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Velo Magazine – October 2011

The October issue is Velo’s annual Tour de France wrap-up, focusing on every aspect of the race, from the opening stage, won by Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert, bringing him his first-ever day in the maillot jaune, to the final stage, won by Mark Cavendish on the Champs Élysées, securing his first-ever points jersey.

From July 2 to July 24, the Tour de France captured the attention, and imagination, of cycling fans around the world. Along the way the race saw heartbreak, in the form of countless heavy crashes during the first week, as well as revelations, such as the stunning week in yellow Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler enjoyed en route to a fourth-place finish, as well as the stage win atop l’Alpe d’Huez, and best young rider’s jersey, won by Voeckler’s teammate Pierre Rolland.

American team Garmin-Cervélo had its best Tour yet, winning four stages, including the team time trial, and spending a week in yellow with Thor Hushovd, while the RadioShack squad saw three of its four potential GC leaders exit the race with injury before the race reached the Alps.

In the end, however, the biggest winner was BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans, who became Australia’s first Tour de France champion by riding a smart, aggressive and consistent race, punctuated by a demonstrative time trial performance in Grenoble to take the yellow jersey for just one day — the only day that matters — into Paris.

The Velo editorial staff was on the ground in France from beginning to end, and brings you inside the peloton, and even inside a Mavic neutral support vehicle, to capture all the winners and the losers, the mountains and the field sprints, the crashes and the drama, and the heroes and the personalities of the 98th Tour de France.

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