'ALCUDIA, SPAIN - JUNE 19: Team SKY rider Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain trains in the mountains of Mallorca in preparation for the 2012 Tour de France on June 19, 2012 in Alcudia, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images). Wiggins will start next week's Tour de France as a favourite after numerous stage race victories earlier this season. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Claims Yellow Jersey

Bradley Wiggins is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France in the history of the event.

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Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling took the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara after Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France, and he never looked back. Wiggins claimed the 2012 Tour de France title on Sunday with a ride into Champs-Élysées in Paris, where he crossed the finish line three minutes and 21 seconds ahead of second place finisher, and teammate, Christopher Froome.

Wiggins also became the first Brit to ever win the Tour de France. His victory in 2012 came with two stage wins in stages 9 and 19, where Wiggins won individual time trials. 2011 champion Peter Sagan won the points title with 421 points, meaning he'll stand on the podium wearing a green jersey. Thomas Voeckler claimed the polka dotted jersey given to the event's best mountain rider, and Tejay Van Garderen will wear the white jersey, awarded to the race's top youth rider.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 20: TV Coverage, Route And More

The 2012 Tour de France enters the final the day, starting in Rambouillet and ending in the heart of Paris. Stage 20 kicks off in the morning hours in America, but at just 2:10 p.m. local time, and will feature Bradley Wiggins attempting to defend his 3 minutes, 21 seconds lead over fellow Brit Christopher Froome.

Here's a look at Stage 20, courtesy of LeTour.com:

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The final leg of the 2012 Tour de France stretches 120 kilometers over largely level terrain and with a generally straight run for the final leg. Radioshack-Nissan currently owns the lead among the team classifications, but Sky Procycling trails by only 6 minutes, 3 seconds.

Here is a look at the TV coverage schedule:

Broadcast: NBC Sports Network

Time: 7:00 a.m. CDT

Race recap on NBC at 12:00 p.m. CDT

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 19 Time Trial Win Goes To Bradley Wiggins Of Team Sky

Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky seized his opportunity to grab a firm hold on a 2012 Tour de France title, as the general classification leader jumped out to a comfortable Stage 19 time trial win on Saturday. He and teammate Chris Froome are Nos. 1 and 2 in the Tour standings, marking a very successful event for Team Sky. Here is a bit more on the implications of Saturday's action, via SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe:

Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky punctuated his impending Tour de France victory with an utterly dominant performance in the penultimate time trial, a 53km ride from Booneval to Chartres. By winning Stage 19 with over a minute to spare over teammate Chris Froome, Wiggins has silenced any inkling of doubt about his place in this race. Gone are the doubts that a Briton would ever win the Tour. Gone are the doubts about which Sky rider deserved the top spot. Gone are any doubts about Wiggins' ability to stay strong in a three week race. All that's left is a parade into Paris tomorrow... and perhaps a showdown with Alberto Contador starting in 49 weeks or so.

More details on the stage route and results can be found at the Tour de France website. Here is a look at the list of top-10 finishers for Stage 19 time trial (full standings):

Pos. Rider Time Gap
1 Bradley Wiggins 01h 04' 13''
2 Christopher Froome 01h 05' 29'' + 01' 16''
3 Luis Leon Sanchez 01h 06' 03'' + 01' 50''
4 Peter Velits 01h 06' 15'' + 02' 02''
5 Richie Porte 01h 06' 38'' + 02' 25''
6 Patrick Gretsch 01h 06' 41'' + 02' 28''
7 Tejay Van Garderen 01h 06' 47'' + 02' 34''
8 Vasili Kiryienka 01h 06' 59'' + 02' 46''
9 Rein Taaramae 01h 07' 03'' + 02' 50''
10 Jérémy Roy 01h 07' 18'' + 03' 05''

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 19: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The next-to-last stage of the 2012 Tour de France gets underway on Saturday; Stage 19 is a 53.5 kilometer-long time trial that won't hassle the riders with anything resembling a challenging climb. As the field heads into these final two stages, Bradley Wiggins continues to hang onto the yellow jersey.

Jean-Francois Pescheux:

What will come out of this 53.5 km time trial on rather flattish terrain, except the first part on the rolling hills of the Perche region? Personally, I expect gaps of two to three minutes between leaders. Three weeks into the race, 53.5 km are a long way to go in a time trial. This also holds true for the yellow jersey, who will probably come behind specialists such as Martin or Cancellara

Related: Tour de France 2012 Results: Mark Cavendish Of Team Sky Wins Stage 18

More route details can be found at the Tour de France website.

Television coverage starts at 7:00 a.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Mark Cavendish Of Team Sky Wins Stage 18

The 2012 Tour de France action in Stage 18 unfolded on Friday, and Mark Cavendish of Team Sky came away with his second stage victory of the Tour thanks to a dominant performance in Brive-la-Gaillarde. The stage win was No. 22 of Cavendish's career, which ties him with Lance Armstrong for total stage victories. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, teammates of Cavendish on Team Sky, remain atop the general classification heading into the weekend.

Here are the top 10 finishers for Stage 18 (full standings):

Pos. Rider Time Gap
1 Mark Cavendish 04h 54' 12''
2 Matthew Goss 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
3 Peter Sagan 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
4 Luis Leon Sanchez 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
5 Nicolas Roche 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
6 Tyler Farrar 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
7 Borut Bozic 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
8 Sébastien Hinault 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
9 Daryl Impey 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''
10 Samuel Dumoulin 04h 54' 12'' + 00' 00''

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 18: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 18 of the Tour de France isn't as mountainous as the previous couple stages, but riders will have to cover 222.5 kilometers in order to complete it. The cyclists are nearing in on the race's end in Paris, with Bradley Wiggins still holding the yellow jersey through 17 stages.

Here's a brief overview of Stage 18 from Jean-François Pescheux:

Blagnac-Brive-la-Gaillarde: a 222.5 km hop to bring us a little closer to Paris and give leaders the chance to spin their legs before the Bonneval-Chartres time trial. This is obviously a golden opportunity for sprinters to shine again. I have already said that this Tour is not especially sprinter-friendly, since we have always chucked in one or two climbs to scatter the bunch. In fact, everything points to intermediate sprints being more important for the green jersey than the stage finishes. All in all, a race within the race, very strategic and exciting. There are 65 points up for grabs today!

The NBC Sports Network will have coverage of Stage 18 beginning at 7:00 a.m. CT. For more information on this stage, including maps and other route details, check out the Tour's website.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 17 Victory Goes To Alejandro Valverde Of Movistar

The 2012 Tour de France continued on Thursday with a daunting ride from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes in Stage 17, and Alejandro Valverde of Movistar emerged with the top time of the day. He edged out overall leaders Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome of Team Sky Procycling.

Wiggins still has the yellow jersey, but as Chris Fontecchio of Podium Cafe points out, Valverde would not be denied the stage victory on Thursday:

Valverde attacked before the top of the penultimate climb, the Port de Bales, past his teammate Rui Costa and Euskaltel's Egoi Martinez, then managed to gain enough time to hold on, despite nearly cracking before the stage flattened out in the last kilometer.

The only riders capable of possibly reeling in the Spaniard were overall leaders Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome of Sky, and Froome seemed quite keen to do so, urging his yellow-clad captain to grab his wheel for a final surge. Wiggins could only just do so, by which time it was too late, leaving the stage to Valverde and denying Froome the chance for glory.

Here is how the top-10 standings look for Stage 17 (click here for complete standings):

Pos. Rider Time Gap
1 Alejandro Valverde 04h 12' 11''
2 Christopher Froome 04h 12' 30'' + 00' 19''
3 Bradley Wiggins 04h 12' 30'' + 00' 19''
4 Thibaut Pinot 04h 12' 33'' + 00' 22''
5 Pierre Rolland 04h 12' 37'' + 00' 26''
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck 04h 12' 37'' + 00' 26''
7 Vincenzo Nibali 04h 12' 48'' + 00' 37''
8 Tejay Van Garderen 04h 13' 05'' + 00' 54''
9 Christopher Horner 04h 13' 13'' + 01' 02''
10 Daniel Martin 04h 13' 22'' + 01' 11''

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 17: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Stage 17 of the 2012 Tour de France covers 143.5 kilometers and features several tough climbs, two of which come near the end.

The overview from Jean-Francois Pescheux:

"Short (143.5 km) but tough! We designed a Pyrenean counterpart to the Alpine stage between Albertville and La Toussuire. But now that we are a mere three days from the finish, if the general classification has not been decided yet this will be the last chance for climbers to build a buffer. There will also be loads of points up for grabs for the mountains classification... The course offers no respite. The first climb is the Col de Menté, famous since 1971, which will be followed by the Col des Ares and the Port de Balès. This will be the first time that the finish is decided on the Plateau de Peyragudes, a ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées."

For more information on this stage, including maps and other route details, check out the Tour's website.

The NBC Sports Network will have coverage of Stage 17 beginning at 6:30 a.m. CT. For additional coverage.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Thomas Voeckler Cruises To Stage 16 Victory

On July 11, Frenchman Thomas Voeckler won Stage 10 of the 2012 Tour de France. He found himself back at the head of the pack on Wednesday when he finished Stage 16 almost two minutes ahead of the field. To Voeckler, though, his victory on Wednesday might not have been much of a surprise. The stage ended in Bagnères-de-Luchon, and the last time a stage ended there (in 2010), Voeckler also found himself victorious.

Alas, Stage 16 had no affect on the top of the general classification. Bradley Wiggins, Christopher Froome and Vincenzo Nibali all remain in the top three spots overall, with Wiggins maintaining a +2:05 lead over Froome. All three riders finished Wednesday's race +7:09 behind Voeckler.

Here is how the top 15 finished on the stage:

Pos. Rider Times Gap
1 Thomas Voeckler 05h 35' 02''
2 Chris Anker Sorensen 05h 36' 42'' + 01' 40''
3 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti 05h 38' 24'' + 03' 22''
4 Alexandre Vinokourov 05h 38' 24'' + 03' 22''
5 Brice Feillu 05h 39' 00'' + 03' 58''
6 Jens Voigt 05h 39' 20'' + 04' 18''
7 Daniel Martin 05h 41' 10'' + 06' 08''
8 Simone Stortoni 05h 41' 10'' + 06' 08''
9 Gianpaolo Caruso 05h 41' 10'' + 06' 08''
10 Laurens Ten Dam 05h 41' 13'' + 06' 11''
11 Vincenzo Nibali 05h 42' 11'' + 07' 09''
12 Bradley Wiggins 05h 42' 11'' + 07' 09''
13 Christopher Froome 05h 42' 11'' + 07' 09''
14 Nicolas Roche 05h 43' 09'' + 08' 07''
15 Tejay Van Garderen 05h 43' 09'' + 08' 07''

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Pierrick Fedrigo, Christian Vande Velde Finish Atop Stage 15

The short and smooth Stage 15 came down to the narrowest of margins as Pierrick Fedrigo narrowly edged out American Christian Vande Velde for the 3H 40' 15" win.

The United Kingdom's Bradley Wiggins remains in the top overall spot, owning the Yellow Jersey after 68 and a half hours. He currently holds a +2:05 lead over second-place Christopher Froome heading into the off-day Tuesday.

Here is a look at the top ten from Stage 15:

RANK RIDER RIDER NO. TEAM TIMES GAP
1. FEDRIGO Pierrick 142 FDJ-BIGMAT 03h 40' 15''
2. VANDE VELDE Christian 68 GARMIN-SHARP 03h 40' 15'' + 00' 00''
3. VOECKLER Thomas 21 TEAM EUROPCAR 03h 40' 27'' + 00' 12''
4. SORENSEN Nicki 179 TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 03h 40' 27'' + 00' 12''
5. DEVENYNS Dries 194 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 03h 40' 36'' + 00' 21''
6. DUMOULIN Samuel 83 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 03h 41' 23'' + 01' 08''
7. GREIPEL André 114 LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 03h 52' 05'' + 11' 50''
8. FARRAR Tyler 63 GARMIN-SHARP 03h 52' 05'' + 11' 50''
9. SAGAN Peter 57 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 03h 52' 05'' + 11' 50''
10. BOECKMANS Kris 122 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 03h 52' 05'' + 11' 50''

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 15: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Tour de France is entering its final week, with Stage 15 kicking off the action on Monday morning.

Bradley Wiggins of England is leading the pack by just over two minutes, and looks to be every bit of the cyclist he was touted to be coming into the race. Wiggins has held the yellow jersey for a majority of the event and isn't looking to relinquish it anytime soon.

The 15th stage will be another test, with a 158 km ride waiting for the challengers. The day will begin in the beautiful town of Samatan. The course will wrap up in Pau, which marks the 64th time the Tour de France has visited the historic city.

The end of the stage might turn into a haven for sprinters, with a very flat ending to the afternoon.

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TV: NBC Sports Network

Time 7:00 p.m. CST

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Luis-Leon Sanchez Takes The Stage, Bradley Wiggins Still Leading

Stage 14 of the 2012 Tour de France is in the books, and English rider Bradley Wiggins has maintained the yellow jersey for another day.

The 191 km stage spanned from Limoux to Foix was won by Luis-Leon Sanchez, finishing with a time of 4:50:29. The Spaniard was able to outlast Peter Sagan, who finished 47 seconds behind to place second on the day.

Wiggins, a member of Team Sky, finished the stage in 15th place with a time that was 18:15 off Sanchez's pace.

However, Wiggins did hold onto the overall lead for the seventh consecutive day, breaking the British record previously held by Chris Boardman.

According to The Telegraph, an odd occurrence took place during the stage. Tacks were actually thrown by a spectator onto the road, causing Wiggins to require a bike change. It's not often something of that nature occurs, although the Tour de France has seen some wild fan interactions with them being so close in proximity.

On Monday, Stage 15 will take the riders from Samatan to Pau before they receive a rest day on Tuesday.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 14: TV Coverage, Route And More

Andre Greipel grabbed a narrow win in Stage 13, but after nearly 60 hours of cycling, Bradley Wiggins of the United Kingdom remains in a strong, two-minute lead for the Yellow Jersey.

Stage 14 brings the first taste of the Pyrenees mountains, though it does not rank as the most bumpy of stages. Here is a look at the Stage 14 profile, which offers a taste of the hills and valleys the teams will encounter:

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Image courtesy of LeTour.fr.

The winding route will begin in Limoux and end in Foix, with one big curve in the middle. Here's a look at the map for Sunday's stage:

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Image courtesy of LeTour.fr.

Broadcast: NBC Sports Network (TV)

Time: 7:00 a.m. CDT

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Tour de France 2012 Standings: Bradley Wiggins Remains In First After Stage 13

Bradley Wiggins' 12th place finish in Stage 13 was enough to keep him in first place in the 2012 Tour de France.

Wiggins is followed by fellow Brit and Sky Procycling teammate Christopher Froome, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali in third place.

Here are the current overall standings:

Pos. Rider Time Gap
1 Bradley Wiggins 59h 32' 32''
2 Christopher Froome 59h 34' 37'' + 02' 05''
3 Vincenzo Nibali 59h 34' 55'' + 02' 23''
4 Cadel Evans 59h 35' 51'' + 03' 19''
5 Jurge Van Den Broeck 59h 37' 20'' + 04' 48''
6 Haimar Zubeldia 59h 38' 47'' + 06' 15''
7 Tejay Van Garderen 59h 39' 29'' + 06' 57''
8 Janez Brajkovic 59h 40' 02'' + 07' 30''
9 Pierre Rolland 59h 41' 03'' + 08' 31''
10 Thibaut Pinot 59h 41' 23'' + 08' 51''
11 Andreas Kloden 59h 42' 01'' + 09' 29''

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 13 Goes To Andre Greipel Of Lotto Belisol

Stage 13 of the 2012 Tour de France came down to an exciting sprint and a photo finish on Saturday, as Andre Greipel of Lotto Belisol edged out Peter Sagan of LIquigas by a matter of inches (or centimeters). In the general classification standings Bradley Wiggins remains at the top and is in possession of the yellow kersey, while Chris Froome is still chasing him along with Vincenzo Nibali.

Here are the Stage 13 results (full standings here):

Pos. Rider Time Gap
1 Andre Greipel 04h 57' 59''
2 Peter Sagan 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
4 Sébastien Hinault 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
5 Daryl Impey 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
6 Julien Simon 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
7 Marco Marcato 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
8 Philippe Gilbert 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
9 Peter Velits 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
10 Danilo Hondo 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
11 Vincenzo Nibali 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
12 Bradley Wiggins 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
13 Janez Brajkovic 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
14 Kevin De Weert 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''
15 Christopher Froome 04h 57' 59'' + 00' 00''

Here is a recap of the Stage 13 action from SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe:

Andre Greipel of Lotto Belisol led the charge past the Team Sky train and held off LIquigas' Peter Sagan for his third stage victory at the Tour de France. Greipel sat on Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen and masterfully timed his acceleration on the very fast finishing slope, charging straight down the center of the road and beating Sagan, on his right, by half a wheel. Boasson Hagen, who was doing sprinters' duties for Mark Cavendish after the World Champion dropped off the pace and receiving some support as thanks for all he's done in service of the team, could do little to stay with the top sprinting duo to the line, despite his team's support.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 13: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

With 12 stages of the 2012 Tour de France completed, it's Great Britain's own Bradley Wiggins who has a firm grip on the yellow jersey with a 2:15 lead.

Heading into Stage 13, the English rider looks to be the clear favorite going forward, even after an overzealous fan burned him on the arm during Friday's action.

On Saturday, the 99th edition of this great race will provide a challenge. The stage will start in venerable Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and finish up in Cap d'Agde after a grueling 217 km. It will be a picturesque day for anyone lucky enough to be in attendance and a beauty to watch on television, with much of the day having the backdrop of the Mediterranean.

The only major climb is up the Mount-Saint-Clair, which is a mere 23 kilometers from the finish line. The end of the stage does feature what could turn into a furious sprint, something to keep an eye on down the stretch.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 12 Win Goes To David Millar Of Garmin-Sharp

Stage 12 of the 2012 Tour de France unfolded on Friday, and David Millar of team Garmin-Sharp pulled out his fourth career stage win by out-sprinting Jean-Christophe Peraud on the final breakaway during the run from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davézieux. Bradley Wiggins remained atop the general classification and Chris Froome is still chasing him for the rights to the yellow jersey.

Here are the results from Stage 12:

1. David Millar, 5:42:46
2. Jean-Christophe Peraud, s.t.
3. Egoi Martinez, +0:05
4. Cyril Gautier, s.t.
5. Robert Kiserlovski, s.t.
6. Matthew Goss, +7:53
7. Peter Sagan, s.t.
8. Sebastien Hinault, +7:54
9. Cadel Evans, s.t.
10. Luca Paolini, s.t.

Here is a recap of the Stage 12 action from SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe:

Europcar narrowly missed its chance for a third consecutive victory, as did French cycling, when Garmin-Sharp's David Millar outfoxed his breakaway mates to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France in Annonay today. The Scot followed a late move by AG2R's Jean-Christophe Peraud which left Europcar's Cyrille Gautier behind, with Euskaltel's Egoi Martinez and Robert Kiserlovsky. Millar and Peraud rode the last 3km together, with Peraud maneuvering Millar into the front as they began the sprint, but Millar had enough to win his fourth career Tour de France stage.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 12: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 12 of the Tour de France covers 226 kilometers and takes the field from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davézieux. The riders will face two big climbs in the first half of the stage: the Col du Grand Cucheron, which begins at about the 20-kilometer mark and the Col du Granier which begins not long after the riders descend from Col du Grand Cucheron.

Jean-Francois Pescheux:

"Yet another strategic stage, one which could tip the balance in the points classification on its own. Why? Because we have adorned the first part of this long stage (226 km) with the Col de Grand Cucheron and the Col du Granier. The latter will be climbed on its most difficult side. A high pace will knock out the sprinters, favouring riders who are fast and capable of hanging onto the bunch on climbs. We will insist that time limits be applied strictly, so I bet many riders will get fidgety, and some of them will not forget the finish in Annonay any time soon..."

Related: Tour de France 2012 Standings: Bradley Wiggins Continues To Lead The Pack

For additional details on Stage 12, including maps, visit the Tour website.

Coverage of this stage begins at 5:30 a.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.

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Tour de France 2012 Standings: Bradley Wiggins Continues To Lead The Pack

Bradley Wiggins finished sixth in Stage 11 of the Tour de France but continues to hold the yellow jersey. His lead in the general classification standings is a 2:05 over second place.

Related: Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 11 Goes To Pierre Rolland Of Team Europcar

Here are the current overall standings:

1. WIGGINS Bradley
SKY PROCYCLING 48h 43' 53''
2. FROOME Christopher
SKY PROCYCLING 48h 45' 58'' + 02' 05''
3. NIBALI Vincenzo
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 48h 46' 16'' + 02' 23''
4. EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM 48h 47' 12'' + 03' 19''
5. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen
LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 48h 48' 41'' + 04' 48''
6. ZUBELDIA Haimar
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 48h 50' 08'' + 06' 15''
7. VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM 48h 50' 50'' + 06' 57''
8. BRAJKOVIC Janez
ASTANA PRO TEAM 48h 51' 23'' + 07' 30''
9. ROLLAND Pierre
TEAM EUROPCAR 48h 52' 24'' + 08' 31''
10. PINOT Thibaut
FDJ-BIGMAT 48h 52' 44'' + 08' 51''

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 11 Goes To Pierre Rolland Of Team Europcar

Stage 11 of the 2012 Tour de France is complete, and Pierre Rolland Of Team Europcar powered his way through the Alps to earn a second-consecutive victory for Europcar. Bradley Wiggins held on to the yellow jersey with a sixth-place finish behind Rolland, and Christopher Froome finished with the third-best time in Stage 11 and is still chasing Wiggins for the yellow jersey. Here are the results from Thursday:

Stage 11 Results

1. Pierre Rolland, Europcar, 4h 43' 54"

2. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ-BigMat , +00' 55"

3. Christopher Froome, Sky , +00' 55"

4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Lotto-Belisol +00' 57"

5. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale , +00' 57"

6. Bradley Wiggins, Sky , +00' 57"

7. Chris Anker Sorensen, STB , +01' 08"

8. Janez Brajkovic, Astana , +01' 58"

9. Vasil Kiryienka, Movistar , +02' 13"

10. Frank Schleck, RadioShack-Nissan , +02' 23"

11. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing , +02' 23"

12. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing , +02' 23"

Here is a portion of the in-depth breakdown of Stage 11 from SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe:

Pierre Rolland gave Europcar and French cycling a second consecutive victory in the Alps with a solo effort to take Stage 11 of the Tour de France. The 25-year-old Loire Valley native can add La Toussuire to his palmares, which already includes Alpe d'Huez from last year's Tour, after he dropped a trio of Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar), Robert Kiserlovski (Astana), and Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff), who were the animators of today's stage, trading blows over the Col de la Croix de Fer and Col de Mollard. The four regrouped for the final climb, but Rolland had the most left when the attacks came, and there was no meaningful response when he made his move. Sky's Bradley Wiggins maintained his yellow jersey, but not without wobbling a bit, while Cadel Evans of BMC cracked on the final climb to surrender his top placing.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 11: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The Tour de France's first stretch of mountain stages kicked off on Wednesday, and will continue on Thursday as the racers climb from Albertville to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles over the course of 148 kilometers. Tuesday's stage was taken by Thomas Voeckler— who now holds the polka dotted jersey awarded to the leading mountain climber— but the yellow jersey is still in the possession of Bradley Wiggins, who holds a +1:53 lead over defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans.

The first two climbs of the stage will come at La Madeleine (40 km) and La Croix de Fer (93 km), with each climb stretching for longer than 20 km and featuring a gradient greater than six percent. The third climb kicks in at Le Mollard (113 km), which features a gradient of only 5.7 percent. The final climb to the finish line at La Toussuire begins with 18 meters to go in the race.

Start time: 6:05 a.m. CT

Expected finish time: 10:33 a.m. CT

TV: NBC Sports Network (coverage begins at 6:00 a.m. CT)

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Thomas Voeckler Wins Stage 10

The first mountain stage of the 2012 Tour de France has been completed, and it was won by native Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who rides for Team Europcar. Voeckler completed the 194.5 kilometer course in 4:46:26, besting Michele Scarponi by three seconds and Jens Voigt by seven seconds. Voeckler and Scarponi were fighting for position for much of the final few meters, but Voeckler was able to come out ahead and claim, at least for the time being, the polka dot jersey given to the race's top mountain rider.

There were no changes to the general classification, with Bradley Wiggins holding onto the yellow jacket with a +1:53 lead over defending champ Cadel Evans. Tomorrow features another mountain stage, with the riders moving onto the Alps.

Here's the top 10 from today's Stage 10 (with full results available here):

1. Thomas Voeckler, 4:46:26
2. Michele Scarponi, +0:03
3. Jens Voigt, +0:07
4. Luis Leon Sanchez, +0:23
5. Dries Devenyns, +0:30
6. Sandy Casar, +2:44
7. Egoi Martinez, s.t.
8. Pierre Rolland, s.t.
9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, s.t.
10. Dmitriy Fofonov, 2:52

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 10: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 10 of the 2012 Tour de France covers 194.5 kilometers and takes the riders from Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Here is some analysis of the stage from Jean-Francois Pescheux:

Back to the mountains. On paper, the Grand Colombier is a monster. In my opinion, it is the toughest mountain in France, with sections at 12%. Nevertheless, its location 43 km from the finish changes the story altogether. Rather than a single devastating attack, I see a group of five or six strong riders break away and then come together before the finish.

Related: Tour de France 2012 Results: Bradley Wiggins Takes Stage 9, Keeps Yellow Jersey

For more on this stage, including diagrams of the route and elevations, visit the Tour's Stage 10 page.

Television coverage of Stage 10 begins at 7:00 a.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.

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2012 Tour de France Standings: Can Peter Sagan Keep The Green Jersey Until The End?

Tuesday is a rest day for riders in the 2012 Tour de France riders so SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe took the opportunity to analyze the field for the green jersey (maillot vert) title. It is given to the leader of the points classification, which is determined by order of finish at the end of each stage, as well as adjustments for penalties, course difficulty and starting position. Here are the standings after Stage 9:

Maillot Vert Standings, Stage 9

  1. Peter Sagan, LIQ, 217 points
  2. Matt Goss, OGE, 185 (-32)
  3. Andre Greipel, LTB, 172 (-45)
  4. Mark Cavendish, SKY, 129 (-88)
  5. Alessandro Petacchi, LAM, 109 (-108)
  6. Edvald Boasson Hagen, SKY, 95 (-122)

Chris Fontecchio of Podium Cafe believes Edvald Boasson Hagen will make an upward surge in the standings, but "Tourminator" Peter Sagan is still the favorite to keep the green jersey. However, the landscape can change quickly at the Tour de France:

The race looks over. It feels over. But the cold, hard reality of the points competition is that the guy you're crushing by 122 points? He's two stage wins and two intermediate sprints behind you. Two days where he is out front and you aren't. With eleven stages to go, that guy isn't finished.

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Tour de France 2012 Standings: Bradley Wiggins Strengthens Hold On 1st Place

Bradley Wiggins assured he would continue to wear the yellow jersey when he won Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Monday. Wiggins now holds a 1:53 edge on second place in the general classification race.

Here is the current overall top 10 following Stage 9:

1. WIGGINS Bradley
SKY PROCYCLING 39h 09' 20''
2. EVANS Cadel
BMC RACING TEAM 39h 11' 13'' + 01' 53''
3. FROOME Christopher
SKY PROCYCLING 39h 11' 27'' + 02' 07''
4. NIBALI Vincenzo
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 39h 11' 43'' + 02' 23''
5. MENCHOV Denis
KATUSHA TEAM 39h 12' 22'' + 03' 02''
6. ZUBELDIA Haimar
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 12' 39'' + 03' 19''
7. MONFORT Maxime
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 39h 13' 43'' + 04' 23''
8. VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM 39h 14' 34'' + 05' 14''
9. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen
LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 39h 14' 40'' + 05' 20''
10. ROCHE Nicolas AG2R LA MONDIALE 39h 14' 49'' + 05' 29''

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Bradley Wiggins Takes Stage 9, Keeps Yellow Jersey

Fabian Cancellara had the lead for much of Monday's Stage 9 time trial, but yellow jersey-holder Bradley Wiggins had the advantage of starting at the end, and he didn't waste that opportunity. Wiggins blazed through the stage 57 seconds faster than Cancellara— who would end up finishing in third— and 35 seconds faster than Christopher Froome, who grabbed second place.

Wiggins' victory was more than enough for him to retain the yellow jersey. The riders will get a much needed day off on Tuesday.

Here are the top 10 finishers for the stage (full results here):

Rank Rider Time Gap
1 Bradley Wiggins 51' 24''
2 Christopher Froome 51' 59'' + 00' 35''
3 Fabian Cancellara 52' 21'' + 00' 57''
4 Tejay Van Garderen 52' 30'' + 01' 06''
5 Sylvain Chavanel 52' 48'' + 01' 24''
6 Cadel Evans 53' 07'' + 01' 43''
7 Peter Velits 53' 23'' + 01' 59''
8 Vincenzo Nibali 53' 31'' + 02' 07''
9 Denis Menchov 53' 32'' + 02' 08''
10 Andreas Klöden 53' 33'' + 02' 09''

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 9: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Stage 9 of the 2012 Tour de France is a time trial that covers 41.5 kilometers and takes the riders from Arc-et-Senans to Besançon. SB Nation cycling blog Podium Cafe has a preview of the route:

This time trial course favors the specialists. It's long and flat. There are no categorized climbs. It's all slightly undulating roads. Inside five kilometers to go, there are two 90-degree corners, both left-handers. Then, in the final kilometer, there is a tight right-hand hairpin. Really, that's just cruel, right there. This finish will reward the riders with the bike handling to match their legs.

Related: Tour de France 2012 Results: Thibaut Pinot Wins Stage 8, Bradley Wiggins Keeps Yellow Jersey

For additional information on this stage, including a map, visit the Tour's website.

Coverage of Stage 9 begins Monday at 7:00 a.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Thibaut Pinot Wins Stage 8, Bradley Wiggins Keeps Yellow Jersey

The world's best cyclists completed Stage 8 of this year's Tour de France on Sunday afternoon, with French-born rider Thibaut Pinot taking the victory in the 157.5 kilometer trek by roughly 26 seconds. The youngest rider in the entire race, he managed to pick up his first stage victory with a time of 3 hours, 26 minutes and 10 seconds.

Pinot had to battle for the victory, as SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe writes:

The 22-year-old climber from the region of France where the stage began held off a charging group of Tour de France favorites, willed on by his directeur sportif, two-time Paris-Roubaix winner Marc Madiot, screaming encouragement from the team car. Inside of 5km it appeared that the chasing group might catch Pinot, with a flat road and headwind left to go, but Pinot dug deep enough to cap the biggest win of his budding career, with 26 seconds to spare.

Bradley Wiggins still holds the yellow jersey after Stage 8 after taking hold of it after Stage 7 on Saturday. He's been considered one of the hottest riders in the sport of late, so his performance so far in the 2012 Tour isn't especially shocking.

Wiggins finished fourth in Sunday's stage, behind Pinot, Cadel Evans and Tony Gallopin. Evans is currently second in the entire race behind Wiggins, with Vincenzo Nibali not far behind in third.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Stage 7 Goes To Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins Claims Yellow Jersey

Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France belonged to the Sky Procylcing team, as Chris Froome pedaled hard through the steep climb to La Planche des Belles Filles and claimed the Stage 7 win while also pushing his team captain, Bradley Wiggins, into the yellow jersey.

Here is a vivid description of how the later stretch of the stage developed, courtesy of SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe:

Sky took over the front as the race approached the final climb, with Richie Porte and Michael Rogers unleashing a dog-choking motherload of hurt on the peloton before giving way to Froome, the pure climber, and Wiggins, the overall leader. Overall favorites began dropping quickly, first Robert Gesink of Rabobank, then Levi Leipheimer of Omega Pharma Quick Step, and so on until an elite octet entered the final kilometer. Denis Menchov was the last of the favorites to drop, shattering massively in the final stretch to lose 50 seconds. Nibali held his ground, grimly, while Taaramae let go with the line in sight.

Here are the top 10 finishers for Stage 7:

1. Chris Froome, 4:58:35
2. Cadel Evans, +0:02
3. Bradley Wiggins, s.t.
4. Vincenzo Nibali, +0:07
5. Rein Taaramae, +0:19
6. Haimar Zubeldia, +0:44
7. Pierre Rolland, +0:46
8. Janez Brajkovic, s.t.
9. Denis Menchov, +0:50
10. Maxime Monfort, +0:56

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 7: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The Tour de France is grueling enough as it is, but Saturday marks what may be the toughest portion of the competition. With Stage 7, the Tour begins its week-long stretch of mountain stages, with the cyclists climbing from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges.

The stage features three separate climbs. The first two are Category 3 climbs, with the first beginning at Col de Grosse Pierre (112 km into the race) and the second kicking off at Col du Mont de Fourche (150.5 km). Both climbs are a mere 3.1 kilometers long but are on a 6.4 percent gradient. The race's final climb is to the summit at La Planche des Belles Filles. It's one of the three summit finishes during the tour, and begins with a rise up a 13 percent gradient. That eventually dips to an 11 percent gradient in the middle of the final hike before closing with a 14 percent gradient.

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara still holds the yellow jacket, but mountain stages in the Tour de France have a funny way of shaking up the leaderboard.

Start time: 7:10 a.m. CT

Expected finish time: 10:13 a.m. CT

TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network (coverage begins at 7 a.m. CT)

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Tour de France 2012 Standings: Fabian Cancellara Leads Through 1st 6 Stages

Peter Sagan took Stage 6 of the Tour de France on Friday, which helped him move into the overall top 10, but Fabian Cancellara continues to wear the yellow jersey. He holds a seven-second lead over Bradley Wiggins and Sylvain Chavanel.

Related: 2012 Tour de France: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 6, Fabian Cancellara Wears Yellow

The current top 10 in the overall standings:

Rider
Team
Time
Gap
1. CANCELLARA Fabian
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 29h 22' 36''
2. WIGGINS Bradley
SKY PROCYCLING 29h 22' 43'' + 00' 07''
3. CHAVANEL Sylvain
OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 29h 22' 43'' + 00' 07''
4. VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM 29h 22' 46'' + 00' 10''
5. MENCHOV Denis
KATUSHA TEAM 29h 22' 49'' + 00' 13''
6. EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM 29h 22' 53'' + 00' 17''
7. NIBALI Vincenzo
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 29h 22' 54'' + 00' 18''
8. SAGAN Peter
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 29h 22' 55'' + 00' 19''
9. KLÖDEN Andréas
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 29h 22' 55'' + 00' 19''
10. MONFORT Maxime
RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 29h 22' 58'' + 00' 22''

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2012 Tour de France: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 6, Fabian Cancellara Wears Yellow

Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan managed to retain the Green Jersey on Friday, beating out the field with a time of 4 hours 37 minutes and pushing his tour-leading points total to 209. Sagan, who sits at No. 8 in the overall classifications, takes his first bunch sprint victory despite a large crash earlier in the stage. According to analyst Douglas Ansel of Podium Cafe, the crash overshadowed Sagan's win:

A big crash occurred in the middle of the peleton [in the final 20 km] as riders were traveling at approximately 70kph, bringing down a number of major contenders for the overall classification ... The crash caused a major split at a crucial point in the race, so those involved or held up by the crash were unable to rejoin the peleton before the finish. Most overall contenders involved finished the stage 2 minutes down on the leaders, but several - most notably Robert Gesink and Ryder Hesjedal - finished even further down.

Chicagoan Christian Vande Velde of Garmin-Sharp finished at position No. 172 of 190 with a time of 4 hours 50 minutes and 24 seconds as he was unfortunately involved in the crash. Meanwhile, Fabian Cancellera maintained his overall lead with a 4 hours 37 minutes 4 seconds finish.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 6: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 6 of the 2012 Tour de France spans 207.5 kilometers and will take the field from Épernay to Metz. The stage is mostly flat, which should lend the upper hand to the sprinters once more. Podium Cafe has an extensive preview:

There is one categorized climb on the menu tomorrow, the Côte de Bruxières, but it shouldn't cause anyone a great deal of trouble. The sprinters get a warm-up for the finish after 135 kilometers of racing with an intermediate sprint at Saint-Mihiel. A couple of uncategorized climbs in the run-in to the finish may entice the attackers into imprudence, but really, there's little here to stop the sprinters from having their day.

Related: Tour de France 2012 Results: Andre Greipel Claims Stage 5 Win With Late Jump

Coverage of this stage will begin at 7:00 a.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Andre Greipel Claims Stage 5 Win With Late Jump

Stage 5 of the 2012 Tour de France featured an entertaining late push from Andre Greipel and Matthew Goss, and in the end Greipel claimed his second-straight stage win by jumping at just the right time on the day's route that connected connected Rouen to Saint-Quentin to the valley of the Somme in Northern France.

Here is a quick recap of the decisive push from Chris Fontecchio of SB Nation's Podium Cafe.

Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol timed his jump perfectly again to win his second consecutive sprint stage of the Tour de France in Saint-Quentin. Matt Goss of Orica GreenEdge opened up the sprint, coming past the riders from the breakaway and clear into the lead, but he jumped far too early, and Greipel stayed cool, shifting from his leadout to the wheel of Cofidis' Sammy Dumoulin, just behind Goss. World Champion Mark Cavendish of Sky had no response to any of it, but Greipel did, coming past Goss and Dumoulin at the perfect moment.

1. Andre Greipel, 4:41:30
2. Matthew Goss, s.t.
3. Juan Jose Haedo, s.t.
4. Mark Cavendish, s.t.
5. Samuel Dumoulin, s.t.
6. Tom Veelers, s.t.
7. Oscar Freire, s.t.
8. Alessandro Petacchi, s.t.
9. Sebastien Hinault, s.t.
10. Yohann Gene, s.t.

Here are the other standings via SB Nation's Podium Cafe.

General Classification

  1. Cancellara
  2. Bradley Wiggins, Sky, at 0.07
  3. Sylvain Chavanel, OPQS, s.t.
  4. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC, at 0.10
  5. Boasson Hagen, at 0.11

Points Classification

  1. Peter Sagan, Liquigas, 155 points
  2. Goss, 137
  3. Greipel, 132
  4. Cavendish, 119
  5. Petacchi, 91

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 5: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Tour de France is ready to move onto Stage 5, which passes just north of Paris. Andre Greipel of Germany claimed Stage 4 on Wednesday, but Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara still holds the overall lead by seven minutes over Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins and France's Sylvain Chavanel. Christian Vande Velde, a native of south suburban Lemont, is currently in 57th place.

For a breakdown of what to expect in Stage 5, we turn to SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe:

Thursday's stage, this thing is impressive in its flatness. How flat is it? There are no categorized climbs on the profile. Not a one. At kilometer 109, there is an intermediate sprint at Breteuil. That should liven up the action for a short while at least. Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss have shown the most interest in these intermediate sprints, while today's stage winner André Greipel has not contested them.

Start time: 5:10 a.m. CT

Expected finish: 10:24 a.m. CT

TV: NBC Sports Network (coverage beings at 7:00 a.m. CT)

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Tour de France 2012 Results: André Greipel Claims Stage 4

Stage 4 of the Tour de France was a grueling 214.5 kilometer push down the coast of Normandy, and it was won by Germany's André Greipel, who rides for the UCI Pro Team. Greipel finished the leg in 5 hours, 18 minutes and 32 seconds. Here are the top 5 finishers for Stage 4:

  1. André Greipel (GER)
  2. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
  3. Tom Veelers (NED)
  4. Matt Goss (AUS)
  5. Peter Sagan (SVK)

Finish times beyond that are not yet available. Greipel's win, though, did not move the needle at the top of the overall standings, as Team Radioshack's Fabian Cancellara still holds the yellow jersey. Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins remains in second, seven seconds behind the leader.

Stage 4 was colored by a crash just before the racers entered the stage's final sprint. The crash knocked down, but not out, Mark Cavendish, amongst others.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 4: TV Coverage, Route And More

The Tour de France is maybe the most grueling competition in sports, but there are a few good things about riding a bike for 214.5 kilometers, as the competitors will do in Stage 4. For instance, you may just get to ride down the coast of France, which is exactly where Stage 4 will take riders as the 2012 Tour de France continues on Wednesday.

Stage 4 is a relatively flat stage, though it is one of the longest stages of the competition. The leg kicks off in Abbeville and quickly heads west before travelling down the coast of Normandy to Fécamp, where riders turn back inland and head towards the stage's finish line in Rouen.

For full info on this stage, visit the Tour de France's website.

Start time: 5:10 a.m. CT

Expected finish: 10:24 a.m. CT

TV: NBC Sports Network (coverage beings at 7:00 a.m. CT)

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 3, Fabian Cancellara Retains Yellow Kersey

Peter Sagan claimed his second stage win in the 2012 Tour de France by finishing Stage 3 faster than anyone else in the field with a time of 4:42:58. He owns the green jersey at the moment as the rider with the most points (usually awarded to the most consistent sprinter in the race), but he is still chasing Fabian Cancellara who retained the yellow jersey by posting the fastest overall time of 14:45:30 .

Here is the top-10 list for Stage 3:

1. Peter Sagan, 4:42:58
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen, +0:01
3. Peter Velits, +0:01
4. Fabian Cancellara, +0:01
5. Michael Albasini, +0:01
6. Cadel Evans, +0:01
7. Nicolas Roche, +0:01
8. Samuel Sanchez, +0:01
9. Bauke Molema, +0:01
10. Vincenzo Nibali, +0:01

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 3: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Tour de France is through two stages, and Fabian Cancellara has been the overall leader wearing the yellow jersey so far, but on Tuesday the riders face a challenging climb through the steep hills of Orchies and Boulogne-sur-mer. Could the series of four difficult climbs in the final16 km sequence of Stage 3 upset the balance of the leaderboard and reshape the race going forward?

If you want to know more about the Tour de France, there are plenty of resources available on the web. At the official Tour de France website you can find a race map and the profile of Stage 3. TV coverage of Tuesday begins at 7 a.m. CT on NBC Sports Network. The Tour is also streaming online for those with a subscription to Tour de France Live.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Mark Cavendish Wins Stage 2

Mark Cavendish took Stage 2 of the Tour de France on Monday:

Just about every team in the peloton had someone on the front of the peloton at some stage of the final 10km of the 207.5km race from Vise to Tournai but Sky was relatively anonymous in the final rush to the line. Instead it was Lotto-Belisol and Orica-GreenEdge that had the strength of numbers in the final kilometer. Greg Henderson charged into the front and delivered André Greipel to the 250 meter to go mark and that's when the giant German turned on the turbo... and very nearly claimed his second Tour stage win. But behind him was Mr Mark Cavendish who judged the sprint to perfection and did what he does so well: win!
That's 21 stage wins in six years for the reigning world champion and, like he did in 2009, he got the Tour off to the perfect start

Related: Tour de France 2012 Results: Slovakia's Peter Sagan Takes Stage 1, Fabian Cancellara Retains Yellow Jersey

Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey.

Here's how Stage 2 finished up:

1. CAVENDISH Mark
SKY PROCYCLING 04h 56' 59''
2. GREIPEL André
LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
3. GOSS Matthew Harley
ORICA GREENEDGE 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
4. VEELERS Tom
TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
5. PETACCHI Alessandro
LAMPRE - ISD 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
6. SAGAN Peter
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
7. HUTAROVICH Yauheni FDJ-BIGMAT 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
8. HAEDO Juan Jose
TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
9. RENSHAW Mark
RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''
10. FARRAR Tyler
GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA 04h 56' 59'' + 00' 00''

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 2: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France, which gets underway on Monday, takes the riders from Visé to Tournai and covers 207.5 kilometers. This is a flat stage that is well-suited for the best sprinters in the field, as Jean-Francois Pescheaux notes:

"This pancake flat stage is tailored to pure sprinters. If Cavendish has missed out on a win the day before, this is the perfect place to make amends. This will be the third day straight that the Tour de France stays in Belgium. The stage will start from Visé, which is hosting the Tour for the first time. The bunch will visit the citadel of Namur halfway through the stage (km 82). We are sticking to tradition."

For a map and additional Stage 2 information, follow this link to the Tour's website.

Stage 2 TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

Coverage Start Time: 7:00 a.m. CT

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Slovakia's Peter Sagan Takes Stage 1, Fabian Cancellara Retains Yellow Jersey

Peter Sagan became the youngest stage winner at the Tour de France in 19 years on Sunday when the 22-year old Slovakian took Stage 1 on Sunday in the 123-mile race through the Ardennes region. Sagan is the youngest stage winner since Lance Armstrong in 1993.

South suburban Lemont native Christian Vande Velde is in 15th place after the first stage. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara remains in the overall lead after finishing Sunday in second.

Here's a look how Stage 1 finished:

1. Peter Sagan, Slovakia, Liquigas-Cannondale, 4 hours, 58 minutes, 19 seconds.
2. Fabian Cancellara, Switzerland, RadioShack-Nissan, same time.
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Norway, Sky Procycling, same time.
4. Philippe Gilbert, Belgium, BMC Racing, same time.
5. Bauke Mollema, Netherlands, Rabobank, same time.
6. Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Movistar, same time.
7. Robert Gesink, Netherlands, Rabobank, same time.
8. Daniel Martin, Ireland, Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, same time.
9. Ryder Hesjedal, Canada, Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, same time.
10. Dries Devenyns, Belgium, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, same time.

The overall standings currently look like this:

1. Fabian Cancellara, Switzerland, RadioShack-Nissan, 5 hours, 5 minutes, 32 seconds.
2. Bradley Wiggins, Britain, Sky Procycling, 7 seconds behind.
3. Sylvain Chavanel, France, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, same time.
4. Tejay Van Garderen, United States, BMC Racing, :10.
5. Edvald Boasoon Hagen, Norway, Sky Procycling, :11.
6. Denis Menchov, Russia, Katusha, :13.
7. Philippe Gilbert, Belgium, BMC Racing, same time.
8. Cadel Evans, Australia, BMC Racing, :17.
9. Vincenzo Nibali, Italy, Liquigas-Cannondale, :18.
10. Ryder Hesjedal, Canada, Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, same time.

SB Nation Chicago is your source for 2012 Tour de France updates, and be sure to visit cycling blog Podium Cafe as well. You can also catch up on results and storylines from the 2012 Giro d'Italia here.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Tejay Van Garderen No. 4 After Prologue

The prologue of the 2012 Tour de France is complete, and Fabian Cancellara grabbed the yellow jersey by posting a 7:13 time in Liege, Belgium. Tejay Van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team (USA) finished fourth by coming in 10 seconds behind Cancellara. He earned a white jersey for posting the top youth rider time during the prologue stage.

Here are the top-10 times from the prologue, via letour.fr:

1. Fabian Cancellara, Radioshack-Nissan, 7:13
2. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Procycling, +0:07
3. Sylvain Chavanel, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, +0:07
4. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing Team, +0:10
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky Procycling, +0:11
6. Brett Lancaster, Orica Greenedge, +0:11
7. Patrick Gretsch, Team Argos-Shimano, +0:12
8. Denis Menchov, Katusha Teama, +0:13
9. Philippe Gilbert, BMC Racing Team, +0:13
10. Andriy Grivko, Astana Pro Team, +0:15

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Tour de France 2012, Prologue: Route, TV Coverage, Video And More

The Prologue, which is a short individual time trial that takes place in Liege, Belgium, kicks off the 2012 Tour de France on Saturday. The winner of the Prologue gets the honor of wearing the yellow jersey for the official opening of the race.

The Prologue spans a little over six kilometers, and the riders will not leave Liege. For maps and additional information on this time trial, visit the official Tour de France website.

You can find all of the individual start times at this link. Illinois native Christian Vande Velde -- a rider for Garmin-Sharp -- gets underway at 4:27 p.m. local time

Prologue Date & Time: Saturday, June 30, 7:00 a.m. MT

TV: NBC Sports Network

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Tour de France 2012: Open Field For This Year's Race

This year's Tour de France gets underway on Saturday in Liege, Belgium.

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