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Tour de France 2012

Date range:
June 30 - July 22, 2012
  • Tour de France, Fra, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      6.4km
      Location
      Liège (ITT)
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Liège
      End location:
      Seraing
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Visé
      End location:
      Tournai
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Orchies
      End location:
      Boulogne-sur-Mer
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      214.5km
      Start location:
      Abbeville
      End location:
      Rouen
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Rouen
      End location:
      Saint-Quentin
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Metz
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      157.5km
      Start location:
      Belfort
      End location:
      Porrentruy
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      41.5km
      Start location:
      Arc-et-Senans
      End location:
      Besançon (ITT)
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Mâcon
      End location:
      Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      148km
      Start location:
      Albertville
      End location:
      La Toussuire - Les Sybelles
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      226km
      Start location:
      Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
      End location:
      Annonay Davézieux
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      217km
      Start location:
      Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
      End location:
      Le Cap d’Agde
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Limoux
      End location:
      Foix
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      158.5km
      Start location:
      Samatan
      End location:
      Pau
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      143.5km
      Start location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      222.5km
      Start location:
      Blagnac
      End location:
      Brive-la-Gaillarde
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      53.5km
      Start location:
      Bonneval
      End location:
      Chartres (ITT)
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      120km
      Start location:
      Rambouillet
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

2012 Tour de France preview

By:
Cycling News

Time trialists take center stage

Cavendish (in green) on the 2011 Tour de France final podium

Cavendish (in green) on the 2011 Tour de France final podium

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The 2012 Tour de France is set to get underway in Liège on June 30 with a prologue and then two stages in Belgium before the race crosses into French territory for the remainder of the race.

The route favors the time trialists over the pure climbers this year, with more than 100km of racing against the clock on tap. This puts Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) at the top of the favorites' list, but there are still a few opportunities for the featherweights to put in a challenge.

Cyclingnews' top five overall contenders

A new climb to La Planche des Belles Filles provides the first significant mountain finish on stage 7, the 11th stage to La Toussuire will provide a chance for redemption for the likes of Fränk Schleck after the race's first long time trial, while stage 17 to Peyragudes is the final chance for the climbers to pad any advantage before the 53.5km final time trial to Chartres.

The battle for the green jersey will be waged in between, with last year's winner Mark Cavendish (Sky) already admitting his ambitions for another title will play second fiddle to Wiggins's pursuit of the overall.

Cyclingnews' top five contenders for the green jersey

Other races within the race will be for the young riders, who will battle for the honour of wearing the white jersey, and for the climbers who will be on the attack in search of the polka dot jersey of the mountains classification.

Cyclingnews' top five best young riders

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