Tour de France 2011

This weekend sees the start of the greatest cycle race in the world, and here, I will keeping track of what is happening. Before we go any further, here are all the stages, with dates and how long they are….

Stage 1  En ligne Saturday 2 July Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts > Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers 191.5 km

Stage 2  Team TT Sunday 3 July Les Essarts > Les Essarts 23 km

Stage 3  En ligne Monday 4 July Olonne-sur-Mer > Redon 198 km

Stage 4  En ligne Tuesday 5 July Lorient > Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km

Stage 5  En ligne Wednesday 6 July Carhaix > Cap Fréhel 164.5 km

Stage 6  En ligne Thursday 7 July Dinan > Lisieux 226.5 km

Stage 7  En ligne Friday 8 July Le Mans > Châteauroux 218 km

Stage 8  Medium mountains Saturday 9 July Aigurande > Super-Besse Sancy 189 km

Stage 9  Medium mountains Sunday 10 July Issoire > Saint-Flour 208 km

Rest Day Monday 11 July Le Lioran Cantal

Stage 10  En ligne Tuesday 12 July Aurillac > Carmaux 158 km

Stage 11  En ligne Wednesday 13 July Blaye-les-Mines > Lavaur 167.5 km

Stage 12  High Mountains Thursday 14 July Cugnaux > Luz-Ardiden 211 km

Stage 13  High Mountains Friday 15 July Pau > Lourdes 152.5 km

Stage 14  High Mountains Saturday 16 July Saint-Gaudens > Plateau de Beille 168.5 km

Stage 15  En ligne Sunday 17 July Limoux > Montpellier 192.5 km

Rest Day Monday 18 July Département de la Drôme

Stage 16  Medium mountains Tuesday 19 July Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Gap 162.5 km

Stage 17  High Mountains Wednesday 20 July Gap > Pinerolo 179 km

Stage 18  High Mountains Thursday 21 July Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier 200.5 km

Stage 19  High Mountains Friday 22 July Modane Valfréjus > Alpe-d’Huez 109.5 km

Stage 20 Individual time-trial Saturday 23 July Grenoble > Grenoble 42.5 km

Stage 21  En ligne Sunday 24 July Créteil > Paris Champs-Élysées 95 km

The Tour de France starts on from Saturday July 2nd and ends on Sunday July 24th 2011.  This, the 98th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,430.5 kilometres, or 2131.6 miles. It comprises of 10 flat stages, 6 mountain stages, with 4 summit finishes, 3 medium mountain stages, and 1 individual time-trial stage (42.5 km (26.4 miles)). and 1 team time-trial stage (23 km (14.3 miles)).

What do the different color Tour de France jerseys mean?

YELLOW: The maillot jaune, the yellow jersey, is worn by the overall leader of the race so far. Each day the total amount of time taken to finish that stage is added to the cumulative time of all previous races, and the overall leader is determined. The next day, he wears the yellow throughout the stage. Whoever is awarded the yellow jersey following the final stage in Paris is the overall winner of that Tour de France.

GREEN: The green jersey, or maillot vert, is the sprinter’s jersey. At every stage, points are awarded to the first 10-25 riders that cross the finish line. The amount of sprint points awarded depends on the day’s course (a flat course produces more points than the mountain terrain) and in what place the rider finishes that day. Some stages have mini-sprints within the stage that are worth points. German Erik Zabel holds the record for winning the final green jersey in the Tour six consecutive times, between 1996 and 2001.

WHITE WITH RED POLKA DOTS: This is the King of the Mountains jersey. Points are awarded to the first rider to reach the crest of designated hills and mountains. Mountains are graded according to steepness, length, and position on the course, and points correspond to the grade.

 WHITE: This jersey is worn by the fastest overall rider under the age of 25 (as on 1st January in the year of the race).

Alberto Contador (pictured here) and Andy Schleck, the 2010 winner and runner up respectively,  will be in with a good chance this year.  Australia’s Cadel Evans and Robbie McEwen,  Italy’s Ivan Basso, Belgian Phillipe Gilbert, Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, Russian Denis Menchov, and Britain’s Mark Cavendish will also be up there vying for the Yellow Jersey. Expect to see one of these winning the Green Jersey competition too.


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