The 2012 Tour de France starts in Liè
ge, Belgium, on Saturday June 30 and concludes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 22 2012.

The Belgian city of Liège will kick off the 2012 Tour, having previously hosted the race’s Grand Depart in 2004 with a 6.1km prologue time trial won by Fabian Cancellara.

The race then heads due west into France hitting the first real hills of the race in Monts du Boulonnais on the way to Boulogne-sur-Mer before winding its way south to the Alps and a short excursion into Switzerland.

Then it’s across to the Pyrenees for what will be two key high mountains stages before a long transfer north for a decisive time trial stage and last day procession into Paris.

There’s a total of 96.1km of individual time trialling, four medium mountain stages, five high mountain stages and nine flat stages over the 3,479km route.

Stage Date From To Length Type
Prologue Saturday June 30 Liège Liège 6.1km ITT
Stage 1 Sunday July 1 Liège Seraing 198km Flat
Stage 2 Monday July 2 Visé Tournai 207km Flat
Stage 3 Tuesday July 3 Orchies Boulogne-sur-Mer 197km Med mtn
Stage 4 Wednesday July 4 Abbeville Rouen 214km Flat
Stage 5 Thursday July 5 Rouen Saint-Quentin 197km Flat
Stage 6 Friday July 6 Épernay Metz 210km Flat
Stage 7 Saturday July 7 Tomblaine La Planche des Belles Filles 199km Med mtn
Stage 8 Sunday July 8 Belfort Porrentruy 154km Med mtn
Stage 9 Monday July 9 Arc-et-Senans Besançon 38km ITT
REST DAY Tuesday July 10
Stage 10 Wednesday July 11 Mâcon Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 194km Mountains
Stage 11 Thursday July 12 Albertville La Toussuire – Les Sybelles 140km Mountains
Stage 12 Friday July 13 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne Annonay 220km Med mtn
Stage 13 Saturday July 14 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux Le Cap d’Agde 215km Flat
Stage 14 Sunday July 15 Limoux Foix 192km Mountains
Stage 15 Monday July 16 Samatan Pau 160km Flat
REST DAY Tuesday July 17
Stage 16 Wednesday July 18 Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon 197km Mountains
Stage 17 Thursday July 19 Bagnères-de-Luchon Peyragudes 144km Mountains
Stage 18 Friday July 20 Blagnac Brive-la-Gaillarde 215km Flat
Stage 19 Saturday July 21 Bonneval Chartres 52km ITT
Stage 20 Sunday July 22 Rambouillet Paris Champs-Élysées 130km Flat

Related links

Giro d’Italia 2012 route details

2012 Etapes in the Alps and Pyrenees

Nine things we like about the 2012 Tour route

Tour de France 2012 route officially unveiled

Live: Tour de France 2012 route presentation

Tour organiser announces details of 2012 Liege start

Thomas Vergouwen, the man who predicts the Tour route

Cycling Weekly’s Tour de France news section

  • Barrie Cartledge

    Just to let you know that myself and a few Ham Radio friends are running a Special Event Station, Call Sign GB4TDF from 26th June to 23rd July 2012 to celebrate the Tour de France, Cycling in general and Brad Wiggins in particular. It is my idea, as I am the cyclist in the group and we intend to be on the air most days during the actual Tour.

    Maybe you could find room in your Mag just to mention it and maybe help us out with a few digital images that we may use to publicize the event, these would be very useful as they would go on special Ham Radio websites as well.

    We will be contacting the world on HF and speaking to as many stations as possible and if you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    My full details are as follows.

    Barrie Cartledge
    Oysterber Farm
    Burton Road
    Low Bentham
    LA2 7ET

    Tel 015242 61567
    Mobile 07540 050 133


  • Ifor

    Where can I buy the 2012 tour map/pack

  • Duncan Lally

    Does anyone know where to find the video of the 2012 course that is usually available?