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.
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.