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2008 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno

2008 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno

Jan Frodeno had a stellar run to sprint past the cream of the field at the line in an exciting olympic triathlon finish.  The main action of the race fell to the run. Only two breakaway riders were able to escape with a gap of 50 seconds at transition.  The small lead the riders had was quickly eaten up by a hard charging field who bridged to them within the first half lap. The field narrowed throughout the four lap run leaving only four as they enter the stadium for the finish.  A resurgent Simon Whitfield of Canada took silver with Bevan Docherty of New Zealand hanging on for bronze.  ITU number one ranked Francisco Gomez of Spain was out kicked at the final turn and ended up fourth. USA’s Hunter Kemper had a fine race finishing 7th, 55 seconds off the pace. American’s Jarrod Shoemaker finished 17th 1:53 back and Matt Reed finished 31st 3:37 back.

Like many ITU races, the swim was the warmup to the race.  The top 30 finishers all finished within 50 seconds.  Hunter Kemper of the US was near the front as was Gomez, Belaubre, Sysoev and Prochnow. The field cleared T1 and headed out on the bike 40+ strong. The group stayed together with only a few attempts from riders to clear, none of any consequence until lap four. On the hill of lap four, Serrano attacked and got clear with Zeebroek quickly bridging. The two worked together to extend a few seconds of lead to 20 seconds by the top of the hill. Dirk Bockel of Luxembourg successfully bridged on the descent catching on before the stadium.  The three worked together to extend the lead to 33 seconds at by the end of lap four.  The chase group was reluctant to pursue in ernest allowing the gap to increase to 55 seconds as the breakaway riders entered the stadium for the last time.  Zeebroek and Bockel were able to gap Serrano on the final hill of the ride. The two slapped hands as they entered the stadium and prepared for the run.  Serrano was in no mans land till T2, losing 45 seconds on the leaders.  The feild closed in on him as they came into transition. 

On the run, the entire field started out almost together. By the time they exited the stadium, the field had strung out in to a group of twenty followed by a thinning line of the remaining runners. At the close of the first lap, the field had captured the leaders and narrowed to about twelve including Gomez, Rana, Whitfield, Brownlee, Docherty, Frodeno, Kemper and a few others. By the close of lap three, the lead group had been whittled down to six. Brownlee and Rana dropped off at the beginning of lap four leaving only Gomez, Whitfield, Docherty and Frodeno, as they neared the stadium for the final time. The leaders dropped Whitfield as they entered the stadium though he was able to latch back on as the three leaders slowed to prepare for the sprint. It was Whitfield who jumped just prior to the final turn dropping Gomez in the process. Frodeno was able to hold on but Docherty fell off halfway to the line. Jan Frodeno had the legs to get by Whitfield to take the win.

Men’s Triathon Results

Rk Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
1 FRODENO Jan GER  1:48:53.28  00:00.0 18:14 16 0:26 2 59:01:00 0:26 1 30:46:00 1
2 WHITFIELD Simon CAN  1:48:58.47  +0:05.19 18:18 22 0:27 13 58:56:00 0:29 18 30:48:00 2
3 DOCHERTY Bevan NZL  1:49:05.59  +0:12.31 18:23 31 0:28 25 58:51:00 0:26 1 30:57:00 3
4 GOMEZ Francisco Javier ESP  1:49:13.92  +0:20.64 18:08 8 0:27 13 59:06:00 0:29 18 31:03:00 4
5 RANA Ivan ESP  1:49:22.03  +0:28.75 18:22 29 0:26 2 58:52:00 0:28 10 31:14:00 5
6 UNGER Daniel GER  1:49:43.78  +0:50.50 18:25 37 0:27 13 58:49:00 0:27 3 31:35:00 6
7 KEMPER Hunter USA  1:49:48.75  +0:55.47 18:04 4 0:30 46 59:06:00 0:28 10 31:40:00 7
8 HENNING Rasmus DEN  1:49:57.47  +1:04.19 18:18 21 0:26 2 58:57:00 0:28 10 31:48:00 9
9 SYSOEV Igor RUS  1:49:59.38  +1:06.10 18:02 2 0:32 53 59:15:00 0:29 18 31:41:00 8
10 BELAUBRE Frederic FRA  1:50:00.30  +1:07.02 18:03 3 0:28 25 59:11:00 0:30 32 31:48:00 10
11 ATKINSON Courtney AUS  1:50:10.02  +1:16.74 18:06 6 0:27 13 59:08:00 0:29 18 32:00:00 11
12 BROWNLEE Alistair GBR  1:50:19.62  +1:26.34 18:11 13 0:27 13 59:05:00 0:29 18 32:07:00 12
13 ZEEBROEK Axel BEL  1:50:30.90  +1:37.62 18:30 43 0:27 13 57:48:00 0:30 32 33:15:00 13
14 CLARKE Will GBR  1:50:32.07  +1:38.79 18:53 47 0:27 13 58:23:00 0:31 38 32:18:00 14
15 PROCHNOW Christian GER  1:50:33.90  +1:40.62 18:23 30 0:26 2 58:56:00 0:27 3 32:21:00 15
16 KAHLEFELDT Brad AUS  1:50:36.00  +1:42.72 18:17 19 0:29 34 58:56:00 0:28 10 32:26:00 16
17 SHOEMAKER Jarrod USA  1:50:46.39  +1:53.11 18:19 23 0:29 34 59:03:00 0:28 10 32:27:00 17
18 MARCEAU Olivier SUI  1:50:50.07  +1:56.79 18:55 52 0:29 34 58:18:00 0:31 38 32:37:00 18
19 OSPALY Filip CZE  1:50:53.69  +2:00.41 18:17 19 0:30 46 58:56:00 0:29 18 32:41:00 19
20 SAPUNOV Daniil KAZ  1:50:58.98  +2:05.70 18:11 12 0:29 34 59:05:00 0:31 38 32:42:00 20
21 POLYANSKIY Dmitriy RUS  1:51:11.61  +2:18.33 18:15 18 0:27 13 59:07:00 0:29 18 32:53:00 21
22 RIEDERER Sven SUI  1:51:19.45  +2:26.17 18:14 17 0:34 54 58:52:00 0:28 10 33:11:00 23
23 BRYUKHANKOV Alexander RUS  1:51:22.59  +2:29.31 18:10 11 0:30 46 59:08:00 0:33 45 33:01:00 22
24 BOCKEL Dirk LUX  1:51:31.01  +2:37.73 18:26 39 0:27 13 57:52:00 0:27 3 34:19:00 30
25 MOREIRA JUNIOR Juraci BRA  1:51:35.57  +2:42.29 18:24 34 0:29 34 58:50:00 0:30 32 33:22:00 24
26 CROES Peter BEL  1:51:40.94  +2:47.66 18:26 38 0:26 2 58:51:00 0:32 43 33:25:00 25
27 TICHELAAR Paul CAN  1:51:46.81  +2:53.53 18:24 35 0:27 13 58:51:00 0:30 32 33:34:00 26
28 HUG Reto SUI  1:52:04.93  +3:11.65 18:55 50 0:27 13 58:20:00 0:29 18 33:53:00 27
29 YAMAMOTO Ryosuke JPN  1:52:11.98  +3:18.70 18:27 40 0:26 2 58:53:00 0:29 18 33:56:00 28
30 BERK Sander NED  1:52:18.09  +3:24.81 18:13 15 0:28 25 59:06:00 0:34 49 33:57:00 29
31 REED Matty USA  1:52:30.44  +3:37.16 18:25 36 0:30 46 58:48:00 0:28 10 34:19:00 31

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Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Austrailia’s wins gold and bronze in the Olympic triathlon. Emma Snowsill made her move before leaving the stadium on the run and never looked back. She improved her lead over the four lap course putting 1:06 on number one ranked Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal who took the silver. Snowsill’s team mate Emma Moffatt placed third to take the bronze rallying past several runners. Team USA’s Laura Bennett came in 26 seconds later in fourth digging in deep to accelerate past a fading Ide who had gapped her ealier in the run. Team USA’s Sarah Haskins finished 11th 2:54 minutes back while Julie Swail-Ertel finished 19th 4:11 back.

The swim was fast though uneventful. The field finished very close together with team USA, AUS and Switzerland exiting near the front. About 40 riders exited T1 mostly together and serpentined out of the stadium area. The ride was 6 laps of a 6.55km loop. There was one significant hill which split the field on the first pass. A lead group of 19 distanced the main group on a punishing assault of the hill. The US, Austrailian and swiss women were in the group among others. The next three laps the women in the lead group worked together to gap the chase who struggled to maintain connection. The lead group continued to build on the lead into T2 on the next two laps. Ertel struggled the last two passes of the hill to maintain contact. She was able to bridge back on the descent each time.

The chase group had an wreck at the close of the fifth lap though it wasn’t clear why. A Russian rider looked to be splinted up with a possible fracture. The main group entered the stadium to finish the ride putting over two minutes on the first chase group. The nineteen leaders shot into and out of T2 very close in. Snowsill quickly gapped the field with Fernandes in tow. Close behind were Bennett, Moffatt, Spirig, and Hewitt. Bennett looked strong and challenged Fernandez as she faded from Snowsills vigorous pace. She rallied on lap two to retake the second spot from Bennett. Bennett began to fade soon after. Moffatt surged past Bennett on lap three to take and hold onto third. Ide also passed Bennett though she later rallied in the stadium to retake the forth spot.

Women’s Race Results

Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
SNOWSILL Emma AUS 1:58:27.66  00:00.0 19:51 5 0:28 3 1:04:20 0:31 5 33:17:00 1
FERNANDES Vanessa POR 1:59:34.63  +1:06.97 19:53 9 0:29 9 1:04:18 0:33 12 34:21:00 2
MOFFATT Emma AUS 1:59:55.84  +1:28.18 19:55 12 0:31 14 1:04:12 0:31 2 34:46:00 3
BENNETT Laura USA 2:00:21.54  +1:53.88 19:49 1 0:30 1 1:04:23 0:29 8 35:10:00 4
IDE Juri JPN 2:00:23.77  +1:56.11 19:50 4 0:29 2 1:04:24 0:35 18 35:05:00 5
SPIRIG Nicola SWI 2:00:30.48  +2:02.82 20:17 36 0:28 34 1:03:54 0:31 4 35:20:00 6
RYF Daniela SWI 2:00:40.20  +2:12.54 19:56 13 0:26 8 1:04:17 0:30 3 35:31:00 7
HEWITT Andrea NZL 2:00:45.99  +2:18.33 19:54 10 0:29 11 1:04:15 0:29 1 35:38:00 8
NIWATA Kiyomi JPN 2:00:51.85  +2:24.19 19:56 14 0:34 24 1:04:14 0:31 13 35:36:00 9
TANNER Debbie NZL 2:01:06.92  +2:39.26 19:57 17 0:29 13 1:04:17 0:29 11 35:54:00 10
HASKINS Sarah USA 2:01:22.57  +2:54.91 19:50 3 0:32 7 1:04:18 0:32 9 36:10:00 11
HARRISON Jessica FRA 2:01:31.74  +3:04.08 19:56 16 0:30 15 1:04:14 0:32 10 36:19:00 12
di MARCO Magali SWI 2:01:50.74  +3:23.08 19:50 2 0:30 5 1:04:22 0:29 7 36:39:00 13
ALLEN Katherine AUT 2:02:00.69  +3:33.03 20:57 48 0:32 49 1:05:24 0:35 35 34:32:00 14
LISK Ricarda GER 2:02:07.75  +3:40.09 20:00 23 0:30 23 1:04:12 0:39 20 36:46:00 15
WARRINER Sam NZL 2:02:13.60  +3:45.94 19:58 19 0:30 18 1:04:15 0:35 17 36:55:00 16
UEDA Ai JPN 2:02:19.09  +3:51.43 20:17 37 0:29 35 1:03:56 0:28 6 37:09:00 17
NORDEN Lisa SWE 2:02:27.47  +3:59.81 20:56 46 0:29 46 1:05:26 0:31 23 35:05:00 18
SWAIL-ERTEL Julie USA 2:02:39.22  +4:11.56 19:51 6 0:30 6 1:04:24 0:32 16 37:22:00 19
BURGOS Ana ESP 2:02:43.85  +4:16.19 20:57 47 0:31 48 1:05:28 0:36 39 35:11:00 20

 

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The women’s triathlon begins tonight at 10pm EST and the men’s race is at the same time tomorrow night.  All but a few of the top ranked are here to compete for an olympic medal.  I’ve assembled some articles about the triathlon, the course, maps and the venue that I found interesting. 

It has been difficult finding elevations for all of the cycling events from the Beijing Olympics and this race has been no different.  I did find a chart with elevation values at a series of points on the 6.55km loop and put together a profile. 

I’ve also included the start list but have ordered in in ITU rank order.  That way it is more clear who is likely to be in contention for a medal.  Looking at the chart, I would argue that the US women have a far greater shot at a medal than the men.  Two of the three US women are ranked top 10 where all the US men are ranked south of 25. 

Articles
Team USA – Women’s Triathlon
ITU Women’s Race Overview
Matt Reed Overview for Colorado Runner Magazine
Olympic Men’s Triathlon Article from the Kentucky Herald/Leader
CBC.CA Provides a Nice Triathlon Venue Overview
Telegraph.co.uk Article about Great Britain’s Chances

Triathlon Course
Triathlon.Org Satellite Image of Triathlon Course
Map Google Earth Link
Nice New York Times Interactive Overview of the Triathlon Course with video from Jarrod Shoemaker

Triathlon Cycling Elevation Profile

2008 Olympic Triathlon Elevation Profile

2008 Olympic Triathlon Elevation Profile

Video Interviews

Sarah Haskins Interview

Julie Swail Interview

Hunter Kemper Interview

Olympic Triathlon Women’s Start List
Start Number, Name, Country, ITU Rank

Start Number Name Country ITU Rank
54 FERNANDES Vanessa Portugal 1
27 WARRINER Sam New Zealand 2
34 SNOWSILL Emma Australia 3
33 MOFFATT Emma Australia 4
26 TANNER Debbie New Zealand 5
42 HASKINS Sarah USA 6
40 BENNETT Laura USA 7
3 DITTMER Anja Germany 8
25 HEWITT Andrea New Zealand 11
8 SPIRIG Nicola Switzerland 12
20 GROVES Lauren Canada 13
56 MAY Elizabeth Holst Luxembourg 14
9 HARRISON Jessica France 15
6 Di MARCO Magali Switzerland 16
4 LISK Ricarda Germany 17
32 DENSHAM Erin Australia 19
10 PEON Carole France 20
12 DOLLINGER Eva Austria 21
16 NIWATA Kiyomi Japan 22
17 UEDA Ai Japan 23
15 IDE Juri Japan 25
50 NORDEN Lisa Sweden 27
41 SWAIL-ERTEL Julie USA 29
5 PILZ Christiane Germany 30
7 RYF Daniela Switzerland 31
22 TREMBLAY Kathy Canada 32
21 MURRAY Carolyn Canada 34
23 FRINTOVA Vendula Czech Repubic 35
31 TUCKER Helen Great Britain 36
38 MURUA Ainhoa Spain 37
51 ABYSOVA Irina Russian Fed. 39
47 ROBERTS Kate South Africa 40
48 OHATA Mariana Brazil 41
14 HAIBOECK Tania Austria 42
24 ZEMANOVA Lenka Czech Repubic 44
37 BURGOS Ana Spain 45
11 ALLEN Kate Austria 46
46 RABIE Mari South Africa 47
19 DEDERKO Ewa Poland 50
53 DAVIS Emma Ireland 51
44 XING Lin China 52
39 MENSINK Lisa Netherlands 54
18 CZESNIK Maria Poland 57
43 SAPUNOVA Yuliya Ukraine 58
52 ZAUSAYLOVA Olga Russian Fed. 59
28 DUFFY Flora Bermuda 62
1 BONIN Charlotte Italy 64
30 AVIL Hollie Great Britain 67
2 CHMET Daniela Italy 68
36 SZABO Zita Livia Hungary 70
29 CORONA Adriana Faviola Mexico 76
35 RIVEROS Barbara Chile 108
45 ZHANG Yi China 121
49 MAK So Ning Tania China 191
55 DIMAKI Nteniz Marina Greece 286

 

Olympic Triathlon Men’s Start List

Start Number Name Country ITU Rank
30 GOMEZ Francisco Javier Spain 1
27 DOCHERTY Bevan New Zealand 2
12 KAHLEFELDT Brad Australia 3
16 WHITFIELD Simon Canada 4
28 GEMMELL Kris New Zealand 5
37 DON Tim Great Britain 6
19 POLIKARPENKO Volodymyr Ukraine 7
38 BELAUBRE Frederic France 8
32 FRODENO Jan Germany 11
45 RIEDERER Sven Switzerland 12
36 CLARKE Will Great Britain 14
34 UNGER Daniel Germany 15
39 MOULAI Tony France 17
15 TICHELAAR Paul Canada 18
43 HUG Reto Switzerland 19
31 RANA Ivan Spain 20
26 SYSOEV Igor Russian Fed. 21
24 BRYUKHANKOV Alexander Russian Fed. 22
42 OSPALY Filip Czech Republic 24
23 SHOEMAKER Jarrod USA 25
54 PAIS Bruno Portugal 26
22 REED Matty USA 27
5 TAYAMA Hirokatsu Japan 28
44 MARCEAU Olivier Switzerland 29
25 POLYANSKIY Dmitriy Russian Fed. 31
11 ATKINSON Courtney Australia 33
40 VIDAL Laurent France 37
29 REED Shane New Zealand 38
49 JASKOLKA Marek Poland 41
41 HENNING Rasmus Denmark 42
10 FONTANA Daniel Italy 43
7 COLUCCI Reinaldo Brazil 44
52 SAPUNOV Daniil Kazakhstan 49
21 KEMPER Hunter USA 50
17 CROES Peter Belgium 52
53 MARQUES Duarte Portugal 55
18 ZEEBROEK Axel Belgium 57
6 YAMAMOTO Ryosuke Japan 58
2 BERK Sander Netherlands 59
47 AGOSTON Simon Austria 61
4 ALBERT Marko Estonia 64
55 BOCKEL Dirk Luxembourg 66
9 D’AQUINO Emilio Italy 67
8 MOREIRA Jr. Juraci Brazil 68
1 GLUSCHENKO Andriy Ukraine 69
51 KUTTOR Csaba Hungary 72
14 JENKINS Colin Canada 80
35 BROWNLEE Alistair Great Britain 84
33 PROCHNOW Christian Germany 89
50 LEE Chi-Wo Daniel 92
3 SERRANO Francisco Mexico 96
20 FELGATE Christopher Zimbabwe 102
48 TAYARA Omar Syrian 104
46 SIMKO Pavel Slovakia 141
56 WANG Daqing China 168

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us.  Unfortunately, cycling does not get as much coverage as

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

more popular events such as gymnastics or swimming.  This year may be different though.  NBC intends to televise the bulk of the games online, including prelims and heats.   Supposedly all online coverage is viewable during and after the events providing Tivo like capability.  That would be a godsend for the Olympic obsessed working masses. NBC Online Schedule


I have been struggling to find a comprehensive list of cycling related TV broadcast and events list for cycling events.  To save you some trouble, I’ve compiled a TV schedule from various sources including AP posts and ESPN’s website.

The full NBC 2008 Olympics TV broadcast schedule for the following channels:  CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo (in Spanish), USA Network, Oxygen, Universal HD and sport-specific channels for basketball and soccer. All times are Eastern Daylight Time and are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 8

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Opening Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball – USA Match; Men’s Cycling – Road Race; Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Final; Rowing

Sunday, Aug. 10

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. China (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. China; Women’s Cycling Road Race; Women’s Weightlifting – 53kg Gold Medal Final; Men’s & Women’s Badminton; Rowing

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Men’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE) Finals: Men’s 200-meter Breaststroke, Men’s 100-meter Freestyle, Women’s 200-meter Butterfly, Women’s 4×200-meter Relay and Men’s 200-meter Individual Medley semifinal; Beach Volleyball – USA Match (LIVE); Men’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Women’s Cycling – Individual Time Trial
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Baseball – USA vs. South Korea and Cuba vs. Japan; Women’s Volleyball – Cuba vs. China (LIVE); Tennis; Men’s Cycling Individual Time Trial; Greco Roman Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis Team Competition; Men’s Weightlifting 77kg Competition

Friday, Aug. 15

  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE); Women’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. Croatia; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final; Women’s Badminton – Singles Gold Medal Finals
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field – Men’s 20k Walk; Men’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women’s Field Hockey – USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Table Tennis Team Semifinals

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Basketball – USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE); Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Poland; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Table Tennis – Team Gold Medal Final; Equestrian – Team Jumping Competition; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals
  • 12:35-2 a.m. — Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 10K and Women’s Triple Jump; Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Triathlon
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Beach Volleyball; Men’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Handball – Russia vs. Germany; Men’s Table Tennis – Team Bronze Playoff

Monday, Aug. 18

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. — Men’s Diving Springboard Semifinal; Men’s Triathlon
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Russia (LIVE); Women’s Soccer Semifinals (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. China; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Handball – Germany vs. Denmark; Men’s Weightlifting 105kg Competition; Men’s Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 19

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. – Men’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Gold Medal Final; Men’s Cycling – BMX Competition (LIVE)
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals (LIVE); Canoeing (LIVE); Women’s Handball Quarterfinals; Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinal; Table Tennis Singles, First Round Competition; Women’s Water Polo Semifinal; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 200-meter, Women’s 400-meter Hurdles; Gymnastics Gala Exhibition; Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (LIVE); Women’s Diving – Platform Semifinal (LIVE); Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Friday, Aug. 22

  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal Match (LIVE); Baseball Semifinal; Men’s Volleyball Semifinal; Women’s Field Hockey Bronze Medal Game; Women’s Modern Pentathlon; Women’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Handball Semifinal

Saturday, Aug. 23

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:30-5 a.m. — Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (LIVE); Men’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Table Tennis – Gold Medal Match

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • NBC and NBC HD 7-11 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

Events Schedule

Road Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 9 11:00 PM ET, Road Cycling – M Road Race – M Indiv
Aug 10 2:00 AM ET, Road Cycling – W Road Race – W Indiv
Aug 12 11:30 PM ET, Road Cycling – W Indiv Time Trial – W Indiv time trial
Aug 13 1:30 AM ET, Road Cycling – M Indiv Time Trial – M Indiv time trial

Track Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – First round
Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Qualifying
Aug 15 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for bronze
Aug 15 6:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage summary
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage
Aug 16 5:40 AM ET, Track – M Points Race – M Points Race
Aug 16 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Second round
Aug 16 6:50 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 16 6:55 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 7:15 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round heat 1-6
Aug 16 7:20 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round 7-12
Aug 16 11:05 PM ET, Track – W Sprint – Qual round
Aug 16 11:20 PM ET, Track – M Sprint – Qual round
Aug 17 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final
Aug 17 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 17 5:10 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 17 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final
Aug 17 5:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – First round
Aug 18 4:30 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – W Points Race
Aug 18 5:05 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:00 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 18 6:20 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 18 6:30 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 18 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 19 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 1
Aug 19 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 4:55 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 3
Aug 19 5:30 AM ET, Track – M Madison – Madison
Aug 19 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3
Aug 19 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 6:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3

Triathlon Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 17 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – W Triathlon – W Indiv
Aug 18 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – M Triathlon – M Indiv

BMX Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 19 9:00 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Seeding phase run 2
Aug 19 9:45 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 1
Aug 19 11:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 2
Aug 19 11:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 1
Aug 20 12:05 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 2
Aug 20 12:32 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 3
Aug 20 9:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 9:38 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 10:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Final
Aug 20 10:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Final

Mountain Bike Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 22 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – W Cross Country – W Indiv
Aug 23 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – M Cross Country – M Indiv

Allez915

It was all champagne and silliness on the final stage of the 2008 Tour de France. Team CSC did a

2008 TdF Champion - Carlos Sastre

2008 TdF Champion - Carlos Sastre

brilliant tour capturing the Overall Championship in Carlos Sastre, the Young Rider Classification in Andy Schleck and the best team. Executing a masterful plan, Carlos was reserved for a definitive stage win, to get the required margin. Sacrificing team mates were the difference, driving the pace, protecting their leaders and getting into key breaks to offer assistance when required. The ultimate sacrifice was Frank Schleck giving up his chance for the podium to a better time trialist in Sastre. That the team could ask it of him is one thing, that he did it, demands respect. Sastre’s excellent time trial demonstrated that the right choice was made.  Hats off to Sastre and CSC.

As for the green jersey, it is won by Oscar Freire. Oscar was consistent and persistent. He was regularly in the top ten and willing to dash for intermediate sprints along the way. In my mind it was more of a team win then an individual win. The team put him in position and went to measures to either set him up for intermediates or stole the points from others. Oscar was not the best sprinter, having only won a single stage (no small thing still). He was how ever strong enough for top 5 consistently. Secondly, he finished the tour with the ability to contest time after time. Congrats to him and the rest of Rabobank.

There are many that are at his footsteps and I’d be surprised to see him win it again. I would have liked to see McEwen freer to contest. He was unfortunately saddled with supporting Cadel rather then making his mark. Unfortunately, Tom Boonen wasn’t permitted to race because he would have challenged Oscar as well. From a sprinting perspective, Cavendish made the tour for me. Shades of McEwen, a young Zabel and even Abdoujaparov come to mind as you watch Mark peel away the competition. They simply can’t hang on to his wheel. I will be watching him at Beijing.

Stage 21 Winner - Steegmans

Stage 21 Winner - Steegmans

The stage today didn’t really get going until the peloton arrived in Paris. I don’t know about you, but the Champs Élysées circuit fascinates me. The 6.5km loop permits the riders to see each other coming or going. There is no getting lost in the trees or around turns. As such, breaks are harder than usually to get away. Today was a case in point. There were stacks of attempts to escape none of them sticking for any length of time. It was the rare successful Quick Step train by led by Matteo Tosatto and Steven De Jongh that put Steegmans in exactly the right spot to hold of an impressively charging Ciolek. Oscar pulled out a third followed by McEwen and Hushovd. It was a fabulous finish in Paris.

Well that does it for the 2008 Tour de France. Thanks for checking in on my little log from time to time for news about the race. I will be continuing writing about significant competitions including the 2008 Summer Olympics, Triathlons and the World Championships. Please come back for more of the Velo Noise perspective.

Allez915

Stage 21 Video Recap: http://tinyurl.com/6yc5pp

Stage 21 Race Reports:

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Stage 21 Results:

1 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step, 3.51.38 (37.04 km/h)
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Columbia, st.
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank, st.
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence – Lotto, st.
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole, st.
6 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, st.
7 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner, st.
8 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner, st.
9 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis – Le Crédit par Téléphone, st.
10 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld, st.
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram, st.
12 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre, st.
13 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, st.
14 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas, st.
15 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, st.

Overall Standings, Yellow Jersey:

1 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 87.52.52
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence – Lotto, 0.58
3 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner, 1.13
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank, 2.10
5 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, 3.05
6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 4.28
7 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, 6.25
8 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia, 6.55
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 7.12
10 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale, 9.05

Team Competition:

1 Team CSC Saxo Bank, 263.29.57
2 AG2R-La Mondiale, 15.35
3 Rabobank, 1.05.26
4 Euskaltel – Euskadi, 1.16.26
5 Silence – Lotto, 1.17.15
6 Caisse d’Epargne, 1.20.28
7 Team Columbia, 1.23.00
8 Lampre, 1.26.24
9 Gerolsteiner, 1.27.40
10 Credit Agricole, 1.37.16

Green Jersey (Best Sprinter):

1 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank, 270 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole, 220
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram, 217
4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis – Le Crédit par Téléphone, 181
5 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia, 155
6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 136
7 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld, 131
8 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence – Lotto, 129
9 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, 119
10 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Columbia, 116

White Jersey (Best Young Rider):

1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 88.04.24
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas, 1.27
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas, 17.01
4 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis – Le Crédit par Téléphone, 24.09
5 Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel, 1.08.34
6 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia, 1.13.55
7 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld, 1.24.49
8 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram, 1.38.17
9 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux, 1.38.22
10 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 1.44.07

Pokadot Jersey (Mountain Climbing):

1 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner, 128 pts
2 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 80
3 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 80
4 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom, 65
5 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner, 62
6 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner, 61
7 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld, 61
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 58
9 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux, 52
10 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, 51

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