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As expected Australian cyclist Cadel Evans won the 2011 Tour de France on Sunday after a 2:27:02 ride to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. He defeated the Schleck Bros., as Andy was 1:34 behind and Frank had a 2:30 gap at the end of the race. Evans holds the maillot jaune/yellow jersey for the next year.
Mark Cavendish won the final stage in Paris, which should be no surprise, for the third time in his career. This was his fifth stage win this year and his 20th overall, just two behind Lance Armstrong. Cavendish won the maillot vert/green jersey over Jose Joaquin Rojas.
Samuel Sanchez is the King of the Mountain, though the red polka dot jersey had been decided days ago in the Alps. Pierre Rolland captured the white jersey for best young racer.
Boulder's Team Garmin-Cervelo had the best overall team time at 258:18:49, an 11-plus-minute advantage over Team Leopard-Trek. Thor Hushovd of Garmin-Cervelo had two stage wins and wore the yellow jersey for several days before the mountains hurt him.
Hushovd's teammate, Tom Danielson, finished ninth overall, a +8:15 gap behind Evans. He was the top American finisher.
Here is the top 10 leaderboard for the general classification (full one here):
|1.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||86h 12' 22"|
|2.||SCHLECK Andy||11||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||86h 13' 56"||+ 01' 34"|
|3.||SCHLECK Frank||18||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||86h 14' 52"||+ 02' 30"|
|4.||VOECKLER Thomas||181||TEAM EUROPCAR||86h 15' 42"||+ 03' 20"|
|5.||CONTADOR Alberto||1||SAXO BANK SUNGARD||86h 16' 19"||+ 03' 57"|
|6.||SANCHEZ Samuel||21||EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI||86h 17' 17"||+ 04' 55"|
|7.||CUNEGO Damiano||161||LAMPRE - ISD||86h 18' 27"||+ 06' 05"|
|8.||BASSO Ivan||91||LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE||86h 19' 45"||+ 07' 23"|
|9.||DANIELSON Tom||52||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||86h 20' 37"||+ 08' 15"|
|10.||PERAUD Jean-Christophe||108||AG2R LA MONDIALE||86h 22' 33"||+ 10' 11"|
The 2011 Tour de France comes to an end on Sunday when the cyclists begin in Créteil and ride to Paris for the Champs-Élysées. Cadel Evans, barring any accidents or strange happenings on the course, will win the race and become the first Australian to do so. He leads Andy Schleck by +1:34 and Frank Schleck by +2:30.
Mark Cavendish will be one of the other jersey winners, as he holds 285 points for the green jersey. Samuel Sanchez is the King of the Mountains leader and will wear the red polka dot jersey at the end of Sunday. Pierre Rolland, Stage 19 winner, holds a 46 second lead over Rein Taaramäe for the white jersey as the best youth racer.
Tom Danielson of Durango, CO, and Boulder, CO-based Team Garmin-Cervelo will likely hold ninth overall place and be the highest-finishing American in this year's tour. He is +8:15 behind Evans.
Turn to VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT to catch the end to this year's exciting Tour de France!
Barring a bizarre finish to the 2011 Tour De France, Australian cyclist Cadel Evans will wear the yellow jersey at the end of the overall race. Evans, 34, placed second in the individual time trial at Grenoble, losing by seven seconds to Tony Martin's 55:33.
Evans entered the day 57 seconds behind Andy Schleck, who had picked up the yellow jersey on Friday. Schleck was 2:38 off the pace on Saturday. He brother, Frank, finished three second later. Evans holds a +1:34 lead over Andy and a +2:30 gap over Frank. Thomas Voeckler, who led the race for over a week, is in fourth with a 3:20 gap ahead of him.
Alberto Contador made a late charge over the last several stages to move up in the standings. He finished third at Grenoble, +1:06 behind Martin. Contador is in fifth at +3:57.
On Sunday, Evans should make his triumphant entrance into Paris and reach the Champs-Élysées as the 2011 Tour de France victor.
The 2011 Tour de France could be decided on the Stage 20 individual time trial in Grenoble. It's just a 42.5 kilometer race that travels along a rolling path with some climb, but no rated climb sections. This will be the only individual time trial in this year's race, as Stage 2 was a team time trial that Boulder, CO's Garmin-Cervelo won.
Grenoble is the birthplace of the yellow jersey (maillot jaune). In 1919, the yellow jersey was given to the leader to signify his status in the tour. Andy Schleck holds a 53 second lead over his brother, Frank, and a 57 second lead over Cadel Evans. Thomas Voeckler, who lost the yellow jersey on Friday, is next with a 2:10 gap ahead of him. Tom Danielson is the highest-ranked American cyclist at +7:11, good for ninth overall.
Grenoble will be a stage for the sprinters to win and any wrong move by the riders at the top will likely put them out of contention. Tune into VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT for what could be the decisive stage.
The 2011 Tour de France saw battle after battle on this last mountain stage. Ultimately, though, Frenchman Pierre Rolland took control of the race within the final few kilometers to the finish line at the Alpe d'Huez. This was his first victory in the Tour de France.
Alberto Contador early on challenged the others racers, taking chances that, according to VERSUS' announcers, hadn't been seen since the 1960s and 1970s. He was battling Andy and Frank Schleck as well as Cadel Evans at that point. He did drop back, but he took over the race when he made his way up toward the summit on the Alpe d'Huez to win the stage. Rolland took advantage over Contador on a late turn to take the lead. Contador finish in third (+0:23), behind Rolland and Samuel Sanchez (+0:14).
Cadel Evans rook fifth place in the stage, finishing with Peter Velits at +0:57. The Schleck Bros. finished 57 seconds behind Rolland as well. Ryder Hesjedal and Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Cervelo finished 10th (+1:15) and 11th (+1:15), respectively.
Thomas Voeckler lost the maillot jaune to Andy Schleck, losing three minutes on the stage, but he toughed it out across the entire course. Schleck, who took first on the Col du Galibier over Contador, now leads by 53 seconds over brother Frank.
The top 10 leaderboard:
1. Andy Schleck 82:48:43
2. Frank Schleck +0:53
3. Cadel Evans +0:57
4. Thomas Voeckler +2:10
5. Damiano Cunego +3:31
6. Alberto Contador 3:55
7. Samuel Sanchez +4:22
8. Ivan Basso +4:40
9. Tom Danielson +7:11
10. Pierre Rolland +8:57
The riders will take part in a individual time trial at Grenoble on Saturday before they make their way into Paris on Sunday for the finale.
The 2011 Tour de France encounters the last of its mountain stages when it travels from Modane Valfréjus to Alpe-d’Huez in the Alps. The cyclists cover a short distance of 109.5 kilometers, but the three climbs that they face on the heels of the other climbs since Tuesday could provide a tough contest this day.
The first climb, Col du Télégraphe, comes at just 26.5 kilometers into the race. Then 20 kilometers they will face the Col du Galibier again, racing to a summit of 2,556 meters. The Alpe d'Huez comes at the very end, a 13.8 kilometer climb to the finish line.
The riders will have the sprint just before they reach Bourg-d'Oisans, at which point the course begins to twist and turn up the Alpe d'Huez toward the finish line. If there's any point in this stage to watch, it's when the riders make the final climb. VERSUS has complete coverage beginning at 6 a.m. MT.
Thomas Voeckler lost a large portion of his lead and is just 15 second ahead of Andy Schleck. Tom Danielson of Garmin-Cervelo is the highest-ranked American. He is in ninth place and 7:08 behind Voeckler.
26 year-old rider Andy Schleck blew by the other rider to take Stage 18 by two minutes and seven seconds in the 2011 Tour de France. The second of three straight climbs, Stage 18 finishes at the point of highest altitude over this year's course. Shleck's brother Frank finished in second.
Andy Schleck shortened the gap between him and leader Thomas Voeckler by under two minutes and 30 seconds by the end of the stage. Voeckler is holding onto the yellow jersey by 15 seconds. Over at SBNation.com, Kevin McCauley believes that Voeckler's strangle hold over the maillot jaune will be coming to an end soon.
It would be shocking to see Voeckler keep his yellow again on Alpe d'Huez, but then again, it was shocking to see him stick with Evans, Frank Schleck, Basso and Cunego on Thursday's stage. He even beat Contador and Sanchez while he exerted less energy than Evans and Andy Schleck, so who knows what might happen on Stage 18.
The 2011 Tour de France picks right up where it left off on Wednesday: in Pinerolo, Turin, Italy. The Alps. The brief excursion in Italy comes to an end on Thursday when the riders leave there and race for Galibier Serre-Chevalier.
Before the grinding portion of the race, the cyclists will first run into the sprint at Verzuolo 43 kilometers into the race. Stage 18 features three Category H climbs, the first at Agnel. It's a 23.7 kilometer climb at a 6.5 percent incline. Then the Col d'Izoard comes at 145.5 kilometers. It's the shortest of the three climbs at 14.1 kilometers.
Col du Galibier will become the point of highest elevation at the finish line in the history of the race. It's a 22.8 kilometer climb to the finish line, which is 2,645 meters above sea level.
Thomas Voeckler still wears the yellow jersey, but he lost precious seconds in his lead when he went off the course and into a yard on Stage 17. Will the Schleck Bros., Cadel Evans or someone else make a move on Voeckler on Thursday?
VERSUS begins its coverage at 5 a.m. MT for this alpine stage.
For the second time in the 2011 Tour de France, Edvald Boasson Hagen captured a stage victory when he crossed the finish line at Pinerolo in the Italian Alps. He completed Stage 17 at 4:18:00, 40 seconds ahead of Bauke Mollema and 50 seconds of Sandy Casar. Alberto Contador, Andy and Frank Schleck and Cadel Evans all came in at the same time, 4:26 behind Hagen.
Thomas Voeckler, race leader, lost seconds on his overall lead with his poor descent. In the last hundred meters or so, Voeckler wound up going off the road, through an open gate and into a yard. He did recover and finished 4:53 behind Hagen. American Tom Danielson also crossed the finish line at the same time as Voeckler.
Sylvain Chavanel took the first three climbs of the day, but Ruben Perez Moreno and Hagen split the final two. Chavanel did finish second and fourth in those ones.
Here is the top 10 leaderboard:
1. Thomas Voeckler 73:23:49
2. Cadel Evans +1:18
3. Frank Schleck +1:22
4. Andy Schleck +2:36
5. Samuel Sanchez +2:59
6. Alberto Contador +3:15
7. Damiano Cunego +3:34
8. Ivan Basso +3:49
9. Tom Danielson +6:04
10. Rigoberto Uran +7:36
The 2011 Tour De France is set to enter its four-day grueling Alps portion of the race before the final ride through Paris on the final day of the race. After Thor Hushovd led the cyclists through the finish line at Gap on Tuesday, they will pick things up in Gap for the start of Stage 17. After 179 km (111 mi) on this stage, the riders will finish the day in Pinerolo, a town in the Turin area of Italy.
But before the race reaches Italy, there are five climbs that must be overcome. The first one doesn't come until the 71st kilometer at Côte de Sainte-Marguerite, a Category 3 ascent. The sprint portion comes right before another Category 3 climb. There is no rest after that as the Category 2 comes at Col de Montgenèvre. It's a 7.9 km climb, but hardly the challenge that Sestrières will be, a Category 1 climb for 11.1 km. The Côte de Pramartino awaits them shortly before they reach Pinerolo.
The move into Italy comes after Col de Montgenèvre. To see that transition, make sure you tune into VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT.
Thomas Voeckler holds a 1:45 lead over Cadel Evans in the general classification category after a tough race on Tuesday. American Tom Danielson remains in ninth place with a 6:04 gap.
Team Garmin-Cervelo's Thor Hushovd captured his second stage victory of the 2011 Tour de France and the 10th of his career. He clocked in at 3:31:38. Edvald Boasson Hagen also received that time for second place. Ryder Hesjedal, a Canadian, found himself taking third place.
This race took a fast pace and at one point the breakaway was 20 minutes ahead of its expected location. Rain hit during the final stretch of the race. Alberto Contador proved to be one of the toughest competitors in today's race and did move slightly closer to the yellow jersey.
Thomas Voeckler kept the maillot jaune despite finishing 4:44 behind Hushovd on the stage. Voeckler's lead stands at 69:00:56, a 1:45 lead over Cadel Evans. Frank Schleck moved to third place, while his brother, Andy, fell behind on this stage and now has a 3:03 gap ahead of him. American Tom Danielson is ninth overall and 6:04 behind Voeckler.
Mark Cavendish maintained the maillot vert with 319 overall points, a 34-point lead over Jose Joaquin Rojas. Team Garmin-Cervelo has the overall team lead at 206:31:24, a 7:01 lead over Team Leopard-Trek. Jelle Vandendert holds just a two-point lead over Samuel Sanchez (74-72) for the King of the Mountains classification.
The cyclists will contend with the Alps for the next four days.
After a flat stage on Sunday and a rest day on Monday, the 2011 Tour de France resumes on Tuesday with a medium mountain stage as a transition to Alps over the rest of the week. The race starts at Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and makes its way 162.5 km (101 mi) to Gap. This will be Saint-Paul's first time as a stage town while Gap will be one for the 21st time. In last year's race, residents of Gap formed a life-sized version of the town's logo.
From the starting line at Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, the cyclists face an uphill battle to a high point around Moydans at about 762 meters above sea level before a descent that sets them up for the sprint at Veynes. Still an uphill climb at that point, the riders finally reach Gap at the 139th kilometer with a steep decline. But at the 151st kilometer the uphill climb on the Col de Manse features a 9.5 km trek to the top, 1,268 meters above sea level. At the top the riders will be about 11 kilometers from the finish line.
Check out VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT for live coverage of the race.
Here is the current top five leaderboard for the general classification (yellow jersey):
1. Thomas Voeckler 65:24:34
2. Frank Schleck 65:26:23
3. Cadel Evans 65:26:40
4. Andy Schleck 65:26:49
5. Ivan Basso 65:27:50
The 2011 Tour de France saw Mark Cavendish wins his third stage in this year's race and his 19th overall, which has him just three behind Lance Armstrong's 22. Cavendish took the race at 4:20:24, which was also the final time for an additional 116 cyclists. Included among that group is Thomas Voeckler, who will wear the yellow jersey for another two days.
This stage was ideally suited for Mark Cavendish, as he is a sprinter. He was especially thankful for his teammates' help:
I’m lucky that I’ve got a group of guys like I have to keep me out of trouble at the front and that kind of took the pressure off a bit but it’s still hard. It was up and down, there were crosswinds the whole day; it was a difficult stage but it was a sprint and the guys controlled it. They delivered me perfectly to the last 200 meters.
Cavendish still wears the green jersey with 319 points, better than Jose Joaquin Rojas by 37 points (282). Cavendish picked up 10 points for sixth place on the Montagnac sprint and then gained the 45 points for being the first to cross the finish line at Montpellier. Garmin-Cervelo's Tyler Farrar came in second.
Here is the general classification top 10 leaderboard:
|1||Thomas Voeckler||65h 24' 34"|
|2||Frank Schleck||65h 26' 23"||+ 01' 49"|
|3||Cadel Evans||65h 26' 40"||+ 02' 06"|
|4||Andy Schleck||65h 26' 49"||+ 02' 15"|
|5||Ivan Basso||65h 27' 50"||+ 03' 16"|
|6||Samuel Sanchez||65h 28' 18"||+ 03' 44"|
|7||Alberto Contador||65h 28' 34"||+ 04' 00"|
|8||Damiano Cunego||65h 28' 35"||+ 04' 01"|
|9||Ton Danielson||65h 30' 20"||+ 05' 46"|
|10||Kevin De Weert||65h 30' 52"||+ 06' 18"|
The 2011 Tour de France has left the Pyrenees for a flat stage that bridges the gap to the Alps for the majority of the remaining race. The sprinters will enjoy this route (192.5 km/120 mi) from Limoux to Montpellier. Limoux is hosting for the first time as a stage town in the Tour de France, though it has hosted in other cycling events. Montpellier will be a stage town for the 30th town, an impressive feat.
The one climb during the day's race comes at the 82nd kilometer at Côte de Villespassans. They will be 208 meters above sea level while most of the race will be less than 100 km above sea level. The sprint comes late in the day at the 143.5 kilometer in Montagnac.
Thomas Voeckler still wears the yellow jersey, which he gained early on during the past week's mountain stages. A return to a flat stage could help him increase his lead over Luis-Leon Sanchez and Cadel Evans, his nearest competitors. Tom Danielson is 5:46 behind and in ninth place, but he is the top American in the race at the moment.
VERSUS has coverage once again at 6 a.m. MT.
The 2011 Tour De France left the Pyrenees on Saturday with Jelle Vanendert winning Stage 14 at Plateua de Beille. He completed the course in 5:13:25, 21 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Samuel Sanchez, who had won a mountain stage on Thursday. Andy Schleck came in third after a 46-second gap. Cadel Evans and Thomas Voeckler came in as part of an eight-rider group at 48 seconds behind Vanendert.
The stage featured six climbs to test its riders. Mickael Delage took the first two at 26.5 km and 62.5 km. Sandy Casar and Sylvain Chavanel took the middle two and Gorka Izagirre Insausti took the fifth one. The ascent to the finish line at Plateau de Beille garnered 40 points for Vanendert, who took over the King of the Mountains classification with 74 points. Samuel Sanchez is close behind with 72. Jeremy Roy is in third with 45 points.
Voeckler still wears the yellow jersey after the end of the Pyrenees portion of the race and he isn't quite sure how this happened:
“It’s hard for me to believe that I’m in yellow after the Pyrenees with almost the same gap that I had before the Pyrenees. I won’t understand it if it continues like this for the last week because it’s unbelievable for me. It’s like a dream."
Mark Cavendish finished nearly 27 minutes behind Vanendert, but no one was able to overtake him for the green jersey.
Here are the top 10 racers in the general classification through Stage 14:
|1||Thomas Vieckler||61h 04' 10"|
|2||Frank Schleck||61h 05' 59"||+ 01' 49"|
|3||Cadel Evans||61h 06' 16"||+ 02' 06"|
|4||Andy Schleck||61h 06' 25"||+ 02' 15"|
|5||Ivan Basso||61h 07' 26"||+ 03' 16"|
|6||Samuel Sanchez||61h 07' 54"||+ 03' 44"|
|7||Alberto Contador||61h 08' 10"||+ 04' 00"|
|8||Damiano Cunego||61h 08' 11"||+ 04' 01"|
|9||Tom Danielson||61h 09' 56"||+ 05' 46"|
|10||Kevin De Weert||61h 10' 28"||+ 06' 18"|
The 2011 Tour de France makes one last endurance run in the Pyrenees on Saturday. There will be a total of six climbs for the cyclists, the Category H one coming at the summit finish line in Plateau de Beille. Stage 14 begins at Saint-Gaudens and twists and turns its way through the mountains near the border with Spain.
Those climbs come at Col de Portet-d'Aspet (Category 2), Col de la Core (Category 1), Col de Latrape (Category 2), Col d'Agnes (Category 1), Port de Lers (Category 3) and Plateau de Beille (Category H). The one at Core comes at 62.5 km and goes for 14.1 km. Plateau de Beille is a 15.8 km climb to the finish. The sprint comes after the first climb.
The frequency of the climbs here could make or break the race for a number of riders. As Jean-Francois Pescheux points out in his take on this stage:
Note also, that every rider who has previously won at Plateau de Beille has gone on to the win the Tour that same year…
Will that hold true this year? We'll have another week of racing before that will be determined, but stick with VERSUS at 4:30 a.m. MT for live coverage of the race.
After losing the yellow jersey over the weekend in the medium mountain stages, Thor Hushovd of Garmin-Cervelo took Stage 13 in an impressive showing. He finished the course in 3:47:36, ten seconds better than David Moncoutie, whom he passed on the descent to the finish line. Jeremy Roy finished 26 seconds behind for third place. It took over four minutes for the next riders to come in at the finish line.
Jose Joaquin Rojas led the peloton in at 7:37 behind Hushovd. Tom Danielson finished in that same group, but he is now tied with Philippe Gilbert in the general classification with a 4:35 gap ahead of them.
Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey with his finish in the peloton, and he leads Frank Schleck by 1:49 after the stage. Mark Cavendish will still wear the green jersey with his 264 points, but Rojas is right there with 251 points. Roy and his 45 points captured the King of the Mountains red polka dot jersey as he took the climb at Belair and the tougher Aubisque.
Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) won the twelfth stage of the 2011 Tour de France, the first true mountain stage of the race, for team Euskatel. Sanchez pulled ahead of the pack during the ascent of the Luz-Ardiden and road out into first with Jelle Vanendart (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on the final ascent of the stage.
Thomas Voeckler got a boost from Pierre Roland to hold onto the yellow jersey through another stage. His lead in the Tour now stands at one minute and 49 seconds over Frank Schleck.
The biggest surprise of the day was a poor performance by reigning champion Alberto Contador, who lost seven seconds to Damiano Cunego, 13 seconds to Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso, and 33 seconds to Frank Schleck.
Tomorrow's stage will see the riders take on stage thirteen, an ascent that favors the breakaway specialists who can handle the big climbs.
The 2011 Tour de France enters the Pyrenees Mountains on Thursday after having a couple of medium mountain stages last weekend. Stage 12 starts at Cugnaux and makes it way southwest to Sarrancolin for the sprint section of the day. This comes 116 km into the 211 km (131 mi) route. The race then pivots at Guchen, where the cyclists the winding roads leading to the first climb of the day.
At Hourquette d'Ancizan, a Category 1 climb, the racers go up 9.9 km at the 141.5 km mark. But that won't be the end of the climbs. About 35 km later, there is a 17.1 km climb at Col du Tourmalet, a Category H test. If the riders aren't worn out at the end of that, they have another Category H climb to reach the finish line at Luz-Ardiden.
Race coverage begins earlier than usual on VERSUS. It starts at 4:30 a.m. MT.
Here is the current top 10 leaderboard, which is bound to see some shakeups after Stage 12 finishes:
|1||Thomas Voeckler||45h 52' 39"|
|2||Luis-Leon Sanchez||45h 54' 28"||+ 01' 49"|
|3||Cadel Evans||45h 55' 05"||+ 02' 26"|
|4||Frank Schleck||45h 55' 08"||+ 02' 29"|
|5||Andy Schleck||45h 55' 16"||+ 02' 37"|
|6||Tony Martin||45h 55' 17"||+ 02' 38"|
|7||Peter Velits||45h 55' 17"||+ 02' 38"|
|8||Andreas Kloden||45h 55' 22"||+ 02' 43"|
|9||Philippe Gilbert||45h 55' 34"||+ 02' 55"|
|10||Jakob Fuglsang||45h 55' 47"||+ 03' 08"|
Raining on and off throughout the race, it started to come down heavily as the cyclists reached Lavaur to end the day's racing. Unlike the close finish on Tuesday, Mark Cavendish overcame Andre Greipel this time around and by a bike length at 3:46:07. This is Cavendish's third win in this year's race and his 18th overall at the Tour de France. That is fifth best in the history of the race, with fourth-place at 22.
Cavendish also gained the green jersey after this race with 251 points. Jose Joaquin Rojas and Philippe Gilbert are behind by 16 and 20 points, respectively. Thor Hushovd is fifth with 163 points.
Tyler Farrar of Team Garmin-Cervelo came in third and received the same time as Cavendish, as did most of the racers. Mickael Delage took the intermediate sprint in this race and the second climb, while Lars Boom won the first climb at Côte de Tonnac.
Thomas Voeckler still has the yellow jersey with an overall time of 45:52:39. Luis-Leon Sanchez is still in second with a 1:49 gap to make up on Voeckler. Tom Danielson is still in 17th place with a time of 45:57:01. He is the top American in the race, though teammate Christian Vande Velde is two spots and 31 seconds behind him.
The race enters the Pyrenees on Thursday.
The 2011 Tour de France continues on Wednesday with a flat stage before the race shifts to the Pyrenees and the Alps during the final days of the race. Wednesday's race runs from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur, a 167.5 km (104 mi) course. Blaye-les-Mines is hosting its first stage while Lavaur is on its second time as a stage town.
Cyclists will have a test early on when they face a Category 3 climb at 28.5 km in Côte de Tonnac. They then reach the sprint at 82-85 km in Gaillac. After that there are some minor climbs and dips until 135.5 km for a Category 4 climb at Côte de Puylaurens.
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler retains the yellow jersey with a 1:49 lead over Luis-Leon Sanchez, while Philippe Gilbert wears the green jersey. Johnny Hoogerland, injuries and all, wears the red polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountain classification with 22 points. Voeckler is second with 17 points.
VERSUS, as usual, has live coverage at 6 a.m. MT.
In a race to the finish of Stage 10 in the 2011 Tour de France, Andre Greipel finished half of a wheel ahead of Mark Cavendish to win the stage. This was his first win in a Tour de France and his first time beating Cavendish head-to-head. Jose Joaquin Rojas, Thor Hushovd and Romain Feillu finished out the top five.
MArco Marcato won three of the four climbs, picking up five points. Thomas Voeckler took the final climb and is second (17 points) in the King of the Mountains competition behind Johnny Hoogerland (22). Philippe Gilbert wears the green jersey with 226 points, just ahead of Jose Joaquin Rojas at 209 points.
Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey at 42:06:32. He has a 1:49 lead over Luis-Leon Sanchez and a 2:26 advantage over Cadel Evans. Thor Hushovd is still in 24th place (42:11:45), but teammate Tom Danielson is in 17th at 42:10:54.
Cyclists in the 2011 Tour de France pick up the race on Tuesday with a flat Stage 10. They will begin at Aurillac and will then ride one of the shorter segments of the race, ending at Carmaux. In total, riders will cover a 198-km (98 mi) stretch as they make their way to the southern coast of France over the next few days.
This will be Aurillac's seventh time as stage town, but just the first for Carmaux. In between the towns, there will be a twisted track, but flat for the most part. The sprint comes early at Maurs, 34.5 km into the race. After that there will be four climbs, two each in Categories 3 and 4. None will be as tough as those over the weekend, but even the sprinters will have tough time for most of the race.
Thomas Voeckler holds the lead now after the first two mountain stages. Thor Hushovd lost the maillot jaune on Sunday and fell all the way back to 24th overall. Here is the top 10 leaderboard and select other racers:
|1||Thomas Voeckler||38h 35' 11"|
|2||Luis-Leon Sanchez||38h 37' 00"||+ 01' 49"|
|3||Cadel Evans||38h 37' 37"||+ 02' 26"|
|4||Frank Schleck||38h 37' 40"||+ 02' 29"|
|5||Andy Schleck||38h 37' 48"||+ 02' 37"|
|6||Tony Martin||38h 37' 49"||+ 02' 38"|
|7||Peter Velits||38h 37' 49"||+ 02' 38"|
|8||Andres Kloden||38h 37' 54"||+ 02' 43"|
|9||Philippe Gilbert||38h 38' 06"||+ 02' 55"|
|10||Jakob Fuglsang||38h 38' 19"||+ 03' 08"|
|11||Ivan Basso||38h 38' 47"||+ 03' 36"|
|16||Alberto Contador||38h 39' 18"||+ 04' 07"|
|17||Tom Danielson||38h 39' 33"||+ 04' 22"|
|24||Thor Hushovd||38h 40' 24"||+ 05' 13"|
|28||David Millar||38h 40' 43"||+ 05' 32"|
|36||Levi Leipheimer||38h 42' 27"||+ 07' 16"|
|131||Mark Cavendish||39h 20' 53"||+ 45' 42"|
|158||Danny Pate||39h 31' 19"||+ 56' 08"|
The 2011 Tour de France has a new leader after the second mountain stage in two days. French cyclist Thomas Voeckler took second place in Stage 9, but that was enough to leap his way up to the lead in the general classification. Luis-Leon Sanchez won the stage at 5:27:09, five second better than Voeckler. Philippe Gilbert came in fourth, 3:59 behind Sanchez.
Thor Hushovd fell precipitously by lagging 6:47 behind in this stage. His teammate and Durango, CO, native Tom Danielson finished in 13th with 3:59 behind the winner. Hushovd dropped to 24th overall, 5:13 behind Voeckler's 38:35:11. Luis-Leon Sanchez took second place overall with his victory on Sunday, but he is 1:49 behind Voeckler. Cdel Evans slipped to third overall.
Gilbert widened his lead for control of the green jersey, moving up to 217 points. Jose Joaquin Rojas is in second with 172 points.
This stage was marked by several crashes. Alexandre Vinokourov was approaching the top 10 in the race this year, but he broke his femur in a crash and is now out of the race. Jurgen van den Broeck, Frederik Williams and David Zabriskie also were injured during the crash and abandoned the event. A second one occurred with a passing car, which required treatment for the riders, but no eliminations.
Monday is a rest day.
The 2011 Tour de France participants can rest on Monday from this weekend's mountain stages, but first they must finish Stage 9, which runs from Issoire to Saint-Flour. This course lasts for 208 km (129 mi) and will provide a grueling test for its riders during the middle of it.
The day starts out fairly well until the 43.5 km mark when the first of eight climbs comes up. Once the field reaches Côte de Massiac, the race stays in the high ground until Col du Pas de Peyrol comes at 100 km. From that point on, there will be four more climbs that take the riders up and down the mountains. But none is higher than that the Pas de Peyrol that started it all. After the Col de Prat de Bouc, there is a steady decline in elevation, as it leads to the sprint at Neuvéglise. Two Category 4 climbs await the riders in the final 15 km, but they'll be battle-hardened after the previous Categories 2 and 3 they faced earlier.
Don't expect a sprinter to win this stage. Also, it may the end for Thor Hushovd with the maillot jaune, but he thought that before Stage 8 as well. He did finish 15 seconds behind winner Rui Alberto Costa, but Cadel Evans also finished at the same time as Hushovd, who still leads by one second.
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Entering the mountains for the first time in the 2011 Tour de France, riders had plenty to contend with on Saturday. On the ride from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy, Rui Alberto Costa proved to be the toughest of them all this time around. Philippe GIlbert attempted to overcome him down the final kilometers of the stage, but he fell just short. Alexandre Vinokourov had a chance as well, but he wound up finishing with the peloton.
Thor Hushovd kept the yellow jersey though he finished this segment 15 seconds behind Costa, in 16th place. After the race, Hushovd said:
“I really didn’t believe that I could keep this yellow jersey. I knew that the final was very hard but I’ve got incredible form right now and also the motivation to keep the lead, so I’m very happy with the result today.
He must be thinking the same thing for Sunday's stage, which is also another mountainous trek.
Gilbert took the green jersey with his second-place finish, reaching 187 points. Jose Joaquin Rojas is in second with 172 points. Hushovd is fourth with 130 points.
The top 10 leaderboard:
|1||Thor Hushovd||33h 06' 28"|
|2||Cadel Evans||33h 06' 29"||+ 00' 01"|
|3||Frank Schleck||33h 06' 32"||+ 00' 04"|
|4||Andreas Kloden||33h 06' 38"||+ 00' 10"|
|5||Jakob Fugelsang||33h 06' 40"||+ 00' 12"|
|6||Andy Schleck||33h 06' 40"||+ 00' 12"|
|7||Tony Martin||33h 06' 41"||+ 00' 13"|
|8||Peter Velits||33h 06' 41"||+ 00' 13"|
|9||David Millar||33h 06' 47"||+ 00' 19"|
|10||Phillippe Gilbert||33h 06' 58"||+ 00' 30"|
The 2011 Tour De France begins on Saturday morning with the start of a tough two-day stretch through medium mountains before a rest day on Monday. Stage 8 on Saturday takes the cyclists from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy, a 189 km (117 mi) course. The riders will be in the heart of France before entering tougher mountains on Sunday.
The course start with a few dips and hills, but quickly turns into an uphill battle at 65.5 km with a Category 4 climb at Côte d'Évaux-les-Bains. There will be a breather for the sprinters shortly after that, but everyone will be back to the climb at Côte du Rocher des Trois Tourtes, a second Category 4. It only gets tougher at Col de la Croix Saint-Robert, a Category 2 climb, rising 1,451 meters. One final climb, Category 3, awaits the riders at Super-Besse Sancy.
This race of late has been hurt by a number of crashes and riders who have left the race, either through crashes or previous injuries piling up. Endurance riders will emerge today, but Thor Hushovd still has as good of a chance to wear the yellow jersey as anyone else. He has finished in the Top 10 of each segment so far and won't want to give that up any time soon.
Check out VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT for live coverage of this exciting stage.
Making a mad dash to the finish line, Mark Cavendish won his second stage of the 2011 Tour De France by taking Stage 7 at Châteauroux in 5:38:53. This was his 17th career Tour de France stage victory, fifth all-time. Thor Hushovd finished seventh, but did not lose any time. He will retain the yellow jersey. Alessandro Petacchi, Andre Greipel, Romain Feillu and William Bonnet finished out the top five.
Mickael Delage took 20 points at the Buzançais intermediate sprint, but Cavendish took 11 points to finish 5th in that portion of the race. Jose Joaquin Rojas picked up the green jersey once again after losing it to Philippe Gilbert, now second, earlier in the week. Cavendish is in third with 150 points. Hushovd is four with 130 points.
Tom Boonen abandoned the race, having suffered injuries days earlier. There were several crashes during the day, one causing havoc for at least 80 riders. Bradley Wiggins broke his collar bone and left the race. Tyler Farrar was able to continue the race, but he was unable to remake that lost ground.
The top five riders:
1. Thor Hushovd 28:29:27
2. Cadel Evans 28:29:28
3. Frank Schleck 28:29:31
4. David Millar 28:29:35
5. Andreas Kloden 28:29:37
After traveling along the Atlantic Coast and near the beaches of Normandy, the 2011 Tour De France turns to the interior of the country with Stage 7 starting at Le Mans. As the cyclists make their way along the 218 km (135 mi) course to Châteauroux, they will not need to contend with any climbs and it won't be as twisted as the previous stage.
This is a very flat stage and will be the last one for a couple of stages as they enter the mountains over the weekend. The sprint will come at Buzançais from 189.5 km to 192.5 km. Philippe Gilbert and Jose Joaquin Rojas, the green jersey wearer and the second-place rider in points, respectively, could do well on this stage.
Thor Hushovd enters this stage with the yellow jersey for another day with a one-second lead over Cadel Evans. His Team Garmin-Cervelo holds a two-second lead in the team time category.
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Riding through a rainy course for most of the day, Edvald Boasson Hagen took the win at Stage 6 of the 2011 Tour de France with a late ride down the final meters to take the lead. His winning time was 5:13:37. Matthew Goss and Thor Hushovd finished second and third, respectively. Because they received a blanket time, Hushovd still maintains the overall lead and his yellow jersey.
Hagen gained 45 points at the Lisieux finish, while Hushovd took 30 for third place. Hushovd remains third in the points chase and Hagen is in eighth/ Philippe Gilbert holds the green jersey. Overall, Hagen is eighth in the individual time portion. Geraint Thomas is still the overall youth leader at 22:50:46.
Johnny Hoogerland picked up three points in the climb sections of the race, two points on Côte de Saint-Michel de Montjoie and one point on Côte du Bourg d'Ouilly. Anthony Roux took two points on the latter and Lieuwe Westra received the only point on Côte du Billot.
The top five:
1. Thor Hushovd 22:50:34
2. Cadel Evans 22:50:35
3. Frank Schleck 22:50:38
4. David Millar 22:50:42
5. Andreas Klöden 22:50:44
The 2011 Tour de France will host the longest portion of this year's race when the riders leave Dinan and head for Lisieux. For a bit of a geography lesson, the race is to the south of the English Channel and from where the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. While they are still far south of Caen and St. Lo, the cyclists do pass through Avranches and Falaise.
This segment runs for 226.5 km (141 mi) and features three climbs. The first two are Category 3 at 5.9 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively. The first comes at Côte de Saint-Michel de Montjoie at the 99.5 km mark and the second at Côte du Bourg d'Ouilly at the 156.5 km location. A Category 4 climb arrives a little while later at 197th kilometer in Côte du Billot. In between the first two climbs there will be a three kilometer sprint at Vassy.
This could be the stage in which we see the real contenders emerge with such a difficult route to ride. Garmin-Cervelo's Thor Hushovd continues to wear the yellow jersey, but will he be able to hold out for another day?
Check out VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT for live coverage of this daunting stage.
In a tight finish to Stage 5 of the 2011 Tour de France, HTC-Highroad's Mark Cavendish inched out Philippe Gilbert to win this portion of the race. Several cyclists had a chance to win at the end, including yellow jersey-holder Thor Hushovd of Garmin-Cervelo, but he wound up 10th this time. There will be no change of jersey as a result.
This was Cavendish's 16th stage win in the Tour de France and his first of this year's race. He won in 3:38:32, but he is 81st overall at 17:41:19.
Jose Joaquin Rojas kept his green jersey with 119 points, but he leads Philippe Gilbert by just one point. Geraint Thomas is the best young rider at 17:37:09.
This stage did see at least 10 crashes, including one elimination after the rider hit the ground hard and was put on an ambulance for treatment at a hospital. Alberto Contador also had an accident shortly after that happened, but he was not injured and was able to finish the race. Tom Boonen also crashed to the ground, tore his jersey and began to bleed on his thigh, but he did finish the race. There was one accident when one racer was unable to stop as the rest of the peloton took a brief natural stop.
Here are the top five overall:
1. Thor Hushovd 17:36:57
2. Cadel Evans 17:36:58
3. Frank Schleck 17:37:01
4. David Millar 17:37:05
5. Andréas Klöden 17:37:07
The 2011 Tour de France continues on Wednesday morning continues with another flat stage, once again through Brittany. The riders will start at Carhaix and make their way northeast to the coastline before making their way to Cap Fréhel. They will have traveled 164.5 km (102 mi) at the end of the stage.
Both Carhaix and Cap Fréhel are first-time stage races in the Tour de France, though they have been used in other tours. There will be a Category 4 climb 45.5 km into the stage, but that will be followed by the sprint portion at 67-70 km mark.
Thor Hushovd leads the overall race by one second over Cadel Evans at 13:58:25. His teammate David Millar is in fourth, eight seconds behind. Their team, Garmin-Cervelo leads the team time at 41:05:55. Will Hushovd be able to keep his jersey at the end of the stage or will another sprinter be able to emerge at the front of the pack?
VERSUS has live coverage beginning at 6 a.m. MT.
In a photo finish to Stage 4 of the 2011 Tour de France, Cadel Evans edged out Alberto Contador for the victory. Thor Hushovd did not have a gap in his finish and kept the maillot jaune for another day. The winning time for this portion of the race was 4:11:39, which seven other riders
David Millar, Hushovd's Garmin-Cervelo teammate and tied for the lead entering this stage, finished eight seconds behind the leaders. Tom Danielson, Durango, CO, resident and Garmin-Cervelo rider, also rode with Millar's pack. Colorado Springs' Danny Pate finished 4:17 after Evans and Hushovd.
Hushovd now holds the overall lead by himself at 13:58:25, one second ahead of Evans. Frank Schleck moved into third and will need to make up four seconds on Hushovd. David Millar dropped to fourth and is eight seconds behind the lead. Jose Joaquin Rojas still holds maillot vert with 82 points, two better than Cadel Evans, five points more than Philippe Gilbert who held it after Stage 1 and 12 better than Hushovd.
This stage, marked with rainy conditions, featured a couple of climbs and Evans took the lead in the King of the Mountains category by gaining two points at Mûr-de-Bretagne.
The top five:
1. Thor Hushovd 13:58:25
2. Cadel Evans 13:58:26
3. Frank Schleck 13:58:29
4. David Millar 13:58:33
5. Andréas Klöden 13:58:35
Team Garmin-Cervelo, based in Boulder, CO, has been the team to beat so far in the 2011 Tour de France. Garmin-Cervelo (28:30:42) holds a one second lead over BMC Racing Team (28:30:43) after winning the Stage 2 team time trial and an individual victory on Monday. Tyler Farrar won Stage 3 in 4:40:21, which also helped teammates Thor Hushovd and David Millar keep the overall lead (9:46:46). Hushovd wears the yellow jersey.
Stage 4 begins in Lorient in Southern Brittany and goes 172.5 km (107 mi) to Mûr-de-Bretagne. The course is a winding one and will feature hills as well as a two-kilometer climb at the end to reach the finish line. Whoever wins this stage will have won the first segment to have used Mûr-de-Bretagne as a point in this race.
This stage will play to racers who are geared to endure somewhat rugged terrain. There is only a small section on the course for sprinters.
Tune into VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT for the day's action.
When he crossed the finish line to capture Stage 3 of the 2011 Tour De France, Team Garmin-Cervelo's Tyler Farrar used his thumbs and forefingers to produce a 'W'
to show he won his first-ever portion of the race to pay tribute to Wouter Weylandt, his friend who died in a crash during a race in Italy. He completed the race at 4:20:21, his first stage win. Thor Hushovd helped Farrar out to the lead and victory while keeping the maillot jaune (yellow jersey) after picking it up on Stage 2. Hushovd's total time is 9:46:46.
Farrar moved into second for the maillot vert (green jersey) with 58 point, and Hushovd is third with 54 point. Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar Team holds the overall points lead with 64. Philippe Gilbert, who held both jerseys after Stage 1, is currently fourth with 51 points after finishing 20th.
Danny Pate's HTC-Highroad did well late in the race with Mark Cavendish's late push, but that ultimately came up short with Farrar, Hushovd and Julian Dean taking Garmin-Cervelo to the finish line first. Cavendish finished the stage in fifth.
Stage 4 begins on Tuesday at Lorient and finishes 172.5 km later in Mur-de-Bretagne.
Here are the top five overall standings:
1. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) 9:46:46
2. David Millar (Garmin Cervelo) 9:46:46
3. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) 9:46:47
4. Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) 9:46:50 (Overall youth leader)
5. Linus Gerdemann (Leopard-Trek) 9:46:50
The 2011 Tour de France continues on July 4 with Stage 3 at Olonne-sur-Mer for 198 km (123 mi) to Redon. Will Team Garmin-Cervelo's Thos Hushovd still wear the yellow jersey at the end of the day? Hushovd captured the maillot jaune on Sunday when Garmin-Cervelo finished first in the team trial at Les Essarts. His lead time is 5 hours, 6:25, tied with his teammate David Millar. Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team is one second behind.
For Stage 3, the race turns north to Brittany and there will be a nice stretch of road for sprinters almost halfway through this plains stage. This will be the first time the sea-side town is used for the race, though nearby les Sables-d'Olonne had been a staple of the race in the 1920s. The race winds up in Redon, a central maritime transit hub on the Brittany-Loire border, for the first time in the Tour de France.
Team Garmin-Cervelo also features Tom Danielson, who is currently ranked 77th overall at 5 hours, 8:14. He and the rest of the team will look to keep G-C in the overall team lead, which currently stands at 14 hours, 6:29. Also keep a look out on, as always, on Danny Pate of Colorado Springs and HTC-Highroad.
VERSUS has live coverage at 6 a.m. MT.
The 2011 Tour De France continued on Sunday with a victory by Boulder's Team Garmin-Cervelo in the stage 2 team time trial. As a result, this gave Thor Hushovd of Garmin-Cervelo the overall lead along with his teammate David Millar at 5 hours, 6'25". Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team is behind by one second.
As for the results of the stage itself, Garmin-Cervelo finished the race in 24 minutes, 48 seconds. That was four seconds better than BMC Racing, who finished second with two others. Danny Pate's HTC-Highroad came in five seconds after Garmin-Cervelo after the leader. Omega Pharma-Lotto finished 39 seconds back. Philippe Gilbert, yellow jersey holder entering the day, is now 33 seconds behind the leader. He still holds the green jersey for most points.
Here are the top finishers as well as Colorado's two cyclists:
|1||Thor Hushovd||Team Garmin-Cervelo||5h 06' 25"|
|2||David Millar||Team Garmin-Cervelo||5h 06' 25"||+ 00' 00"|
|3||Cadel Evans||BMC Racing Team||5h 06' 26"||+ 00' 01"|
|4||Geraint Thomas||Sky Procycling||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|5||Linus Gerdemann||Team Leopard-Trek||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|6||Frank Schleck||Team Leopard-Trek||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|7||Fabian Cancellara||Team Leopard-Trek||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|8||Edvald Boasson Hagen||Sky Procycling||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|9||Manuel Quinziato||BMC Racing Team||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|10||Andy Schleck||Team Leopard-Trek||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|11||Jakob Fuglsang||Team Leopard-Trek||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|12||Bradley Wiggins||Sky Procycling||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|13||George Hincapie||BMC Racing Team||5h 06' 29"||+ 00' 04"|
|14||Tony Martin||HTC-Highroad||5h 06' 30"||+ 00' 05"|
|15||peter Velits||HTC-Highroad||5h 06' 30"||+ 00' 05"|
|16||tejay Van Garderen||HTC-Highroad||5h 06' 30"||+ 00' 05"|
|17||Lars Bak||HTC-Highroad||5h 06' 30"||+ 00' 05"|
|18||Mark Cavendish||HTC-Highroad||5h 06' 30"||+ 00' 05"|
|19||Matthew Harley Goss||HTC-Highroad||5h 06' 30"||+ 00' 05"|
|77||DANIELSON Tom||Team Garmin-Cervelo||5h 08' 14"||+ 01' 49"|
|115||PATE Danny||HTC-Highroad||5h 09' 19"||+ 02' 54"|
The 2011 Tour De France continues with a team time trial for stage 2. Cyclists will ride 23 km through the town of Les Essarts. Once an agricultural area, Les Essarts is now partially an industrial area, but the roads the riders will be on are flat and ready for the event. This will be the second time Les Essarts has been involved in the race, previously a stage race in 2005.
In a team time trial, each team rides together with several minutes separating when individual teams start. When a team's fifth racer crosses the finish line his time becomes the team's time. Should a team member fall behind his team, he will receive an individual time.
Philippe Gilbert currently leads the general classification/overall rankings and wears the maillot jaune (yellow jersey). He also leads in stage points for the maillot vert (green jersey), but Cadel Evans, currently in second, will wear it. Gilbert also is the top climber, but third-place holder Thor Hushovd of Boulder, CO-based Team Garmin-Cervelo wears that since Gilbert and Evans already wear special jerseys. Watch for Hushovd in the white jersey with red dots.
Team Garmin-Cervelo and HTC-Highroad with Colorado Springs' own Danny Pate both have a team time of 14 hours, 4 minutes and 51 seconds. Gilbert's Omega Pharma-Lotto leads overall at 14 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds.
Tune into VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT for live coverage of the race. NBC will repeat coverage later in the day.
After completing 191.5 km on Saturday, Thor Hushovd of Team Garmin-Cervelo, based in Boulder, CO, emerged in third place, just six seconds behind Philippe Gilbert's 4 hours, 41 minutes, 31 seconds. Cadel Evans finished in second, only three seconds behind Gilbert.
Hushovd is tied with 74 others who finished six seconds behind Gilbert. Neither Tom Danielson, Hushovd's teammate, nor Danny Pate of HTC-Highroad finished in that grouping. Pate ended the day one minute and 20 seconds in back of Philippe Gilbert at 4 hours, 42 minutes, 51 seconds. Danielson is a bit further behind at 4 hours, 43 minutes, 26 seconds.
For the team lead, Omega Pharma-Lotto leads at 14 hours, 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Pate's HTC Highroad and Danielson's Garmin-Cervelo are both six seconds behind.
A crash that involved multiple racers created a significant gap between two sections, and this hurt Alberto Contador, who is one minute, 20 seconds behind. Full results can be found here.
Stage 2 takes place on Sunday in Les Essarts.
The 2011 Tour De France begins on July 2 at Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts, the first stage of a 21-leg event. Colorado will have two racers and one whole team competing to win the world's most famous cycling race. Tom Danielson of Durango, CO, makes his Tour de France debut and will race with the Boulder, CO-based Garmin-Cervelo team (a full roster can be found here). Also racing will be HTC-Highroad's Danny Pate, a native of Colorado Springs.
What can these racers expect at Passage du Gois? According to the race's official website, "The Passage du Gois is a causeway joining the Île de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir sur Mer on the mainland, via Barbâtre, and is submerged by the tide twice a day." It was used for part of stage 2 in the 1999 race, and an accident caused Alex Zülle to lose six minutes after a multi-racer fall occurred. Lance Armstrong beat Zülle by over seven minutes. The Passage du Gois also made an appearance in 2005 as part of an individual time trial to start the race. Danielson's teammate, David Zabriskie, won that stage in under 21 minutes.
Will any of our Colorado riders be in first when the first stage ends at Mont des Alouettes on Saturday? Tune into VERSUS at 6 a.m. MT to catch the live action. VERSUS will carry all live action, while NBC Sports will re-air coverage later in the day. Check out the complete schedule here.
Here is a complete schedule of Tour de France:
|1||2-Jul||Passage du Gois - Mont des Alouettes||191.5 km (119 mi)||Flat stage|
|2||3-Jul||Les Essarts - Les Essarts||23 km (14 mi)||Team Time Trial|
|3||4-Jul||Olonne-sur-Mer - Redon||198 km (123 mi)||Flat stage|
|4||5-Jul||Lorient - Mûr-de-Bretagne||172.5 km (107 mi)||Flat stage|
|5||6-Jul||Carhaix - Cap Fréhel||164.5 km (102 mi)||Flat stage|
|6||7-Jul||Dinan - Lisieux||226.5 km (141 mi)||Flat stage|
|7||8-Jul||Le Mans - Chateauroux||218 km (135 mi)||Flat stage|
|8||9-Jul||Aigurande - Super-Besse||189 km (117 mi)||Medium-mountain|
|9||10-Jul||Issoire - Saint-Flour||208 km (129 mi)||Medium-mountain|
|10||12-Jul||Aurillac - Carmaux||158 km (98 mi)||Flat stage|
|11||13-Jul||Blaye-les-Mines - Lavaur||167.5 km (104 mi)||Flat stage|
|12||14-Jul||Cugnaux - Luz-Ardiden||211 km (131 mi)||Mountain stage|
|13||15-Jul||Pau - Lourdes||152.5 km (95 mi)||Mountain stage|
|14||16-Jul||Saint-Gaudens - Plateau de Beille||168.5 km (105 mi)||Mountain stage|
|15||17-Jul||Limoux - Montpellier||192.5 km (120 mi)||Flat stage|
|16||19-Jul||Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Gap||162.5 km (101 mi)||Medium-mountain|
|17||20-Jul||Gap - Pinerolo||179 km (111 mi)||Mountain stage|
|18||21-Jul||Pinerolo - Col du Galibier / Serre Chevalier||200.5 km (125 mi)||Mountain stage|
|19||22-Jul||Modane - L'Alpe d'Huez||109.5 km (68 mi)||Mountain stage|
|20||23-Jul||Grenoble - Grenoble||42.5 km (26 mi)||Individual time trial|
|21||24-Jul||Creteil - Paris (Champs-Élysées)||95 km (59 mi)||Flat stage|
When the 2011 Tour de France begins on July 2, Tom Danielson of Durango, CO, and his Boulder-based Team Garmin-Cervelo will take part in the most popular and well-known cycling race in the world. The 33-year-old racer took third overall place in the 2011 Tour of California. This will be his first appearance in the famous event.
Hamilton will be part of a nine-person Garmin-Cervelo team and one of his teammates is his next-state neighbor, Salt Lake City, UT resident David Zabriskie. Zabriskie won the stage 1 time trial of the 2005 Tour de France. Here is the complete roster for G-C:
|Christian Vande Velde||USA|
Also representing Colorado in the Tour will be HTC-Highroad's Danny Pate. He hails from Colorado Springs and is a former U-23 World Time Trial Champion.
Stick with this stream as we preview what these racers will be up to over the coming days.