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Tour de France

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Published: July 12, 2011
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Update: Cadel Evans, after seven attempts, became the 2011 Tour de France champion. He became the first Australian to win the Tour de France. He was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008. Evans completed the ride in a time two and a half minutes faster than Andy Schleck. At 34, Evans is the oldest Tour winner since Henri Pélissier in 1923.

The Tour de France first took place in 1903 and this year there will be almost 200 cyclists. The 2011 Tour de France will run Saturday, July 2nd to Sunday, July 24th 2011. This 98th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,430.5 kilometers.

Tour de France stages in 2011 have the following profiles:

• 10 flat stages,
• 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes,
• 3 medium mountain stages,
• 1 individual time-trial stage (42.5 km).
• 1 team time-trial stage (23 km).

Distinctive aspects of the Tour de France route are:

• le Galibier climbed twice,
• 2 rest days,
• 23 level 2, 1 or highest level mountain passes or summit finishes,
• no bonuses will be awarded during the intermediate sprints and stage finishes.

Stage Date Day’s route (towns, regions) Length in Km.
1st Stage Sat, July 2 Passage du Gois – Mont des Alouettes (Vendée) 180 km
2nd Stage Sun, July 3 Les Essarts – team trials 23 km
3rd Stage Mon, July 4 Olonne-sur-Mer (Vendée) – Redon (Brittany) .198 km
4th Stage Tue, July 5 Lorient – Mur de Bretagne (Brittany) 172 km.
5th Stage Wed, July 6 Carhaix – Cap Fréhel (Brittany) .158 km
6th Stage Thu, July 7 Dinan (Brittany) – Lisieux 226 km.
7th Stage Fri, July 8 Le Mans (Pays de la Loire – Chateauroux (Centre) 215 km.
8th Stage Sat, July 9 Aigurande (Centre) – Super-Besse / Sancy (Auvergne) 190 km.
9th Stage Sun, July 10 Issoire – St. Flour (Auvergne) 208 km.
Rest Day Mon, July 11 Le Lioran (Cantal, Auvergne) none
10th Stage Tue, July 12 Aurillac (Auvergne) – Carmaux (Midi-Pyrénées) 161 km.
11th Stage Wed, July 13 Blaye les Mines – Lavaur (Midi-Pyrénées) .168 km
12th Stage Thu, July 14 Cugnaux – Luz-Ardiden 209km.
13th Stage Fri, July 15 Pau – Lourdes 156 km.
14th Stage Sat, July 16 Saint-Gaudens – Plateau de Beille (Midi-Pyrénées) 168 km.
15th Stage Sun, July 17 Limoux – Montpellier 187 km.
Rest day Mon, July 18 none
16th Stage Tue, July 19 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (Rhone Alpes) – Gap 163 km.
17th Stage Wed, July 20 Gap (Alpes-Provence) – Pinerolo (Italy) 179 km.
18th Stage Thu, July 21 Pinerolo – Col du Galibier / Serre Chevalier (Alpes-Provence) 189 km
19th Stage Fri, July 22 Modane – Alpe d’Huez (Rhone Alpes) 109 km
20th Stage Sat, July 23 Grenoble – Grenoble (Rhone Alpes) time trials 41 km.
21st Stage Sun, July 24 Creteil – Paris (Ile de France) 160 km.

Tour de France 2011 Route

Photo courtesy of About-France.com

1 Comment
  1. Barb Mewburn
    9:09 am on July 23rd, 2011

    Well done Cadel Evans of Australia, riding with BMC. You’ve finally achieved your goal. What a tremendous, thrilling spectacle the TDF has been to watch this year. ( We’ve all got red-eyes from very late nights)


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