PHOENIX METRO BICYCLE CLUB May 2009 Newsletter Addendum

The Tailwind Times May 2009 Newsletter Addendum
Updated 5/10/2009

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Giro d' Italia

Giro d' Italia
Added May 10, 2009
submitted by Bob Beane

VENICE, Italy (AP) -- TV viewers in the United States will get a chance to watch Lance Armstrong compete in his first Giro d'Italia, after all.

Race organizers announced a four-year deal with NBC-operated Universal Sports on Friday, a day before the three-week race begins.

Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, has said he doesn't have a shot at winning the Giro after three and a half years of retirement and breaking his collarbone in March. He plans to aid Astana teammate and fellow American Levi Leipheimer in his bid to win the Italian classic.

... your PMBC Newsletter Editor is searching for more details ... I suggest starting with for now. The web had the following recap, but I wasn't able to get the video or photo gallery to work ... (Note: 1st through 3rd place teams were all either American-based or heavily American staffed: Columbia-High Road, Garmin-Slipstream, and Astana). That's the ONLY time you'll hear me say "go Yanks!!!"

VENICE, Italy -- Team Columbia went out first and finished first in the opening time trial of the Giro d'Italia with Britain's Mark Cavendish bagging the pink jersey on Saturday.

Garmin-Slipstream, criticized by rivals for concentrating their preparation on the time trial rather than the three-week race, came in second while Lance Armstrong's Astana pulled off a minor surprise by finishing third. (Editor's Note: They should say Levi Leipheimer's Astana ... he is my projection for the winner of the Giro this year.)

Going first on the 20-km course around Venice's Lido may have been seen as a disadvantage but America's Team Columbia surged round and never looked like being beaten.

Times were recorded for the fifth-finishing rider in the teams and Columbia managed the flat route in 21 minutes 50 seconds, with Cavendish leading the way.

The 23-year-old from the Isle of Man won the Milan-Sanremo race in March and again showed his sprinting skills in front of a crowd who had packed the water-taxis east of Venice's main centre.

From what I've been able to find, so far, Universal Sports is NOT available on TV in AZ. Never-the-less, daily results and photos of the Giro are being posted on their web site:

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