After two weeks’ of racing in the 2012 Tour de France, the riders are spending a rest day in Pau ahead of a decisive final five days in the Pyrenees and on the road to Paris for Sunday’s finale.

Thus far, the race could not have collectively gone better for British riders, with four stage wins from four different riders and Brits Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Chris Froome (Sky) sat in first and second in the overall classification.

The home nation has also fared well, with four stage wins from four riders to match the performance of the British contingent. The same cannot be said for traditionally strong cycling nations Spain, Italy and Belgium. Spain has only one stage win so far; Italy and Belgium have none.

Wiggins has already set the record for the most days spent in the yellow jersey for a British rider in one edition of the Tour de France – can he go one better and become the first Briton to win the Tour de France overall?

With a two minute and five second advantage over team-mate Froome and a 2’23” and 3’19” advantage over rivals Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) and defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), something will have to go horribly wrong for Wiggins to lose his lead, or fail to make a historic appearance on the podium in Paris. But it’s the Tour, and anything could happen…

It’s been an eventful race so far, with multiple crashes once again forcing riders to abandon the race. At this point in the race last year – which itself was marred by crashes – there were 170 riders still in the race. This year, there are 156: 42 riders have been lost at the wayside through injury, illness and fatigue.

Aero helmets, Peter Sagan’s victory celebrations, Froome’s ‘attack’ on Wiggins, Remy Di Gregorio’s arrest, tacks on the road, sprinters’ teams unwillingness to work – there’s been plenty to keep fans talking during the race so far.

Here we cast an eye back over the stats, winners and losers of the 2012 Tour de France so far.

Tour de France 2012: The race so far
Stages completed: 16
Stages to go: 5
Kilometres completed: 2757.9km
Kilometres to go: 736.5km

Tour de France 2012: Current classification leaders (after stage 15)
Overall (yellow jersey): Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) Sky
Points (green jersey): Peter Sagan (Slovakia) Liquigas-Cannondale
KoM (polka dot jersey): Fredrik Kessiakoff (Sweden) Astana
Young rider (white jersey): Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing 

Tour de France 2012: Yellow jerseys awarded
Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) RadioShack-Nissan: 7
Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) Sky: 8

Tour de France 2012: Stage wins by team
Liquigas-Cannondale: 3
Lotto-Belisol: 3
Sky: 3
Europcar: 2
FDJ-BigMat: 2
RadioShack-Nissan: 1
Garmin-Sharp: 1
Rabobank: 1
Teams with no wins so far: 14 (out of 22)

Tour de France 2012: Stage wins by nation
France: 4
Great Britain: 4
Germany: 3
Slovakia: 3
Spain: 1
Switzerland: 1

Tour de France 2012: Withdrawals
Riders left in race: 156
Riders withdrawn: 42
Teams with least amount of riders left in race: Rabobank and Vacansoleil-DCM (four)
Teams with no abandons: BMC Racing, Liquigas-Cannondale, Lotto-Belisol, Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
Tour de France 2012 start list with note of withdrawals>>

Tour de France 2012: Overall top ten after stage 15
1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 59-32-32
2. Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky at 2-05
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2-23
4. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 3-19
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 4-48
6. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan at 6-15
7. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 6-57
8. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 7-30
9. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar at 8-31
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 8-51
….
Lanterne rouge
156. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 2-47-29

Prologue
Date: Saturday, June 30
Start: Liège
Finish: Liège
Length: 6.4km
Type: Flat, individual time trial

Top three
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan in 7-13
2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 7 secs
3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 7 secs

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage one
Date: Sunday, July 1
Start: Liège
Finish: Seraing
Length: 198km
Type: Hilly

Top three
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale in 4-58-19
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at same time

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage two
Date: Monday, July 2
Start: Visé
Finish: Tournai
Length: 207.5km
Type: Flat 

Top three
1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Sky in 4-56-59
2. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol
3. Matt Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at same time

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage three
Date: Tuesday, July 3
Start: Orchies
Finish: Boulogne-sur-Mer
Length: 197km
Type: Hilly 

Top three
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky at 1 sec
3. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step at same time

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage four
Date: Wednesday, July 4
Start: Abbeville
Finish: Rouen
Length: 214.5km
Type: Flat 

Top three
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 5-18-32
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
3. Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano at same time

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage five
Date: Thursday, July 5
Start: Rouen
Finish: Saint-Quentin
Length: 196.5km
Type: Flat 

Top three
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 4-41-30
2. Matt Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at same time

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage six
Date: Friday, July 6
Start: Épernay
Finish: Metz
Length: 207.5km
Type: Flat 

Top three
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas in 4-37-00
2. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol
3. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at same time

Race leader
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan

Stage report>>

Stage seven
Date: Saturday July 7
Start: Tomblaine
Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles
Length: 199km
Type: Medium mountains 

Top three
1. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 2 secs
3. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at same time

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage eight
Date: Sunday July 8
Start: Belfort
Finish: Porrentruy
Length: 157.5km
Type: Medium mountains 

Top three
1. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 3-56-10
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 26 secs
3. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan at same time

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage nine
Date: Monday July 9
Start: Arc-et-Senans
Finish: Besançon
Length: 41.5km
Type: Flat, individual time trial 

Top three
1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 51-24
2. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 35 secs
3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 57 secs

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 10
Date: Wednesday July 11
Start: Mâcon
Finish: Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Length: 194.5km
Type: High mountains 

Top three
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar in 4h-46-26
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 3 secs
3. Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan at 7 secs

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 11
Date: Thursday July 12
Start: Albertville
Finish: La Toussuire – Les Sybelles
Length: 148km
Type: High mountains 

Top three
1. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar in 4-43-54
2. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-BigMat at 55 secs
3. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 55 secs

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 12
Date: Friday July 13
Start: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
Finish: Annonay Davézieux
Length: 226km
Type: Medium mountains

Top three
1. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp in 5-42-46
2. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale at same time
3. Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi at 5 secs

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 13
Date: Saturday July 14
Start: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
Finish: Le Cap d’Agde
Length: 217km
Type: Flat 

Top three
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol in 4-57-59
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky at same time

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 14
Date: Sunday July 15
Start: Limoux
Finish: Foix
Length: 191km
Type: High Mountains 

Top three
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank in 4-50-29
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 47 secs
3. Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat at same time

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Stage 15
Date: Monday July 16
Start: Samatan
Finish: Pau
Length: 158.5km
Type: Flat/hilly

Top three
1. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigMat in 3-36-34
2. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp at same time
3. Nicki Sorensen (Den) Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank at 12 secs

Race leader
Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky

Stage report>>

Tour de France 2012: Latest news

Defending Tour champ Evans has work to do in Pyrenees

Sprinters’ teams unwilling to work on stage 15

Evans suffers multiple punctures after Tour tack attack

Froome not winning this year’s Tour is ‘very great sacrifice’

Frank Schleck criticises ‘boring’ Tour de France

Wiggins: Cycling’s new boss?

Wiggins still Sky’s main man as Tour heads towards Pyrenees

Millar’s Tour win comes after ‘second chance’

Froome explains his attack on La Toussuire

Nibali fails to crack Sky but pleased with Tour mountains performance

Roche ready to achieve career-long Tour top ten ambition

Wiggins: ‘I’m not some s**t rider that’s come from nowhere

Nibali hits out at Wiggins after Tour frustration

Cavendish enjoying new Tour role

Wiggins taking nothing for granted in ‘dream scenario’

Sky keeping Tour focus on Wiggins

Di Gregorio arrested by police at Tour de France

Tour de France 2012: Teams, riders, start list

Tour 2012: Who will win?

Tour de France 2012 provisional start list

Tour de France 2012 team list

Tour de France 2012: Stage reports

Stage 15: Fedrigo wins, day off for peloton

Stage 14: Sanchez solos to Foix victory to save Rabobank’s Tour

Stage 13: Greipel survives climb and crosswinds to win third Tour stage

Stage 12: Millar wins Tour stage nine years from his last

Stage 11: Wiggins strengthens Tour lead as Evans slips back

Stage 10: Voeckler wins and saves his Tour

Stage nine: Wiggins destroys opposition in Besancon TT

Stage eight: Pinot solos to Tour win as Wiggins fights off attacks

Stage seven: Wiggins takes yellow as Froome wins stage

Stage six: Sagan wins third Tour stage

Stage five: Greipel wins again as Cavendish fades

Stage four: Greipel wins stage after Cavendish crashes

Stage three: Sagan runs away with it in Boulogne

Stage two: Cavendish takes 21st Tour stage victory

Stage one: Sagan wins at first attempt

Prologue: Cancellara wins, Wiggins second

Tour de France 2012: Comment, analysis, blogs

Analysis: What we learned at La Planche des Belles Filles

Analysis: How much time could Wiggins gain in Tour’s time trials

CW’s Tour de France podcasts

Blog: Tour presentation – chasing dreams and autographs

Comment: Cavendish the climber

Tour de France 2012: Photo galleries

Stage 15 by Graham Watson

Stage 14 by Graham Watson

Stage 13 by Graham Watson

Stage 12 by Graham Watson

Stage 11 by Graham Watson

Stage 10 by Graham Watson

Stage nine by Graham Watson

Stage eight by Graham Watson

Stage seven by Graham Watson

Stage six by Graham Watson

Stage five by Graham Watson

Stage four by Graham Watson

Stage three by Graham Watson

Stage two by Andy Jones

Stage two by Graham Watson

Stage one by Graham Watson

Prologue photo gallery by Andy Jones

Prologue photo gallery by Roo Rowler

Prologue photo gallery by Graham Watson

Tour de France 2012: Team presentation

Sky and Rabobank Tour de France recce

Tour de France 2012: Live text coverage

Stage 10 live coverage

Stage nine live coverage

Stage six live coverage

Stage five live coverage

Stage four live coverage

Stage three live coverage

Cycling Weekly’s live text coverage schedule

Tour de France 2012: TV schedule
ITV4 live schedule
British Eurosport live schedule

Tour de France 2012: Related links

Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Cavendish

Brief history of the Tour de France

Tour de France 2011: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

1989: The Greatest Tour de France ever

 

 

 

 

 

  • Woody

    Where’s Johnny Hoogerland this year?

  • Kristina Howells

    I am writing a book on the Tour de France. Would it be possible to ask you some questions, and include some of your articles in the book about the Tour from a journalistic point of view. I am the author of A Hatter Goes Mad and it will be done written in a similar style to this.