Archive For The “2011 Tour de France” Category

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 21

By | July 24, 2011

Créteil to Paris Champs-Élysées – 95 km Today’s stage of the Tour de France 2011 is that most dignified of stages, nothing will happen today that will effect the outcome of the General Classification in any meaningful way. The top rider this year is Australian first time Champion Cadel Evans – he will win this […]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 20

By | July 23, 2011

Grenoble to Vizille then back to Grenoble – An Individual Time Trial – 42.5 km     Individual time-trial – A sporting perspective JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS: A strong man rather than a specialist “This is the race’s only individual time trial, as the one in the first week was a team time trial test, while […]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 19

By | July 22, 2011

Modane Valfréjus to Alpe-d’Huez – 109.5 km Today’s stage started at 8:38 AM EST (2:38 PM CET). It is a short stage at 109.5 km distance but it goes up as much as it goes sideways, with three categorized climbs, including the highest point in the 2011 race once again, the Col du Galibier (from […]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 18

By | July 21, 2011

Andy Schleck beat the field by 2:07 seconds today putting himself 0:15 seconds behind overall leader Thomas Voeckler and 3:29 ahead of Alberto Contador in today’s gruelling stage which featured 3 High Mountain (H) climbs – the toughest degree of difficulty in the Tour de France classification system. Contador’s rather average showing today may have [...]

Read more »

Canadian, Ryder Hesjedal controls Stage 16 of Tour de France

By | July 19, 2011

Canadian road racing cyclist, Ryder Hesjedal has had a great day in the Tour de France 2011 – Stage 16. “9:59 … Ryder Hesjedal is again leading the escape 10. He has forced this race, created the early breakaways – including this successful group of 10 – and has paced it away from the main [...]

Read more »

Tour de France – Stage 16

By | July 19, 2011

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Gap – 162.5 km OK, this year I’ve missed a few stages and the number of faithful visitors has plummeted as a result. I’m sorry about the state of things around here, and I apologize. But! The internet connectivity issues have been resolved, and the solution to that has been a lot of [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 Stage 14

By | July 16, 2011

Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille – 168.5 km   Tour de France 2011 Stage 14 – Mountains & Hills Mark Mountain Run. Rise Category Km 26.5 Col de Portet-d’Aspet (1 069 m) 4.3 km 9.7 % 2 Km 62.5 Col de la Core (1 395 m) 14.1 km 5.7 % 1 Km 94.0 Col de [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 13

By | July 15, 2011

Pau to Lourdes – 152.5 km   Tour de France 2011 Stage 13 Mountains and Passes Mark Mountain Length Degree Category Km 43.5 Côte de Cuqueron 1.5 km 8.1 % 3 Km 65.0 Côte de Belair 1.0 km 8.4 % 4 Km 110.0 Col d’Aubisque (1 709 m) 16.4 km 7.1 % H … mh

Read more »

Tour de France – Stage 12

By | July 14, 2011

Stage 12 – Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden – 211 km We’re into it now Dorthy. This ain’t Kansas – this is the Pyrenees mountains. Today it’s one Category 1 climb, and two High-Mountain climbs. It’s also the second longest stage in Tour de France 2011 (Stage 6 was 226.5 km – Stage 18, another High-Mountain stage, [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 11

By | July 13, 2011

(UPDATE: July 14, 2011 – Stage 11 Summary Video below the fold.) Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur – 167.5 km After a rolling start the racers crossed the Start line at 1:14 PM CET (7:14 AM EST) 9:51 10:12 Recap – the race so far The six escapees now out front left the Peloton early – at [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 10

By | July 11, 2011

Aurillac to Carmaux – 158 km Monday, July 11 is a rest day in the Tour de France 2011 – see you tomorrow for Stage 10 Top Three – Stage 9 1. Luis-Leon Sanchez 2. Thomas Voeckler 3. Sandy Casar Over-all Leaders Yellow: VOECKLER Thomas TEAM EUROPCAR 38h 35′ 11″ Green: GILBERT Philippe OMEGA PHARMA [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 9

By | July 10, 2011

Issoire to Saint-Flour – 208 km Click on the images to go to letour.fr – they have some content on stage 9. From the summary video page at letour.fr: “At 102km a crash that will have ramifications on the battle for overall honors in 2011 occurred. Alexandre Vinokourov went off the right side the road [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 8

By | July 9, 2011

Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy – 189 km We’re not in the Plains anymore, Dorthy. Today is the first mountain stage of the Tour de France 2011 – although not the first categorized grade, (there have been 3 category 4′s so far), but this is the real thing. Today’s race includes two category 4, a category [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 7

By | July 8, 2011

Le Mans to Châteauroux (218 km) A Live-’ish’ Blog Sorry about the content in my Stage 5 post, or lack there-of. And for not posting yesterday for Stage 6 – internet connectivity problems, bla, bla, bla. Today I’m Live Blogging the race from the Jones Avenue branch of the Toronto Public Library. Today I’m starting [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 5

By | July 5, 2011

Stage 5 – Carhaix to Cap Fréhel – 164.5 km This will be a Live Blog. The race starts at 6:05 7:50 AM EST (12:05 PM CET). Thanks for visiting. Comments are welcome, I’ll try to respond, or answer any questions you may have with-in one day. I’ve been having trouble with my internet connection [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 4

By | July 5, 2011

Stage 4 – Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km 11:08 The race today started with a neutral zone warm-up, no racing allowed, but due to slick conditions due to rain there was a crash. Everyone got back up on their bikes and the race began at 7:09 AM EST (13:09 CET). Thirteen minutes later an escape [...]

Read more »

Tour de France – Stage 3

By | July 4, 2011

Stage 3 – Olonne-sur-MerRedon 198 km   The Garmin-Cervélo Team has done it again on their mountian-bike-looking, new Cervélo ‘S5′ road racing bikes. This time it’s Tyler Farrar who wears the Yellow after a long flat race that favoured the sprinters and the best team at strategy. Here’s the finish, watch Tyler Farrar drafting and [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 2

By | July 3, 2011

A Team Time Trial: Les Essarts to Les Essarts – 23 km A Live Blog 8:30 AM EST In the Team time trial Team is spelt with a capital – each team will start the race seven minutes apart like in a rally race – each team will start 9 riders, the 5th rider in [...]

Read more »

Tour de France 2011 – Stage 1

By | July 2, 2011

2011 Tour de France Stage 1 – Passage du Gois Mont des Alouettes – 191.5 km A Live Blog The Tour de France started at 5:58 AM local Toronto time. The route started on a causeway that joins the mainland to Isle of Noirmoutier. At high tide the causeway is actually under water! The race [...]

Read more »

2011 Tour de France starts Tomorrow!

By | July 1, 2011

The 98th running of ‘Le Tour’ starts tomorrow, Saturday, July 2 at 8 a.m. ET – live on TSN2.       Stage 1 – Saturday July 2, 2011 Stage 1 – Passage du Gois Mont des Alouettes – a 191.5 km route will start on the west coast, actually on a tidal causeway linking [...]

Read more »