The Tainted Spanish Meat jokes and the speculation will take a backseat to the real contest. Finally. The 2011 Tour de France is just days away. The preparations and final adjustments are over and riders can only find fitness during the race. For the GC men, there are no rest days, no casual rides in a steady and swelling peloton. With the Classics inspired first week, a leg-busting trip through Pyrenees and a final venture into the high Alps, the route offers not one easy pedal stroke for the contenders.