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TDF Stage 21: First-Time Winners Claim All Competitions as Tour de France Concludes in Paris

By Chris Carmichael Cadel Evans wrapped up a near-perfect Tour de France today, crossing the finish line on the Champs Elysees to become the first Australian ever to win the race. It’s been a long time coming for Evans, who has finished second on two previous occasions (2007 and 2008) and seen his Tour chances…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 21: HighSpeedSprints

 Stage 21: Creteil – Paris (Champs Elysees) (95km) Following a long transfer from Grenoble to the outskirts of Paris, the peloton will roll out on the final stage of the 2011 Tour de France. Traditionally, the race for the yellow jersey is not contested today and the first few hours are predominantly a procession until…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-24

RT CTS Coach @jrynbrandt: LT100 Camp #5 is a wrap! Its been an awesome 2 weeks. Great groups of athletes all ready to take on the #LT100 # RY @Coach_AP: Great weekend for CTS Athletes @moniquepua & @ManuelPrado scooping up wins at Pro UE #3 MTB race, the Galina Grinder! # A shot of CTS…

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TDF Stage 20: Cadel Evans Capitalizes on Talent, Skill, and Savvy to Take Yellow Jersey

By Chris Carmichael There was little doubt that Cadel Evans would ride a faster time trial than Andy Schleck in Stage 20 of the 2011 Tour de France. The big question of the day was whether the Australian could ride fast enough to take back at least 1.34 seconds per kilometer over today’s 42.5-kilometer course…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program – Stage 20: Time Trial

Stage 20: Grenoble Time Trial (42.5km) There’s nothing easy about a 42 kilometer time trial at the Tour de France, but this one is especially tough. Many times there’s a relatively flat stage between the final mountain stage and the final time trial. This year, the riders go directly from finishing atop l’Alpe d’Huez to…

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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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