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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 17, Stage 12: Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 185.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:33 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 9:11 BST

Stage preview

Matt Goss on the podium

Stage details

Details: 185.5km

Category: Flat

Highest point: 867m

A hilly stage with four low category climbs evenly spread through the day will set up the tension between the sprinters and the breakaway artists. It’s the last opportunity for the sprinters to make a showing until Nîmes on stage 15, and, with the intermediate sprint just 40km into the stage, the green jersey contenders will likely want to keep it all together to fight for the bonus point on offer.

At the end of the day, the category 4 Côte de Grammond, 21km from the line, will barely be noticed as the peloton wind up the pace for the sprint into Saint Étienne. They’ll keep an eagle eye on the break to make sure there isn’t a repeat of the 2008 finish in the city when Marcus Burghardt outfoxed Carlos Barredo for the stage win. It’s difficult to see past pure sprinters on a stage such as this, - especially if the race got away from them yesterday with the tough and technical finish into Oyonnax. Cavendish, Greipel and Kittel will sit patiently at the back of their trains all day and get ready to pounce. With some luck, though, maybe and outsider - Matt Goss perhaps – could upset the triumvirate of the world’s best drag racers and turn his string of Tour podiums into a first stage victory. It’ll be a fast and furious day no matter what.

Haimar Zubeldia says... "Today could be anyone's, and depends as much on the terrain and conditions as which teams have already won stages. As a climber on a day like this, I'll try and do as little as humanly possible to save energy, though I'll help the team if it is necessary."

Local history

In the 1977 Tour, the stage into Saint Étienne was originally won by the Portuguese rider Joaquim Agostinho who rode solo into the city. His result was annulled when he failed a dope test. The stage was then awarded to Antonio Menendez who finished three minutes back. When he also failed the test embarrassed organisers gave up because third placed rider Eddy Merckx hadn’t been tested. Nobody won.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 12

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 12