The 2011 Tour de France was arguably one of the most exciting in recent memory. When was the last time a Tour de France favorite loped out of the pack on an Alpine stage with 62 kilometres to go? Or that on the first day, the outstanding favorite lost nearly two minutes? This was the Tour 2011, a race where Andy Schleck made a spectacular long-distance mountain breakaway like we used to see in the Hinault and LeMond era.Defending champion Alberto Contador was in trouble from day one but kept fighting up until the last day. Horrific crashes blighted the first two weeks. US team Garmin took its first tt team victory and then could not stop winning.
France discovered its most courageous cycling hero since Laurent Fignon; and where America's Tyler Farrar netted the biggest victory of his life - for his best friend. The Tour 2011: a race where for three spellbinding weeks, each and every stage was steeped in uncertainty and saw favorites hopes raised and dashed and raised again. The Tour 2011: our only regret is that it couldn't have been longer.