Date: Saturday July 21
Type: Flat, individual time trial
After three weeks of racing, the Tour is set to be decided by a long, flat individual time trial.
Of the overall contenders, the pure climbers in the top 10 will be fighting to hold their GC position, while those with a pedigree of racing against the clock will be implementing a methodical approach that could seal the stage and overall victory.
The wind will be a factor in the result, so expect some of the powerful riders lower down the classification to set the early benchmark. Weaker time triallists will have to ride hard to ensure they are not eliminated.
Tour de France 2012: Coverage index