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October 18/11 18:48 pm - Tour de France Unveils 2012 Route

Posted by Editoress on 10/18/11

Race organizer ASO officially unveiled the route for the 2012 Tour de France today in Paris. The 99th edition of the Tour starts in Belgium and includes a prologue time trial plus two individual time trial stages, as it traces a counterclockwise route. Significantly, it has only three mountain top finishes, which will favour riders such as defending champion Cadel Evans, but offer little joy to the Schleck brothers (Andy and Frank).

The first three stages will take place in Belgium, including the 6.1 kilometre Prologue in Liège. While there are no true mountains, riders will face some of the tough rolling climbs that they see in the Spring Classics. Stage seven is the first real climbing stage, and stage nine the first time trial of 38 kilometres. Stage ten is another climbing stage, but the first real test is the following day, which includes the Col de la Madelaine and Col de la Croix de Fer. The last big test for the climbers will be stages 16 and 17, when the peloton faces the Col de Aubisque, Col de Tourmalet, Col de Aspin and Col de la Peyresourde on the first day and a mountain top finish at Peyragudes on the next. The following day is flat for the sprinters (who are left) and then comes the the penultimate stage, which will be a 52 kilometre time trial that will determine the final podium before the traditional procession into Paris.

In total, there are a Prologue, nine flat stages, four medium mountain stages (one summit finish), five mountain stages (two summit finishes) and two individual time trials.


Prologue Saturday, June 30 Liège - Liège 6.1 km ITT
Stage 1 Sunday, July 1 Liège - Seraing 198 km
Stage 2 Monday, July 2 Visé - Tournai 207 km
Stage 3 Tuesday, July 3 Orchies - Boulogne-sur-Mer 197 km
Stage 4 Wednesday, July 4 Abbeville - Rouen 214 km
Stage 5 Thursday, July 5 Rouen - Saint-Quentin 197 km
Stage 6 Friday, July 6 Épernay - Metz 210 km
Stage 7 Saturday, July 7 Tomblaine - La Planche des Belles Filles 199 km
Stage 8 Sunday, July 8 Belfort - Porrentruy 154 km
Stage 9 Monday, July 9 Arc-et-Senans - Besançon 38 km ITT
Rest Day Tuesday, July 10
Stage 10 Wednesday, July 11 Mâcon - Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 194 km
Stage 11 Thursday, July 12 Albertville - La Toussuire Les Sybelles 140 km
Stage 12 Friday, July 13 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Annonay 220 km
Stage 13 Saturday, July 14 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Le Cap d'Agde 215 km
Stage 14 Sunday, July 15 Limoux - Foix 192 km
Stage 15 Monday, July 16 Samatan - Pau 160 km
Rest Day Tuesday, July 17
Stage 16 Wednesday, July 18 Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon 197 km
Stage 17 Thursday, July 19 Bagnères-de-Luchon - Peyragudes 144 km
Stage 18 Friday, July 20 Blagnac - Brive-la-Gaillarde 215 km
Stage 19 Saturday, July 21 Bonneval - Chartres 52 km ITT
Stage 20 Sunday, July 22 Rambouillet - Paris Champs-Élysées 130 km




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