Area cyclists offer theories on spills in Tour de France


The 98th running of the Tour de France bicycle race, which began on July 2 and ends on July 24, has had more than its fair share of accidents. All prior years of this worldwide classic had racer accidents, but the 2011 edition seems plagued by many more. The Tour covers 3,430.5 kilometers (2,131.6 miles) throughout much of France. Each leg of the race is called a “stage.”

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