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Here is the route of the Tour de France 2012 as it has been published on the offcial website of the Tour de France.

The stages
StageTypeDateStart and FinishDistance
PPrologue30 JuneLiège > Liège6.1 km
1Plain1 JulyLiège > Seraing198 km
2Plain2 JulyVisé > Tournai207 km
3Medium mountains3 JulyOrchies > Boulogne-sur-Mer197 km
4Plain4 JulyAbbeville > Rouen214 km
5Plain5 JulyRouen > Saint-Quentin197 km
6Plain6 JulyÉpernay > Metz210 km
7Medium mountains7 JulyTomblaine > La Planche des Belles Filles199 km
8Medium mountains8 JulyBelfort > Porrentruy154 km
9Individual time-trial9 JulyArc-et-Senans > Besançon38 km
10High Mountains11 JulyMâcon > Bellegarde-sur-Valserine194 km
11High Mountains12 JulyAlbertville > La Toussuire – Les Sybelles140 km
12Medium mountains13 JulySaint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Annonay Davézieux220 km
13Plain14 JulySaint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux > Le Cap d’Agde215 km
14High Mountains15 JulyLimoux > Foix192 km
15Plain16 JulySamatan > Pau160 km
16High Mountains18 JulyPau > Bagnères-de-Luchon197 km
17High Mountains 19 JulyBagnères-de-Luchon > Peyragudes144 km
18Plain20 JulyBlagnac > Brive-la-Gaillarde215 km
19Individual time-trial21 JulyBonneval > Chartres52 km
20Plain22 JulyRambouillet > Paris Champs-Élysées130 km

The route

Running from Saturday June 30th to Sunday July 22th 2012, the 99th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,479 kilometres.

These stages have the following profiles:

  • 9 flat stages
  • 4 medium mountain stages – one with a summit finish
  • 5 mountain stages – two with a summit finish
  • 2 individual time-trial stages
  • 1 prologue
  • 2 rest days

Distinctive aspects of the race

The 2012 Tour de France will have 25 mountain level two, level one or highest level mountain passes or summit fi nishes.
They will be divided up geographically in the following way:

  • 1 in the Vosges
  • 3 in the Jura
  • 4 in the Swiss Jura
  • 6 in the Alps
  • 11 in the Pyrenees

9 new stage towns

Abbeville, Annonay Davézieux, Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Porrentruy, Samatan, Tomblaine, Visé

 

Bagnères-de-Luchon > Peyragudes

Christian Prudhomme Analysis

The layout of the stage and the future stakes may well upset the order at the top of general classification, four days before the end of the race. No matter what the gap is, the major stage in the Pyrénées will be dreaded by the wearer of the Yellow Jersey, who will have to defend his position while climbing towards the Tourmalet, the Aubisque, the Aspin and the Peyresourde!