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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 22, Stage 20: Rambouillet - Paris Champs-Élysées 120km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to the last stage of this year's Tour de France, the last 120km kilometres of what's been an epic race over the last three weeks. The riders are within touching distance of the final finish in Paris so join us for complete coverage of today's stage, right here on Cyclingnews.com

  1. 11:59:49 GMT

    We're currently in Rambouillet for the start of stage 20. The sky is blue, the Sky bus is yellow, so are the team cars in fact, as Bradley Wiggins closes in on a historic win in the Tour de France.

  2. 12:01:27 GMT

    Today's procession to Paris, before the coronation of a new Tour winner is about 10 minutes away from starting. The route, we'll it's rather just symbolic.

    The format is the traditional one: an easy start, a very fast entry onto the finishing circuit and eight very high-speed laps, followed by the most watched sprint of the year.

  3. 12:02:12 GMT

    Greipel:

    Part celebration, part flat-out sprint, it’s the one all the fast guys want. If it’s tight for the green jersey the stakes will be even higher. Hopefully, I’ll slingshot off Greg Henderson’s wheel 150m from the line for the win

     

  4. 12:04:05 GMT

    • Rainbow Jersey

    To win, Greipel will need to get the better of Mark Cavendish, who has never lost the final stage in Paris,  and has three wins to his name on the Champs Élysées.

    The World Champion has won two breathtaking stages in this year's Tour, to Greipel's 3. Peter Sagan, the winner of the green jersey is on 3 too, while Matt Goss is yet to open his account. This is his final chance.

  5. 12:08:01 GMT

    Check out @cyclingthealps preview of stage 20 from Rambouillet to Paris. Explore the route on a Google Map, with a Google Earth Tour or cycle it virtually! Watch profiles, Street View tours, detailed Google Earth tours and a lot more of each climb.
     

    Personally, a big thanks to CyclingtheAlps for providing us with such great information throughout the Tour. Chapeau, sir.

  6. 12:09:55 GMT

    Just a note: if Sky win today, with Cavendish taking the stage, Wiggins the overall they'll have 40 wins this season, one more than QuickStep, who after dominating in the sprint, have faded.

  7. 12:14:06 GMT

    Prudhomme has called Wiggins's win a new era in cycling. You can check out his comments here.

    While you can also join our Facebook mass debate where we're discussing Wiggins's place among the greatest British sporting stars: Redgrave, Christie, Coe, Bobby Charlton, Paul Bettany who won Wimbledon, in that film aptly named, Wimbledon....

  8. 12:15:53 GMT

    In other news we've  a video with Cadel  Evans, the out-going Tour champion. Bravo to Australian for putting up a good fight in this year's race. The legs just haven't been the same though.

  9. 12:17:09 GMT

    And of course there's our video preview of today's stage with Chris Boardman. It's the last one in the series.

  10. 12:21:14 GMT

    They're off! The riders leaving the start and rolling towards Paris. Wiggins is on the front, chatting with Stuart O'Grady.

  11. 12:23:00 GMT

    All the Sky riders have been given yellow Oakleys. Please don't expect any major action for a while...

  12. 12:26:48 GMT

    • Green Jersey

    Wiggins has moved off the front and now it's the chance for Peter Sagan to move to the front. The Liquigas rider has been so impressive in this year's race: whether it's been his sprinting, his 1000Watts power output, his climbing or his victory celebrations.

  13. 12:27:49 GMT

    Sagan is having a chat with Froome at the moment. As white jersey winner Van Garderen moves to the front of the bunch as well.

  14. 12:30:12 GMT

    • BMC Racing Team's 2012 Jersey

    Wiggins and Evans pose for the photographers and share a few words.

  15. 12:31:24 GMT

    The Tour leader is just sitting at the back of the bunch at the moment. He's come back through the cars but he's in no hurry to move up.

  16. 111km remaining from 120km

    12:37:04 GMT

    • Pro Team Astana's 2012 Jersey

    Basso and Brajkovic sit on the front of the bunch. Basso has  ridden well as a super domestique for Nibali in the race, while the Astana leader has cracked the top ten for the first time in a Tour de France.

  17. 12:41:51 GMT

    The entire Sky team seem to be forming at the back of the bunch for some photos.

  18. 13:00:54 GMT

    Only two men pulled on yellow in this year's Tour. The first was Fabian Cancellara, who won the opening prologue in Liege. Wiggins finished second, while Tony Martin was ruled out with a flat.

    Yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan)

  19. 13:03:31 GMT

    Peter Sagan won the following stage to Seraing out sprinting Cancellara and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Luis Leon Sanchez crashed hard and was taken to hospital but came back and raced the next stage. More on him later.

    The Sagan shuffle. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins in Seraing.

  20. 13:05:48 GMT

    Mark Cavendish proved he was the fastest sprinter in the world (yet again) with a stunning stage win on stage 2 to Tournai. Missing his leadout, the Manxman outfoxed and outsprinted his rivals to take one of his best ever wins in the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish (Sky)

  21. 13:10:50 GMT

    It was the Sagan show again on stage 3 with the Liquigas rider showing a clean pair of heels to Boasson Hagen again, while a mass-pile up inside the final 20km help up a number of riders, including Daniel Martin and Matt Goss. Sivtsov crashed out of the race.

  22. 13:13:49 GMT

    Greipel ruled in Rouen, after a perfect lead out from his Lotto teammates. It was only the Germans' second ever stage win in the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw both crashed inside the final 5km.

  23. 13:16:14 GMT

    • Argos-Shimano's 2012 Jersey

    Greipel won again the next day, with another sprint finish in Saint-Quentin. He took advantage of a flat and fast run-in and swooped very late to deny Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Mark Cavendish (Sky). It was also the day that Farrar crashed and then tried to board the Argos team bus.

  24. 13:18:42 GMT

    Stage 6 was dubbed the Metz massacre after a huge crash in the final 25km. Frank Schleck and host of other riders lost time but the worst luck fell to Garmin, who saw Hesjedal crash and pull out the next morning. Almost their entire team hit the tarmac. Rabobank had similar problems, while Sagan won again.

    Peter Sagan transformed into the Incredible Hulk after winning in Metz

  25. 13:21:51 GMT

    Stage 7 saw the first genuine uphill finish with Sky leading a 1-3 with Froome and Wiggins. Evans put in a decent showing and nabbed second, while Cancellara lost his race lead.

    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:58:35
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
    3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:07
    5 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:19
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:44
    7 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:46
    8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
    9 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:50
    10 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:56

  26. 13:24:34 GMT

    Stage 8 saw Pinot raise French hopes with a fabulous stage win. Madiot screamed, Pinot sizzled as the GC contenders finished together.

  27. 13:26:42 GMT

    Stage 9 to Besançon. Perhaps the day the Tour was won, with Wiggins putting time into all his major rivals and winning his first ever Tour de France stage. Froome was second, Cancellara third while Nibali put in a decent showing. Van Garderen - like he had in the time trial - put Evans to  the sword, with the Australian slipping further down the GC battle.

  28. 13:29:22 GMT

    Stage 10: Just as the Tour de France was shaping up as a huge let-down for the Europcar team, their irrepressible leader, Thomas Voeckler, produced an astonishing performance to take victory after a riveting stage through the Jura massif to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine.

    The strongest member of a five-man group who had initially been part of a much larger pack of two dozen riders that broke clear in a frantic opening hour, Voeckler initiated his winning move 1.5km from the line. With Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) already making a lone bid for glory and being pursued by Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan), Voeckler accelerated away from Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre) and set off after the two ahead.

    The Frenchman was on and then past them in seconds. Although the final kilometre-long drag up to the line must have seemed never ending to Voeckler, none of the four riders chasing behind looked likely to prevent him giving the home nation their second success of the race following Thibaut Pinot’s victory in Porrentruy. Having led the race over the final two climbs of the day, Voeckler also took the lead in the mountains classification.

  29. 13:36:38 GMT

    Stage 11 to La Toussuire saw Rolland win but the action came with two climbs to go when Evans attacked. It was a bold move but it backfired when the Australian was caught and then dropped on the final climb. Wiggins looked strong but Froome looked even better. Pinot again impressed as Sky moved into a 1-2 position on GC

    1 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 4:43:54
    2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:55
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
    4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:57
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
    6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
    7 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:01:08

  30. 13:40:52 GMT

    David Millar turned back the clock, 9 nine years after his last road stage in the Tour to win in Annonay Davézieux. The win rescued Garmin's Tour and it was refreshing to hear a winner talk opening and frankly about his past after the finish.

  31. 13:45:17 GMT

    On stage 13 to Le Cap d’Agde Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) took his third stage win at the 2012 Tour de France, winning a photo finish over Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) took third in the mass sprint.

  32. 13:48:40 GMT

    The stage to Foix saw one of the best breaks in the race form but it was Luis Leon Sanchez who took the glory with a superb ride. Behind him there was chaos with Evans puncturing on the top of the final climb, and on the descent. A number of other riders punctured and crashed, with tacks being thrown on the road.

    Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) won the stage to Foix

  33. 13:52:05 GMT

    Another stage, another break and another classy win: this time for Fedrigo in Pau.  Vande Velde finished second for Garmin.

    Former French champion Pierrick Fédrigo (FDJ-BigMat) adds a fourth Tour de France stage win to his palmares.

  34. 13:54:17 GMT

    Stage 16 saw Voeckler win his second stage of the race and take back the KOM from Kessiakoff:

    It was a a masterful performance: The 33-year-old Frenchman emerged from a massive 38-rider early break to solo to victory on a legendary Pyrenean parcours, taking in the Col d'Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin and Col de Peyresourde, and arrived at the finish with a 1:40 lead over former breakaway companion Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank).

  35. 14:04:37 GMT

    Valverde won the next day, surviving a long breakaway to take the stage. Froome and Wiggins left all of their rivals behind, while Nibali had originally put his team on the front to try and unsettle Sky. It didn't really work and in the end the Italian cracked.

  36. 14:09:02 GMT

    Mark  Cavendish picked up his second stage win of the race in Brive-la-Gaillarde. The world champion showed his tactical nous to reel in a late break and to beat Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the line.

    World champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) wins stage 18 of the Tour de France

  37. 14:10:46 GMT

    And in yesterday's time trial Wiggins crushed all that was before him.

    And here's where we stand on GC:

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 84:26:31
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:03:21
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:19
    4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:10:15
    5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:04
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:15:43
    7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:15:51
    8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:16:31
    9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:16:38
    10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:17:17

  38. 14:19:55 GMT

    The peloton have now, finally entered Paris.

  39. 51km remaining from 120km

    14:22:13 GMT

    51 kilometres to go with Sky starting to move Wiggins closer to the front. Were close to the intermediate sprint.

  40. 14:24:30 GMT

    • BMC Racing Team's 2012 Jersey

    They ride passed Norwegian corner - they love their flag, don't they? As Sky take control of the bunch. But they allow George Hincapie to take over and lead the bunch. And he's attacked with Chris Horner. That's a nice move from Sky to allow Hincapie that freedom in his final Tour de France.

  41. 14:25:42 GMT

    The American duo have been caught and now a few riders, almost in the gutter try and attack.

  42. 14:31:27 GMT

    A number of teams without a stage, and they've tried to throw men up the road: Saur, Cofidis, AG2R but it's going to be so hard to stay away, at the moment the bunch aren't even letting anything go clear.

    Hondo and Voigt try something but that's not worked either. #AllezHondo

  43. 14:37:06 GMT

    Hondo and Voigt have a decent enough gap now. Just a few seconds but at  least it's something. Voigt is doing most of the work at the moment.

  44. 14:42:36 GMT

    The German alliance at the front has been joined by Danish rider Lars Bak, winner of a Giro stage this year.

  45. 33km remaining from 120km

    14:43:31 GMT

    Behind and Sky continue to control the peloton with Wiggins and Cavendish both very close to the front.

  46. 14:47:40 GMT

    More and more riders are trying to move across to the leaders - there are six of them now but Sky continue to set pace. The gap is less than 6 seconds.

  47. 28km remaining from 120km

    14:50:15 GMT

    Tankink is in the group as Froome comes through and takes a turn on the Sky train.

  48. 14:50:47 GMT

    Lund is also in the lead group.

  49. 14:51:17 GMT

    There are 11 riders in the lead group with 27 km to go.

  50. 14:52:17 GMT

    With a man up the road Lotto can sit back somewhat and let Sky do all of the chasing. That'll suit Greipel perfectly.

  51. 14:55:58 GMT

    Liquigas and GreenEdge have joined the Sky chase, with Sagan right on Cavendish's wheel.

  52. 14:56:49 GMT

    The 11 leaders have 25 seconds with 22km remaining.

  53. 15:00:28 GMT

    19km to and Liquigas have taken charge of the chase.


  54. 15:02:29 GMT

    Rui Costa and Iglinskiy are also in the 11 man break as Porte comes back to the front of the peloton to set the pace. Five seconds, shaved off the break's lead.

  55. 15:06:23 GMT

    Garmin have moved up with Zabriskie leading the charge. We've not talked about Farrar at all since the first week but he's still here, he's hanging in there. Can he come up with something on the final stage of this year's race?

  56. 14km remaining from 120km

    15:06:47 GMT

    14km to go and the gap is at 18 seconds.

  57. 15:08:56 GMT

    The break is splintering with Voigt taking off and not many riders can match him.

  58. 15:11:37 GMT

    Minard, Costa, and Voigt, that's all who remain from the break with 10km remaining and the gap at 20 seconds.

  59. 7km remaining from 120km

    15:15:19 GMT

    22 seconds for the leading trio.

  60. 15:16:20 GMT

    Just one lap to go and the trio still have 18 seconds.

  61. 15:17:30 GMT

    Lotto move up, Liquigas still control the front, with Orica lurking on the other side. 15 seconds is the gap and now Saxo lead the chase

  62. 5km remaining from 120km

    15:18:19 GMT

    5km to go and the gap is 10 seconds. Saxo doing all of the work.

  63. 3km remaining from 120km

    15:19:54 GMT

    3km to go and it's about to come back together.

  64. 15:20:40 GMT

    Crash and a Lampre rider and one from AG2R have crashed.

  65. 15:21:05 GMT

    Break caught and Orica move further up with Gerrans setting pace.

  66. 15:21:58 GMT

    Now Sky take control with Wiggins in 3rd wheel. Rogers in the lead, with Hagen next.

    Oss doing the work for Sagan.

  67. 15:22:17 GMT

    Farrar up there at the back of the Saxo train.

  68. 15:22:34 GMT

    1km to go.

  69. 15:22:53 GMT

    And Wiggins hits the front, O'Grady on his wheel.

  70. 15:23:22 GMT

    Sky in command and Hagen takes over into the last corner.

  71. 15:24:56 GMT

    He swings over and Cavendish has to go early. Very early and Cavendish is out of the saddle Goss is right on his wheel.

  72. 15:25:45 GMT

    He's just too good and Cavendish takes the stage, and now Wiggins crosses the line and Wiggins and Sky have won the Tour de France. The first British rider to ever win the race.

  73. 15:26:22 GMT

    Sagan second on the stage, Goss 3rd. Greipel was back in 8th.

  74. 15:27:35 GMT

    Wiggins raises his arms as he crossed the line, Rogers the first congratulate him, Froome the next.

  75. 15:32:30 GMT

    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:08:07
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
    3 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
    4 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
    5 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    6 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
    7 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
    8 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
    9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
    10 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun

  76. 15:32:57 GMT

    Final general classification

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 87:34:42
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:03:21
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:19
    4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:10:15
    5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:04
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:15:43
    7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:15:51
    8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:16:31
    9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:16:38
    10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:17:17

  77. 15:36:06 GMT

    That's all from our live coverage from this year's Tour. Thanks for joining us today, and throughout the race. You can find our report, race results and pictures, all here. We'll see you at the Olympic Games.