All posts in Tour de France 2012

Today: Stage 11, Albertville – La Toussuire-Les Sybelles, 148 km. TdF analysis by Jean-François Pescheux: “One of the shortest stages in the 99thedition. But riders beware, it is a tough one! The course is simple: after the first thirteen kilometres from Albertville, the peloton will be hard pressed to find a single inch of flat terrain! The cyclists will tackle La Madeleine, La Croix de Fer and Le Mollard one after the other before the final climb up La Toussuire. Let me tell you, the final podium will start to take shape on the finish line here! Those who falter in this stage will get no second chances. The winner will not be known yet, but the losers certainly will.”

GC:
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 43:59:02
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:53
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:07
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:03:02
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:03:19
7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:04:23
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:29
10 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:31

Today: Stage 11, Albertville – La Toussuire-Les Sybelles, 148 km. TdF analysis by Jean-François Pescheux: “One of the shortest stages in the 99thedition. But riders beware, it is a tough one! The course is simple: after the first thirteen kilometres from Albertville, the peloton will be hard pressed to find a single inch of flat terrain! The cyclists will tackle La Madeleine, La Croix de Fer and Le Mollard one after the other before the final climb up La Toussuire. Let me tell you, the final podium will start to take shape on the finish line here! Those who falter in this stage will get no second chances. The winner will not be known yet, but the losers certainly will.”

GC:
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 43:59:02
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:53
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:07
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:03:02
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:03:19
7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:04:23
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:29
10 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:31

After Tuesday’s rest day, the 2012 TdF returns with Wednesday’s 194.5km stage from Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. There are “just” three categorized climbs but one of them is the massive hors category Grand Colombier. Grand Colombier runs uphill for just over 17 kilometers, with an average gradient of  7.1%, with two extensive sections that tilt up to 12% gradient. It comes 43 kilometers from the finish, so a number of brave riders could go on the attack and make something happen.

Between Grand Colombier and the finish is the Cat. 3 Col de Richemond. It’s 7.2km long with an average gradient of 5%. Not much for these guys, but it could serve to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The last 3km of the stage tilts upward ever so slightly, but it may be enough to tax the legs of those that braved an attack earlier in the race.

After Tuesday’s rest day, the 2012 TdF returns with Wednesday’s 194.5km stage from Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. There are “just” three categorized climbs but one of them is the massive hors category Grand Colombier. Grand Colombier runs uphill for just over 17 kilometers, with an average gradient of  7.1%, with two extensive sections that tilt up to 12% gradient. It comes 43 kilometers from the finish, so a number of brave riders could go on the attack and make something happen.

Between Grand Colombier and the finish is the Cat. 3 Col de Richemond. It’s 7.2km long with an average gradient of 5%. Not much for these guys, but it could serve to separate the wheat from the chaff.

The last 3km of the stage tilts upward ever so slightly, but it may be enough to tax the legs of those that braved an attack earlier in the race.

The 2012 Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and will be raced over 23 days.
There are nine flat, four medium mountains with one summit finish, five high mountains with two summit finishes, two individual time trial stages and one prologue.
 
Prologue – Saturday, 30 June: Individual time trial. Liege, 6.4km
A quick sprint around the streets of the Belgian city gets the 99th edition of the Tour de France under way. It is an individual time trial, which will suit Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, although Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara will fancy his chances of picking up the first yellow jersey. 
 Tour coverage begins on Saturday, June 30 from the starting line in Liege, Belgium and concludes on Sunday, July 22 on the Champs Elysees on NBC, the NBC Sports Network on cable, and online at NBCSports.com
The 2012 Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and will be raced over 23 days.
There are nine flat, four medium mountains with one summit finish, five high mountains with two summit finishes, two individual time trial stages and one prologue.
 
Prologue – Saturday, 30 June: Individual time trial. Liege, 6.4km
A quick sprint around the streets of the Belgian city gets the 99th edition of the Tour de France under way. It is an individual time trial, which will suit Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, although Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara will fancy his chances of picking up the first yellow jersey. 
 Tour coverage begins on Saturday, June 30 from the starting line in Liege, Belgium and concludes on Sunday, July 22 on the Champs Elysees on NBC, the NBC Sports Network on cable, and online at NBCSports.com