Tour de France Stages
The 6.4km race in the heart of Liege’s City Centre in Belgium marks the start of Tour de France 2012.Fabian Cancellera won in this same city in 2004.
The 198km from Liege to Seraing includes five category 4 to climb where the highest gradient is at 6.4%.
Tour de France is has arrived inside France. It will be 197.0km long from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer and it includes 6 mountain passes where the highest gradient will be 9.2% in Cote de Mont Violette.
It might have the view of the coastal road but for the peloton, this 214.5km from Abbeville to Rouen and it is one of the longest stages in the Tour and they will climb four category 4 mountains on the way.
From Epernay to Metz be 207.5km run, it will be another day for the sprinters to dash before they hit the mountain.
Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles route will be its first appearance in the Tour. The 199kmrace is just a preliminary of what is to come on the mountain stages. The first stage to have a category 1 and the first stage climb finish. Climbing up to 100m above sea level.
Tour de France is on its tenth day and after a guelling mountain climbing for the climbers, another day for the time trialist to shine from Arc-et-Senans to Besançon.
After having a well deserve rest, the peloton are back on the mountain to continue the Tour 2012 at Mâcon for the day’s 194.5km run all the way to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. This time, a category H is on the show.
The race from Maurienne to Annonay Davézieux will start with a demanding ascend to Col du Grand Cucheron and then followed it up with even higher climb at Col du Granier. Climbers and sprinters working hard together in this 226.0km stage.
Another long run for the cyclists of Tour de France on this Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Le Cap d'Agde race. However after days of mountain climbing, they will find 217.0km long ride a bit of a relief as they prepare to enter Pyrenees.
Before the second rest day of the Tour, the town of Samatan will welcome the Tour for the first time as it host the starting line of this 158.5km race to Pau.
That is if they are well rested, the riders are back to continue the first of the remaining five stages of the 99th Tour from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon. A 197km long ride with only Category Hs and 1s, this is where from the starting to the finishing line is all about climbing
Three days before the final in Paris, this stage will be a breather for the riders after having days climbing in Pyrenees. This 222.5km Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde will be a golden for the teams to push for those crucial points.
One day closer to the finishing line in Paris’s most prestigious cycling podium, the route from Bonneval to Chartres, it will be an exciting 53.5km time trial race.
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