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2011 Tour de France Viewers Guide Part 1

Posted Jul 05 2011 11:25am

Watch out, there’s a running ninja on the loose!

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I felt very stealthy running in my all black outfit and with my jet black running buddy.

Mosely wet dog puppy post run in puddles

Unfortunately, Mosely’s insistence to run through each and every muddy puddle detracts slightly from our stealthiness!

Anyone else think that my running ninja face resembles Ben Stiller’s Blue Steel?

When I returned from my run I noticed that our CSA veggie bag had arrived so I did what any self-respecting food blogger would do and had a veggie photo shoot!

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south mountain veggies CSA delivery, red leaf lettuce, apples, spinach

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I turned on a fan and played some techno music and the veggies really got into it. Winking smile


2011 Tour De France Viewers Guide, Part 1

Tyler Farrar Tour de France

I was so happy to see that I am not the only one who loves the Tour de France as Lindsay, Molly, and Yolanda are also fans! To help you Tour newbies becomes die hard fans like me, I decided to put together a 2011 Tour de France Viewers Guide. As there is a lot to cover, I decided to split it into several parts, here is part 1.

Rest Days

As I mentioned in my Intro to The 2011 Tour de France post , the race consists of 21 stages/days of riding with only 2 rest days. I use to term rest days lightly because the teams still ride on the rest days to keep their muscles loose. I don’t know about you but I think I would stage a sleep in protest if I had to bike on my rest days!


The stages of the 2011 Tour de France range in distance from a 23 km Team Time Trial to a 226.5 km flat stage. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the metric system 226.5 km = 140.74 miles!

Tour de France Teams

22 teams are competing in the 2011 Tour de France which consists of all 18 UCI Pro Teams and 4 Wild Card Teams.

Proteams (18)
Ag2r (FRA)
Garmin-Cervélo (USA)
Katusha (RUS)
Lampre-ISD (ITA)
Omega Pharma-Lotto (BEL)
Quick Step (BEL)
Rabobank (NED)
Saxo Bank SunGard (DEN)
Sky ProCycling (GBR)
Team RadioShack (USA)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP)
HTC-Highroad (USA)
Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
Leopard-Trek (LUX)
Movistar Team (ESP)
Pro Team Astana (KAZ)
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro (NED)

Wildcard teams (4)
Cofidis (FRA)
Francaise des Jeux (FRA)
Saur-Sojasun (FRA)
Team Europcar (FRA)

Team List Source: Cycling Weekly

Each team has 9 riders who compete in The Tour; however, all have many more riders that train and compete for other important races throughout the cycling season.

Tour De France Yellow, Green, White, and Polka Dot Jerseys

Tour riders wear a variety of different jerseys, typically representing the colors and logos of their respective sponsors. A few riders wear special jerseys that represent their current success in various Tour de France point and time classifications.

Tour de France Yellow Jersey 2

The Yellow Jersey is worn by the rider who has the best/lowest OVERALL time in the Tour.

The White Jersey is worn by the rider who has the best/lowest OVERALL time amongst Tour competitors age 25 or younger.

The Green Jersey is worn by the rider leading the sprint competition. Tour riders earn sprinting points by reaching intermediate check points and finishes in the first 3, 10, 20, or 25 riders. The better the riders place at these specific check points, the more Green Jersey points they earn.

Polka Dot King of The Mountain Jersey

The Polka Dot Jersey is worn by the best climber in the competition AKA ‘The King of the Mountains.’ ‘King of the Mountains’ points are reaching the top of various climbs in the first 3 or 15 riders.

That’s enough for now! You can watch The Tour de France on Versus or follow online or via mobile phone with NBC.

I would love to hear from you…

Have convinced you Tour de France newbies to watch?

What is the aspect of the Tour de France or professional cycling in general that confuses you the most?

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