Five Things to Watch in the Tour de France 2011

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06/30/2011| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Mark Cavendish. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Mark Cavendish. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Five Things to Watch in the Tour de France 2011

Less than 48 hours from now the biggest cycling event of the 2011 season - the legendary Tour de France Grand Tour - will start in Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts. The three-week race is known for its many historic events and experiences and the 2011 edition is not likely to disappoint the millions of viewers who follow the event closely from all five continents of the world.

blossoming new star? Will we be watching Mark Cavendish in tears again this year, or will Goss and Cav go golfing together on the Tour's two rest days? Perhaps more importantly, how will the teammates of Goss and Cavendish react to this internal rivalry?

Passive and Gutless Riding

In the most recent editions of the Tour de France, we have witnessed how riders have repeatedly tried to reduce the intensity of the race and take every possible opportunity to slow down or even neutralize states. The Tour de France has been known for its high intensity since its inception more than a hundred years ago. The Tour de France has gotten its fame because it was the world's hardest race. Now the Giro d'Italia is taking over this role. If a rider falls of a mountain side, or if a rider is in danger of suffering permanent injury, then of course the other riders should slow down and the stage be neutralized, but certainly not in situations that are a regular part of pro road cycling. In recent years the new rider generations have been more and more wussbagish and the Tour has suffered from a lack of cannibals who dare to make the race interesting to watch. What a bore to viewers worldwide. Will the 2011 Tour de France develop like the Le Tour has done in recent years? Will no overall favorites dare to attack for real before the final climb of the Tour? Where are the real men and why have the young generations changed? Will the A.S.O. Tour owners dare make an example if necessary? The Tour de France ought to remain the world's toughest pro road cycling race and should not be converted into a kindergarten excursion - in great disrespect of the historic champions who went through hell to win Le Tour.

New Team Kits for the Tour de France

In recent years we've seen more and more examples of teams who reveal a new team kit with a new design for the Tour de France. Claiming this is done both in respect of the unique status of the Tour de France and because a special kit is needed for riders to be able to combat the very hot weather of France in July, this stunt from the teams and they clothing manufacturers is more likely done to further increase revenues and profits. We find it disrespectful to the true fans who follow their favorite teams throughout the season and who purchase the - already high priced - team kits at the beginning of the season. Many families have laboriously scrimped and saved to afford even just a team jersey for their sons and daughters only to find their kids highly disappointed and sad at the start of the Tour when they realize they're no longer wearing the same team jersey design as their big idol in the Tour. If the teams really do need a hot weather kit, how come they don't use the same design for the hot weather kit as they do for the

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