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30 June 2011

Recommended Reading & Viewing: The Tour de France is here

Recommended reading this week
What the riders have to say - voices of some of the riders ahead of the Tour de France
Hardly Serious with Jens Voigt
Pushing 40, and Getting Faster - Chris Horner
Jens Speaks pre tour video interview with Frankie Andreu Thor spoke too
Training for Tour de France an uphill climb for the lucky few - Michael Barry (not racing)

For a complete list of all sources for watching and reading about the 2011 Tour de France please read Where and how to watch the Tour de France

At the Race
BikeSnobNYC Tour de France 2011 Viewer’s Guide
New Technology at the 2011 tour de France
Stay up-to-date with more tech new from Nick Legan at VeloNews 
See all the new bikes at this year's Grand Tours at 2011 ProTeam Bikes
New Bikes and Tech at the Tour de France Team Time Trial 
2011 Tour de France Time Trail Bikes (Oz Cycling)

Fabian Cancellara's new TDF time trial bike, the Trek Speed Concept 9.9
graphics on Fabian's top tube
Leopard Trek also has a new road bike the Trek Madone 6.9 SSL
Radioshack will have 4 GC contenders on this new Trek Madone
Cervelo also has a new aero road bike appearing at this years TDF
Cervelo S5
Check out the Cervelo S5 video
Specialized new Tarmac SL4, that will be used by Roman Kreuziger and Alexandre Vinokourov

Team Sky new green Pinarello bikes for the TDF
Philippe Gilbert's new Canyon bike (in Belgium colors) for the 2011 tour de france
Photo by BikeRadar.com
For us fans who want to be there, or climb there, read these well done stage and climb previews 
Tour de France: Ten great places to watch - CyclingNews
2011 Tour de France "Mountains Preview" - Podium Cafe

Team Presentation
If you were not one of the 7,000 people who attended the team presentation in the theme park roman theater today, Thursday, June 30, 2011, in France, you may watch a quick two minute video recap here: Team Presentation TDF (someone received a few boos).  

Summary Pages 
Cycling Weekly 
Steephill.TV Tour de France

Who to follow at the Tour de France - Riders & DS

Who to follow on Twitter, or on blogs at the 2011 Tour de France
The inside scoop is so much more fun and interesting. Now that we have gathered information about the 2011 Tour de France route, and the 2011 Team Rosters, my curiosity led me to discover who I can follow at the 2011 Tour de France. Who is going to be there, who will be in the thick of things? I like to share what I am curious about, so here is a list of the riders, their staff and Directeur Sportifs who will be in France tweeting and blogging (most of the Facebooking entries might be feeds, or by assistants on FB). (this will be a work in progress as I discover more throughout the 3 weeks of the Tour de France, so check back)
Please note that professional cycling teams and even some cyclists have PR reps who update their sites for them (not as much fun), but others are the real deal and lots of fun to follow.
Professional Cyclists at the 2011 Tour de France on Twitter

Team: AG2R LA MONDIALE
ROCHE  Nicolas IRL https://twitter.com/#!/nicholasroche
 
Team: ASTANA
KREUZIGER  Roman CZE http://twitter.com/Roman86_K
VAITKUS  Tomas LTU  http://twitter.com/tomasvaitkus

Team: BMC RACING
BOOKWALTER  Brent USA http://twitter.com/brentbookwalter
BURGHARDT Marcus https://twitter.com/#!/Ma_Burghardt  http://www.marcus-burghardt.com
EVANS  Cadel AUS http://twitter.com/CadelOfficial
HINCAPIE  George USA http://twitter.com/ghincapie
MOINARD Amael https://twitter.com/#!/amaelmoinard
QUINZIATO  Manuel ITA http://twitter.com/manuelquinziato http://www.manuelquinziato.it
Chris De Voss (Soigneur) http://twitter.com/#!/Chrissoigneur
Peter the Cook https://twitter.com/#!/Peter_BMC_Cook
Bus Driver Filip https://twitter.com/#!/Filip_Sercu
Team BMC http://twitter.com/#!/BMCProTeam

Team: FDJ
PAURIOL  Rémi FRA  https://twitter.com/#!/rpauriol
ROY  Jérémy FRA  https://twitter.com/#!/jeremyroy
 
Team: GARMIN-CERVELO
DANIELSON  Thomas USA http://twitter.com/tomdanielson
GERRANS Simon http://twitter.com/#!/simongerrans
HESJEDAL  Ryder CAN http://twitter.com/#!/ryder_hesjedal http://www.ryderhesjedal.com
VANDEVELDE  Christian USA http://twitter.com/#!/ChristianVDV
ZABRISKIE  David USA http://twitter.com/dzabriskie 
DS Jonathan Vaughters http://twitter.com/#!/Vaughters
Staff Matt Rabin http://twitter.com/#!/mattrabin
Director Sports Science, Robby Ketchell http://twitter.com/#!/RobbyKetchell

Team Garmin-Cervelo http://twitter.com/#!/Ride_Argyle

Team: HTC-HIGHROAD
CAVENDISH  Mark GBR http://twitter.com/#!/MarkCavendish  http://www.markcavendish.com
EISEL  Bernhard AUT (Bernie is not on Twitter!), watch him on VeloNews [ http://www.eisel.com/ website "coming soon" ]
GOSS  Matthew Harley AUS http://twitter.com/#!/mattgoss1986
PATE  Danny USA http://twitter.com/TheDPate
RENSHAW  Mark AUS http://twitter.com/Mark_Renshaw http://www.mrenshaw.com
VAN GARDEREN  Tejay USA http://twitter.com/tvangarderen88 
VELITS Peter  https://twitter.com/#!/petervelits
Toby the Physiotherapist http://twitter.com/#!/TobyDeFrance 
Team HTC http://twitter.com/#!/HTCHighroad

Team: KATUSHA
KOLOBNEV  Alexandr RUS http://twitter.com/A_Kolobnev

Team: LAMPRE - ISD
PETACCHI  Alessandro ITA http://twitter.com/#!/Petacchi_Ego

Team: LEOPARD TREK
CANCELLARA  Fabian SUI http://twitter.com/#!/f_cancellara http://www.fabian-cancellara.ch
FUGLSANG  Jakob DEN http://twitter.com/#!/jakob_fuglsang  http://www.jakobfuglsang.dk
MONFORT  Maxime BEL http://twitter.com/#!/maxmonfort  http://www.maxime-monfort.be
O'GRADY Stuart https://twitter.com/#!/StueyOG
POSTHUMA  Joost NED http://twitter.com/joostposthuma
SCHLECK  Andy LUX http://twitter.com/#!/andy_schleck
SCHLECK  Frank LUX http://twitter.com/schleckfrank
VOIGT  Jens GER http://twitter.com/thejensie
BENNATI Daniel ITA  https://twitter.com/Benna80  www.danielebennati.com
Team Leopard Trek http://twitter.com/#!/leopardtrek
Brian Nygaard DS https://twitter.com/#!/nygaardbn
Josue Aran Garcia (Soigneur) http://twitter.com/#!/joshiaran

Team: LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE
BASSO  Ivan ITA http://twitter.com/ivanbasso
OSS  Daniel ITA http://twitter.com/Daniel87Oss

Team: MOVISTAR
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA  Benat ESP https://twitter.com/#!/benatintxausti 

Team: OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
WILLEMS  Frederik BEL https://twitter.com/#!/willemsfrederik
 
Team: QUICKSTEP
Team Quickstep http://twitter.com/#!/QuickStepTeam

Team: RABOBANK
BARREDO LLAMAZALES  Carlos ESP http://twitter.com/CARLOSBARREDO
BOOM  Lars NED http://twitter.com/lars_boom http://www.larsboomofficial.com
GESINK  Robert NED http://twitter.com/RGUpdate
MOLLEMA  Bauke NED  https://twitter.com/#!/BaukeMollema (not active)
TEN DAM  Laurens NED http://twitter.com/laurenstendam
TJALLINGII  Maarten NED http://twitter.com/mtjallingii

Team: RADIOSHACK
BRAJKOVIC  Janez SLO http://twitter.com/janibrajkovic
HORNER  Christopher USA http://twitter.com/hornerakg  http://www.chrishornerracing.com/
KLÖDEN  Andreas GER http://twitter.com/andykloedi
LEIPHEIMER  Levi USA http://twitter.com/LeviLeipheimer 
PAULINHO  Sergio Miguel Moreira POR  https://twitter.com/#!/sergiompaulinho
Team Radioshack http://twitter.com/#!/RadioShack
DS Johan Bruyneel http://twitter.com/#!/JohanBruyneel  http://johanbruyneel.com/index.html
Viatcheslav Ekimov http://twitter.com/#!/eki_ekimov

Team: SAXO BANK SUNGARD
CONTADOR VELASCO  Alberto ESP https://twitter.com/#!/albertocontador http://www.albertocontador.com
HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ  Jesus ESP http://twitter.com/jesushernandez3
PORTE  Richie AUS http://twitter.com/richie_porte   http://www.richieporte.com/
Team SaxoBank Sungaurd http://twitter.com/#!/saxobank

Team: SKY
BOASSON HAGEN  Edvald NOR http://twitter.com/#!/EdvaldCycling 
GERRANS  Simon AUS http://twitter.com/simongerrans
SWIFT  Ben GBR http://twitter.com/swiftybswift   http://www.BenSwiftcycling.com/videos
THOMAS  Geraint GBR http://twitter.com/GeraintThomas86 http://www.geraintthomas.com
WIGGINS  Bradley GBR http://twitter.com/bradwiggins 
Team Sky http://twitter.com/#!/TeamSky

Team: VACANSOLEIL-DCM
Team Vacansoleil -DCM https://twitter.com/#!/VacansoleilDCM


*Tip to follow made easy: the easiest way to follow these riders and add them to your Twitter following list is to go to this link https://twitter.com/#!/PedalDancerBlog/following/people, (go to following / View list of people), you will instantly be able to see who you are and are not following, simply click follow to any of these riders you would like to add to your list.

I think a list of the staff, journalists and fans at the TDF would be a good idea. For now a full list of the bike industry tweeps can be found here Bike Biz Bike Trade Tweeps

Rules of the Tour de France for 2011

Interested in reading about the rules of the TDF?
Glance over the quick and easy page on the official Tour de France website:
Tour de France Rules  (available in English, German, Spanish, and French)
Or read this 40 page pdf manual on all the fine details of the rules:
Download the rules (pdf, 40 pages, 904 ko)

Tour de France Start List and Champions

Official Start list of the Tour de France
Who are the 2011 National Champions at the Tour de France?
What jersey numbers will each cyclist be wearing in the 2011 TDF? And which riders will be wearing special jerseys? Here is the official start list for the 22 teams, with 9 riders each, competing in the 3-week stage race on July 2-24, 2011, with rider dossard (bib) numbers. Read more about a dossard at a previous PedalDancer.com post: Word of the Day: Dossard.

I have added the current National Champions behind their name on this TDF roster. There are a number of the new National Champions in 2011 that will not be competing in the Tour de France. Previous national champions wear the colors of their country on the sleeve or collar of their jersey. There will be a number of former champs at the race. Read the full list of The New 2011 National Champions of cycling. To view the standard team jerseys for 2011 please see Wow that sure is ugly! / 2011 Pro Team Jerseys.
Frank Schleck in his National Champion jersey
For revisions to this list from withdrawals and injuries please read: Updated Rider List and withdrawals at Tour de France (this list will be updated after each stage of the 2011 TDF).

Saxo Bank Sungard
1  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)
2  Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa)
3  Brian Vandborg (Den)
4  Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa)
5  Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa)
6  Richie Porte (Aus)
7  Chris Anker Sørensen (Den)
8  Nicki Sörensen (Den) [Denmark National Champion Road]
9  Matteo Tosatto (Ita)

Leopard Trek
11  Andy Schleck (Lux)
12  Fränk Schleck (Lux) [Luxembourg National Champion Road]
13  Fabian Cancellara (Swi) [Swiss National Champion Road & World Champion Time Trial]
14  Joost Posthuma (Ned)
15  Linus Gerdemann (Ger)
16  Maxime Monfort (Bel)
17  Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
18  Jens Voigt (Ger)
19  Stuart O'Grady (Aus)

Euskaltel-Euskadi
21  Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa)
22  Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
23  Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa)
24  Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa)
25  Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa)
26  Amets Txurruka (Spa) 

27  Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa)
28  Ivan Murillo Velasco (Spa) 

29  Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa)
Omega Pharma-Lotto
31  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) 
32  Philippe Gilbert (Bel)  [Belgian National Champion Road]
33  André Greipel (Ger)
34  Sebastian Lang (Ger)
35  Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)
36  Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
37  Jelle Vanendert (Bel)
38  Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) 

39  Frederik Willems (Bel) 
Rabobank Cycling Team
41  Robert Gesink (Ned)
42  Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa)
43  Lars Boom (Ned)
44  Laurens ten Dam (Ned)
45  Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) 

46  Bauke Mollema (Ned)
47  Grischa Niermann (Ger)
48  Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) [Spanish National Champion Time Trial]
49  Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)

Team Garmin-Cervelo
51  Thomas Danielson (USA)
52  Julian Dean (NZl)
53  Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
54  David Zabriskie (USA) [American National Champion Time Trial]

55  Thor Hushovd (Nor) [World Champion Road]
56  Tyler Farrar (USA)
57  Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) [Lithuanian National Champion Road]
58  Christian Vande Velde (USA)
59  David Millar (GBr)

Team RadioShack
61  Christopher Horner (USA)
62  Janez Brajkovic (Slo)
63  Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa)
64  Andreas Klöden (Ger)
65  Levi Leipheimer (USA)
66  Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz)
67  Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por)
68  Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
69  Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)

AG2R La Mondiale
71  Nicolas Roche (Irl)
72  John Gadret (Fra)
73  Biel Kadri (Fra)
74  Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra)
75  Christophe Riblon (Fra)
76  Hubert Dupont (Fra)
77  Maxime Bouet (Fra)
78  Sébastien Minard (Fra)
79  Sébastien Hinault (Fra)

Pro Team Astana
81  Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz)
82  Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
83  Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra)
84  Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)
85  Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
86  Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
87  Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz)
88  Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)
89  Andrey Zeits (Kaz)

Quickstep Cycling Team
91  Tom Boonen (Bel) 
92  Kevin De Weert (Bel)
93  Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) [French National Champion Road]
94  Gerald Ciolek (Ger)
95  Dries Devenyns (Bel)
96  Addy Engels (Ned)
97  Jérôme Pineau (Fra)
98  Gert Steegmans (Bel)
99  Niki Terpstra (Ned)

Sky Procycling
101  Bradley Wiggins (GBr) [British National Champion Road and Time Trial]
102  Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) [Norwegian National Champion Time Trial]
103  Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa)
104  Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa)
105  Christian Knees (Ger)
106  Simon Gerrans (Aus)
107  Rigoberto Uran (Col)
108  Geraint Thomas (GBr)
109  Ben Swift (GBr)

FDJ
111  Sandy Casar (Fra)
112  William Bonnet (Fra)
113  Mickael Delage (Fra)
114  Rémi Pauriol (Fra) 

115  Anthony Roux (Fra)
116  Jérémy Roy (Fra)
117  Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
118  Gianni Meersman (Bel)
119  Arthur Vichot (Fra)

BMC Racing Team
121  Cadel Evans (Aus)
122  Brent Bookwalter (USA)
123  Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
124  George Hincapie (USA)
125  Amaël Moinard (Fra)
126  Steve Morabito (Swi)
127  Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
128  Ivan Santaromita (Ita)
129  Michael Schär (Swi)

Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
131  Julien El Farès (Fra)
132  Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)
133  Leonardo Duque (Col)
134  Tony Gallopin (Fra)
135  David Moncoutie (Fra)
136  Rein Taaramae (Est)
137  Tristan Valentin (Fra)
138  Mickaël Buffaz (Fra)
139  Romain Zingle (Bel)

Lampre - ISD
141  Damiano Cunego (Ita)
142  Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
143  Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita)
144  Grega Bole (Slo)
145  Matteo Bono (Ita)
146  Danilo Hondo (Ger)
147  Denys Kostyuk (Ukr)
148  David Loosli (Swi)
149  Adriano Malori (Ita) [Italian National Champion Time Trial]

Liquigas-Cannondale
151  Ivan Basso (Ita)
152  Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita)
153  Daniel Oss (Ita)
154  Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
155  Alessandro Vanotti (Ita)
156  Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
157  Maciej Paterski (Pol)
158  Sylvester Szmyd (Pol)
159  Kristijan Koren (Slo)

Team Europcar
161  Thomas Voeckler (Fra)
162  Anthony Charteau (Fra)
163  Cyril Gautier (Fra)
164  Yohann Gène (Fra)
165  Vincent Jérôme (Fra)
166  Christophe Kern (Fra) [French National Champion Time Trial]

167  Perrig Quemeneur (Fra)
168  Pierre Rolland (Fra)
169  Sébastien Turgot (Fra)

Movistar Team
171  Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) [Spanish National Champion Road]
172  Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) 

173  Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa)
174  José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa)
175  Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)
176  Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por)
177  Branislau Samoilau (Blr)
178  David Arroyo Duran (Spa)
179  Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa)

Katusha Team
181  Pavel Brutt (Rus) 
182  Denis Galimzyanov (Rus)
183  Vladimir Goussev (Rus)
184  Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus)
185  Vladimir Isiachev (Rus)
186  Vladimir Karpets (Rus)
187  Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
188  Egor Silin (Ukn)
189  Yury Trofimov (Rus)

HTC-Highroad
191  Mark Cavendish (GBr)
192  Mark Renshaw (Aus)
193  Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
194  Matthew Harley Goss (Aus)
195  Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
196  Peter Velits (Svk)
197  Tony Martin (Ger)
198  Danny Pate (USA)
199  Lars Ytting Bak (Den)

Saur - Sojasun
201  Jérôme Coppel (Fra)
202  Arnaud Coyot (Fra)
203  Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra)
204  Jonathan Hivert (Fra)
205  Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
206  Laurent Mangel (Fra)
207  Yannick Talabardon (Fra)
208  Anthony Delaplace (Fra)
209  Jeremie Galland (Fra)

Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
211  Romain Feillu (Fra)
212  Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
213  Borut Bozic (Slo)
214  Björn Leukemans (Bel)
215  Johnny Hoogerland (Ned)
216  Rob Ruijgh (Ned)
217  Lieuwe Westra (Ned)
218  Wout Poels (Ned) 

219  Marco Marcato (Ita)

Luis Leon Sanchez Spanish National Time Trial Champion
A complete list of all withdrawls and riders no longer in the 2011 Tour De France
A list of All 2011 national road cycling championships

Updated Prize Money for the Tour de France

How much do they win for winning?
CyclingNews.com has updated the cash prizes for the Tour de France in 2011: 

New team jerseys for Tour de France

Garmin-Cervelo new team jersey for TDF

A new jersey for the Tour de France makes sense, white in France in July is smart. The old Garmin-Cervelo team jersey was black, the new team jersey is white, which will be much better in the heat of July. Also the team will no longer blend in with the jersey of Team Sky.

Who will be wearing this new jersey?
Team: GARMIN-CERVELO Tour de France team roster (Castelli the jersey manufacturer will need to make a few special designed jerseys for their Champions)
DANIELSON  Thomas USA
DEAN  Julian NZL
FARRAR  Tyler USA
HESJEDAL  Ryder CAN
HUSHOVD  Thor NOR (he wears the Rainbow Jersey, World Champion Road)
MILLAR  David GBR
NAVARDAUSKAS  Ramunas LTU (he wears the Lithuanian National Champion Road jersey)
VANDEVELDE  Christian USA
ZABRISKIE  David USA (he wears the US National Champion Time Trial jersey)

On the Castelli blog: Garmin-Cervélo lightens up with a special Tour de France kit

Team Sky has gone green with their new team jersey
In support of the sky Rainforest Rescue, the entire 9-man team of Team Sky will be replacing their blue stripe with a green stripe to bring awareness to this cause to save the Amazon rain forests.
Who will be wearing this new green jersey on Team Sky? 
BOASSON HAGEN  Edvald NOR (he wears the Norwegian National Champion TT jersey)
FLECHA GIANNONI  Juan Antonio ESP
GERRANS  Simon AUS
KNEES  Christian GER
SWIFT  Ben GBR
THOMAS  Geraint GBR
URAN URAN  Rigoberto COL
WIGGINS  Bradley GBR (he wears the British National Champion Road and Time Trial jersey)
ZANDIO ECHAIDE  Xabier ESP

HTC-Highroad added a red white blue stripes to their TDF jersey version
Who will be wearing this new green jersey on HTC-Highroad Team? 
BAK  Lars Ytting DEN
CAVENDISH  Mark GBR
EISEL  Bernhard AUT
GOSS  Matthew Harley AUS
MARTIN  Tony GER
PATE  Danny USA
RENSHAW  Mark AUS
VAN GARDEREN  Tejay USA
VELITS  Peter SVK

Also these are the new 2011 National Champions. Kits were being made these past new weeks for some of these riders in preparation for attending the Tour de France. View this link to see which new National Champions will be at the 2011 Tour de France. Please also view all the 2011 Pro Team jerseys at Wow that sure is ugly!

29 June 2011

Bernhard Eisel at the Tour de France

My dreams have come true 

VeloNews has commandeered Bernhard Eisel to report from the Tour de France. Over the years I have enjoyed watching Neal Rogers of VeloNews cover the news at the Tour, becoming increasingly more and more exhausted every stage, not knowing where he was or what stage it was, or where he was going, but always knowing the riders and being respectful, prepared, and professional. This year Neal Rogers will not be at the 2011 Tour de France as a journalist. 

Berhnard Eisel in his official HTC Highroad team photo
I am smiling a big smile however because Bernie Eisel will be. Not only will he be riding and offering team support to his HTC Highroad teammates at the tour in his continuing roll as Mark Cavendish's leadout man, but now we get to hear this gorgeous man speak on a new daily video diary at VeloNews (search for the videos titled "Breakfast with Bernie").
Bernhard Eisel is a good choice. He is an experienced professional cyclist but is also quite funny and likes to have fun. He is 30-years old, from Voitsberg, Austria. He considered himself a sprinter, until Mark Cavendish (a very close friend) showed up on the scene. Now he proudly considers himself a lead-out man and leader of men. Bernhard Eisel is class. He speaks 5 languages including excellent English in an Austrian accent with a twinge of Australian (he learned from his teammates).

What I noticed most about Bernhard Eisel at the Tour of California is that the other riders genuinely like being around him, no matter what team they are on or what country they are from. There are a few riders that the peloton simply enjoys and Bernhard Eisel is one of them. His nickname is Bernie.
Following Wouter Weylandt's tragic death at the Giro d'Italia this year when so many riders spoke up to say what an admirable and funny human being he was, it made me reflect over the fact that there is much more behind the grimaced face of a pro cyclist than a race report can convey. I am very happy to see more of the human side of the riders. If we can't see them suffer in the way that we as amateurs would appear to suffer on a climb, we might as well see them having fun as we do off the bike!

Breaking news - Wednesday June 29, 2011 12:56
Ed in LA : 
     Neal, who will be your subject for the daily tour diary this year?
Neal Rogers: 
     Hi Ed, I won't be covering the Tour this year (I'm sitting this one out, enjoying summer in Colorado.) But we have lined up a daily video diary with HTC-Highroad's Bernhard Eisel, a very witty and classy rider and one of Mark Cavendish's main lead-out men.
HTC-Highroad’s Bernie Eisel to do daily video diaries from the 2011 Tour de France Breakfast with Bernie And now, thank you for an excuse to share all my recent photographs of one of my favorite pro cyclists Bernie Eisel. All photos below by PedalDancer.com:
Bernard Eisel in Claremont CA, 2011
Bernard Eisel in Solvang, CA, 2011
Fine pictures indeed, but I also like Bernie's philosophy on life. This statement is from his team profile page: Bernie enjoys wines of all colors and countries – providing it isn't thousands of miles from where he’s doing his quaffing. “I always try to drink wines from the place I’m in at the time, or close to there,“ he confirms. “I don’t see the point of sitting in a Paris brasserie and drinking a Chilean red wine.”

Quote: “something strange happens in every bike race you do”. ~ Bernhard Eisel. We are going to have some exciting unpredictable fun in France in 2011! 
View the HTC Highroad team rider profile page for Bernhard Eisel's career highlights and stats. Bernhard Eisel also has a website: http://www.eisel.com/ (coming soon). 
2011 Tour de France video series: Breakfast with Bernie  (list of every stage video with Bernhard) 
Bernhard Eisel Facebook page: Bernhard Eisel on Facebook
Bernhard Eisel - link to the orphanage he supports in Jakarta, Indonesia: Pa van der Steur Orphanage

Bernhard Eisel - did you know that Bernie rode the 2008 Tour de France with 2 fractured vertebrae. He won his first race at age 11 and was motivated to get into cycling by watching his older brother compete. Bernie likes to read, a lot, he also likes to talk, a lot, while riding a bike and chats constantly over the miles. In 2000 he broke his nose in 2 places and lost three teeth and was motivated to return to cycling by watching the Tour de France on TV. Since then he has competed in the Tour de France 8 times. 

Post post update 07/03/11: Did Bernie Eisel finish after he crashed in Stage 2 of the 2011 TDF? Bernie is still in the race! Sunday, July 3, 2011 Bernie solos the Team Time Trial Wearing dossard #173 Bernhard Eisel is now in 173rd place in the GC today.

Post post update, 07/18/11: I have tuned in everyday to watch Breakfast with Bernie during the TDF, I was hoping VeloNews would loosen up and ask more interesting questions of Bernie, and they finally did at the very end for a satisfied fan. Bernie seems to be a a funny intelligent well rounded man, I would have liked to have heard a little less questioning of what will happen (always an unknown anyway) in the race, and a little more lifestyle stuff like his view on the new religious movement in Austria called Pastafarian, or if he liked the Basque sausages as well as the ones he can get in Austria. Or perhaps the worst thing he ever pulled out of a feed bag, or who has the most annoying pre-race rituals. But these answers will have to wait - until next year. 
View more PedalDancer.com blog posts on Bernhard Eisel at:  
Talk about personality

Recommended Reading: They start young

An old but good one, video of Bernhard Eisel:


You know you are a TDF fan if

This video gets you really excited and you find yourself smiling


The Publicity Caravan at the Tour de France - oh the memories of fun!
39% of spectators come first and foremost to see the caravan
 

The publicity caravan in figures

  • A 20-km long parade
  • 160 colourful and decorated vehicles
  • 600 caravanists
  • 33 brands represented
  • 16 million gifts given away
  • 45-minute long procession
  • 12 members of the republican guard
  • 4 traffic regulator motorcyclists
  • 3 medical cars
  • € 200,000 to € 500,000 investment for each advertiser

28 June 2011

Who is Škoda

A long term sponsor of the Tour de France

Škoda, is an automobile manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. Škoda is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. Škoda took over the auto sponsorship of the Tour de France from FIAT in 2004. Skoda has also sponsored the white jersey of the Tour de France since 2004. 
The history of the company has it's base in the love of a bicycle. In 1894 a 26-year-old bookseller living in Czechoslovakia was looking for some spare parts to repair his bicycle. Frustrated in not being able to find the parts he needed, Václav Klement began to manufacture his own parts, eventually going into business with Václav Laurin and expanding into motorcycle parts and then building trucks under the name of Laurin & Klement
After WW I, Škoda Works, an established arms manufacturer since1859, acquired Laurin & Klement, and the company became the biggest industrial enterprise in Czechoslovakia. During the occupation of Czechoslovakia in World War II, Škoda Works was part of Hermann Göring Werke serving the German World War II effort. After WW II, Škoda became part of the planned economy. The automobiles maintained their reputation into the 1960s, but by the 1980s became quite outdated. By 2000 Škoda gradually became 100% owned by the Volkswagen Group completing improvements in brand reputation and automobile models.  
Oh how Skoda has grown!
In 2011 Škoda updated their company logo. This is the new look of Skoda.
This is the old familiar logo we became accustomed to seeing at the Tour de France since 2003/04.

Skoda and the White Jersey: The white jersey, for the best young rider under the age of 25, had been awarded intermittently since 1975. From 1968-1975 there was a white jersey, but the purpose was to award the combination classification rider (best rider in the overall, points and climbing competitions), not the youngest rider. Since 1975, 25 different riders have worn the white jersey, only 5 of them went on to win the yellow jersey. Here is a fact about the white jersey you may not know - in 1997 the official name of the best young riders jersey was changed to 'Souvenir Fabio Casartelli'.
Andy Schleck wore white
Geraint Thomas wore white
Thomas Voeckler wore white
Fabian Cancellara wore white
In 2010 Andy Schleck won the White jersey for the third year in a row. Andy Schleck turned 26-years old in June 2011. He is now out of eligibility for the white jersey in the 2011 Tour de France. The prize money for the winner of the white jersey is: € 20,000 (€ 66,500 in total). In French the term for the white jersey is Maillot Blanc. Nike makes the white jersey.

Who is eligible for the white jersey competition at the 2011 Tour de France? The contenders for the white jersey include these riders under the age of 25:
Robert Gesink (Rabobank, 25)
Roman Kreuziger (Astana, 25)
Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, 24)
Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad, 22)
Bauke Mollema (Rabobank, 24)
Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky, 24)
Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun, 24)
Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar, 24)
Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil, 24)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky, 24)
Ben Swift (Team Sky, 23)

I would like to thank Škoda for adding to my fan memorabilia over the years, the company is an exciting addition to the publicity caravan:
Karen at Pedal Dancer styling in Škoda fashion
Apparently Škoda has a rough and tumble job at the Tour de France


Recommended Viewing: The first American team at the Tour

The old 7-Eleven Team to be featured in a film
Last week, Gripped Films was in Colorado at Wheat Ridge Cyclery shooting interviews with the riders of the 1986 7-Eleven squad. It has been 25 years since this American team raced their first Tour de France. The film segment will be aired twice this Sunday, July 3 at 12:00 p.m. on NBC (MST), and again at 6:00 p.m. on Versus (MST).
Gripped Films will also be doing a daily behind the scenes segments at the 2011 Tour de France to enhance the race coverage by Versus TV. The pieces will air as part of the Versus Tour de France primetime coverage at 6:00 p.m. (MST). More information can be found at www.Versus.com and www.Grippedfilms.com

An old article on the 7-eleven racing team

27 June 2011

Quote of the Day: Mark Cavendish

"Said it Friday evening & I'll say it again, some of the nicest fans I've ever met up in Newcastle. Not 1 person treated me like a zoo animal" ~ via Twitter
 

Strava Tour de France maps 2011

Maps of 2011 Tour de France Stage 1 through 21
For those who love maps, Strava has completed all 21 stage maps for the fans of the 2011 Tour de France. Each map includes: climb profile, distance, elevation, grade, and who owns the record for the fastest ride time. Special Features on the Strava maps include: viewed in english or metric measurements, zoom in for more detail or out to quickly see where the stage is located in the country of France. On the profile maps, place your cursor on any point to reveal more details. Tour de France Maps – Stage by Stage. All Strava route maps for the 2011 Tour de France (select the number tab at the top for each stage) or see below.
Strava is cool but I like the traditional layout of the maps provided by A.S.O on the official Le Tour website. I specifically enjoy the information provided under the tabs including detailed time schedule, road and town names. I also like to see the titles on the cols and climbs. I like the new sprint maps and details of where the feed stations and KOM points are located. I guess I just like tradition. (Video of the Route)
Now if you want full GPS tracking of your favorite riders you might want to go with NBC Sports Tour de France All Access. But it'll cost ya - $29.95
Stage 1 Tour de France Strava map - July 2, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 2 Tour de France Strava map - July 3, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 3 Tour de France Strava map - July 4, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 4 Tour de France Strava map - July 5, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 5 Tour de France Strava map - July 6, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 6 Tour de France Strava map - July 7, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 7 Tour de France Strava map - July 8, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 8 Tour de France Strava map - July 9, 2011  Le Tour de France Map
Stage 9 Tour de France Strava map - July 10, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Rest Day - July 11, 2011 
Stage 10 Tour de France Strava map - July 12, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 11 Tour de France Strava map - July 13, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 12 Tour de France Strava map - July 14, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 13 Tour de France Strava map - July 15, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 14 Tour de France Strava map - July 16, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 15 Tour de France Strava map - July 17, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Rest Day - July 18, 2011 
Stage 16 Tour de France Strava map - July 19, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 17 Tour de France Strava map - July 20, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 18 Tour de France Strava map - July 21, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 19 Tour de France Strava map - July 22, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 20 Tour de France Strava map - July 23, 2011 Le Tour de France Map
Stage 21 Tour de France Strava map - July 24, 2011 Le Tour de France Map

More route information at this previous PedalDancer.com post: Route of the 2011 Tour de France

The New 2011 National Champions of cycling

National Championship road and time trial for 2011

Update: Pedal Dancer: 2012 National Champions and their jerseys 

This was an active week for cyclists racing on their home soil. The new 2011 National Road Championships took place in Belgium, Britain, France, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, German, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, and Switzerland. Just in time for the Tour de France (which begins July 2, 2011) a btach of new jerseys will have to be made for the latest victors. 

It is exciting that Fabian Cancellara is now back to wearing both the Swiss National Champion Road jersey and the World Champion jersey at time trials. Also Bradley Wiggins now wears both the road and time trial National Champion jerseys for Great Britain. Nicki Sørensen successfully defended his 2010 Road Champion title, so did Matthew Brammeier, Giovanni Visconti, and Frank Schleck. Edvald Boasson Hagen and Luis León Sánchez both defended their 2010 time trial National Championships.
An updated list of who is now wearing their National Champion Cycling Jersey beginning this week!

American 2011 Road National Champion - Matthew Busche (Radioshack) [blog]
American 2011 Time Trial National Champion - David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervelo)
(National Championships took place in May 2011)
Matthew Busche US National Road Champion 2011  Photo by PedalDancer.com/Sys
Australian 2011 Road National Champion - Travis Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo) 
Australian 2011
Time Trial National Champion - Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo)
(National Championships took place in January 2011)
Philippe Gilbert
Belgian 2011 Road National Champion - Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
Belgian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

British 2011 Road National Champion - Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
British 2010 Time Trial National Champion - Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
(The British 2011 Time Trial National Championships will be held September 4, 2011)

Denmark 2011 Road National Champion - Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 
Denmark 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Rasmus Quaade (Team Concordia Forsikring)
Sylvain Chavanel will be wearing this new jersey at the 2011 Tour de France
French 2011 Road National Champion - Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep)
French 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Christophe Kern (Europecar)
 
German 2011 Road National Champion - Robert Wagner (Leopard Trek)
German 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad)
Matthew Brammeier
Irish 2011 Road National Champion - Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) 
Irish 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad)  

Italian 2011 Road National Champion - Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) 
Italian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD)

Lithuanian 2011 Road National Champion - Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cervelo)
Lithuanian 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Gediminas Bagdonas (an-Post Sean Kelly)
Fabian Cancellara and Frank Schleck in their National Champion Jerseys Photo by Velonews.com
Luxembourg 2011 Road National Champion - Fränk Schleck (Leopard Trek) 
Luxembourg 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Christian Poos (Team Differdange-Magic-Sportfood.de)

Netherlands 2011 Road National Champion - Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM)
Netherlands 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Stef Clement (Rabobank)

New Zealand 2011 Road National Champion - Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad)
New Zealand 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Westley Gough (Subway-Avanti)

Norway 2011 Road National Champion - Alexander Kristoff (BMC)
Norway 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)

Spanish 2011 Road National Champion - José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar)
Spanish 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank)

Swiss 2011 Road National Champion - Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)
Swiss 2011 Time Trial National Champion - Martin Kohler (BMC)

All 2011 national road cycling championships
Thor Hushovd wears the World Champion jersey  Photo by PedalDancer.com
World Champion Road - Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo)
World Champion Time Trial - Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)

(The next Cycling World Championships will be held on September 19 - 25 in Copenhagen in 2011, Limburg in 2012, Florence, Italy in 2013, and Ponferrada, Spain in 2014)
Update on the 2011 National Champions here: National championships round-up - we look at who in Europe gets new jerseys to wear

If you want to look back at who was wearing the National Championship jerseys in the first half of 2011, read this previous post by PedalDancer.com: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 National Champion Jerseys for 2010 / 2011