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Posts from ‘July, 2011’

Stage 12: The Importance of Pacing

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Stage 12 The Importance of Pacing Today, as the race finally entered the big mountains, we had two great examples of the importance of pacing. Too often, cyclists, even the pros, blow up by trying to ride at a pace […]

Stage 11: Who’s Turn Is It, Anyway?

One of the more misunderstood concepts in cycling is whose responsibility it is to pull, or work at the front of the group. In today’s stage, it was primarily HTC doing the pace setting. Let’s look at why this was their responsibility today, and why the other teams did not contribute. There should always be […]

Stage 10: Wow

What an exciting finish. Bravo to Voeckler for staying aggressive even with the leader’s jersey. It’s beautiful to see someone just go for it, heart and soul. To be sure, we watch the Tour to be entertained, but today we were inspired as well. Did anyone with a pulse not feel their heart jump when […]

Stage 9

I rarely find myself at a loss for words, but today I am simply stunned by Stage 9. This Tour continues to be brutal. If anything good can come of these crashes, let it be that we all are more careful and look out for one another. Let’s look at two take-aways from today’s stage. […]

Stage 8: Thunder

In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder, oak trees, and strength. Today, Thor Hushovd lived up to his name. They say that having the yellow jersey gives you extra strength; I wonder if being named after a god does, too? In case you don’t know, Hushovd is a sprinter; a man for the […]

Stage 7: Concussions

Chris Horner is among my favorite riders to watch. He’s just a blue collar stiff who puts his nose to the grind stone and gets things done. He’s not polished, he’s not pretty or even particularly well-spoken. He likes to eat at McDonalds and tell things like they are. He’s the Kelly Pavlik of the […]

Stage 6: All About the Benjamins

At the Tour, winning is not everything. The most obvious prize is the Yellow Jersey, or maillot jaune, of the leader. Next are the individual stage wins, which are obviously also important. But did you know that there three other jerseys up for grabs, and an additional two competitions? We’ll save those for another day, […]

Stage 5: Rubber Side Down

If this keeps up, I will be talking a lot about crashes during this year’s Tour, even though I’d really rather not. First, a little plug for my coaching blog, where I’ve got a two-part write-up on how to treat road rash: If you look around, there’s also a post on why crashing is […]

Stage 4: He Who Hesitates is Lost

Today Thor Hushovd hesitated, and it cost him dearly. Although he retained the yellow jersey, he lost a shot at the stage victory and precious points towards the Sprint competition. Of course Thor is not the only rider who hesitated as the race rounded the final left hand bend, but as one of the biggest […]

Stage 3: America’s Day!

Garmin-Cervelo started as small pro team with hopes of one day making it to the Tour. “We want to get an invite to the Tour within 3 years,” is something I remember Jonathan Vaughters, the team director, saying. Now, just a few years later, here they are with the yellow jersey and two stage wins. […]