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TDF Stage 9: More Blood and Broken Bones Leave the Peloton Shaken and Looking for Answers

By Chris Carmichael What is going on in the Tour de France this year?! Crashes are relatively common in the Tour and every other bike race, but the consequences – and in some cases, the circumstances – of this year’s crashes have been odd and incredible. The toll of broken bones suffered during the Tour…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 9

Stage 9: Issoire – Saint-Flour (208km) This is going to be a very hard stage, even though there are no huge mountain passes to climb. Instead, there is an endless succession of smaller climbs, punctuated by bigger Category 2 and 3 climbs. Days like this are sometimes harder than major climbing stages because there is…

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2011 TDF Stage 8: Success at the Tour de France Starts with Respect

By Chris Carmichael Respect plays a large role in the dynamics within the professional peloton, and even within your own team. Just like outside of the sport, respect is earned over time and can be lost very quickly. And as you gain the respect of your peers  in the pack and the directors in the…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 8 – HillAccelerations

Stage 8: Aigurande – Super Besse (189km) The Central Massif region of France is a difficult place to ride a bike. The roads are constantly undulating, and then routes are punctuated by longer ascents. Stage 8 will be the first time the 2011 Tour de France encounters a Category 2 climb, in this case the…

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5280 Magazine, July 2011 – Going Long: Trainer extraordinaire Chris Carmichael wants you to push yourself – with his help.

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Posted: July 8, 2011

Author: CTS

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2011 TDF Stage 7: Gone in the Blink of an Eye: What today’s crashes mean for Radioshack and Team Sky

By Chris Carmichael Months of preparation all for naught. For four of cycling’s big stars Stage 7 proved to be decisive, but not in a good way. Today’s stage was another day of battling for position on narrow roads and through windy conditions, and although there were fewer crashes than we saw a few days…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 7

Stage 7: Le Mans – Chatearoux (218km) The sprinters will be very motivated to chase down any and all breakaways during Stage 7, because there’s an intermediate sprint just 25 kilometers from the finish line and then maximum green jersey points available at the finish. It could represent a huge haul if a rider can…

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2011 TDF Stage 6: The Daily Battle Fans Rarely See – Establishing the Perfect Breakaway

By Chris Carmichael Live television coverage of the Tour de France has been a huge benefit for cycling fans around the world, and fans in the US are extremely fortunate to have three+ hours of live coverage each day on Versus. Fans get to see exactly how the race unfolds and all the challenges and…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 6

  Stage 6: Dinan – Lisieux (226.5km) Stage hunters must be salivating over Stage 6 of the 2011 Tour de France. With three categorized climbs spaced out during the stage and a small but significant hill just 1.5 kilometers from the finish, this is the first stage of this year’s race that’s ideally suited to…

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2011 TdF Stage 5: Bicycling.com Column – The Strategy and Training Behind Winning Sprints

By Chris Carmichael The first week of the Tour de France is traditionally the time for the pure sprinters to shine. This year, however, the organizers have added specific challenges that have made it more difficult for the sprinters to prevail. Instead of long, straight, and flat finishing stretches, we’ve already seen two steep uphill…

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