Thought I had better add a note here about the 2011 Tour. This year I will be away on holiday for almost the entire race, though sadly we are not going to be near any of the stages on the days they are taking place. We will just about be back in time to see the final stage which as usual ends in Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. This means that I will not be adding my usual Tourists Guide to the Tour information (usually a good place to remind myself of places I have seen on TV that look worth a visit), so apologies to anyone who comes here for that … perhaps I will be able to resume this in 2012, unless we are away at the same time.
Meanwhile, here is the 2011 TDF route map. all of whom we hope will be racing this year though the teams have yet to be announced. The teams have yet to be announced, but we hope we will be able to cheer along some of the following British or British linked riders: Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins & Geraint Thomas, David Millar plus newcomer Ben Swift – and also British Team Sky. Of course we will be trying to follow the race in French when we can have access to a TV – always a challenge, but fun as well!
… its now all over for another year. It was fascinating to see references to the tour as we passed through France: a few decorated roundabouts and billboards waiting for the tour to pass … watching one or two winners cross the line on the large campsite TV (even though it was in Spanish) … signs of the course being set up for the day after as we drove back through Limoux, with the Français des Jeux team vehicles waiting by the side of the road … spotting the Team Coaches for BMC and Moviestar outside hotel Kyriad in Carcassonne, also on our return journey and wondering if anyone famous was using the beds we had slept in on our outward journey!
Well done Mark Cavendish on winning the green points jersey – and poor Bradley Wiggins to have to retire with a broken collarbone when he was so well up in the rankings.
Now looking forward to the start of the 2012 Tour with the Grand Départ from the Province of Liège on Saturday 30 June.