Stage 1 – Tour de France 2011
July 2, 2011
Traveling 192KM from La Barre de Monts to Mont des Alouttes, stage 1 is a flat one with one category 4 climb near the end.
Sprinters should take this stage – and as I write this the riders are about 50KM into the day’s race and there hasn’t been anything major to change the facet of the 2011 Tour de France.
As some pundits say, the quest of the prospective leaders is to win at the end and not crash in the beginning. Therefore, riders like Evans and Contador will try to stay near the front of the field during most stages to avoid getting hung up in madness if there’s a large kerfuffle near the back or middle of the peleton.
I’m wearing my yellow Tour de France shirt and following the tour on an iPhone app. Will review that app in the next post.