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Tour de France
       
 

By Graham Jones and Barry Boyce
CyclingRevealed Historians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CyclingRevealed's First Impressions '11

Below our pictorial review of the Tour de France provides a convenient way to capture the stage by stage action. Simply click on the stage winner pictures below.

Race Leaders:

Stage 1 Gilbert

Stage 2-8 Hushovd
Stage 9-18 Voeckler
Stage 19 Schleck
Stage 20-21 Evans

Race Leaders ( Image ©: AFP )

Stage Winners Prologue to 8: [Each picture holds a story, click on the picture]

Stage 1 Gilbert
Stage 2 Garmin-Cervelo
Stage 3 Farrar
Stage 4 Evans
Stage 5 Cavendish

Stage 6 Boasson-Hagen
Stage 7 Cavendish
Stage 8 Costa
Stage 9 LL Sanchez

Click on the picture for each story Stage 1-9 ( Image ©: AFP)

Standings after Stage 9:

Pos.
Name
Nat.
Team
Time
1
Thomas VOECKLER
FRA
EUC
38h 35' 11"
2
Luis Leon SANCHEZ
SPA
RAB
+ 01' 49"
3
Cadel EVANS
AUS
BMC
+ 02' 26"
4
Fränk SCHLECK
LUX
LEO
+ 02' 29"
5
Andy SCHLECK
LUX
LEO
+ 02' 37"
6
Tony MARTIN
GER
THR
+ 02' 38"
7
Peter VELITS
SVK
THR
+ 02' 38"
8
Andréas KLÖDEN
GER
RSH
+ 02' 43"
9
Philippe GILBERT
BEL
OLO
+ 02' 55"
10
Jakob FUGLSANG
DEN
SBS
+ 03' 08"


Stage Winners 10 to 15: [Each picture holds a story, click on the picture]

Stage 10 Greipel
Stage 11 Cavendish
Stage 12 S Sanchez
Stage 13 Hushovd
Stage 14 Vanendert
Stage 15 Cavendish

Click on the picture for each story Stage 10-15 ( Image ©: AFP)

Standings after Stage 15:

Pos.
Name
Nat.
Team
Time
1
Thomas VOECKLER
FRA
EUC
65h 24' 34"
2
Frank SCHLECK 
LUX
LEO
+ 01' 49"
3
Cadel EVANS
AUS
BMC
+ 02' 06"
4
Andy SCHLECK 
LUX
LEO
+ 02' 15"
5
Ivan BASSO
ITA
LIQ
+ 03' 16"
6
Samuel SANCHEZ
SPA
EUS
+ 03' 44"
7
Alberto CONTADOR
SPA
SBS
+ 04' 00"
8
Damiano CUNEGO
ITA
LAM
+ 04' 01"
9
Thomas DANIELSON
USA
GRM
+ 05' 46"
10
Kevin DE WEERT
BEL
QST
+ 06' 18"

Stage Winners 16 to 21: [Each picture holds a story, click on the picture]

Stage 16 Hushovd
Stage 17 BoassonHagen
Stage 18 A Schleck
Stage 19 Rolland
Stage 20 Martin
Stage 21 Cavendish

Click on the picture for each story Stage 16-21 ( Image ©: AFP )

Final Standings:

Pos.
Name
Nat.
Team
Time
1
Cadel EVANS
AUS
BMC
86h12'22"
2
Andy SCHLECK 
LUX
LEO
+ 01' 34"
3
Frank SCHLECK 
LUX
LEO
+ 02' 30"
4
Thomas VOECKLER
FRA
EUC
+ 03' 20"
5
Alberto CONTADOR
SPA
SBS
+ 03' 57"
6
Samuel SANCHEZ
SPA
EUS
+ 04' 55"
7
Damiano CUNEGO
ITA
LAM
+ 06' 05"
8
Ivan BASSO
ITA
LIQ
+ 7' 23"
9
Thomas DANIELSON
USA
GRM
+ 8' 15"
10
Jean-Christophe PERAUD  
FRA
AGR
+ 10' 11"

 


(L to R) Rolland, S Sanchez , Cavendish and Evans

(L to R) A Schleck, Evans, and F Schleck

The Podium in Paris ( Image ©: AFP )

 


Bastille Day is a National holiday in France .  History lessons tell us that Kings and Queens often used the Bastille (a prison in Paris) to lock up the dissidents.  To the people of France the Bastille was a symbol of all the bad things done by their Kings and Queens.  On July 14, 1789, a large force of French citizens stormed the Bastille and claimed independence for the people.  Today, July 14th symbolizes the end of Monarchial rule in France .  It is an Independence Day and the beginning of a new form of government.

Almost every year the Tour de France organizers schedule a stage on Bastille Day.  For a Frenchman to win that stage is very prestigious.  The following is a list of Bastille Day stage winners.

Pictured: Laurent Jalabert a Bastille Day winner in 1995 and 2001

 

 

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