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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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