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2011 Tour De France Schedule, Live Coverage And Stage Routes

The 2011 Tour de France gets underway on Saturday morning as cyclists begin a month-long journey through France in cycling's biggest test of endurance. With 21 stages that range from flat, sprint routes to hilly, climbing routes, the Tour de France is a grueling test of endurance and strategy. And it all gets underway on July 2 with a 119 mile stage setup for sprinters.

For Seattle cycling fans, Tejay Van Garderen and Tyler Farrar are your local racers to watch, the latter of which should make waves early in the sprint stages. Saturday's opening stage is a chance for Farrar to show his stuff as the lead sprinter Garmin Cervelo. With six of the first seven stages setup as sprints -- the other is a team time trial -- you'll see plenty of Farrar near the finish line, at least if all goes according to plan for the Garmin team.

Here is the race schedule and route. The race begins on July 2 and ends on July 24 in Paris, with the traditional ride down the Champs-Élysées. For more basic information on the route, head over here.

Stage Date Course Distance Type
1 2-Jul Passage du Gois – Mont des Alouettes 191.5 km (119 mi) Flat stage
2 3-Jul Les Essarts – Les Essarts 23 km (14 mi) Team Time Trial
3 4-Jul Olonne-sur-Mer – Redon 198 km (123 mi) Flat stage
4 5-Jul Lorient – Mûr-de-Bretagne 172.5 km (107 mi) Flat stage
5 6-Jul Carhaix – Cap Fréhel 164.5 km (102 mi) Flat stage
6 7-Jul Dinan – Lisieux 226.5 km (141 mi) Flat stage
7 8-Jul Le Mans – Chateauroux 218 km (135 mi) Flat stage
8 9-Jul Aigurande – Super-Besse 189 km (117 mi) Medium-mountain stage
9 10-Jul Issoire – Saint-Flour 208 km (129 mi) Medium-mountain stage
  11-Jul  Rest Day    
10 12-Jul Aurillac – Carmaux 158 km (98 mi) Flat stage
11 13-Jul Blaye-les-Mines – Lavaur 167.5 km (104 mi) Flat stage
12 14-Jul Cugnaux – Luz-Ardiden 211 km (131 mi) Mountain stage
13 15-Jul Pau – Lourdes 152.5 km (95 mi) Mountain stage
14 16-Jul Saint-Gaudens – Plateau de Beille 168.5 km (105 mi) Mountain stage
15 17-Jul Limoux – Montpellier 192.5 km (120 mi) Flat stage
  18-Jul  Rest Day    
16 19-Jul Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Gap 162.5 km (101 mi) Medium-mountain stage
17 20-Jul Gap – Pinerolo 179 km (111 mi) Mountain stage
18 21-Jul Pinerolo – Col du Galibier / Serre Chevalier 200.5 km (125 mi) Mountain stage
19 22-Jul Modane – L'Alpe d'Huez 109.5 km (68 mi) Mountain stage
20 23-Jul Grenoble – Grenoble 42.5 km (26 mi) Individual time trial
21 24-Jul Creteil – Paris (Champs-Élysées)... 95 km (59 mi) Flat stage

Coverage of the Tour de France begins bright and early here on the West Coast thanks to the time difference. VERSUS will have the broadcast beginning at 5 a.m. PDT. There will be a replay of the stage on NBC at a much more manageable 11 a.m. PDT if you can survive without running into spoilers.

For the latest on Farrar and Van Garderen's journey, stay with our Tour de France StoryStream. For more on the race, including full coverage and results, visit SB Nation's Tour de France StoryStream or stop by Podium Cafe.