2011 Tour de France Stage 11 Blaye-les-Mines -> Lavaur

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This is the last stage before the start of the mountains and it was partly held in the rain. There was a breakaway which was only caught at 2km to go, so that created a bit of chaos in the peloton. The final sprint was between Cav, Rojas, and Greipel, but Cav won it. Renshaw, his teammate on HTC and lead out man, probably had a lot to do with it. I’m looking forward to the first real mountain stage, where there’s a cat 1 and 2 hors-catégorie climbs. That will totally shake up the KOM comp since a lot of points are up for grabs.

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2011 Tour de France Stage 10 Aurillac -> Carmaux

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This was an interesting stage of the  Tour de France. There were a few climbs, but ultimately, everything stayed pretty much the same. The biggest surprise came when Greipel totally beat Cav. Cav had sort of a lead out thanks to the OLO guys. However, Greipel just beat him in pure power and won not by inches, but by a whole wheel-length.

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2011 Tour de France Stage 7 Le Mans -> Chateauroux

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The Tour de France started again a week ago last Saturday. This was an overall interesting stage, which was complicated by a few crashes, including a large one which saw Bradley Wiggins retire from the race with a broken collarbone. Tom Boonen also retired early on. The GC didn’t change much and the breakaway was caught before the end. Cav manages to win another stage, but I was impressed with Greipel’s lunge. It’s too bad that he hasn’t got the same kind of team that Cav has got behind him, otherwise he’d be winning stages.

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2011 Tour de France Stage 6 Dinan -> Lisieux

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The Tour de France started again last Saturday. This was another good stage and once again, Hushovd has managed to retain the Yellow Jersey. We’ll see how it goes once they hit the mountains, because that’s when things will get even more interesting. .

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2011 Tour de France Stage 5 Carhaix -> Cap Fréhel

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The Tour de France started again last Saturday. Even though this was mostly a flat stage, it was by far the most exciting. There were a lot of  crashes and retirements, which came as a surprise. The riders must have been weary and jittery, because the peloton wasn’t going all that fast when these things happened. Tom Boonen almost finished last but staved off time elimination so that he can ride again tomorrow. Cav won the stage, but the criticized the race organizers. That’s Cav as usual.

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2011 Tour de France Stage 4 Lorient -> Mûr de Bretagne

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The Tour de France started again last Saturday. It was a good stage yesterday and today, we have more interesting bits of France to ride on. This stage includes a mountain top finish that is not in the Pyrenées, so that’s cool. We’re currently in Brittany, so there’s a lot of wind and rain. Contador tried to win the stage, but faltered as all of the favorites kept him pretty close. Evans won the stage, but we needed a photo-finish to see who won and by how much. The biggest surprise is that Hushovd managed to finish 6th, so he stayed there with the rest of the favorites. The next few stages are flat, so he might retain the Yellow Jersey for a while.

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 3 Olonne-sur-mer to Redon

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The Tour de France started again last Saturday. Yesterday’s stage was OK, but I’m glad that the real road race is back on. The TTT was interesting, but like I mentioned before, I’d rather have the teams on the road. Contador is already well behind, but it’s only the beginning of the race. Hopefully, the other teams and favorites will capitalize on this.

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 1 Passage du Gois -> Mont des Alouettes

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The Tour de France started again yesterday. I haven’t had time to watch much cycling this year, because I simply didn’t have the time. Graduate school, teaching a full load of classes, freelance blogging just got in the way. However, I never miss the Tour de France and I was happy to see it again on my computer screen. It took a while for me to get the stage, but I kept away from news feeds and watched it late last night.

It was a wonderful start to the race. The fact that they changed the way that the Green Jersey points are given out makes all of the sprinting teams jockey for position for their lead-out trains mid-race, which is something that I’ve never seen before. Like all stages, there were some crashes, but nothing too serious. Van de Walle (OLO) took the hardest crash, but was back up and racing to help his team leader Gilbert win the stage. It’s been 86 days since Gilbert lost a race, so he’s this year’s golden boy. Even the Schleck brothers couldn’t match him up during the season.

I don’t like seeing Contador in the Tour de France. If he gets banned, he will get stripped of a lot of race wins, from last year’s Tour de France to this year’s Giro. Hopefully Andy Schleck will beat Contador cleanly so this won’t happen with this year’s race. Since Contador was involved in a crash within 8km of the end, he’s already 1:19 behind the leaders, but it’s still early going.

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2011 TIME RXR-S Ulteam White Size S Dura Ace 7900 & Zipp 404

2011 TIME RXR-S Ulteam

I’ve got a 2011 TIME RXR-S Ulteam in stock right now in size S with Shimano Dura Ace 7900, and Zipp 404 tubular wheels. Price is $7,700 USD. Send me an email at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com to order it. It’s in stock, so once payment has cleared, it will ship. We’ve also got Colnago, TIME, Scott, and Giant bikes in stock.

2011 Giant TCR Advanced SL XS Frameset

2011 TCR Advanced SL R1

We’ve just received a Giant TCR Advanced SL XS frameset and it’s ready to go to anywhere, worldwide. This is the non-ISP version of this frame. Send us an email to find out further details at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com.