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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

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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