Tour de France 2011: 10 Things To Watch For at This Year's Tour de France

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Tour de France 2011: 10 Things To Watch For at This Year's Tour de France
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2010 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador

Peter Flax is the Editor-in-Chief of Bicycling Magazine.

This year's Tour de France, an event celebrating its 108th anniversary, will be epically hard even by the standards of this famously rugged three-week event, with a final week that features three consecutive brutal days in the Alps followed immediately by a decisive individual time trial.

Translation: No rest for the weary.

Here’s a rundown of the storylines, key riders and stages, and otherworldly drama that makes the Tour one of the great sporting events on the planet.

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