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



Stage 2

Monday July 2

Visé Tournai 207km


Stage 3

Tuesday July 3




Med mtn
Stage 4

Wednesday July 4

Abbeville Rouen 214km


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

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

Tuesday July 17
Stage 16

Wednesday July 18

Pau Bagnères-de-Luchon 197km

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

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