July, 2011  // Posts published in July, 2011

Tour 2011: Alp d’Huez, leaving the mountains and onto the TT

The Tour de France is now only one day away from finally answering every question posed of it, and its riders, almost three weeks ago. A time-trial in Grenoble holds the final answer: Schleck or Evans? But much fell into place during the Alp stages – we now know that Contador wasn’t quite up to […]

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Tour de France 2011: Andy throws down the gauntlet

So if anyone saw today’s stage coming, I’d be very impressed. In case you missed it, Andy Schleck, one half of the Schleck brothers who had been widely criticized for their lack of aggression and attacking in the Pyrenees, attacked on the second to last climb of the day, with fully 60km to ride, and […]

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Tour de France 2011: Rest day musings

The Tour is enjoying a rest day.  Call it the calm before the storm that awaits in the Alps, starting on Wednesday.  Most of my thoughts have been covered in my last two posts, post and then yesterday, giving some  and how it seems to have altered doping behaviour. But, today being a rest day, […]

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Tour de France 2011: The biological passport context

Thank you all for the tremendous .  As usual, whatever doesn’t come out in the post is brilliantly debated in the comments and discussion afterwards, so thank you for the thoughts and opinions! Most of the discussion has been around the issue of the 2011 Tour tactics and strategies, and particularly what this implies for […]

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Tour de France 2011: Post-Pyrenees state of the race

The 2011 Tour de France has continued to throw up question after question, and today’s finishing climb up Plateau de Beille has proved no different. This was the stage that was supposed to bring the curtain down on Thomas Voeckler’s reign in yellow. But yet again, as has been the case the whole Tour, for […]

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Tour de France 2011: Luz Ardiden analysis and thoughts

It’s a day late, for which I apologize (grant proposals due at work!), but hopefully better late than never, some analysis of the first big mountains of the 2011 Tour de France. The race’s first foray into the Pyrenees went some of the way towards ‘cleaning up’ the top page of the overall GC, but […]

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Enter the Pyrenees

Today sees the first of the big encounters that will decide the Tour de France.  For the next 10 days, the Pyrenees and the Alps will loom large before the GC riders still remaining in this year’s Tour de France. There are four mountain top finishes in the the next ten days of racing, all […]

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Tour de France 2011: a “rest day” from analysis, Jens Voigt fills in

Tour rest today: Jens Voigt fills in the gap It’s my rest day today.  A day late, relative to the race, but nevertheless, no analysis today. Possibly tomorrow either (busy period at work), but to get you through these two days, while we await the onslaught of the Pyrenees on Thursday, for entertainment alone, here […]

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Tour de France 2011: Raining crashes as we build to the Pyrenees

So the Tour has a new leader – Thomas Voeckler, who got himself into a break on Stage 9 to claim yellow off Hushovd’s shoulders. It wasn’t the way many expected it to go – the ‘script’ was that Hushovd would relinquish his lead on Saturday’s Stage 8 on a relatively tough finish up to […]

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