Viva le TOUR!

This weekend, many people will find themselves out and about in search of paper plates, extra propane, and any other last-minute barbeque necessities.  Although we here at UrbanAdvenTours love a good burger as much as the next person, we can’t help but have something else on our minds.  Sorry America, but this weekend, our eyes are on France.

This year, the 2011 Tour de France celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the peloton crossing Col du Galibier, the notorious mountain pass that is often the highest point on the route.  To mark this historic event, the Galibier will be climbed twice, after an interval of 24 hours.  The summit, which reaches an altitude of 2,645 m, will also serve as the finish of the 18th stage of the race and thereby mark the highest finish in the Tour’s history.

We’re already down two stages and we’ve had exciting crashes, sprints and chases, starting with Saturdays general field race and today’s team time trial. Some big crashes have already made for some interesting results for Alberto Contador, last year’s champion. We’re seeing some great racing from Cadel Evans and the Schleck brothers as well, but it’s still early on in three weeks worth of racing and climbs. The Alps are where the Tour is really won and lost, and we can’t wait for this year’s drama to unfold… stay tuned!

Tour de France TTT - Team BMC

Tour de France TTT - Team BMC

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