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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.

StageDateFromToLengthType
PrologueSaturday June 30

LiègeLiège6.1kmITT
Stage 1Sunday July 1

LiègeSeraing

198km

Flat

Stage 2

Monday July 2

ViséTournai207km

Flat

Stage 3

Tuesday July 3

Orchies

Boulogne-sur-Mer

197km

Med mtn
Stage 4

Wednesday July 4

AbbevilleRouen214km

Flat

Stage 5

Thursday July 5

RouenSaint-Quentin197kmFlat

Stage 6

Friday July 6

ÉpernayMetz210kmFlat

Stage 7

Saturday July 7

TomblaineLa Planche des Belles Filles199kmMed mtn

Stage 8

Sunday July 8

BelfortPorrentruy154kmMed mtn

Stage 9

Monday July 9

Arc-et-SenansBesançon38kmITT
REST DAY

Tuesday July 10----
Stage 10

Wednesday July 11

MâconBellegarde-sur-Valserine194kmMountains
Stage 11

Thursday July 12

AlbertvilleLa Toussuire - Les Sybelles140kmMountains
Stage 12Friday July 13

Saint-Jean-de-MaurienneAnnonay220kmMed mtn

Stage 13

Saturday July 14

Saint-Paul-Trois-ChâteauxLe Cap d'Agde215kmFlat
Stage 14Sunday July 15

LimouxFoix192kmMountains
Stage 15

Monday July 16

SamatanPau160kmFlat
REST DAY

Tuesday July 17----
Stage 16

Wednesday July 18

PauBagnères-de-Luchon197km

Mountains
Stage 17

Thursday July 19

Bagnères-de-LuchonPeyragudes144kmMountains
Stage 18

Friday July 20

BlagnacBrive-la-Gaillarde215kmFlat
Stage 19

Saturday July 21

BonnevalChartres52kmITT
Stage 20

Sunday July 22

RambouilletParis Champs-Élysées130kmFlat

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