2011 Tour de France

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2011 Tour de France
2011 UCI World Tour, race 17 of 27
Route of the 2011 Tour de France.png
Route of the 2011 Tour de France
Race details
Dates 2–24 July
Stages 21
Distance 3,630 km (2,256 mi)
Winning time 86h 12′ 22″
Winner  Cadel Evans (AUS) (BMC Racing Team)
Second  Andy Schleck (LUX) (Leopard Trek)
Third  Fränk Schleck (LUX) (Leopard Trek)

Points  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (HTC–Highroad)
Mountains  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) (Euskaltel–Euskadi)
Youth  Pierre Rolland (FRA) (Team Europcar)
Team Garmin–Cervélo

The 2011 Tour de France was the 98th edition of the race. It started on 2 July at the Passage du Gois and ended on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 24 July. The cyclists competed in 21 stages over 23 days, covering a distance of 3,430 kilometres (2,130 mi). The route entered Italy for part of two stages, including an overnight stop.

The emphasis was on the Alps in 2011, as it was on the Pyrenees in 2010, commemorating the 100th anniversary of those peaks first being visited in the Tour.[1] The Col du Galibier was visited twice during the race and the 18th stage was the first time the peloton finished on the 2,645-metre (8,678 ft) pass.[2] It was the highest summit finish in Tour history, beating the finish of the Col du Granon (2,413 metres (7,917 ft)) during the 1986 Tour. For only the second time since 1967, the 2011 Tour started with a mass start stage instead of a prologue, the last occasion being in 2008.[3]

Australian Cadel Evans won the race, having gained the lead in a time-trial on the penultimate day. He became the first Australian to win the race, and at 34, the oldest post-war winner.[4] The de facto winner of the previous edition, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, was second, and his brother Fränk Schleck third. Mark Cavendish was the first British winner of the points classification, Pierre Rolland won the young rider competition and Samuel Sánchez of Spain won the mountains category.


For a more comprehensive list, see List of teams and cyclists in the 2011 Tour de France.

All 18 teams in the UCI ProTeams were entitled, and obliged, to enter the race. Four UCI Professional Continental teams, all French-based, were also invited.[5]

The teams entering the race were:[5]

UCI ProTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

Pre-race favourites[edit]

2010 winner Alberto Contador was suspended from cycling during a doping investigation from September 2010 to February 2011, during which time 2010 runner-up Andy Schleck was regarded as the favourite. When the suspension was lifted, Contador declared his desire to compete in both the Tour and the 2011 Giro d'Italia, which he went on to win. Of the others listed among the favourites, Denis Menchov is a member of the Geox–TMC team, who were not invited to participate.

Route and stages[edit]

Stage characteristics and winners[6][7][8]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 2 July Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes 191.5 km (119 mi) Flat stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2 3 July Les Essarts to Les Essarts 23.0 km (14 mi) Time Trial.svg Team time trial  Garmin–Cervélo
3 4 July Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon 198.0 km (123 mi) Flat stage  Tyler Farrar (USA)
4 5 July Lorient to Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km (107 mi) Flat stage  Cadel Evans (AUS)
5 6 July Carhaix to Cap Fréhel 164.5 km (102 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
6 7 July Dinan to Lisieux 226.5 km (141 mi) Flat stage  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
7 8 July Le Mans to Châteauroux 218.0 km (135 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
8 9 July Aigurande to Super-Besse 189.0 km (117 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Rui Costa (POR)
9 10 July Issoire to Saint-Flour 208.0 km (129 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Luis León Sánchez (ESP)
11 July Le Lioran Rest day
10 12 July Aurillac to Carmaux 158.0 km (98 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
11 13 July Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur 167.5 km (104 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
12 14 July Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden 211.0 km (131 mi) Mountain stage  Samuel Sánchez (ESP)
13 15 July Pau to Lourdes 152.5 km (95 mi) Mountain stage  Thor Hushovd (NOR)
14 16 July Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille 168.5 km (105 mi) Mountain stage  Jelle Vanendert (BEL)
15 17 July Limoux to Montpellier 192.5 km (120 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
18 July Drôme Rest day
16 19 July Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Gap 162.5 km (101 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Thor Hushovd (NOR)
17 20 July Gap to Pinerolo (Italy) 179.0 km (111 mi) Mountain stage  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
18 21 July Pinerolo (Italy) to Col du Galibier / Serre Chevalier 200.5 km (125 mi) Mountain stage  Andy Schleck (LUX)
19 22 July Modane to L'Alpe d'Huez 109.5 km (68 mi) Mountain stage  Pierre Rolland (FRA)
20 23 July Grenoble to Grenoble 42.5 km (26 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Tony Martin (GER)
21 24 July Créteil to Paris (Champs-Élysées) 95.0 km (59 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Total 3,630 km (2,256 mi)[9]

Race overview[edit]

Cadel Evans (centre) with Fränk Schleck (left) and Andy Schleck on the winners' podium in Paris at the end of the Tour

Classics specialist Philippe Gilbert took the first yellow jersey, winning the opening stage in the Vendée,[10] but on the second day Garmin–Cervélo were the fastest on the team time trial, allowing Thor Hushovd[11] to take the race leadership, which he retained for seven days. The first week and a half was notable for the number of crashes involving high profile riders, with Andreas Klöden, Bradley Wiggins, Alexander Vinokourov, Janez Brajkovič, Chris Horner and Jurgen Van den Broeck all having to withdraw injured, while Robert Gesink, Alberto Contador, Samuel Sánchez and Levi Leipheimer all lost considerable amounts of time and condition due to falls. There was controversy when Nicki Sørensen was struck by a motorbike carrying a photographer, and Johnny Hoogerland and Juan Antonio Flecha were injured after an incident with a television car. A breakaway on stage nine saw Thomas Voeckler gain the overall lead,[12] which he kept, contrary to expectation, through the Pyrenean and all but one of the Alpine stages, and for ten racing days in total.

The key time differences between the riders who eventually took the top three places in the general classification, Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team, Luxembourger Andy Schleck, and his older brother and Leopard Trek teammate Fränk, occurred on stage 16, when Evans gained 21 seconds on Fränk Schleck and 1'09" on Andy on the descent to Gap in wet conditions;[13] stage 18, when a 60 km breakaway by Andy Schleck gave him an advantage of more than two minutes at the highest stage finish in tour history at the Col du Galibier;[14] and on the penultimate day, when Evans came second in a time trial and beat the Luxembourgish pair by more than two and a half minutes to secure victory.[15] Both Andy Schleck and Evans wore the yellow jersey for only one day each: Schleck for the time trial, and Evans on the final, largely ceremonial, stage in Paris.

The stages that were suited to sprint finishes were dominated by Manx sprinter Mark Cavendish, who won five stages, including a record third successive victory on the final stage on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. In doing so, he won the points category, ahead of José Joaquín Rojas and Philippe Gilbert, becoming the first British rider to claim the maillot vert.[16][17]

The mountains category was won by Spaniard Samuel Sánchez, who had a win and two second places on the four mountain-top finishes. Andy Schleck finished second in that category, with Belgian Jelle Vanendert third.[18]

Pierre Rolland won the young riders category, largely by virtue of positions he attained in supporting his team leader, Voeckler, during the time he held the yellow jersey, but he also earned a stage win on the prestigious climb to Alpe d'Huez.[19]

Classification leadership[edit]

There were four main classifications contested in the 2011 Tour de France, with the most important being the general classification. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification was considered the winner of the Tour.[20] In 2011, there were no time bonuses given.[21]

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists get points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and is identified with a green jersey.[20] Previous to the 2011 Tour, stages classified flat had three intermediate sprint points worth 6, 4, and 2 points to the first three riders across the line. Starting in 2011, flat stages have just one intermediate sprint, but it is now worth 20 points to the first rider across the line, and the first 15 score points. The intention is to have green jersey favourites needing to sprint twice during the day to score well.[22] Points awarded at the finish of flat stages also increased, from 35 points for the winner in 2010 to 45.[23] Medium mountain stages award 30 points to the winner, high mountain stages and the individual time trial 20 points.[24]

There was also a mountains classification. The organization categorized some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reach the top of these climbs, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and was identified with a polka dot jersey.[20] Before the 2011 Tour, the mountains classification, any hors catégorie, first-category, or second-category climb awarded double points if it was the last of the day. In 2011, only the summit stage finishes awarded double points, specifically stage 12 ending at Luz Ardiden, stage 14 at the Plateau de Beille, stage 18 at the Col du Galibier, and stage 19 at L'Alpe d'Huez. Previously the first eight riders across a first-category climb scored points, as well as the first six across a second-category and the first four across a third-category. The new points schedule for the mountains classification was:

  • Climbs rated "hors catégorie" (HC): 20, 16, 12, 8, 4 and 2 points awarded for first 6 riders to reach the summit.
  • Category 1: 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 points awarded for first 6 riders to reach the summit.
  • Category 2: 5, 3, 2 and 1 points awarded for first 4 riders to reach the summit.
  • Category 3: 2 and 1 points awarded for first 2 riders to reach the summit.
  • Category 4: 1 point awarded for first rider to reach the summit.[25]

Early analysis led to speculation that the mountains classification winner would be more likely, under this system, to be a general classification contender than in years past.[26] This speculation proved accurate, as Samuel Sánchez, who finished 6th in the general classification, took the polka-dot jersey, and the top three finishers in the GC were in the top five of the mountains classification.

The fourth individual classification was the young rider classification, marked by the white jersey. This classification was calculated the same way as the general classification, but the classification was restricted to riders who were born on or after 1 January 1986.[20]

For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team is the team with the lowest total time. The riders in the team that lead this classification were identified with yellow numbers.[21]

The super-combativity award was given to Jérémy Roy.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Jersey yellow.svg
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Mountains classification
Jersey polkadot.svg
Young rider classification
Jersey white.svg
Team classification
Jersey yellow number.svg
Combativity award
Jersey red number.svg
1 Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Geraint Thomas Omega Pharma–Lotto Perrig Quemeneur
2 Garmin–Cervélo Thor Hushovd Garmin–Cervélo no award
3 Tyler Farrar José Joaquín Rojas Mickaël Delage
4 Cadel Evans Cadel Evans Jérémy Roy
5 Mark Cavendish Philippe Gilbert Iván Gutiérrez
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen Johnny Hoogerland Adriano Malori
7 Mark Cavendish José Joaquín Rojas Robert Gesink Yannick Talabardon
8 Rui Costa Philippe Gilbert Tejay van Garderen Tejay van Garderen
9 Luis León Sánchez Thomas Voeckler Johnny Hoogerland Team Europcar Flecha and Hoogerland
10 André Greipel Marco Marcato
11 Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish Mickaël Delage
12 Samuel Sánchez Samuel Sánchez Arnold Jeannesson Leopard Trek Geraint Thomas
13 Thor Hushovd Jérémy Roy Garmin–Cervélo Jérémy Roy
14 Jelle Vanendert Jelle Vanendert Rigoberto Urán Leopard Trek Sandy Casar
15 Mark Cavendish Niki Terpstra
16 Thor Hushovd Garmin–Cervélo Mikhail Ignatiev
17 Edvald Boasson Hagen Rubén Pérez
18 Andy Schleck Rein Taaramäe Andy Schleck
19 Pierre Rolland Andy Schleck Samuel Sánchez Pierre Rolland Alberto Contador
20 Tony Martin Cadel Evans no award
21 Mark Cavendish
Final Cadel Evans Mark Cavendish Samuel Sánchez Pierre Rolland Garmin–Cervélo Jérémy Roy
  • In stage 2, Cadel Evans, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, as Philippe Gilbert held the general classification as well as the points classification and the King of the Mountains classification. Thor Hushovd, who was third in both the general and points classifications, sported the polka-dot jersey.
  • In stage 3, as Philippe Gilbert held the points classification as well as the King of the Mountains classification, Cadel Evans, who was second on the only hill yielding points to that stage, wore the polka-dot jersey.
  • After stage 9, both Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland were awarded the red number for stage 10. They received the combativity award after stage 9 for finishing the stage despite being sideswiped by a television car.[27] Flecha refused to accept the award on the podium after the stage; Hoogerland, having already been up there to receive the polka-dot jersey, did take the award.

Final standings[edit]

A chart of the prominent riders and their position relative to the yellow jersey as of Stage 20
A yellow jersey. Denotes the winner of the general classification A green jersey. Denotes the winner of the points classification
A white jersey with red polka dots. Denotes the winner of the mountains classification A white jersey. Denotes the winner of the young rider classification
A white jersey with a yellow number bib. Denotes the winner of the team classification A white jersey with a red number bib. Denotes the winner of the super-combativity award

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 86h 12′ 22″
2  Andy Schleck (LUX) Leopard Trek + 1′ 34″
3  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Leopard Trek + 2′ 30″
4  Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Team Europcar + 3′ 20″
DSQ  Alberto Contador (ESP)[n 1] Saxo Bank–SunGard + 3′ 57″
5  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Polka-dotted jersey Euskaltel–Euskadi + 4′ 55″
6  Damiano Cunego (ITA) Lampre–ISD + 6′ 05″
7  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale + 7′ 23″
8  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Cervélo + 8′ 15″
9  Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 10′ 11″
10  Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team Europcar + 10′ 43″

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Mark Cavendish (GBR) Green jersey HTC–Highroad 334
2  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team 272
3  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto 236
4  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 208
5  Thor Hushovd (NOR) Garmin–Cervélo 195
6  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky 192
7  André Greipel (GER) Omega Pharma–Lotto 160
8  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Cervélo 127
9  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 105
10  Jérémy Roy (FRA) A white jersey with a red number bib. FDJ 104

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Polka-dotted jersey Euskaltel–Euskadi 108
2  Andy Schleck (LUX) Leopard Trek 98
3  Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto 74
4  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 58
5  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Leopard Trek 56
6  Jérémy Roy (FRA) A white jersey with a red number bib. FDJ 45
7  Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team Europcar 44
8  Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ) Astana 40
9  Johnny Hoogerland (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM 40
10  Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Quick-Step 38

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young rider classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team Europcar 86h 23′ 05″
2  Rein Taaramäe (EST) Cofidis + 46″
3  Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 7′ 53″
4  Arnold Jeannesson (FRA) FDJ + 10′ 37″
5  Rob Ruijgh (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM + 22′ 21″
6  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 32′ 05″
7  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 50′ 05″
8  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank + 54′ 26″
9  Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 1h 17′ 00″
10  Andrey Zeits (KAZ) Astana + 1h 21′ 05″

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–10)
Rank Team Time
1 Garmin–Cervélo 258h 18′ 49″
2 Leopard Trek + 11′ 04″
3 Ag2r–La Mondiale + 11′ 20″
4 Team Europcar + 41′ 53″
5 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 52′ 00″
6 Team Sky + 58′ 24″
7 Team Katusha + 1h 09′ 39″
8 Saxo Bank–SunGard + 1h 16′ 12″
9 FDJ + 1h 30′ 16″
10 Cofidis + 1h 47′ 29″

World rankings[edit]

The Tour de France was one of 27 events throughout the season that contributed points towards the 2011 UCI World Tour. Points were awarded to the top 20 finishers overall, and to the top five finishers in each stage. Only riders on UCI ProTour teams were eligible to receive rankings points.[29]

Prize money[edit]

In total, more than €3.5 million was distributed during the Tour. Initially, each team received €51,243, while each team with at least seven riders finishing the Tour received €1600 per rider. The winner of the General Classification received €450,000, with smaller prizes for each finishing position, down to €400 for the last rider.[25]

Prize money for each classification[25]
Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Per day
General €450,000 €200,000 €100,000 €70,000 €50,000 €23,000 €11,500 €7,600 €4,500 €3,800 €350
Points €25,000 €15,000 €10,000 €4,000 €3,500 €3,000 €2,500 €2,000 €300
Mountains €25,000 €15,000 €10,000 €4,000 €3,500 €3,000 €2,500 €2,000 €300
Young €20,000 €15,000 €10,000 €5,000 €300
Team €50,000 €30,000 €20,000 €12,000 €8,000
Combative €20,000

The stage winner was awarded €8,000 on a normal stage and €10,000 for a time trial. The money gradually decreases, with the 20th finisher receiving €200. The first person to cross the intermediate sprint wins €1,500. Money is also awarded for crossing the categorized climbs, for the best young rider of each stage, the most combative rider, and the best team of the stage.[25]

Prize money stages and other contests[25]
Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Stage €8,000 €4,000 €2,000 €1,200 €830 €780 €730 €670 €650 €600
Team time trial €10,000 €5,000 €2,500 €1,000 €800 €700 €600 €600 €500 €500
Intermediate sprint €1,500 €1,000 €500
Hors Category Mtn. €800 €450 €300
1st Category Mtn. €650 €400 €150
2nd Category Mtn. €500 €250
3rd Category Mtn. €300
4th Category Mtn. €200
Young €500
Combative €2,000
Team €2,800

Two other special prizes were awarded. The first to ascend the Col du Tourmalet and the Col du Galibier receive the souvenir Jacques Goddet and the souvenir Henri Desgrange respectively. Each prize awarded €5,000.[25]

Summary of total amount of prize money awarded per team[32]
Pos. Team Prize money Major awards
Jerseys/awards Stage wins Top 10 Classifications
(or best outside top 10)
1 BMC Racing Team €493,990 1 1st
2 Leopard Trek €395,310 Souvenir Henri Desgrange 1 2nd & 3rd
3 Team Europcar €147,130 1 4th
4 Garmin–Cervélo €145,940 4 9th
5 HTC–Highroad €104,940 6 19th
6 Omega Pharma–Lotto €96,600 3 20th
7 FDJ €90,660 Jersey red number.svg
Souvenir Jacques Goddet
0 15th
8 Euskaltel–Euskadi €87,780 Jersey polkadot.svg 1 6th
9 Saxo Bank–SunGard €72,290 0 5th
10 Team Sky €67,000 2 24th
11 Movistar Team €46,660 1 36th
12 Ag2r–La Mondiale €45,560 0 10th
13 Cofidis €41,740 0 12th
14 Vacansoleil–DCM €35,650 0 21st
15 Lampre–ISD €30,100 0 7th
16 Saur–Sojasun €26,930 0 14th
17 Rabobank €24,290 1 33rd
18 Liquigas–Cannondale €22,360 0 8th
19 Quick-Step €19,940 0 13th
20 Team Katusha €12,380 0 23rd
21 Astana €11,710 0 39th
22 Team RadioShack €10,540 0 16th

Doping cases[edit]

After the fifth stage, Alexandre Kolobnev tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide. When the news came out, he withdrew, and his results were annulled. In March 2012, the CAS decided that Kolobnev would only receive a warning for this, and no suspension, because his use of the drug was justified by 'medical reasons unrelated to performance'.[33]

All other doping tests were negative.[33]


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Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Official website". Archived from the original on 1 August 2011. Retrieved 2016-09-01.