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TDF Stage 19: Fireworks on Final Mountain Stage Set Up Dramatic Stakes for Tomorrow’s Time Trial

By Chris Carmichael When going uphill is what you do best, you have to focus your efforts on building a lead – or making up time – before the Tour de France leaves the mountains. Stage 19 was the final day in the Alps, and it ended with a summit finish on the 21 hallowed…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 19: Steady-Effort PowerIntervals

Stage 19: Modane – l’Alpe d’Huez (109.5km) Stage 19 is almost half the length of Stage 18, which is good because there will be a lot of very tired riders in the peloton. But anyone with any energy will see this short stage as an opportunity to grab a stage win atop one of the…

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TDF Stage 18: Audacious Tactics Finally Start Fracturing Pack of Yellow Jersey Contenders

By Chris Carmichael Fortune favors the bold, and Stage 18 of the Tour de France was the perfect setting for bold moves. At 200 kilometers in length, featuring three “beyond category” climbs, and finishing at the high-altitude summit of the Col du Galibier (8678 feet above sea level), there was no doubt that Stage 18…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 18: High-Cadence ClimbingRepeats

Stage 18 Pinerolo – Galibier (200.5km) Even though Stage 19 finishes on the fabled Alpe d’Huez summit, Stage 18 is the Queen Stage of the 2011 Tour de France. It is brutally difficult because it’s long (200 kilometers), contains three gigantic climbs (the 23-kilometer Col Agnel, the 14km ascent of the Col d’Izoard, and the…

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TDF Stage 17: Descending Skills Take Center Stage in Exciting Finale

By Chris Carmichael What goes up must come down, and while Stage 17 of the 2011 Tour de France featured some very big ascents, it was the descents that had the biggest impact on the race. Of the final 62 kilometers of Stage 17, only 8 kilometers were uphill and there may have been another…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 17: Peak-and-Fade PowerIntervals

Stage 17 Gap – Pinerolo (191.5km) Stage 17 is unique in that there is a cluster of significant climbs in the middle of the stage, and then there are 40 kilometers of generally downhill roads leading to one final Category 2 climb. The Cote de Pra Martino features some of the steepest pitches in the…

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Swim Like The Shark, Not The Guppy

By Nick White, CTS Premier Coach Last summer, one of my athletes felt great going into the water at the start of her goal event, a half-Ironman at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas, only to get stuck behind a pack of slow swimmers. A gap formed between her group and the leaders, but by…

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TDF Stage 16: Perfect Storm Transforms a Transitional Stage Into a Barnburner

By Chris Carmichael As soon as the Tour de France route is announced, riders and teams start plotting and planning. They examine the balance of the challenges – mountains vs. time trials vs. long windy stages, etc. – and that information sometimes influences the composition of their Tour squad. The yellow jersey contenders, sprinters, and…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 16: HillAccelerations

  Stage 16: Saint Paul Trois Chateaux – Gap (162.5km) Stages like this are often referred to as “transition” stages. They’re not easy, but they’re not terribly hard, and they move the peloton from one type of terrain to another – typically into the mountains. Stage 16 introduces the peloton to the Alps, and gradually…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-17

RT CTS Coach @knordgren CTS athlete Marco Arocha 2nd at MTB nationals for Cat. 1. Congrats Marco, you worked hard to get there! # Fron CTS LT100 Camp: Coach @jrynbrandt was excited to see the flowers: http://t.co/yQ6KsmG # Good day in Leadville at our @LTrail100 MTB camp.CTS Coach @jimlehman & athlete Ben at the top…

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Posted: July 17, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs