Preview of the 2011 Tour de France

Posted: June 30, 2011 by tnash13 in Sports
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Logo of the Tour de France, courtesy of http://www.digitaljournal.com

To honor the native tongue of the country that is hosting the Tour de France, Le Tour de France commencera sur le deux juillet. Le tour finira sur le vingt-quatre juillet. Cet année Tour sera l’honneur des Alps. Now, for those that do not know French and do not want to use google translate to understand its meaning, it reads “The Tour de France will begin on the July 2. The Tour will finish on the 24th of July. This years Tour will honor the Alps.” The major mountains to be “honored” are L’Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Galibier, and the Col Agnel. The Col du Galibier will be climbed twice during this years edition of the Tour de France and, similar to the past few years, there will be no time bonuses at intermediate sprints or at stage finishes. With a grand total of 21 stages, this year’s Tour de France will only run into Italy with the addition of France. Christian Prudhomme, the Tour director, made this a great route, so get ready for some sparks to fly; my only problem with the route is that there is only one Individual Time Trial. Click here for a more in depth article review, done by myself.

Thurston’s Key Stages

Stage 2: Les Essarts – Les Essarts – 23km – TTT

The second stage of the 2011 Tour de France is a Team Time Trial (TTT). The course is very flat, so do not be expecting too many time gaps to appear. The overall contenders of the race won’t lose much time, but it could still be enough to make an impact later in the race. This stage is possibly going to be a harbinger of how the Schlecks are feeling with their time trial skills; so keep a sharp eye out!

Stage 12: Cugnaux – Luz Ardiden – 211km

Stage 12 Profile, courtesy of http://www.letour.fr

This is probably one of the first stages where the General Classification hopefuls will come out and attack. With three major climbs throughout the course of the stage, it is sure to be a big one. It will definitely give us – the spectators – a chance to get inside the mind of the riders, get to know how they are feeling, and what they’re able to do. Look for an attack group with the major riders to form, and the major attacks to come on the climbing of the Col du Tourmalet.

Stage 19 Profile, courtesy of http://www.letour.fr

Stage 19: Modane Valfréjus – L’Alpe d’Huez – 109.5km

Again, three major mountains will be climbed during Stage 19; The Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier, and historic Alpe d’Huez. After the Col du Galibier is crossed, the riders will ride down hill for roughly 50 km. After a long descent of the Galibier, the riders will suffer through the Alpe d’Huez. Look for major attacks to occur while the General Classification riders are on this mountain; this will help cement a winner for this year’s Tour de France.

Stage 20: Grenoble – Grenoble – 42.5km ITT

This is the only Individual Time Trial of the 2011 Tour de France. It will decide who will wear the maillot jaune on the final day of racing, and be the winner of the Tour itself. The stage has two minor hills, but nothing high enough to be categorized. Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador, the two riders I presume will have the best chances of winning, will have to put forth their best efforts in this stage to hold on to or take the yellow jersey. The General Classification duel will distract from the stage winner, who I believe will be Fabian Cancellara.

Comments
  1. Max says:

    Interesting

  2. tnash13 says:

    bra bra bra bra brilliant

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