Highlights from the 2011 Tour de France (Photos)

Australian sports photographer Mark Gunter has joined the 2011 Tour de France and is presenting highlights from the world’s most popular cycling race here.

In the final Tour de France set we follow the General Classification contenders Alberto Contador (Saxobank), Andy and Fank Schleck (Leopard), Ivan Basso (Liquigas), Cadel Evans (Team BMC) and surprise challenger Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) compete through the mountains and final stages.

Even in the final stages, no clear winner could be pinpointed, would Voeckler maintain his uncanny strength? Would last years winner Alberto Contador use his mountain skills and surprise attack to steal back time? Would the Schleck brothers play their game of attacks to frustrate the favorites? Would another GC contender sneak in from behind? Or would Cadel’s continued ‘follow the leader’ approach pay off?

Even with the excitement of first ever Australian winner of the Tour de France, this years race will also be remembered as one of the most exciting editions in years in which so many talented riders stood out and the value of team effort was so easy to recognise.

TDF Plateau de Beille in all its glory

Plateau de Beille in all its glory.

TDF Ivan Basso put in a big attack up Plateau de Beille

Ivan Basso put in a big attack up Plateau de Beille.

TDF Thomas Voeckler climing hard to retain the yellow yersey

Thomas Voeckler climing hard to retain the yellow yersey.

TDF Thor Hushovd on the outskirts of Gap

Thor Hushovd on the outskirts of Gap.

TDF Heading towards Gap the main contenders were all together

Heading towards Gap the main contenders were all together.

TDF The peleton head up Sestrieres

The peleton head up Sestrieres.

TDF The race heads into Italy

The race heads into Italy.

TDF Andy Schleck on his big attack up the Galibier

Andy Schleck on his big attack up the Galibier.

TDF Cadel, Voeckler and Frank Schleck climb the Galibier

Cadel, Voeckler and Frank Schleck climb the Galibier.

TDF The crowd cheer on the riders during stage 18

The crowd cheer on the riders during stage 18.

TDF The Galibier dwarfs the peleton

The Galibier dwarfs the peleton.

TDF Alberto Contador one last effort to vie for the yellow jersey up Alp-d'Huez

Alberto Contador one last effort to vie for the yellow jersey up Alp-d’Huez.

TDF Thomas Voeckler won the hearts of cyclings fans

Thomas Voeckler won the hearts of cyclings fans.

TDF The start tent for the TT

The start tent for the TT.

TDF Fabian Cancellara on the start line

Fabian Cancellara on the start line.

TDF Cadel Evans looked calm before his TT

Cadel Evans looked calm before his TT.

TDF Powering into the yellow jersey

Powering into the yellow jersey.

TDF Evans takes the yellow jersey at just the right time

Evans takes the yellow jersey at just the right time.

TDF Evans rides in Paris wearing the leaders jersey

Evans rides in Paris wearing the leaders jersey.

TDF The Arc de Triomphe watching over the Tour de France

The Arc de Triomphe watching over the Tour de France.

TDF The weather was fine for the final stage

The weather was fine for the final stage.

TDF The peleton start to wind things up for the final sprint

The peleton start to wind things up for the final sprint.

TDF Cavendish was the obviouse choice to take the win in Paris

Cavendish was the obviouse choice to take the win in Paris.

TDF Cadel Evans celebrates over the line with his team mates

Cadel Evans celebrates over the line with his team mates.

TDF The jersey winners from this years tour

The jersey winners from this years tour.

Purchasing: If you would like to purchase any of these photos or a complete set, please email Mark Gunter and include the photo number: [email protected]. The format and details will be confirmed after the 2011 Tour de France. PLUS a poster will also be published after the race: Email now to reserve your copy.



About The Author

has won the Cycling Australia Photographer of the Year for four of the past eight years and his photos regularly appear throughout international press. He regularly posts his photos online: Mark Gunter Facebook page.

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