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 finishes (Stages 1 and 4), …