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Tour de France 2011 Stage 7 A sporting route

We could use all that rain out here in Central Texas that the boys had to endure yesterday on their longest ride to Lisieux and the tricky uphill finish at the Bastille. Thor kept the G-C team in yellow, but the stage went to another Norwegian, this one the guy with Sky. I wonder if anyone ever refers to him as Hagen Daz (like Haagen Daz ice cream – did you know that’s a totally made-up name?).

Levi’s “surf” of the guardrail could have been worse, thank goodness he survived. Contador lost more time. Voelker just ran out of gas on the final sprint. Boonen seems to be recovering well. A good day for Norway. What a crazy day.

They’ll all be carried to Le Mans, yes, THAT Le Mans, home to the legendary auto race, from where they’ll race to the birthplace of French actor Gérard Depardieu and location of popular sporting events. Cavendish won his first stage win here in the 2008 Tour (but sat back yesterday). This route takes the boys toward the Pyrenees which is most likely where the yellow could find a new set of shoulders by Saturday.

Tour de France 2011 Stage 5 Return to the sea

Yesterday, Cadel Evans ousted Contador out of a stage win by a split second (or, is that a split wheel). Way to go, Cadel, George Hincapie and Team BMC! G-C also retains the GC going into Stage 5, way to go Thor!

The boys will be carried to the start at Carhaix, then they have to make it on their own power to the seaside finish at Cap Fréhel. They’ll probably be wishing they could fly there as easily as the sea birds that make this a migratory stop; in any case, this will be a route for the sprinters, and quite possibly another wet and windy one at that. Perhaps today will prove to be another good one for Tyler, keeping Teams USA in dominant positions for the beginning of the Tour.

There still isn’t a clear overall contender for the yellow jersey win at the end. Who knows, perhaps the talented, albeit troubled, Contador will continue to dig deep to claim a 4th Tour title. We shall see. After all, this guy is amazing in the mountains, and they’re looming in the days ahead.

Note: Cap Fréhel is also known for having hosted a stage of the Womens cycling Tour of Brittany in 2005.

TDF 2011 Stage 3 win for Tyler Farrar

Garmin-Cervelo dominated the finish and helped Tyler Farrar earn his first stage win of the Tour. G-C keeps the GC for another day.

The other story of the day: what happened to the Cav-man?

Tour de France 2011 TTT returns

Garmin-Cervelo, the new heavy-hitter team formed by last October’s merger of two dominant teams, is favored to win as the Team Time Trials return today. They have no yellow jersey to support, just powerful individual contributions to the whole. In any case, win or lose, they will be the most well-prepared team going in. Can’t wait to see how they come out of this.

UPDATE: Go Garmin-Cervelo! Job well done and congrats to the mighty Thor!