Here are five things to know as the
1. Try as you might:
2. Family ties:
4. Keeping cool: Cyclists' bodies generate lots of heat when they ride and it's even worse during mountainous stages and on scorching days such as Sunday, when the temperature topped 86 degrees. So keeping cool is crucial. Teams have different tricks. Andreas Goesele, team doctor for RadioShack Leopard Trek, gives his riders black wristbands or necklaces drenched in "Liquid Ice," which evaporates over time and helps keep the body temperature down and improves energy production. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad has rolled out an inflatable pool that can be filled with chilled water in a team van, so riders can cool down right after the finish. Before the team time trial in Stage 4, some riders donned tops that look like space-age feathered vests — but cold. And some teams cool down the old-fashioned way — at Garmin-Sharp, managers dunk towels in cases of chilled water and then wrap up their riders.