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2011 TdF Stage 4: Cool, rainy stage both a blessing and curse, finishes with a bang

By Chris Carmichael Stage 4 of the 2011 Tour de France was an homage to the Spring Classics, and it certainly played the part. At the start the temperatures were in the low 60s and the peloton rode in and out of rain showers throughout the duration of the 172.5-kilometer race. And of course there…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 4

Stage 4: Lorient – Mur-de-Bretagne (172.5km) Last year the Tour paid homage to the Spring Classics with a stage that featured cobblestone roads more frequently associated with Paris-Roubaix in April. This year’s homage to the Classics is Stage 4, which features some of the same short and steep climbs the riders raced over in La…

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2011 TdF Stage 3: The Momentum of Success Yields American Victory on Independence Day

By Chris Carmichael July 4 was a brilliant day for Garmin-Cervelo’s Tyler Farrar – and the entire Garmin-Cervelo team – but Stage 3 of the 2011 Tour de France was not without controversy. First to Tyler Farrar and Garmin-Cervelo. Yesterday the team celebrated a few firsts. They won their first team time trial of any…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 3

 Stage 3: Olonne-sur-Mer – Redon (198km) The wind may play a significant role in the intensity of Stage 3. Riding predominately south along the west coast of France, strong on-shore winds could lead to splits in the field and a very hard day of aggressive racing. On the other hand, if the weather is calm,…

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2011 TdF Stage 2: Shorter Team Time Trial Sets New Speed Record, Keeps Race Close

By Chris Carmichael The Tour de France made a wise move with the Stage 2 Team Time Trial in this year’s race. They didn’t make it a 50-55km test like we’ve seen before, but instead shortened it to just 23 kilometers. That doesn’t necessarily make the stage much easier for the riders, but it does…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 2

Stage 2: Les Essarts – Les Essarts (23km) The team time trial is one of the hardest – yet most beloved (by fans, at least) – disciplines in cycling. Every rider on the team has to give 100% to the team effort, and the team’s time for the stage is taken on the fifth rider…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-03

TDF Stage 2 Analysis coming soon. Remember our July 4 Weekend Sale: 25% Off CTS Apparel and Train Right DVDs…. http://fb.me/AcIvhdYE # RT @CTS_SantaYnez: Our new truck! It was loaded to the gills with furniture for the office. Some assembly required… http://t.co/AloqlvG # 2011 CTS Tour de France Commentary via Facebook and Twitter http://conta.cc/kdHo8t #…

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2011 TdF Stage 1: Chaotic finish yields joy, frustration, and some road rash

By Chris Carmichael The opening road stage of the Tour de France is always a nervous affair. Everyone is fresh, ready to ride aggressively, and urged on by the crowds and excitement of the Tour. There are other important races throughout the year, but everything is amplified at the Tour de France. To add to…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 1

Stage 1: Passage du Gois – Mont des Alouttes (191.5km) Click here for "Do the Tour, Stay at Home" Introduction With no prologue  or time trial to release the tension that’s been building over the final few weeks before the Tour de France, Stage 1 will be a wild affair. Riders are excited by the…

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2011 “Do the Tour… Stay at Home” Workout Program – Introduction and Field Test

Introduction: We know what it’s like for cycling fans in July. You watch the coverage live on your computer at work, watch the coverage on TV again every night, and maybe you even call in sick to watch the big stages live in the morning! You scour all the magazines and websites for information and…

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