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Le Grand Départ 2011

Starting on July 2nd, 2011 and running to July 24th, 2011, riders in the 98th version of the Tour de France ride 3,430.5 km over 21 stages. This year’s edition of the tour will see the return of the Galibier and L’Alpe d’Huez.

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).

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The Tour de France’s centenary celebration of the Alps

After a 2010 edition dedicated to the centenary of the Pyrenees, the 2011 Tour de France will celebrate the centenary of the first time the race climbed the Alps.

At the launch of next year’s event in Paris, race director Christian Prudhomme unveiled a parcours ideal for climbers, with only 64 time trial kilometres of which 23 are a team time trial. Again, there will be no time bonuses on the road from the Vendée region to Paris, while a testing third week in the Alps sees the Tour return to the Galibier and L’Alpe d’Huez: two of its most legendary climbs. Full review

For a complete view of the route with stage by stage commentary you can check out this summary.

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Explanation of new competition rules

At last, I’ve found a source quoting the new rules for the Tour de France points and mountains competitions. These rules have changed after Tour organisers ASO wanted to liven up the race a bit, to ensure the green jersey is more closely correlated with a stage winning sprinter and also so that the mountains jersey goes to a proper climber, rather than a calculator-wielding rider who takes off early on a couple of mountain stages.

Anyway, there had been talk of rules changes… but then more talk of more changes and nobody’s had a definitive version. Now it seems have got their hands on the rules. Here’s how it works…

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