Route du Sud 2011 is JUN-16 through JUN-19. The race will start in Castres (Tarn).

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June 22 update: Route du Sud is a four stages, over three days, (2.1) race in the French Pyrenees that completed a few days ago. Some use it as a warm-up for the Tour de France, but the field is mostly made up of domestic and pro continental riders who will be watching the Tour de France on TV like the rest of us. Many famous riders have won this race early in their career including David Moncoutie, Thomas Voeckler, Sandy Casar and Laurent Jalabert. Our correspondent, Colin Flockton, was at Stages 2A and 2B and submitted the photos at the bottom of this page. — Steve

Race History and Past

Stage 1: Carmaux - St Gaudens, 209 km

Stage 1
Stage 1
  Stage 1 Finish (00:36 french) — france3

Stage 2A: Izaourt - St Gaudens, 82 km; Stage 2B: Loudenvielle - Peyragudes 16 km (Mtn ITT)

Stage 2A  |  Stage
Moncoutie takes charge of the Route du SudAFP
Stage 2A/2B
  Stage 2A break on the road (02:04 ambient noise) — spectator
  Stage 2A/2B Highlights (01:30 french) — france3

Stage 3: Lavaur - Castres

Stage 3
  Stage 3 Highlights (00:41 french) — france3

Race Photos: Stages 2A and 2B

Florian Vachon of Bretagne Schuller won the first day in St Gaudens from a small break. Here he is in the leader's jersey

Florian Vachon of Bretagne Schuller and the other leader jerseys at the start of stage 2

Biel Kadri won the stage 2A, and is clearly happy with his first win. The promising young Ag2R rider is a local lad from Toulouse, just 50 miles away from today's stage

The 23 year-old Biel Kadri celebrates his first win as first year pro

Scenery from the Stage 2B mountain time trial

Cofidis' veteran David Moncoutie won the critical mountain time trial later in the day up a new road from Loudenvielle to Peyragudes ski station.
His stage 2B win also moved him into the overall lead.

Miche's Przemyslaw Niemiec, last year's overall winner, was fourth in the mountain time trial (+ 0:39)

David Moncoutie with the race director Andre Masse. The final stage was won by Docker of Skil Shimano, but Moncoutie held on for the overall win by finishing in a main group a few seconds back.