the first difficulty of the day, the Côte de l'Etang de Ry. Julien Antomarchi (VC La Pomme Marseille) gets on top first, ahead of the FDJ duo Jérémy Roy and Thibaut Pinot.

    In the descent, 3 riders are at the origin of a leading group which will contain up to 11 riders. Tony Hurel (Europcar), Vincent Canard (VC Caladois) and Romain Ramier (AVC Aix en Provence) quickly get company from ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)| Rhône Alpes Isère Tour
  • Added: friday 13 May 2011 at 12:02:00

    RAIT 2011 : Sylvain Georges - not easy to keep the yellow jersey

    RAIT 2011 : Sylvain Georges - not easy to keep the yellow jerseySylvain Georges won the first stage of the first stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011 (see the summary of the stage).

    After the finish he discussed with us about this victory and his chances to keep the yellow jersey.


    Here's what he said:

    A strategic approach of the finish ... and good luck!

    In the final part of the race I told myself: "if you get out of the last turn in second position, you'll be able to get over him. That's why I wasn't really worried, I always staid in second or third position and he stopped his sprint just a bit too early, not knowing I was really right in his wheel. He tempered his effort at about 30 meters from the finish while I continued with the flow and get over him for only one or two centimeters.

    It's a bit frustrating when you don't get to celebrate a victory when crossing the finish line, but every victor ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)| Rhône Alpes Isère Tour
  • Added: thursday 12 May 2011 at 19:57:00

    RAIT 2011: Sylvain Georges wins the sprint in Saint-Savin!

    RAIT 2011: Sylvain Georges wins the sprint in Saint-Savin!After a stage which saw a long lead by Daniel Diaz, Cédric Pineau and Aurélien Ribet and a solo lead by Jérémy Roy, the first stage of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour 2011 was finally won by Sylvain Georges.

    The summary of the stage Vaulx-Milieu > Saint-Savin

    This afternoon, the 21st edition of the Rhône Alpes Isère Tour started in front of the TIME fabrication plant in Vaulx-Milieu.

    Before the start, the riders and the organisation observed one minute of silence to honour Wouter Weylandt, young Belgian rider of Team Leopard-Trek, who lost his life in a fatal fall during the 3rd stage of the Tour of Italy.

    123 riders came to the start of the first stage, going towards Saint-Savin. Several of them directly tried to escape, without too much success until the attack by ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)| Rhône Alpes Isère Tour
  • Added: tuesday 29 March 2011 at 23:10:00

    Two-way race radio in time trials: lack of knowledge for some Directeurs Sportifs in Corsica?

    Two-way race radio in time trials: lack of knowledge for some Directeurs Sportifs in Corsica?As you know, the Critérium International 2011 took place this weekend, for the second time in the race's history on Corsica, around Porto-Vecchio in South-Corsica.

    You might have noticed that in the final individual time trial, several teams used loudspeakers to provide information to their riders. Not the easiest way to do when you know that race radio's were allowed there. Is this due to some teams and directeurs sportifs ignoring the UCI rules?


    The question what did you use to communicate with your riders during this time trial got a different reply from the teams I contacted ... a different, and sometimes surprising reply! Let's have a look at what 4 teams have to say about it.

    France Télévisions, Laurent Jalabert: I didn't know it ...

    Before we get to what the 4 teams had to say about it, let's quickly get back on what happened during this individual time trial which wa ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Critérium International| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: thursday 11 November 2010 at 17:13:00

    A look behind the scenes of the TV broadcasting of a cycling race - Amstel Gold Race & Amstel Curaçao Race

    A look behind the scenes of the TV broadcasting of a cycling race - Amstel Gold Race & Amstel Curaçao RaceYou most probably already watched a cycling race on TV? The Tour de France, Paris-Nice or the Amstel Gold Race are just some examples of cycling races which are broadcast on TV.
    But how do the images of the riders get to your home? The Dutch show Het Klokhuis recently showed this, based on the images of the Amstel Gold Race ... 2006.

    In Curaçao we could more recently see a revolutionary helicopter during what should have been the Amstel Curaçao Race. This helicopter also provided very surprising TV images ...

    Het Klokhuis shows how the images of a cycling race like the Amstel Gold Race is being broadcast

    In its show on 29 October, Het Klokhuis, a TV show which mainly targets young children, showed how such a TV broadcast is done.

    Interrupted only by some funny short movies, you'll know exactly how it works after h ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: wednesday 20 October 2010 at 23:47:41

    Dutch riders get a collective labour agreement!

    Dutch riders get a collective labour agreement!The union of Dutch professional cyclists, VVBW (Vereniging Van BeroepsWielrenners), today voted positively for the collective labour agreement (CAO in Dutch) elaborated with the 3 Dutch professional cycling teams, Rabobank Wielerploegen, Skil-Shimano and Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team. This collective labour agreement will allow to define an acceptable choice between the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) rules and the Dutch labour law which were sometimes conflicting.

    The negociations were initiated by Rabobank Wielerploegen a few years ago already and the riders did many kilometers on a bike before an acceptable collective labour agreement was established. This is now done with the collective labour agreement recognised by the 3 Dutch cycling teams which has receiv ...

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    this article appears in the following categories: Cycling general (except Tour de France)
  • Added: sunday 10 October 2010 at 18:57:00

    Oscar Freire, the last sprinter on the Avenue de Grammont - winner of Paris-Tours 2010

    Oscar Freire, the last sprinter on the Avenue de Grammont - winner of Paris-Tours 2010Paris-Tours 2010 was won today by Oscar Freire (Rabobank). A leading group of 8 riders finally exploded and the peloton completely got back together at 15 kilometers from the finish while the solo-attack by Geoffroy Lequatre (Team Radioshack) ended at 300 meters from the finish. The last Paris-Tours finish on the well known Avenue de Grammont thus ended in a sprint and this was won by the Spanish rider of the Dutch team.

    The summary of Paris-Tours 2010

    This morning at the start in La Loupe the sun only timidly showed its face when the 190 riders came to the start of the 104th edition of the Classic of the falling leaves. This afternoon at the finish the sprint took place under a clear blue sky with a lovely sun.
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    this article appears in the following categories: Paris-Tours| Cycling general (except Tour de France)
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