Bicycling Magazine 2011 Tour de France: Stage 2 - Les Essarts Team Trial, Sunday 3 July 

The return of the team time trial will help organize the race early in the Tour. Pure power will be on display during this 23km route through the heart of western France's Vendée region.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 3 Jul 2011 1:42:40 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 14.13 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 184 ft
Total Loss: 98 ft
Net Change: 85 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: 2011 Tour de France, 2011 Tour de France Stages to Watch, France, Les Essarts
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

BICYCLING magazine Stage to Watch
The drama ramps up right from the Tour’s second day with the much-anticipated return (after a one-year hiatus) of the team time trial. This format doesn’t offer GC (general classification) riders on powerful teams an overwhelming advantage, but it will provide the first significant hierarchy early in the race. The Schleck brothers should fare well. Not as strong as individual rouleurs, they will happily benefit from the presence of Leopard-Trek teammates like Fabian Cancellara—a formidable TT specialist—in the Tour’s first race against the clock.

“This team time trial is short and totally flat. We don’t want to end up with big time gaps but at the same time we do want some of the favourites to lose time. But on a course like this the gaps won’t, in theory, be too big. Each team’s time will be taken when their fifth rider crosses the line. This test is all about getting the balance right. Every team has riders who feel more at home in this kind of test and they will have to rein themselves in slightly because the objective is to finish as a group. Some of the Anglo-Saxon teams make a point of focusing on the team time trial as these tests underline the homogeneity and intrinsic value of the group as a whole.”

Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by Actual stage may vary slightly.

Position Format: Datum:

Stage 2 Route Information

Distance: 14.13 mi Points: 208
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Continue straight onto Avenue de la Promenade Then go 0.36 mi
2 0.36 mi At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Rue Georges Clemenceau/D7 Then go 0.10 mi
3 0.46 mi Turn left onto Rue du Général de L'Espinay Then go 0.10 mi
4 0.56 mi Continue onto D3 Then go 4.39 mi
5 4.95 mi Turn left onto Rue de la Vendée/D37Continue to follow D37 Then go 2.19 mi
6 7.14 mi Turn left onto D9 Then go 5.81 mi
7 12.95 mi Turn left onto Avenue de la Promenad Then go 0.17 mi
8 13.12 mi At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Rue Georges Clemenceau/D Then go 0.29 mi
9 13.41 mi Turn right onto Rue du Général de Gaulle/D160 Then go 0.03 mi
10 13.44 mi Slight right to stay on Rue du Général de Gaulle/D160

Points of Interest

Start: Stage 2

Location: 46.778014, -1.226960

Time Check #1

Location: 46.794183, -1.320935

Time Check #2

Location: 46.769792, -1.301065

Finish: Stage 2

Location: 46.765707, -1.236777

Red Flag: 100km to go

Location: 46.774568, -1.232443

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