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 …

TDF Stage 16: Perfect Storm Transforms a Transitional Stage Into a Barnburner

By Chris Carmichael As soon as the Tour de France route is announced, riders and teams start plotting and planning. They examine the balance of the challenges – mountains vs. time trials vs. long windy stages, etc. – and that information sometimes influences the composition of their Tour squad. The yellow jersey contenders, sprinters, and opportunists also stake out stages …

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 …

TDF Stage 15: Two Weeks In, It Takes More Than Fitness to Excel At The Tour de France

By Chris Carmichael With a flat and windy race today and the Tour de France’s second rest day tomorrow, the majority of the peloton was probably hoping for a relatively easy day. And while in some ways it was easier than the previous three stages in the Pyrenees, the high speeds, high winds, and somewhat treacherous finale meant everyone had …

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 …