Tour De France 2012

April 11, 2012
Tour De France 2012

Tour De France 2012 – the course and contenders

Tour De France 2012 kicks off this year on Saturday June 30th, and will finish Sunday July 22nd

The 99 year old event that stops not only the nation, but the world, is set to be an exciting one this year. For many Australians there will be patriotic commitment to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to see if our Australian home grown legend Cadel Evans has the legs to back up his win from Tour De France 2011 and bring the yellow jersey home yet again.      

For others, it may be to watch Schleck’s hunger to rightfully earn a Tour De France win, after the Contador doping ban which automatically elevated him to be the belated winner, almost 2 years after the event had finished.  

The 2012 Tour De France will see a different course to last years, and will consist of 1 prologue and 20 stages, covering a total distance of 3,479 kilometres.   There will be 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 and 2 rest days.

2012 Tour de France Stages

Tour De France 2012 - The Course




Start and Finish



Saturday 30 June

Liège  to Liège

6.1 km


Sunday 1 July

Liège to Seraing

198 km


Monday 2 July

Visé to Tournai

207 km


Tuesday 3 July

Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer

197 km

Medium mountains

Wednesday 4 July

Abbeville to Rouen

214 km


Thursday 5 July

Rouen to Saint-Quentin

197 km


Friday 6 July

Épernay to Metz

210 km


Saturday 7 July

Tomblaine to Planche des Belles Filles

199 km

Medium mountains

Sunday 8 July

Belfort to Porrentruy

154 km

Medium mountains

Monday 9 July

Arc-et-Senans to Besançon

38 km

Individual time-trial

Wednesday 11 July

Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

194 km

High Mountains

Thursday 12 July

Albertville to  La Toussuire - Les Sybelles

140 km

High Mountains

Friday 13 July

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davézieux

220 km

Medium mountains

Saturday 14 July

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Le Cap d’Agde

215 km


Sunday 15 July

Limoux to Foix

192 km

High Mountains

Monday 16 July

Samatan to Pau

160 km


Wednesday 18 July

Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon

197 km

High Mountains

Thursday 19 July

Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes

144 km

High Mountains

Friday 20 July

Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde

215 km


Saturday 21 July

Bonneval to Chartres

52 km

Individual time-trial

Sunday 22 July

Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Élysées

130 km



Is it too early on in the season to be selecting possible Tour De France 2012 winners? Possibly. 

Here’s our top contenders for now anyway.

Cadel Evans                               Andy Schleck          

 CADEL EVANS  (BMC)                           ANDY SCHLECK (RadioShack/Nissan/Trek)

Levi Leipheimer                              Brad Wiggins

LEVI LEIPHEIMER (Omega/Quickstep)              BRADLEY WIGGINS (Team Sky)