Tour de France 2011: Stage one preview
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Date: Saturday, July 2 2011
From/to: Passage du Gois La Barre de Monts to Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers
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For only the second time since 1967, the Tour starts with a road stage rather than a prologue or time trial. Race organiser ASO pulled the same trick in 2008, when Alejandro Valverde won the battle in Brittany.
With the stage finishing at the top of the fourth category Mont des Alouettes, it's hard to predict who will be victorious in the Vendée. The final 4km poses the biggest challenge of the route, so the overall favourites will have to be alert to any gaps that could appear on the climb.
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