2012 Tour de france route

The 2012 Tour de France will begin in Saturday June 30th with a 6.1 kilometre prologue in Liège. Time trials will also feature on stage nine, and then on the penultimate day from Bonneval to Chartres. There will be a total of 96.1 kilometres against the clock, something which will appeal to defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) and, if he succeeds in his CAS appeal next month and can take part, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank SunGard). So basically, an individual time trialist's dream come true. The pure climbers like Andy Schleck will be forced to attack harder than ever in the mountains or develop amazing time trialing skills from now until July or he may once again be the bridesmaid. This route really put Johan Bruyneel in a difficult position with his current crop of riders. But the pressure is on Wiggins and Schleck as they yet to win the big one. Evans has no pressure really as he has one already, and looks like he can win it again.

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