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Posts from ‘July, 2011’

Stage 21: Wrap-Up

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!In case you were wondering about the champagne and stuffed animals, the final stage into Paris is historically more of a celebratory parade than a bike race. The parade into town, in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, is […]

TdF Stage 20 / Overall – Goals

- With guest writer Rick Wetherald – You couldn’t have designed a more exciting end to the 2011 TdF if you tried. Coming into the final time trial, Cadel Evans had a large – though still managable – 57 second deficit to yellow jersey wearer Andy Schleck. The situation dictated that both would start the […]

Stage 19: Battle Royale

Where to start? First French win in this year’s Tour? First French win on Alpe D’Huez since 1986? First French White Jersey (Best Young Rider) win since 1979? Alberto Contador throwing caution to the wind and attacking from the gun, trying to salvage his Tour? Thomas Voeckler initially riding away from F. Schleck and Evans […]

Stage 18: Willing to Lose

Stage 18 Willing to Lose You can’t always have your cake and eat it, too. Sometimes you have to take great risks to reap great rewards. When these risks pay off, you will be a hero, a genius. When the risk does not pan out, you will be vilified. Those of you that watch American […]

Stage 17: A Little Bit of Everything

A Bit of Everything Cycling is unique among sports in the range of skills required. Riders face a little bit of everything, and a to be a true contender you must at least hold your own in a variety of circumstances. Recent Tours de France have featured gravel roads, cobbles, climbs, and yes, descents. It […]

Stage 15: Kamikaze

Kamikaze While some would say that you’ve got to admire the spunk of Philippe Gilbert, I think he’s been a bit reckless with his efforts. There’s no doubt that he’s putting on a good show, but it’s really not accomplishing much, and at the end of the day, that’s the only way to judge a […]

Rest Day #2: A Look Ahead

A Look Ahead This is already the most exciting Tour I can remember, and we haven’t even entered the final week yet! The next 6 stages are, on paper anyway, the most important and most exciting of the Tour. After what we’ve seen so far I’m not sure they can live up to that, but […]

Stage 16: Carpe Diem

Put fortune on your side, seize the day, and just go for it.

Stage 14 – Pressure & Expectations

Danielson never performed up to expectations, Voeckler has always exceeded expectations.

Stage 13 – The Unexpected

Sports are exciting because of what could happen – that’s why we watch, and that’s why we participate. Today was a nail-biter until the very end, and it was great. Thor’s entire ride today was unexpected, from first getting into the break, to attacking the break at the foot of one of the biggest mountains, […]