The 2006 Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship and Liberty Classic benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center were held on Sunday, June 11, in front of large crowds and under the best racing conditions one could ask for. “In 22 years we have always had excellent weather. We’re really gifted. This year is a new look, a new sponsor, and we intend to wow the City of Philadelphia,” said Jerry Casale, COO of Pro Cycling Tour, LLC.
Tomorrow, June 13 at 2:00 pm Pacific, the all-diabetic team of Team Type 1 will leave sunny Oceanside, California and set off on a route best flown, maybe driven, and almost unbelievably: ridden - over 3000 miles to the finish in Atlantic City. The team has three goals: the win, the record, and a million dollars - not to mention the ultimate destination of a cure.
Today’s Ventoux mountain stage at the Dauphine was more than just the first big mountain stage of the race, it was also the first climbing test for the TDF hopefuls looking to check form before July. Our crystal ball has been wrong before, but when it comes to who’s got form, the Giant of Provence never lies.
Out of 88 Giro’s, 62 have had an Italian winner whereas the Tour has seen just 36 French wins out of 92 races. Every now and again the Giro organizers have tried to encourage great champions from other countries. Coming as it does just one month before Le Tour this has always been a difficult proposition.
LBL is already history, but the news is still fresh, especially looking at the course and how the final kilometers played out to produce the first Spanish winner in history - it's even better to see who the riders themselves saw as contenders as well as fans and people in the know. Ed Hood was in the Ardennes a few days in advance of LBL and got hold of some interesting characters.
Only special riders pull off special results, and Alejandro Valverde firmly cemented his place at the very top of cycling’s elite rank, nailing the Ardennes double of Fleche-Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The young Spanish talent outgunned two-time Liege winner Paolo Bettini and Kid Cunego. The Ardennes-Double might just beat out his triumph over Big Tex on Courchevel last year.
American star Floyd Landis/Phonak providing a resounding confirmation of his Tour de France contender status as he easily defended his four-second overall lead throughout today's Stage Five, the most difficult of this year's Ford Tour de Georgia. Tom Danielson duplicated his win of 2005, but was not able to distance the Floyd.