- The race 2011
- All about the race
Aix les bains > Grenoble - 1936 - Frederico Ezquerra © Presse Sports
Time-trials covering a total of 64 kilometres © A.S.O.
The Tour de France’s cyclists first climbed the Col du Galibier in 1911. To mark this hundredth anniversary in the appropriate way, in 2011, the Galibier will be climbed twice after an interval of 24 hours. The finish of the18 th stage will be judged at the summit, which will be the highest finish in the Tour’s history, at an altitude of 2, 645 metres.
This will provide one of the highlights of the first week of the race. Indeed, the finish of the 4th stage will be judged at the summit of the ascent of the Mûr-de-Bretagne, after a climb of 2 kilometres with an average gradient of 6.9%, with some sections that have a gradient of 15%. And so it is with good reason that this ascent in nicknamed “L’Alpe-d’Huez of Brittany”.
After the Grand Départ (Official Start) in Vendée, almost all of the 2011 Tour will take place in France. The only foreign country visited will be Italy during the 17th and 18th stages in Pinerolo.
For this 2011 edition, no bonuses will be awarded during the intermediate sprints and stage finishes. Official time remains the absolute reference.
Two time-trials will be featured on the programme of the 98 th edition. One of them will take place at the beginning of the Tour, on the second day of the race in Les Essarts: a team time-trial covering 23 kilometres. The other one will be held in Grenoble. It will be the 20th and second last stage, an individual time-trial covering 41 kilometres.
In total, 3.4 million euros will be awarded to the teams and the riders, including 450, 000 euros for the winner of the general individual classification.