After two weeks’ of racing in the 2012 Tour de France, the riders are spending a rest day in Pau ahead of a decisive final five days in the Pyrenees and on the road to Paris for Sunday’s finale.

Thus far, the race could not have collectively gone better for British riders, with four stage wins from four different riders and Brits Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Chris Froome (Sky) sat in first and second in the overall classification.

The home nation has also fared well, with four stage wins from four riders to match the performance of the British contingent. The same cannot be said for traditionally strong cycling nations Spain, Italy and Belgium. Spain has only one stage win so far; Italy and Belgium have none.

Wiggins has already set the record for the most days spent in the yellow jersey for a British rider in one edition of the Tour de France – can he go one better and become the first Briton to win the Tour de France overall?

With a two minute and five second advantage over team-mate Froome and a 2’23″ and 3’19″ advantage over rivals Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) and defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), something will have to go horribly wrong for Wiggins to lose his lead, or fail to make a historic appearance on the podium in Paris. But it’s the Tour, and anything could happen…

It’s been an eventful race so far, with multiple crashes once again forcing riders to abandon the race. At this point in the race last year – which itself was marred by crashes – there were 170 riders still in the race. This year, there are 156: 42 riders have been lost at the wayside through injury, illness and fatigue.

Aero helmets, Peter Sagan’s victory celebrations, Froome’s ‘attack’ on Wiggins, Remy Di Gregorio’s arrest, tacks on the road, sprinters’ teams unwillingness to work – there’s been plenty to keep fans talking during the race so far.

Here we cast an eye back over the stats, winners and losers of the 2012 Tour de France so far.

Tour de France 2012: The race so far

Stages completed: 16

Stages to go: 5

Kilometres completed: 2757.9km

Kilometres to go: 736.5km

Tour de France 2012: Current classification leaders (after stage 15)

Overall (yellow jersey): Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) Sky

Points (green jersey): Peter Sagan (Slovakia) Liquigas-Cannondale

KoM (polka dot jersey): Fredrik Kessiakoff (Sweden) Astana

Young rider (white jersey): Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing 

Tour de France 2012: Yellow jerseys awarded

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) RadioShack-Nissan: 7

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) Sky: 8

Tour de France 2012: Stage wins by team

Liquigas-Cannondale: 3

Lotto-Belisol: 3

Sky: 3

Europcar: 2

FDJ-BigMat: 2

RadioShack-Nissan: 1

Garmin-Sharp: 1

Rabobank: 1

Teams with no wins so far: 14 (out of 22)

Tour de France 2012: Stage wins by nation

France: 4

Great Britain: 4

Germany: 3

Slovakia: 3

Spain: 1

Switzerland: 1

Tour de France 2012: Withdrawals

Riders left in race: 156

Riders withdrawn: 42

Teams with least amount of riders left in race: Rabobank and Vacansoleil-DCM (four)

Teams with no abandons: BMC Racing, Liquigas-Cannondale, Lotto-Belisol, Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

Tour de France 2012 start list with note of withdrawals>>

Tour de France 2012: Overall top ten after stage 15

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 59-32-32

2. Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky at 2-05

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2-23

4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 3-19

5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 4-48

6. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan at 6-15

7. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 6-57

8. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 7-30

9. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar at 8-31

10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 8-51

….

Lanterne rouge

156. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 2-47-29

Prologue

Date: Saturday, June 30

Start: Liège

Finish: Liège

Length: 6.4km

Type: Flat, individual time trial

Top three

1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan in 7-13

2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 7 secs

3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 7 secs

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage one

Date: Sunday, July 1

Start: Liège

Finish: Seraing

Length: 198km

Type: Hilly

Top three

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale in 4-58-19

2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at same time

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage two

Date: Monday, July 2

Start: Visé

Finish: Tournai

Length: 207.5km

Type: Flat 

Top three

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Sky in 4-56-59

2. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol

3. Matt Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at same time

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage three

Date: Tuesday, July 3

Start: Orchies

Finish: Boulogne-sur-Mer

Length: 197km

Type: Hilly 

Top three

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky at 1 sec

3. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step at same time

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage four

Date: Wednesday, July 4

Start: Abbeville

Finish: Rouen

Length: 214.5km

Type: Flat 

Top three

1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 5-18-32

2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD

3. Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano at same time

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage five

Date: Thursday, July 5

Start: Rouen

Finish: Saint-Quentin

Length: 196.5km

Type: Flat 

Top three

1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 4-41-30

2. Matt Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge

3. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at same time

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage six

Date: Friday, July 6

Start: Épernay

Finish: Metz

Length: 207.5km

Type: Flat 

Top three

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas in 4-37-00

2. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol

3. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at same time

Race leader

Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage seven

Date: Saturday July 7

Start: Tomblaine

Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles

Length: 199km

Type: Medium mountains 

Top three

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky

2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 2 secs

3. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at same time

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage eight

Date: Sunday July 8

Start: Belfort

Finish: Porrentruy

Length: 157.5km

Type: Medium mountains 

Top three

1. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 3-56-10

2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 26 secs

3. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan at same time

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage nine

Date: Monday July 9

Start: Arc-et-Senans

Finish: Besançon

Length: 41.5km

Type: Flat, individual time trial 

Top three

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 51-24

2. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 35 secs

3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 57 secs

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 10

Date: Wednesday July 11

Start: Mâcon

Finish: Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

Length: 194.5km

Type: High mountains 

Top three

1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar in 4h-46-26

2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 3 secs

3. Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan at 7 secs

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 11

Date: Thursday July 12

Start: Albertville

Finish: La Toussuire – Les Sybelles

Length: 148km

Type: High mountains 

Top three

1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar in 4-43-54

2. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 55 secs

3. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 55 secs

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 12

Date: Friday July 13

Start: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Finish: Annonay Davézieux

Length: 226km

Type: Medium mountains

Top three

1. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp in 5-42-46

2. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale at same time

3. Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi at 5 secs

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 13

Date: Saturday July 14

Start: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux

Finish: Le Cap d’Agde

Length: 217km

Type: Flat 

Top three

1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 4-57-59

2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas

3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at same time

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 14

Date: Sunday July 15

Start: Limoux

Finish: Foix

Length: 191km

Type: High Mountains 

Top three

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank in 4-50-29

2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 47 secs

3. Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat at same time

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 15

Date: Monday July 16

Start: Samatan

Finish: Pau

Length: 158.5km

Type: Flat/hilly

Top three

1. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 3-36-34

2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp at same time

3. Nicki Sorensen (Den) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at 12 secs

Race leader

Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Tour de France 2012: Latest news



Defending Tour champ Evans has work to do in Pyrenees



Sprinters’ teams unwilling to work on stage 15



Evans suffers multiple punctures after Tour tack attack



Froome not winning this year’s Tour is ‘very great sacrifice’



Frank Schleck criticises ‘boring’ Tour de France



Wiggins: Cycling’s new boss?



Wiggins still Sky’s main man as Tour heads towards Pyrenees



Millar’s Tour win comes after ‘second chance’



Froome explains his attack on La Toussuire



Nibali fails to crack Sky but pleased with Tour mountains performance



Roche ready to achieve career-long Tour top ten ambition



Wiggins: ‘I’m not some s**t rider that’s come from nowhere



Nibali hits out at Wiggins after Tour frustration



Cavendish enjoying new Tour role



Wiggins taking nothing for granted in ‘dream scenario’



Sky keeping Tour focus on Wiggins



Di Gregorio arrested by police at Tour de France


Tour de France 2012: Teams, riders, start list



Tour 2012: Who will win?



Tour de France 2012 provisional start list



Tour de France 2012 team list

Tour de France 2012: Stage reports



Stage 15: Fedrigo wins, day off for peloton



Stage 14: Sanchez solos to Foix victory to save Rabobank’s Tour



Stage 13: Greipel survives climb and crosswinds to win third Tour stage



Stage 12: Millar wins Tour stage nine years from his last



Stage 11: Wiggins strengthens Tour lead as Evans slips back



Stage 10: Voeckler wins and saves his Tour



Stage nine: Wiggins destroys opposition in Besancon TT



Stage eight: Pinot solos to Tour win as Wiggins fights off attacks



Stage seven: Wiggins takes yellow as Froome wins stage



Stage six: Sagan wins third Tour stage



Stage five: Greipel wins again as Cavendish fades



Stage four: Greipel wins stage after Cavendish crashes



Stage three: Sagan runs away with it in Boulogne



Stage two: Cavendish takes 21st Tour stage victory



Stage one: Sagan wins at first attempt



Prologue: Cancellara wins, Wiggins second

Tour de France 2012: Comment, analysis, blogs



Analysis: What we learned at La Planche des Belles Filles



Analysis: How much time could Wiggins gain in Tour’s time trials



CW’s Tour de France podcasts



Blog: Tour presentation – chasing dreams and autographs



Comment: Cavendish the climber

Tour de France 2012: Photo galleries



Stage 15 by Graham Watson



Stage 14 by Graham Watson



Stage 13 by Graham Watson



Stage 12 by Graham Watson



Stage 11 by Graham Watson



Stage 10 by Graham Watson



Stage nine by Graham Watson



Stage eight by Graham Watson



Stage seven by Graham Watson



Stage six by Graham Watson



Stage five by Graham Watson



Stage four by Graham Watson



Stage three by Graham Watson



Stage two by Andy Jones



Stage two by Graham Watson



Stage one by Graham Watson



Prologue photo gallery by Andy Jones



Prologue photo gallery by Roo Rowler



Prologue photo gallery by Graham Watson



Tour de France 2012: Team presentation



Sky and Rabobank Tour de France recce

Tour de France 2012: Live text coverage



Stage 10 live coverage



Stage nine live coverage



Stage six live coverage



Stage five live coverage



Stage four live coverage



Stage three live coverage



Cycling Weekly’s live text coverage schedule

Tour de France 2012: TV schedule

ITV4 live schedule

British Eurosport live schedule

Tour de France 2012: Related links



Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Cavendish



Brief history of the Tour de France



Tour de France 2011: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index



1989: The Greatest Tour de France ever

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Woody

    Where’s Johnny Hoogerland this year?

  • Kristina Howells

    I am writing a book on the Tour de France. Would it be possible to ask you some questions, and include some of your articles in the book about the Tour from a journalistic point of view. I am the author of A Hatter Goes Mad and it will be done written in a similar style to this.