The '11 Austins
After failing to win a stage in three Tours, U.S.-based Garmin-Cervelo won four.
In stage 9 a TV car sideswiped Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky Procycling), who clipped Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM), who flew into a barbed wire fence and took 33 stitches. Both riders finished the Tour.
Best Feel-Good Story:
In his first Tour, Garmin's Tom Danielson, 33, finished ninth, tops for a U.S. rider.
Best Moment for Hosts:
Europcar's Pierre Rolland, 24, first up the Alpe d'Huez, became the only Frenchman to win a stage.
Most Encouraging Sign:
Rolland's time up the Alpe (41:20) was several minutes slower than many top times in the 1990s and 2000s. While not dope-free, cycling is slowly cleaning itself up.