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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

July 1, Stage 1: Liège - Seraing 198km

Tour de France: Stage 1 preview

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 13, 2012, 13:56,
Updated:
June 26, 2012, 15:15

Stage 1 map, profile and Chris Boardman video preview

Liège – Seraing- 198km

Highest point: 606m
Category: rolling

Made to measure for Gilbert

This rolling stage touches on the Ardennes but is nothing as tough as the Liège-Bastogne-Liège one-day Classic run through the same terrain. The sprinters should be able to stick in the peloton all day but many of them are likely to struggle to remain in contention on the long and fairly steep drag up to the finish. Rising for more than 2km at an average of 5 percent, it is sure to suit the race’s puncheurs. Chief among them, of course, is Philippe Gilbert, for whom winning here on home ground and taking the yellow jersey would make his year. Gilbert is sure to have an eye on Liquigas-Cannondale powerhouse Peter Sagan.

Sean Yates: "It’s lumpy and in Belgium. Omega-Quick-Step could be in yellow with Tony Martin after the prologue and will want to protect that and bring it to a sprint. That would play into our hands for Cav."

Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO

Tour de France 2012: Stage 1 profile

 

Tour de France 2012: Stage 1 map
 

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