Skip to comments.Tour de France *** 2011 *** [LIVE THREAD]
Posted on 07/01/2011 7:58:26 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
My money is on Jose Bautista!!!!
|Stage||Type||Date||Start and Finish||Distance|
|1||En ligne||Saturday 2 July||Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts > Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers||191.5 km|
|2||Team TT||Sunday 3 July||Les Essarts > Les Essarts||23 km|
|3||En ligne||Monday 4 July||Olonne-sur-Mer > Redon||198 km|
|4||En ligne||Tuesday 5 July||Lorient > Mûr-de-Bretagne||172.5 km|
|5||En ligne||Wednesday 6 July||Carhaix > Cap Fréhel||164.5 km|
|6||En ligne||Thursday 7 July||Dinan > Lisieux||226.5 km|
|7||En ligne||Friday 8 July||Le Mans > Châteauroux||218 km|
|8||Medium mountains||Saturday 9 July||Aigurande > Super-Besse Sancy||189 km|
|9||Medium mountains||Sunday 10 July||Issoire > Saint-Flour||208 km|
|R||Rest Day||Monday 11 July||Le Lioran Cantal|
|10||En ligne||Tuesday 12 July||Aurillac > Carmaux||158 km|
|11||En ligne||Wednesday 13 July||Blaye-les-Mines > Lavaur||167.5 km|
|12||High Mountains||Thursday 14 July||Cugnaux > Luz-Ardiden||211 km|
|13||High Mountains||Friday 15 July||Pau > Lourdes||152.5 km|
|14||High Mountains||Saturday 16 July||Saint-Gaudens > Plateau de Beille||168.5 km|
|15||En ligne||Sunday 17 July||Limoux > Montpellier||192.5 km|
|R||Rest Day||Monday 18 July||Département de la Drôme|
|16||Medium mountains||Tuesday 19 July||Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Gap||162.5 km|
|17||High Mountains||Wednesday 20 July||Gap > Pinerolo||179 km|
|18||High Mountains||Thursday 21 July||Pinerolo > Galibier Serre-Chevalier||200.5 km|
|19||High Mountains||Friday 22 July||Modane Valfréjus > Alpe-dHuez||109.5 km|
|20||Individual time-trial||Saturday 23 July||Grenoble > Grenoble||42.5 km|
|21||En ligne||Sunday 24 July||Créteil > Paris Champs-Élysées||95 km|
Thank you, deport. Good to see you!
Stage 1 - Passage du Gois > > > Mont des Alouettes - 191.5 km
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Mountain Passes & Hills
Km 191.5 - MONT DES ALOUETTES (LES HERBIERS) - 2.2 km climb to 4.7 % - Category 4
Stage 1 Graphics are up!
I am using last year’s Ping List, hopefully it’s been updated for changes all the way through last year’s TdF.
I did notice that a few folks indicated on Bay’s other thread that they wanted add / delete - please bear with me and I’ll get y’all taken care of over the next day or so.
Are you ready for the prologue TT?
This year the tour is throwing in a little twist. This from the Director:
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUXS ANALYSIS : A change of custom
It has been a kind of tradition since 1967 that the Tour starts with a prologue. But, as in 2008, we will start with a road stage. We wanted to shake up the teams plans a little bit and change the way they operate. Only 10 riders can realistically contend for victory in a prologue. But each one of the 198 riders could win this stage and pull on the yellow jersey. Three years ago, the race started in Brittany, and this time were starting in the Vendée. The route will follow the coast before turning inland towards Les Herbiers and the Mont des Alouettes. This is not an hors catégorie test, but even so its a finish for the strong men. The pure sprinters will struggle. It will suit someone like Thor Hushovd or a puncheur like Thomas Voeckler.
Well whattdya know a 198km curveball to start the game...
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Yep it’s that time of year again. I hope we have an interesting Tour this year.
Thank you, Bay, I appreciate that. Am looking forward to working with you this year again!
I’ve been really busy with travel & projects, so the TdF kinda snuck up on me. Gonna be a few days before I’m fully into the graphics swing.
READY TO RUMBLE!
Good to see everyone back. Is this Andy’s year?
Can't believe it's that time again... July = American Independence Day and... Tour de France! Nice to see some old FRiends on this thread. :-)
Looks like we have to pay $29.95 for "all access"? Does that mean we can no longer read blogs by Phil Liggett, Bob Roll and Paul Sherwen for free, like usual? You've gotta be kidding me...
Good to see y’all again. (Just visited Texas! :-) )
Would you please add me to the TdF Ping List? Thanks!
Then by way of retaliation a bunch of the Euros started chatting about the Tour de France. Most of the Americans had no clue about it but a few of us knew a little.
Three or four of us private messaged each other to see if we could have some fun with the situation.
American 1: Tour de France what is that? Some sort of Vacation Holiday Package?
American 2: No its some sort of train trip to see pasty white Europeans laying around on France's dirty Beaches.
Angry Frenchman: No you American twit it is a bicycle race. Typical you know nothing of what is going on outside your little redneck American World.
American 3: Oh Yeah I remember now.
American 1: Yeah, its where all the cyclists from Europe Compete in a big long Bike Race.
American 2: Yeah they compete to see who gets to finish in 2nd Place behind Lance Armstrong.
Needless to say afterwords there was much profanity and flame wars on the chat channel for the duration of the Tour.
Full Results Of Intermediate Sprint - 1:14pm
The top 15 at the sprint in Avrille are:
1. Jeremy Roy (FDJ) 20pts
2. Lieuwe WESTRA (VCD) 17pts
3. Perrig QUEMENEUR (EUR) 15pts
4. Tyler FARRAR (GRM) 13pts - at 2’35”
5. Andre Greipel (OLO) 11pts
6. Francisco VENTOSO (MOV) 10pts
7. Denis GALIMZYANOV (KAT) 9pts
8. Borut BOZIC (VCD) 8pts
9. Tom BOONEN (QST) 7pts
10. Jimmy ENGOULVENT (SAU) 6pts
11. Mark CAVENDISH (THR) 5pts
12. Alessandro PETACCHI (LAM) 4pts
13. Mickael Delage (OLO) 3pts
14. Samuel DUMOULIN (COF) 2pts
15. Sabanini (LIQ) 1pt
Farrar jumped Cavendish and Cavendish didn’t respond.
The thing I like most about July is waking up to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin. I don't think there are any color commentators in any sport who can compare with them for talent, knowledge and pure viewer enjoyment. Liggett calling a pack sprint is a delight. ...and speaking of pack sprints - The first significant sprint of the tour goes to our local boy Tyler Farrar who snuck up on Cavendish, Bonen and Pataki while they were watching each other! GO YANKS!
Worked all night. Unfortunately I have to sleep a little bit and will catch the dvr when I get up.
It looked like he tried to and might have been in to big a gear. He definitely got caught by surprise.
Anyone catch today’s Izod code word?
I wasn’t watching, but I think I heard it was “breakaway”
Who did Phil Liggett just say is the first “colored” cyclist in the Tour de France? Anyone get his name, team or number?
As a Brit Phil can use colored.
Just imagine what would happen with a US broadcaster
No more coverage...............
You are correct. Thanks
Wow that was a nasty crash. I re-wound the DVR and it was a cameraman standing on the road that caused the crash. Looks like Contador was caught out. Evans, Schleck and the other GC favorites are in the small front group... Maybe 30 riders.
They just said the gap was 40 seconds and growing.
Today was a great route and a good idea on the part of the tour. I’m really bummed to see so many of the front runners removed from the sprint opportunity by crashes. I hope everyone is well and ready for the TTT tomorrow.
Hah hah hah, that’s hilarious!
Thanks for the story...
Hey Freddy! How are you! Thanks for posting the live thread this year! It’s a lot of work but all us slackers surely appreciate it! As I’m on MDT I’m watching via DVR again. (I have to admit that I really enjoy speeding through all those ads! )
Amazing finish today. I think if the entire Peloton had finished together we might have had some carnage at the end (beyond the obvious from the crashes we had further back). As it is, I am thrilled to see AC 1.20 back. Karma is so tough...
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUXS ANALYSIS : Team power
This team time trial is short and totally flat. We dont want to end up with big time gaps but at the same time we do want some of the favourites to lose time. But on a course like this the gaps wont, in theory, be too big. Each teams time will be taken when their fifth rider crosses the line. This test is all about getting the balance right. Every team has riders who feel more at home in this kind of test and they will have to rein themselves in slightly because the objective is to finish as a group. Some of the Anglo-Saxon teams make a point of focusing on the team time trial as these tests underline the homogeneity and intrinsic value of the group as a whole.
On to Stage 2...
Me too, that’s my favorite event. Catch y’all tomorrow.
Excited for this entire Tour! It’s going to be epic!
Good to see you again, ScaniaBoy!
Glad to hear you just came back from Texas - always a good time there. Sorry, I haven't visited Sweden since 1997. I hope we can take another trip there again sometime...
Fans all over the world hope so.
I'd love to see Andy or Cadel or Levi Leipheimer (if he has the stuff) win TdF 2011. Anybody except Contador.
I agree, Baynative! That's the reason I was attracted to watching the TdF years ago - Phil Liggett's commentary. I heard Phil for the first time during TdF 1997, when he was with Channel Four in the UK. He was later paired perfectly with the wonderful Paul Sherwen on the "Outdoor Life Network" (later Versus).
I'm sorry to sound whiny, but I'm not crazy about NBC/Versus' pre-race coverage so far - hope it changes. I'm glad Bob Roll is back, but what happened to the expanded panel with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen before the race? (With all four of them wearing matching shirts, LOL)
I liked their daily banter and predictions, with one of them winning a 'yellow jersey' at the end of the Tour. Looks like a lot has changed...
...and speaking of pack sprints - The first significant sprint of the tour goes to our local boy Tyler Farrar who snuck up on Cavendish, Bonen and Pataki while they were watching each other! GO YANKS!
Go Tyler! We're rooting for him big time here, as we did last year.
Can’t imagine Levi competing at that level.
I am watching tour coverage on Eurosport. No Phil unfortunately, and no Roll.
And TC might drop another 30 seconds in today’s TTT.
Yeap, as someone said earlier life is a muther.......
Man, just checked the TdF site. Race officials gave the same time, 6 seconds, all the way down to the 77th rider.
Wiggens, Andy and Contador get the same time as the lead group.
Some controversy with that, I think. Contador was in the group that crashed ...maybe they were inside the 3k limit.