2011 TDF Stage 7: Gone in the Blink of an Eye: What today’s crashes mean for Radioshack and Team Sky

By Chris Carmichael Months of preparation all for naught. For four of cycling’s big stars Stage 7 proved to be decisive, but not in a good way. Today’s stage was another day of battling for position on narrow roads and through windy conditions, and although there were fewer crashes than we saw a few days ago on Stage 5, the …

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), …

2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 5

 Stage 5: Carhaix – Cap Frehel (164.5km) This is a somewhat lumpy stage through Brittany, where the roads are often described as “heavy”. This just means that the surface isn’t super-fast, and you feel like you’re experiencing more resistance from the road than in other areas of the country. The wind in this region can also be terrible, especially when …

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 Fleche Wallone. Philippe Gilbert won …

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 Tour de France, which was …