30 June 2011

Who to follow at the Tour de France - Riders & DS

Who to follow on Twitter, or on blogs at the 2011 Tour de France
The inside scoop is so much more fun and interesting. Now that we have gathered information about the 2011 Tour de France route, and the 2011 Team Rosters, my curiosity led me to discover who I can follow at the 2011 Tour de France. Who is going to be there, who will be in the thick of things? I like to share what I am curious about, so here is a list of the riders, their staff and Directeur Sportifs who will be in France tweeting and blogging (most of the Facebooking entries might be feeds, or by assistants on FB). (this will be a work in progress as I discover more throughout the 3 weeks of the Tour de France, so check back)
Please note that professional cycling teams and even some cyclists have PR reps who update their sites for them (not as much fun), but others are the real deal and lots of fun to follow.
Professional Cyclists at the 2011 Tour de France on Twitter

Team: AG2R LA MONDIALE
ROCHE  Nicolas IRL https://twitter.com/#!/nicholasroche
 
Team: ASTANA
KREUZIGER  Roman CZE http://twitter.com/Roman86_K
VAITKUS  Tomas LTU  http://twitter.com/tomasvaitkus

Team: BMC RACING
BOOKWALTER  Brent USA http://twitter.com/brentbookwalter
BURGHARDT Marcus https://twitter.com/#!/Ma_Burghardt  http://www.marcus-burghardt.com
EVANS  Cadel AUS http://twitter.com/CadelOfficial
HINCAPIE  George USA http://twitter.com/ghincapie
MOINARD Amael https://twitter.com/#!/amaelmoinard
QUINZIATO  Manuel ITA http://twitter.com/manuelquinziato http://www.manuelquinziato.it
Chris De Voss (Soigneur) http://twitter.com/#!/Chrissoigneur
Peter the Cook https://twitter.com/#!/Peter_BMC_Cook
Bus Driver Filip https://twitter.com/#!/Filip_Sercu
Team BMC http://twitter.com/#!/BMCProTeam

Team: FDJ
PAURIOL  Rémi FRA  https://twitter.com/#!/rpauriol
ROY  Jérémy FRA  https://twitter.com/#!/jeremyroy
 
Team: GARMIN-CERVELO
DANIELSON  Thomas USA http://twitter.com/tomdanielson
GERRANS Simon http://twitter.com/#!/simongerrans
HESJEDAL  Ryder CAN http://twitter.com/#!/ryder_hesjedal http://www.ryderhesjedal.com
VANDEVELDE  Christian USA http://twitter.com/#!/ChristianVDV
ZABRISKIE  David USA http://twitter.com/dzabriskie 
DS Jonathan Vaughters http://twitter.com/#!/Vaughters
Staff Matt Rabin http://twitter.com/#!/mattrabin
Director Sports Science, Robby Ketchell http://twitter.com/#!/RobbyKetchell

Team Garmin-Cervelo http://twitter.com/#!/Ride_Argyle

Team: HTC-HIGHROAD
CAVENDISH  Mark GBR http://twitter.com/#!/MarkCavendish  http://www.markcavendish.com
EISEL  Bernhard AUT (Bernie is not on Twitter!), watch him on VeloNews [ http://www.eisel.com/ website "coming soon" ]
GOSS  Matthew Harley AUS http://twitter.com/#!/mattgoss1986
PATE  Danny USA http://twitter.com/TheDPate
RENSHAW  Mark AUS http://twitter.com/Mark_Renshaw http://www.mrenshaw.com
VAN GARDEREN  Tejay USA http://twitter.com/tvangarderen88 
VELITS Peter  https://twitter.com/#!/petervelits
Toby the Physiotherapist http://twitter.com/#!/TobyDeFrance 
Team HTC http://twitter.com/#!/HTCHighroad

Team: KATUSHA
KOLOBNEV  Alexandr RUS http://twitter.com/A_Kolobnev

Team: LAMPRE - ISD
PETACCHI  Alessandro ITA http://twitter.com/#!/Petacchi_Ego

Team: LEOPARD TREK
CANCELLARA  Fabian SUI http://twitter.com/#!/f_cancellara http://www.fabian-cancellara.ch
FUGLSANG  Jakob DEN http://twitter.com/#!/jakob_fuglsang  http://www.jakobfuglsang.dk
MONFORT  Maxime BEL http://twitter.com/#!/maxmonfort  http://www.maxime-monfort.be
O'GRADY Stuart https://twitter.com/#!/StueyOG
POSTHUMA  Joost NED http://twitter.com/joostposthuma
SCHLECK  Andy LUX http://twitter.com/#!/andy_schleck
SCHLECK  Frank LUX http://twitter.com/schleckfrank
VOIGT  Jens GER http://twitter.com/thejensie
BENNATI Daniel ITA  https://twitter.com/Benna80  www.danielebennati.com
Team Leopard Trek http://twitter.com/#!/leopardtrek
Brian Nygaard DS https://twitter.com/#!/nygaardbn
Josue Aran Garcia (Soigneur) http://twitter.com/#!/joshiaran

Team: LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE
BASSO  Ivan ITA http://twitter.com/ivanbasso
OSS  Daniel ITA http://twitter.com/Daniel87Oss

Team: MOVISTAR
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA  Benat ESP https://twitter.com/#!/benatintxausti 

Team: OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
WILLEMS  Frederik BEL https://twitter.com/#!/willemsfrederik
 
Team: QUICKSTEP
Team Quickstep http://twitter.com/#!/QuickStepTeam

Team: RABOBANK
BARREDO LLAMAZALES  Carlos ESP http://twitter.com/CARLOSBARREDO
BOOM  Lars NED http://twitter.com/lars_boom http://www.larsboomofficial.com
GESINK  Robert NED http://twitter.com/RGUpdate
MOLLEMA  Bauke NED  https://twitter.com/#!/BaukeMollema (not active)
TEN DAM  Laurens NED http://twitter.com/laurenstendam
TJALLINGII  Maarten NED http://twitter.com/mtjallingii

Team: RADIOSHACK
BRAJKOVIC  Janez SLO http://twitter.com/janibrajkovic
HORNER  Christopher USA http://twitter.com/hornerakg  http://www.chrishornerracing.com/
KLÖDEN  Andreas GER http://twitter.com/andykloedi
LEIPHEIMER  Levi USA http://twitter.com/LeviLeipheimer 
PAULINHO  Sergio Miguel Moreira POR  https://twitter.com/#!/sergiompaulinho
Team Radioshack http://twitter.com/#!/RadioShack
DS Johan Bruyneel http://twitter.com/#!/JohanBruyneel  http://johanbruyneel.com/index.html
Viatcheslav Ekimov http://twitter.com/#!/eki_ekimov

Team: SAXO BANK SUNGARD
CONTADOR VELASCO  Alberto ESP https://twitter.com/#!/albertocontador http://www.albertocontador.com
HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ  Jesus ESP http://twitter.com/jesushernandez3
PORTE  Richie AUS http://twitter.com/richie_porte   http://www.richieporte.com/
Team SaxoBank Sungaurd http://twitter.com/#!/saxobank

Team: SKY
BOASSON HAGEN  Edvald NOR http://twitter.com/#!/EdvaldCycling 
GERRANS  Simon AUS http://twitter.com/simongerrans
SWIFT  Ben GBR http://twitter.com/swiftybswift   http://www.BenSwiftcycling.com/videos
THOMAS  Geraint GBR http://twitter.com/GeraintThomas86 http://www.geraintthomas.com
WIGGINS  Bradley GBR http://twitter.com/bradwiggins 
Team Sky http://twitter.com/#!/TeamSky

Team: VACANSOLEIL-DCM
Team Vacansoleil -DCM https://twitter.com/#!/VacansoleilDCM


*Tip to follow made easy: the easiest way to follow these riders and add them to your Twitter following list is to go to this link https://twitter.com/#!/PedalDancerBlog/following/people, (go to following / View list of people), you will instantly be able to see who you are and are not following, simply click follow to any of these riders you would like to add to your list.

I think a list of the staff, journalists and fans at the TDF would be a good idea. For now a full list of the bike industry tweeps can be found here Bike Biz Bike Trade Tweeps