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TDF Stage 12: No More Waiting: Aggressive Tactics Take Center Stage on First Mountain Stage

By Chris Carmichael After more than a week of stages better suited to the all-rounders and sprinters, the 2011 tour de France reached the big mountains today in Stage 12. This is the playground of the climbing specialists and the yellow jersey contenders; the place where they can separate themselves from the majority of the…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 12 – ClimbingRepeats

Stage 12: Cugnaux – Luz Ardiden (211 km) The first of three stages in the Pyrenees is guaranteed to be a very hard day. The stage is long (211km), the first 120 kilometers are gradually uphill before you even reach the base of the first major climb, and once you do there are three giants…

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TDF Stage 11: Endless Rain Makes Racing Harder, May Wreak Havoc in Mountains

By Chris Carmichael I can’t remember the last time there was this much rain during the Tour de France. Normally there are a few rainy days, but the peloton has endured wet conditions in almost every stage of this year’s race. On the positive side, rain means athletes have less trouble staying hydrated because the…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 11 – PowerSprints

Stage 11: Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur (167.5 km) Stage 11 is the last hurrah for the sprinters before they go to the back of the pack and suffer through the mountains. A breakaway will certainly go up the road and stay there for most of the day, but it will almost as certainly be reeled in…

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TDF Stage 10: Textbook Racing Strategies Yield Big Dividends for Omega Pharma-Lotto

By Chris Carmichael Stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France is what’s typically referred to as a “transition” stage. The race has to move around the whole of France, using a combination of stages and transfers on team busses and trains. Stage 10 was essentially part of the process of getting the peloton down…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 10

  Stage 10: Aurillac – Carmaux (161km) Stage 10 is relatively short and doesn’t feature any major difficulties that would offer opportunities for the yellow jersey contenders. And with the Pyrenees looming in the distance, many riders and teams will be happy to let a breakaway have the day. Knowing this, the competition to be…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-10

Chris Carmichael TDF Analysis – Stage 9: Chris examines the possible reasons we've seen crashes send more than… http://fb.me/OMGCMaqF # Tour de France-inspired workouts from Chris Carmichael: Stage 9 – Surging over the tops of the climbs during a… http://fb.me/B9KeAWir # Chris Carmichael TDF Analysis – Stage 8: A rider's value to his team is…

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Posted: July 10, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

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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