Tour De France 2011 Route Is A Mountainous Monster

October 19, 2010 |  by  |  Sports
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With six mountain stages and four sky high finishes, The Tour de France 2011 is not for the faint of heart. The 2011 route, announced Tuesday, consists of 3,471 kilometers of mountainous terrain that will surely favor climbers. Alberto Contador, 3-time champion who was busted for doping in 2010, won last year’s race but is unsure whether or not he’ll be able to race in 2011. The 27-year-old Spaniard who is one of the best climbers in the world was provisionally suspended, but if he’s allowed to race, there’s no doubt he’ll give the other cyclists a run for their money.

When asked about the Tour de France course, race director Christian Prudhomme explained, “This year we wanted a more balanced route, with three stages in the Pyrenees and three in the Alps during the last week. We will maintain suspense right up until the end.”

The 98th edition of the race kicks off July 2nd and the course is as follows:

July 2, stage one: Passage du Gois-Mont des Alouettes, 191km
July 3, stage two: Les Essarts, team time trial, 23km
July 4, stage three: Olonne sur Mer-Redon, 198km
July 5, stage four: Lorient-Mur de Bretagne, 172km
July 6, stage five: Carhaix-Cap Frehel, 158km
July 7, stage six: Dinan-Lisieux, 226km
July 8, stage seven: Le Mans-Chateauroux, 215km
July 9, stage eight: Aigurande-Super Besse Sancy, 190km
July 10, stage nine: Issoire-Saint Flour, 208km
July 11, rest day
July 12, stage 10: Aurillac-Carmaux, 161km
July 13, stage 11: Blaye les Mines-Lavaur, 168km
July 14, stage 12: Cugnaux-Luz Ardiden, 209km
July 15, stage 13: Pau-Lourdes, 156km
July 16, stage 14: St Gaudens-Plateau de Beille, 168km
July 17, stage 15: Limoux-Montpellier, 187km
July 18, rest day
July 19, stage 16: St Paul Trois Chateaux-Gap, 163 m
July 20. stage 17: Gap-Pinerolo (Italy), 179km
July 21, stage 18: Pinerolo (Italy)-Galibier Serre Chevalier, 189km
July 22, stage 19: Modane-Alpe d’Huez, 109km
July 23, stage 20: Grenoble, individual time trial, 41km
July 24, stage 21: Creteil-Paris, 160km
Total: 3,471km

Here’s the Tour de France 2011 course in video form:


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