2012 Tour De France Preview

June 22, 2012
2012 Tour De France Preview

2012 Tour de France - ORICA-GreenEDGE Names Tour de France Team

​ORICA-GreenEDGE has named its nine-man Tour de France squad. The line-up has been built with a focus on stage wins in both the sprints and the hillier stages. The nine ORICA-GreenEDGE riders for the Tour de France are:

 
Baden Cooke Brett Lancaster Darryl Impey
Matt Goss Michael Albasini Pieter Weening
Sebastian Langeveld Simon Gerrans Stuart O'Grady
 
In his second Tour de France, Matt Goss will be the designated leader for the sprint stages. Goss made his Tour de France debut in 2011 as an integral part of the hugely successful HTC-Highroad sprint train that saw Mark Cavendish notch five stage wins and the green points jersey.  Goss' Giro d'Italia stage win in May demonstrated that he is clearly coming into the form required to sit final wheel on the team's sprint train and go for a win. Baden Cooke, Brett Lancaster and Daryl Impey, the latter riding his first Tour de France, will provide key support for Goss in the fast, flat finishes. Beyond the sprint train, the team will look to Simon Gerrans, Pieter Weening and Michael Albasini for stage wins. Stuart O'Grady, who has appeared in every Tour de France since he made his debut in 1997, will provide critical on road leadership. With 15 starts, 13 finishes, two stage wins and nine days in yellow to his name, O'Grady's experience will be invaluable to the team. While O'Grady's personal victories have become less common towards the end of his career, the South Australian, who will celebrate his 39th birthday during the Tour, can still be seen turning himself inside out on the front of the bunch. 
"We're really proud to make our debut in the biggest race in the world with an Australian team," concluded General Manager Shayne Bannan. "It's has been an incredible journey for us so far...We're obviously humble, as this is our first Tour de France, but we all have a good feeling of confidence about our chances to make our mark in the race."

2012 Tour de France - 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 an in form Wiggins carry his form in the Dauphine across to the Tour and slog it out with the likes of Frank Schleck, Dennis Menchov and Sammy Sanchez. The 2012 Tour De France is visiting the eastern French countryside 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.

The Contenders

Cadel Evans Bradley Wiggins Frank Schleck Vincenzo Nibali
Samuel Sanchez Alejandro Valverde Robert Gesink Jurgen Van Den Broek

 

2012 Tour de France Stages

 

Date

Start and Finish

Distance

Type

Saturday

30 June

Liège  to Liège

6.1 km

Prologue

Sunday

1 July

Liège to Seraing

198 km

Plain

Monday

2 July

Visé to Tournai

207 km

Plain

Tuesday

3 July

Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer

197 km

Medium

mountains

Wednesday

4 July

Abbeville to Rouen

214 km

Plain

Thursday

5 July

Rouen to Saint-Quentin

197 km

Plain

Friday

6 July

Épernay to Metz

210 km

Plain

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

Plain

Sunday

15 July

Limoux to Foix

192 km

High

Mountains

Monday

16 July

Samatan to Pau

160 km

Plain

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

Plain

Saturday

21 July

Bonneval to Chartres

52 km

Individual

Time-trial

Sunday

22 July

Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Élysées

130 km

Plain