Tour de France
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 2,200 miles and lasts three weeks.
As the best known and most prestigious of cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world.
The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year, but the race has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées.
Tour de France 2011
Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2011, the 98th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,430 kilometres.
These stages have the following profiles:
- 10 flat stages
- 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes
- 3 medium mountain stages
- 1 individual time-trial stage (42.5 km)
- 1 team time-trial stage (23 km)
Distinctive aspects of the race:
- le Galibier climbed twice
- 2 rest days
- 23 level 2, 1 or highest level mountain passes or summit finishes
- no bonuses will be awarded during the intermediate sprints and stage finishes
There will be 15 new stage towns: Blaye-les-Mines, Cap Fréhel, Carhaix, Carmaux, Cugnaux, Galibier Serre-Chevalier, Limoux, Modane – Valfréjus, Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers, Mûr-de-Bretagne, Olonne-sur-Mer, Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts, Pinerolo (Italie), Redon, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux.
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