Tour de France 2012 route unveiled
Tour de France 2012 map
The Tour de France 2012 route was announced in Paris today. There were no surprises this year as the whole route was leaked last week when the stage list and map was accidently uploaded on to the Tour's website.
For British cycling fans it offers some great chances for spectating with stages on the northern coast, near the big sea ports. There's also good news for Bradley Wiggins with twice as much time trialling than this year's race - almost 100km.
The race starts in Liege before heading through Belgium and up to Boulogne-sur-Mer before heading down to the Voseges mountains before the Alps. Only one stage, Albertville to La Toussuire is the only stage run entirely, deep in the Alps.
The south of France comes next before the peloton heads over to the Pyrenees for two tough stages.
More to come......
Tour de France 2012 stage list
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, Mâcon
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 Davézieux 220 km
Stagen 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, Pau
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