2011 Tour De France Schedule: News, Schedule Of All 21 Stages, And Stages To Watch

The 2011 Tour de France, the 98th edition of the race, starts on July 2 with a day for the sprinters at Mont des Alouettes, and it will finish, as always, on the Champs-Elysees on July 24. The stages in the Alps are mean this year, in contrast to last year when the biggest stages were on the Pyrenees, including two battles on the Col du Tourmalet. Here's a complete schedule of all of the tour's stages.

Stage Date Course Distance Type
1 2-Jul Passage du Gois – Mont des Alouettes 191.5 km (119 mi) Flat stage
2 3-Jul Les Essarts – Les Essarts 23 km (14 mi) Team Time Trial
3 4-Jul Olonne-sur-Mer – Redon 198 km (123 mi) Flat stage
4 5-Jul Lorient – Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km (107 mi) Flat stage
5 6-Jul Carhaix – Cap Fréhel 164.5 km (102 mi) Flat stage
6 7-Jul Dinan – Lisieux 226.5 km (141 mi) Flat stage
7 8-Jul Le Mans – Chateauroux 218 km (135 mi) Flat stage
8 9-Jul Aigurande – Super-Besse 189 km (117 mi) Medium-mountain stage
9 10-Jul Issoire – Saint-Flour 208 km (129 mi) Medium-mountain stage
  11-Jul  Rest Day    
10 12-Jul Aurillac – Carmaux 158 km (98 mi) Flat stage
11 13-Jul Blaye-les-Mines – Lavaur 167.5 km (104 mi) Flat stage
12 14-Jul Cugnaux – Luz-Ardiden 211 km (131 mi) Mountain stage
13 15-Jul Pau – Lourdes 152.5 km (95 mi) Mountain stage
14 16-Jul Saint-Gaudens – Plateau de Beille 168.5 km (105 mi) Mountain stage
15 17-Jul Limoux – Montpellier 192.5 km (120 mi) Flat stage
  18-Jul  Rest Day    
16 19-Jul Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Gap 162.5 km (101 mi) Medium-mountain stage
17 20-Jul Gap – Pinerolo 179 km (111 mi) Mountain stage
18 21-Jul Pinerolo – Col du Galibier / Serre Chevalier 200.5 km (125 mi) Mountain stage
19 22-Jul Modane – L'Alpe d'Huez 109.5 km (68 mi) Mountain stage
20 23-Jul Grenoble – Grenoble 42.5 km (26 mi) Individual time trial
21 24-Jul Creteil – Paris (Champs-Élysées)... 95 km (59 mi) Flat stage


The sprints should be a blast on the flats while the medium-mountain stages provide chances for aggressive riders to get some individual stage glory, but here are the stages to watch as far as the general classification is concerned:

Stage 2 - The team time trial returns to the tour this year and represents the first chance for the favorites to get some separation.

Stage 12 - The first true mountain stage of the tour features two beyond category climbs, including a mountain-top finish on the Luz-Ardiden.

Stage 14- This stage finishes on the top of the Plateau De Beille, but the number of smaller climbs before the finish will provide an opportunity for a breakaway to succeed.

Stage 19 - Any regular viewer of the Tour hears Alpe-d'Huez and knows that the stage could be a potential tour decider. Stage 19 is a short one, but with Alpe-d'Huez as the last of three big climbs, it will also be extremely difficult

Stage 20 - A day after Alpe-d'Huez, the individual time trial could be a chance for a rider left behind on Stage 19 to move back up in the GC.

For more on the 2011 Tour de France, stay tuned to this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe.

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