2011 Tour de France Route Presentation

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Turn off the lights.  Let the show begin.
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The 2011 Tour de France starts July 2 in the Vendee region of France.  There is no prologue; Stage 1 will be a 180km road stage.  Stage 2 is a 23km Team Time Trial.
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One of the most spectacular events in all of sports, the Team Time Trial returns to the Tour de France.
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 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

- Video:  2011 Tour de France route flyover

- 2011 Tour de France, all stages here.

- LIVE in "HD" here.

- LIVE via Versus here.

- LIVE via France 3 here.

- LIVE here.

- TDF competitions director Jean-Francois Pescheux is quoted in L'Equipe Tuesday as saying that in selecting stage towns, ASO tried to give priority to towns that also host stages of Paris-Nice, the Dauphine Libere or the Tour de l'Avenir.  "Towns that only want a stage of the Tour de France are not a priority for us," Pescheux said.

- As noted last week on Twitter, the Schleck brothers will be present in Paris today as will Ivan Basso, Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans, new World Champion Thor Hushovd, Samuel Sanchez, Thomas Voeckler and George HincapieL'Equipe Tuesday notes that the world number one ranked rider Joaquim Rodriguez will also be present, as will John Gadret, Pierre Rolland, Yoann Offredo and Nicolas Roche.  2008 Tour winner Carlos Sastre will be the only former winner present among active riders.  UCI president Pat McQuaid will also attend (and he will speak to the media regarding the Alberto Contador doping investigation), as will new WADA head Bruno Genevois.

- Before the actual route is revealed, Tour organizer ASO will show an 8-10 minutes highlights video from the 2010 Tour.  It reminds everyone how great an event the Tour is and attendees at the Palais des Congres will be mesmerized in front of the big screen.  (The video will also be part of the live online broadcast.)  But it is also an opportunity for ASO, which edits this video in-house and has waited until the last minute this year given the events surrounding the Alberto Contador positive, to express its displeasure with anything that harms its image.  See the brief Floyd Landis clip below.  Given the uncertainty of the Contador case, however, it is not believed that Tuesday's video will treat Contador similarly, though it is likely that Contador will be somewhat less prominent in the video than he would have been had he not tested positive.  -Pete


Video clip (click image to play brief clip):
The beauty of the Tour de France, a breakaway on the
Col d'Izoard set to music.  This is what it is all about and no one does this better than France Televisions. Clip extracted from DVD given to attendees at
the 2007 TDF Route Presentation.


Video clip (click image to play brief clip):
Tour organizer ASO's reaction to Floyd Landis testing positive.
Clip extracted from DVD given to attendees at
the 2007 TDF Route Presentation.

- The event isn't even broadcast on French TV but for the third consecutive year we have live internet feeds.  Versus will once again be offering a live feed.  (A Versus press release today incorrectly stated that this is the first year they are streaming this event live.)  Link at right.


Each October, team bosses such as Patrick Lefevere (Quick Step),
left, and broadcasters such as Phil Liggett, join riders, sponsors,
media and special guests in Paris at the invitation-only presentation
of the next year's Tour route.
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- Information and graphics officially released to date here.  I will post the latest news, rumors and links here and on Twitter through the route presentation itself and afterwards.  -Pete

- We will update here with the best and latest live video feeds at broadcast time.

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2011 Tour de France Route Presentation.

2011 Tour de France Route Presentation LIVE
October 19
Official Website

Starts at 11:30am CET
  (5:30am U.S. Eastern)


Paris



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