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Stage 4 | Lorient - Mûr-de-Bretagne :: 98th Tour de France / Le Tour de France 2011 :: France [Grand Tour, one of the three big races, UCI World Tour]
The 2011 Tour de France is the 98th Tour de France. It starts today with a 180km 1st stage at the Passage du Gois, and will end on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on 24 July. The complete route of the 2011 Tour de France was announced on 19 October 2010. The route this year also enters Italy for a short stretch.
[Now Stage Preview]: “This stage provides some innovation with a finish on the summit of the Mûr-de-Bretagne, which comes at the end of a beautiful but very tough two-kilometre climb. The road rises in such a straight line that even from the bottom the finish is almost visible. It’s going to be impressive, with steep ramps right from the bottom. But even before getting to that point, there is a series of hills in central Brittany where the twisting roads can be a real slog. The riders will have to be on their guard because these could lead to splits in the peloton and, consequently, a surprise or two. What is for sure is that there won’t be any sprinters in contention. Look instead for riders in the mould of Philippe Gilbert or Thomas Voeckler.”
Last updated: 05-07-2011 from 11:45 until 15:45(GMT)
27-06-2011 on 23:09