Tour de France 2011

If you’re stuck in an office all week, as I used to be, one of the best ways to follow the Tour de France is on  Their blow-by-blow updates are almost as good as watching live.  Their new web format gives a lot of information: the animated illustration on top shows the peloton’s progress over the course profile, including the weather.  Any breaks, with gaps back to the peloton, are illustrated and refreshed every 60 seconds.  Unfortunately, the size of the image makes it hard to read all the text updates, which come every few seconds.

When GC favorites are dropping out left and right due to crashes, it’s hard to have a favorite.  Lionel Birnie’s essay on reducing the size of the field certainly deserves consideration.  I’d love to see Tejay van Garderen finish as King of the Mountains or with a stage win, but he’ll probably be a player in this event in years to come.

Last 5 k of Stage 8: