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Anybody know where that finish in stage 3 is in relation to Prägraten town? Looks like a general uphill. Could put a useful uphill finish there.

Still, another year with no top race visiting the Rettenbachferner. The Österreichrundfahrt is always a bit disappointingly easy given the geography of the country. I know it sounds odd saying that any race including the Kitzbüheler Horn is a disappointingly easy one, but given the range of mountains they have they always seem to use the same ones, and the Glockner doesn't look like being used to best effect this year either. I wish they'd start in Vienna and finish in Innsbruck or Klagenfurt, could have a much better route that way.
Mar 13, 2009
Teams for SkodaTour de Luxembourg (1-5 June) announced:


Katusha Team
Sky Procycling
Team Radioshack
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Pro Continental Teams:

Andalucia Caja Granada
Team Europcar
Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
Veranda's Willems Accent

Continental Team:

Team Differdange
Mar 13, 2009
jobiwan said:
Team Schleck in the Tour of Luxembourg, who'd have known that? :p
Andalucia however, what??:confused:

Andalucia was there last year as well IIRC. I'm more surprised by Liquigas, I think they took Euskaltel's spot. I wonder who they'll bring - Sagan could certainly have a good shot at some stages, maybe even Basso to build up for TdF
Don't know if anyone saw this yet or posted it here but it is a pretty funny news article from a New Zealand news outlet:

News outlet screw up

Mega LOLs at them

Edit: It seems they have now fixed it up. Basically it said Henderson wears yellow at the Giro d'Italia, with a picture of Flecha. It seems they thought the Tour of Cali and Giro were the same race
May 6, 2009
The teams for the new Berlin one day race on May 22:

The ProTeams at the start will be BMC Racing, Leopard Trek, Garmin-Cervelo, HTC-Highroad, Omega Pharma-Lotto and Vacansoleil. Three Pro Continental Teams will be represented with CCC Polsat Polkowice, Skil-Shimano and Netapp. Continental teams include Ac Sparta Praha, Bkcp - Powerplus, Adria Mobil, Lkt Team Brandenburg, Atlas Personal, Nutrixxion Sparkasse, Champion-System, Eddy Merckx-Indeland, Heizomat, Team NSP and Tt Raikon Argon 18. The filed will be rounded out by two national teams, Germany U23 and Russia.

Ok, Libertine, give us a low down on the terrain in Berlin? Do they have a nasty 18% climb in there?
May 6, 2009
I thought it was against UCI rules for a guy to drop out of one race and do another whilst that race was still on?
roundabout said:
So number 1 on the list is reserved for him?

Edit: didn't there use to be a rule that a rider pulling out of a race for no apparent reason (not injured, sick or whatever) couldn't start any races before the race he pulled out from finished?
Such a rule exists. However, race organisers can give permission to riders to participate in other races. In this case, the Giro organisation can give permission to Cavendish. Most of the times they do, because they are afraid that if they don't those riders will not participate next year. The UCI should change that rule, to make it 100% forbidden.