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Le Tour de France Stage 21

09. August 2013 - 4 years, 3 months and 9 days ago

In a spectacular celebration of the 100th Tour de France the final stage brought the peloton into Paris in the early evening and for the first time circled the Arc de Triomphe. 22 teams completed 10 laps of the circuit with ever increasing speed and power with 19 of the teams using the SRM Training SystemSRM Sponsored Teams took all top honors this year: "Team Sky's Chris Froome became the second consecutive British cyclist to win the Tour de France, after Bradley Wiggins accomplished the feat the year before. In the race's other classifications, Movistar Team rider, Nairo Quintana, won the mountains classification and also finished as the best rider under the age of 26 in the general classification, finishing in second place overall; Peter Sagan of  Cannondale Pro Cycling was the winner of the points classification, with Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff finishing as the winners of the team classification." Movistar Team shared Rui Costa's SRM race file from the final stage. With 3,270 kilometers of racing behind him this file certainly has unique features and an inspirational finish.    

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Le Tour de France Stage 20

07. August 2013 - 4 years, 3 months and 11 days ago

Stage 20 of the Tour de France was 125 kilometers with over 3,200 meters of climbing. The course, ridden by l'Etape du Tour amateurs the week before, began on the shores of Lake Annecy and finished atop the HC climb, Annecy-Semnoz. Movistar Team's top young rider, Nairo Quintana, took the stage win ahead of Froome and Rodriguez. He claimed the polka-dot jersey and moved into second place overall. Riding with Movistar Team and Quintana was Vuelta a España winner and famous all-rounder, Alejandro Valverde. Below is the Spanish professional's SRM race file illustrating the demands of Stage 20. 

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Le Tour de France Stage 19

19. July 2013 - 4 years, 3 months and 30 days ago

Stage 19 of the Tour de France, the "Queen Stage", featured five challenging mountain passes over 204.5km. Starting in Bourg d'Oisans at the bottom of Alpe-d'Huez and finishing in Le Grand Bornand. Movistar Team's Rui Costa conquered the terrain and wet conditions for his second mountain stage victory in the 100th Tour de France. Movistar's Nairo Quintana remained third in overall standings and Alejandro Valverde moved up to ninth position after the day's success. SRM race files from the stage are shared by Rui Costa, at approximately 67kg, and Alejandro Valverde, approximately 61kg.  

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Le Tour de France Stage 18

18. July 2013 - 4 years, 4 months and 1 day ago

Stage 18 of the 100th Tour de France was a monumental day in cycling history. The 172.5km race began in Gap and finished on the mountain top, Alpe d'Huez. It was the 28th time the Tour de France has featured this notorious HC ascent, but the the first time ever that riders were challenged to climb the 13.8km, 8.1% grade, twice! After the first summit the course followed a technical descent back to the base and looped again up the 21 hairpin turns for a second time with a cool, stormy finish line waiting among the clouds. The unforgettable day was also marked by France earning their first stage victory of the Tour with Christophe Riblon of Ag2r La Mondiale. Riblon won the stage ahead of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) after attacking at the base of the second Alpe d'Huez climb.  SRM race files below include Cannondale Pro Cycling's Italian pro, Moreno Moser, who battled for third after taking the KoM on Alpe d'Huez 1 and leading the descent to round 2. The famous German powerhouse Jens Voigt, riding with RadioShack Leopard, also shared a race file from his day driving the breakaway. BMC Racing Team contributed SRM data from their UCI Road World Champion, Philippe Gilbert, for added perspective on the days performances.  

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Le Tour de France Stage 17

17. July 2013 - 4 years, 4 months and 1 day ago

Stage 17 in the Tour de France was a 32km Individual Time Trial set in the Alps. The start was on the shores of Lake Serre-Ponçon in Embrun featuring two long climbs with a challenging technical descent into Chorges. The stage winner, Christopher Froome, of Team Sky, completed the course in 51:33, followed by Alberto Contador nine seconds back. RadioShack Leopard's top finisher for today was Maxime Monfort in 12th followed by Andy Schleck, 15th. Maxime's SRM race file below illustrates the unique demands of a mountain TT and the superior level of fitness Pro Tour riders must achieve to finish the Tour de France.    

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