article in the Telegraph about the up coming Tour De France. The Tour de France is due to start on Sat 2 July 2011 and will end on the 24 July.  During this time the competitors get 2 rest days.  The Tour consists of 21 stages and covers 3,430.50 km." />

Tour de France 2011

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Mark Cavendish who is the fastest cyclist in Great Britain says the peloton (ie his team) are getting more nervous due to the recent amount of accidents that have left a rival sprinter dead and a top climber fighting for his life in hospital!
Mark Cavendish who has been the winner of 15 stages in the last three years and a survivor of two nasty crashes last season believes you have to put the risks of cycling to one side.  There are a lot of risks being taken, but that is cycling.  You have to be aware of where the danger is and make sure you put yourself in the safest position.
Cyclists completing in this race are highly competitive.  It is their job and they are paid to cycle.  They are aware of the risks yet still compete!  Although cycle helmets are worn, the speeds that these cyclists travel at must be in the region of 30 mph.  A cycle helmet will not give much protection if a collision occurs at this speed.   
I find it interesting that all professionals wear the cycle helmets even though they provided limited protection at these speeds.  I cannot understand why so few  leisure  cyclists wear helmets as the statistics show they prevent or reduce head injuries.   What's you view?
Kaye Mansbridge
Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team.

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