Stage 11 - July 18: Grenoble - Chamrousse, Mountain ITT, 32 km

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By Tim Maloney

If his perfomance on Stage 10 is any indication, as well as his win in the mountain TT at the Tour De Suisse last month, Armstong will go two for two in this kind of event. Look for Lance to rack up back to back stage wins tomorrow.



Start time: 12:00 CEST (first rider off)
Estimated finish time: 17:17 CEST (last rider finishes)

The second individual time trial of the Tour is a 32 kilometre uphill slog from Grenoble to Chamrousse. The stage climbs a total of 1521 metres, with the main part of the climb beginning at 13.5 km at 430m altitude, followed by 18.5 km of climbing at an average of 7%. This will take an all-out effort from the GC riders after yesterday's Alpe d'Huez stage.

Grenoble is the capital of the Isère department in SE France, on the Isère River at the foot of the Alps. It is the hydroelectric center of France and has an important nuclear-research center. Metals, electrical equipment, chemicals, and food products are the chief manufactures. In Grenoble are a famous university (founded 1339); the Cathedral of Notre Dame (12-13th cent.); the Church of St. André (13th-14th cent.), which contains the tomb of the military hero Pierre Bayard; the Renaissance palace of the dauphins (now the courthouse); and an art museum. Another museum is devoted to Stendhal, who was born in Grenoble. Near the city is the Grande Chartreuse, a monastery founded in 1084. Grenoble is a noted tourist and skiing center and was the site of the 1968 winter Olympics.

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