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 the peloton reaches the Champs …

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 racing a time trial the …

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 23-kilometer climb to the finish …

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 entire Tour de France, up …

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 climbs into the mountains surrounding …

2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 14 – OverUnder Intervals

Stage 14: Saint Gaudens – Plateau de Beille The Plateau de Beille climbs for nearly 16 kilometers at an average gradient of 7.9%. It’s steepest for the first six kilometers, and there are a few steep pitches further up, before the climb levels out to just 2.5 percent over the final kilometer (hence the plateau…). But after six categorized climbs …