Date: Sunday July 22
Finish: Paris Champs-Élysées
Protocol dictates that the early part of the final stage is a procession, where the riders are photographed quaffing champagne en route to Paris.
The pace will then rocket as the team of the yellow jersey wearer honours its leader’s imminent victory by piloting him and the peloton onto the Champs-Elysées.
Typically, a break will escape on one of the finishing circuits before being reeled in for the obligatory bunch sprint. However, with London calling – the men’s Olympic Road Race will be just six days away – several high-profile sprinters may already have gone home, providing the potential for a more open finish.
Tour de France 2012: Coverage index