Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Wins General Classification

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Bradley Wiggins Becomes First Briton To Win General Classification

The 2012 Tour de France spanned from June 30 to July 22 and was anything but dull. This year's edition of cycling's grandest race had just about everything you could expect, including mountains beyond classification, massive 100-rider crashes and even someone throwing tacks across the route, causing multiple punctures.

When the final ride down the Champs-Elysees took place on Sunday, the official decision was all but sewn up. That didn't make it any less exciting, however, when Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky picked up the victory, making Wiggins the first Briton to win the general classification and take home the yellow jersey. He won by over three minutes over his Team Sky teammate, Chris Froome.

Wiggins was able to hold off his chief competition, returning champion Cadel Evans, who came up short on attacks again and again and bled time thanks to the aggressive and unyielding riding of Team Sky. Froome may very well have his own team riding in support of him in the Tour one day, but over the course of 20 stages this year, he rode selflessly in support of his captain and winner, Bradley Wiggins.

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Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Becomes First Briton To Claim Title

As the 2012 Tour de France offically came to a close on Sunday, Britian's Bradley Wiggins had already been dubbed the champion despite having one more stage to go. But with a bit of flair Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, maintaing the yellow jersey during Sunday's final stage into beautiful Paris.

Not to be greedy, Wiggins also helped fellow Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the historic Champs-Elysees.

Wiggins dominated on Saturday's final time trial to extend his lead past the other rider's reach. Fellow Briton and Sky teammate Christopher Froome finished second, 3 minutes, 21 seconds behind overall. The last time two cyclists from the same nation finished first and second in the Tour was in 1984, when Frenchmen Laurent Fignon defeated Bernard Hinault.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 20: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 20 of the 2012 Tour de France is the traditional run to Paris, a 120km stretch from Rambouillet to the finishing sprint on Champs-Élysées. The General Classification for the race is extremely unlikely to change. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is in yellow and will remain there at the end of the day, even if his rivals broke tradition and attacked Team Sky would be able to chase them down without too much trouble.

That leaves the stage for the sprinters, and the final sprint of the most prestigious race in cycling is a prize they've been dreaming of the entire race. Mark Cavendish (Sky) holds the record for Tour-ending sprints, having won the last three years running. He'll have some serious competition in the form of Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale). Sagan has a lock on the Green Jersey and would undoubtedly like to put an exclamation mark on his first tour by winning the final sprint.

Television coverage of the stage begins at 5 a.m. PT on the NBC Sports Network, with a Tour recap on NBC at 10 a.m. Fans can watch online via Tour de France Live, subscription required.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Bradley Wiggins Takes Stage 19 And The Unofficial Overall Win

Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky dominated Stage 19 of the 2012 Tour de France, and in doing so secured his place in history as the first British cyclist to ever win the Tour de France. His teammate Christopher Froome finished second on the stage, with Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez finishing third.

With Stage 20 having little chance of making a difference in the General Classification, Wiggins can rest easy on the way to his first Tour de France victory. With three time trials in the race it was a year well suited to a Wiggins victory, and he didn't disappoint. He came in second in the opening TT, dominated the one in the middle of the race, and won the final one by more than three and a half minutes over his closest rival. The other riders tested Wiggins in the mountains, but he was able to match or surpass their attacks. Froome ends up second on the podium, and Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas-Cannondale takes third.

Tejay Van Garderen of Santa Rosa-based Team BMC had a shot at winning the Young Rider's jersey, a prize given to the fastest man under 25. He beat his main rival Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) by six seconds in Stage 19, but it wasn't enough to take home the jersey. In what must be a heartbreaking loss, Van Garderen misses winning the Young Rider classification by eight seconds.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 19: Route Info, Schedule, TV Times And More

After Mark Cavendish won the 18th stage of the 2012 Tour de France, Stage 19 will commence on Saturday morning. Just two stages remain before a champion is crowned, and it appears Bradley Wiggins is in the driver's seat for the title. He currently leads the field by two minutes and five seconds, and he's had a lead of 2+ minutes for the last week.

As for the nineteenth stage, it'll be a time trial of 53.5 kilometers. The cyclists will go from Bonneval to Chartres, which isn't a difficult trip outside of a few early hills.

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Tour de France, Stage 18 Results: Mark Cavendish Wins, Bradley Wiggins Inches Closer To Title

Team Sky had themselves another stellar day on Friday during the 2012 Tour de France as Mark Cavendish sprinted to the finish line to claim the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Friday, while teammate Bradley Wiggins got one step closer to winning it all.

Cavendish, the winner of the second stage this year back in Belgium, took the 222.5 kms stage by powering past the likes of other breakaway riders like Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and Ireland's Nicolas Roche. This marks the fifth victory by a Briton on this Tour and the fourth by a Team Sky rider just one week ahead of the Olympic road race in London.

The stage did have some drama after a crash caused by a dog running out on the road, sending Belgium's Philippe Gilbert, Russia's Denis Menchov and France's Arthur Vichot to the ground hard. Gilbert was sent to hospital with a suspected hand fracture.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 18: TV Coverage, Route And More

Bradley Wiggins may have convinced himself he has the Tour de France all but locked up, but Stage 18 might have something to say about that. The trip from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde is 222.5 kilometers very long, the second longest stage of the entire tour. It is also built to be an exciting one, as this map shows its topography.

There is plenty of level ground here for the sprinters to excel, but the real question is who will have the energy left in their tired legs to take the stage as the tour leaves the mountains behind it as it descends towards Paris. 14 teams are still without a victory so there is plenty of individual bragging rights left on the table.

Coverage of the 2012 Tour De France can be found on NBC Sports Network starting around 5 a.m. PT. You should also have the opportunity to watch it online via a subscription with NBC Sports.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Alejandro Valverde Claims 17th Stage, Bradley Wiggins Extends Lead

Englishman Bradley Wiggins used some skillful riding in the mountains to retain the yellow jersey on Thursday during the 2012 Tour de France, though it was Spain's Alejandro Valverde to claim the 17th stage.

Riders battled through a 89-mile ride from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes on Thursday, chocked full with three hard climbs and an difficult uphill finish. Valverde, who returned from a two-year doping ban this year, won his third Tour stage this year.

As he tries to become the first Brit to win cycling's biggest race, Wiggins holds a 2 minutes, 5 seconds lead over the field. He told reporters after the stage that he sensed victory as just three days of racing remain. The toughest test may still be ahead of him, the individual time trail stage, but that just so happens to be his specialty.

The finish of the race consists of a pair of flat stages on Friday and Sunday, including the ride to the finish line on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The 18th stage on Friday is a 137-mile ride from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde in central France.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 17: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Tour de France takes to the hills in what should end up being a fast-paced Thursday session. Stage 17 is one of the shortest in the campaign at 143.5 kilometers, but also one of the toughest as their finish is high in the mountains of the Pyrénées The race begins at Bagnères-de-Luchon and ends in Peyregudes.

If any cyclist trailing the pack wants to make their move, this is probably where they have to make it. Bradley Wiggins currently holds the yellow jersey and seems to be intent on keeping that lead. The duo of Wiggins and Chris Froome (both of whom race for the same team) have managed to keep themselves at the top of the line, and it's preserved Wiggins's top standing. This is pretty much one of the last real chances for anyone to really come up and contend down the stretch, as Wiggins is going to be really tough to beat and win the whole thing past these next few stages.

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2012 Tour De France Results: Thomas Voeckler Claims 16th Stage

As the 2012 Tour de France continues on, Frenchman Thomas Voeckler won the 16th stage of the Tour de France over four huge climbs in the Pyrenees mountains on Wednesday, moving himself that much closer to the yellow jersey.

Voeckler dominated the 123-mile course from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, leading the charge on a breakaway for his second stage victory of the Tour after claiming Stage 10 as well.

"Every one of the mountain passes was a race for me," said Voeckler, who captured the polka dot jersey for the best climber from Fredrik Kessiakoff of Sweden. "I did what many young riders dream of doing - leading everyone over all four summits."

It was not as good of news for defending champion Cadel Evans, who dropped out of title contention after starting the day 4th overall. The Australian native struggled mightily on the last two climbs, falling back enough to be essentially out of the race.

Bradley Wiggins continued to wear the yellow jersey, even gaining a little ground on the rest of the field.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 16: Route, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The 2012 Tour de France is down to its final stages, and it's unclear if anyone will be able to catch leader Bradley Wiggins. He has held the Yellow Jersey for about two weeks now, and he currently holds a lead of two minutes and five seconds over Christopher Froome, who sits in second place. Assuming he isn't involved in a collision, he appears to be on his way to a Tour championship.

As for Stage 16, it will commence on Wednesday morning following a rest day on Tuesday. It will take the cyclists 197 kilometers from Pau to Bagnéres-de-Luchon, which is a wild ride through the high mountains. Expect plenty of steep inclines and declines on Wednesday.

The Tour is being televised live by NBC Sports Network each morning. Wednesday's action will begin at 3:30 a.m. PST.

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2012 Tour de France: Frank Schleck Withdraws After Positive Test

Normally rest days on the Tour de France are just that - restful. But ESPN is reporting Frank Schleck of the RadioShack team will withdraw from the Tour de France after testing positive for a banned substance on Tuesday.

Schleck tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide, which the team said is not in any medicine used by the squad and it was unclear why it was detected in Schleck.

This is an ongoing reminder of how drugs persist in cycling's top event, with Schleck just another high-profile cyclist to test positive. He finished third in last year's Tour de France and was currently in 12th place overall at 9 minutes and 45 seconds behind leader Bradley Wiggins.

Schleck was notified of the positive test and went to the Pau police station on his own accord to cooperate with authorities. He has the right to request a test on his B sample within the next four days.

This is the second doping case to come from the tour this year. French rider Remy Di Gregorio was arrested on July 10th as part of a Marseille doping inquiry.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 15: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The final week of the 2012 Tour de France begins on Monday. As the most important and grueling cycling race in the world enters its final seven days, British rider Bradley Wiggins remains the overall general classification leader. The Tour is now his to win or lose.

Monday's Stage 15 will be a 158.5km ride from Samatan to Pau. The stage is not particularly tough and it is likely that it will culminate in a sprint finish. The final rest day will be on Tuesday, so expect the participants to ride hard as the stragglers attempt to pick up some time. There are only three small climbs in the stage; two category fours and a category three. After the horrific mountains, this will almost seem like a reprieve.

Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network starting at 5 a.m. PT

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Tour de France, Stage 14 Results: Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez Breaks Away For Victory

Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez battled through a wrist injury earlier in the week to claim the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as the race entered the Pyrenees mountain range. The Spaniard one of a new riders who broke away in the day's final ascent, the Mur de Peguere. It was the fourth time in his career he has won a Tour stage

Britain's Bradley Wiggins is expected to keep the yellow jersey as he trailed a breakaway group that included Sanchez riders by more than 15 minutes. Peter Sagan of Slovakia finished second, a full 47 seconds behind Sanchez. France's finished third in the same time.

Sagan and two other riders managed to escape from the pack after 22 miles on the descent, though eight riders, including Philippe Gilbert, Casar and Sanchez broke away in pursuit of Sagan's trio and closed the gap significantly. The second pack caught up with the yellow jersey's group after about 34 miles.

Despite rain and cooler weather on the climb, the ascent was mostly uneventful with no major accidents in the stage.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 14: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 14 of the 2012 Tour de France starts Sunday morning, and the 191 stretch from Limoux to Foix is a high mountain stage with two Category 1 climbs in the final 90km. The mountains aren't quite high enough that general classification defenders will have to attack or defend, but they are high enough for some of the lesser riders to take their shot at glory.

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With tight, risky descents down both climbs a rider willing to take chances would have a good chance at getting out in front and staying there, and there are plenty of young riders in the peloton willing to take the risk. French riders like Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) are always looking for chances to represent their country in its own race, and Stage 14 is a strong opportunity to impress.

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Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network starting at 5 a.m. PT

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Andre Greipel Wins Stage 13 Sprint, Bradley Wiggins Still In Yellow

Andre Greipel of Team Lotto-Belisol won his third stage of the 2012 Tour de France, taking Stage 13 in an incredibly tight sprint finish. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) was right there with Greipel, but he was forced to settle for second after Greipel thrust his bike over the line to take the win. Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen took third.

With just over 20km left in the stage strong winds and a short but nasty climbsplit the peloton, leaving sprint favorites like Mark Cavendish (Sky) behind. Cadel Evans, captain of Santa Rosa-based Team BMC and 2011 Tour champion, saw that as an opportunity to attack. He jumped off the front as the lead group tackled the final climb but overall leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) was able to stick with him, and the defending champ made no progress in the GC standings.

Team BMC's Tejay Van Garderen retained his lead in the young rider classification, holding a lead of just under two minutes over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat).

The General Classification following Stage 13:

1) Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 59:32:32

2) Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling +2:05

3) Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale +2:23

4) Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +3:19

5) Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team +4:48

6) Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan +6:15

7) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +6:57

8) Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team +7:30

9) Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar +8:31

10) Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat +8:51

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2012 Tour de France: Stage 13 Route, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The 2012 Tour de France will continue on Saturday. It'll take the cyclists from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chåteaux to Le Cap d'Agde, which is a beautiful ride of 217 kilometers. Following a photo finish at stage 12 of the Tour, you can bet we'll have yet another day of racing this afternoon.

Here is a look at the route the riders will be taking today.

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As for where you can catch all of the action on NBC Sports Network at 5 a.m. PST. That's a 8 a.m. start for you folks on the east coast. They'll also re-air the action on tape delay a bit later in the evening.

Bradley Wiggins currently leads the Tour by a little more than two minutes, and it's getting late enough that the other riders are going to start making their move.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 12: TV Coverage, Route And More

Riders take on the Tour de France's longest stage on Friday in Stage 12's 226km course. Stage 12 begins in Saint-Jean-de-Maurine and ends in Annonay Davezieux. The lengthy course challenges riders right from the start with a pair of mountains: the Col du Grand Cucheron and the Col du Granier. Both mountains are considered category 1 climbs, the steepest category of climbs.

After the pair of mountains, the course shifts to downhill and low level characteristics, meaning sprinters can make up ground and improve their time during this portion of the stage. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) is the current leader after 11 stages.

NBC Sports Network will begin airing the stage at 3:30 a.m. PT. Fans will also be able to watch the race online with a subscription to Tour de France live.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 11: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The toughest parts of the Tour de France keep on coming. Stage 10 was formidable as it provided a test of the mountain rides that were forthcoming. Stage 11 will bring even more heat, as it promises plenty of climbs. Stage 11 has an average 6.2 percent incline throughout the course, with the steepest uphill incline coming at 9.5 percent. Bay Area local Levi Leipheimer appears to be out of contention as Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins takes the mantle up to this point.

The course runs from Albertville and will end up finishing in La Toussuire-Les Sybelles. NBC Sports Network will air all of the day's action live beginning at 5 a.m. PST in the Bay Area. Online coverage of the Tour can be found with a subscription to Tour de France Live. Below you can see a virtual tour of the entire course courtesy of SB Nation Studios.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 10: Route Information, TV Schedule And More

The cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France got a much needed day to rest on Tuesday, but now it's time for the second half of the race. Bradley Wiggins currently holds a slight lead over the field, but that could certainly change as the mountains come into play in the very near future.

Here is a map of where the cyclists will ride on Wednesday. It's quite the journey from start to finish.

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You'll notice the mountains will come into play towards the back end of the stage. Be sure to check out the video listed below for a virtual tour of what's to come on Wednesday.

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Tour de France 2012: Di Gregorio Arrested At Team Hotel For Doping

Cofidis cyclist Remy Di Gregorio was arrested on Tuesday in a doping probe, as the Associated Press has reported. Judicial officials said two other people suspected of supplying the Gregorio with the dope were also arrested, one of them was arrested along with the cyclist in Bourg-en-Bresse, and another in Marseille.

Here is a statement from the Cofidis manager Yvon Sanquer at a news conference:

"(The police) have followed Remy's actions for a good while,'' Sanquer said. "If I had ever been aware or anyone else had been aware, Remy's time with the team would have been over the very moment when we learned of it."

Sanquer also said Di Gregorio's teammates reacted with a mix of "anger and devastation ... when I explained the situation to them, it was painful for them. There were tears."

Cycling has become notorious for its doping scandals, with riders from the most notable Lance Armstrong to others being linked to banned substance use.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 9: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Monday will mark the 10th day of the 2012 Tour de France and the final stage before the dreaded mountain stages begin. Stage 9 will start early on Monday and will be a time trial from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon, a mostly flat time trial ride past a score of French landmarks.

The 41.5km ride will be a sort of comedown for the riders prior to a rest day before the backbreaking Stage 10 takes place on Wednesday. Heading into Monday, Bradley Wiggins is the leader in the general classification and defending champion Cadel Evans is hot on his heels in second place, although this could be an opportunity for Fabian Cancellara to snatch the maillot jaune one final time before the riders take to the mountains.

Monday's stage will be televised on NBC Sports Network beginning at 5 a.m. PT.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 8 Results: Thibaut Pinot Wins By Wide Margin

Sunday marked the eighth stage (and ninth day) of the 2012 Tour de France, and Thibaut Pinot might've come up with the most dominant performance of any cyclist up to this point. Despite not being anywhere near the top of the leaderboard at the start of the day, Pinot won the stage by an impressive 26 seconds.

He finished his day after three hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds of riding.

Eight cyclists tied for second place on Sunday, including overall leader Bradley Wiggins. He remains the leader and will continue to wear the yellow jersey on Monday. His current lead is 10 seconds over Cadel Evans, who currently sits in second place by himself.

The ninth stage of the 2012 Tour de France will go from Arc-et-Senans to Besançon.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 8: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France takes place Sunday morning, and the 157.5km run from Belfort to Porrentruy is a rolling stage with seven categorized climbs. It starts with a Category 4 climb just 20km into the stage, has a Cat 3 soon after, then runs through four Cat 2 climbs before finishing with a short, steep Category 1 run up Col de la Croix just 16km from the finish.

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That's the kind of stage that favors a daring breakaway, and no doubt many of the tour's younger riders have Stage 8 circled on their maps. The French riders in the Tour also thrive on days like Sunday, when they can make an all-out effort in front of the home fans and receive cheers for their courage, though not often the stage win.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Stage 7 Winner Is Christopher Froome

The seventh stage of the 2012 Tour de France has wrapped up, and it was Christopher Froome who had a late push to win his first leg this year. Froome held off Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins by two seconds each, moving him into ninth place overall in the standings. He sits one minute and 32 seconds back of Wiggins, who leads the field.

The end of the seventh stage marks the first time Fabian Cancellara has not led the 2012 Tour de France. He had a rough day on Saturday and dropped out of the top-10. Wiggins sits 10 seconds ahead of Cadel and 16 seconds in front of Vincenzo Nibali. Rein Taaramae (32 seconds back) and Denis Menchov (54 seconds back) round out the top five.

The cyclists will continue their journey on Sunday at stage eight of the race.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 7: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

A route from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles has never been a part of the Tour de France before. On Saturday, such a ride will comprise Stage 7 in the 2012 Tour. A preview of the intense and dangerous mountain rides to come, local boy Levi Leipheimer and the rest of the riders will have to deal with some tricky climbs that will likely prove grueling.

Stage 7 is a 199 km ride that includes three big climbs, the last of which is a Stage 1 climb leading to the finish line at its apex. It's a borderline-diabolical climb, which the official Tour de France website helpfully illustrates:

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Saturday's Stage 7 will be the first stage this year to be televised live on national network television. The coverage starts at 5:00 a.m. PT on NBC. Streaming coverage will be available via NBC Sports.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 6, Huge Crash Proves Costly

On Friday, Peter Sagan was able to pick up the big win in Stage 6, although Fabian Cancellara will retain the yellow jersey as the overall leader in general classification. Andre Greipel appeared poised to win the stage, but in the last 150 meters, his team appeared to develop chain issues and were overtaken by Sagan, who sprinted to the Stage 6 victory and moved into 8th place in the general classification.

There was a tremendous crash about 26 km from the finish line that split the peloton in half and left riders lying in the grass on both sides of the road. The carnage took quite some time to sort out and riders like Ryder Hesjedal, Frank Schleck and Mark Cavendish may have seen their hopes of winning the Tour go up in smoke due to the time lost from the crash.

Here are the general classification standings following Friday's Stage 6:

1. Fabian Cancellara 29:22:36
2. Bradley Wiggins, 7 sec. behind leader
3. Sylvain Chavanel, 7 sec.
4. Tejay van Garderen, 10 sec.
5. Denis Menchov, 13 sec.
6. Cadel Evans, 17 sec.
7. Vincenzo Nibali, 18 sec.
8. Peter Sagan, 19 sec.
9. Andreas Klöden, 19 sec.
10. Maxime Monfort, 22 sec.

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Tour de France 2012 Results: André Greipel Wins Stage 4, Fabian Cancellara Retains Yellow Jersey

Team Lotto Belisol's André Greipel won Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour de France on Wednesday, taking the sprint win after a beautiful lead-out from his team. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) was second, with Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) taking third. A crash with 2.5km left in the race robbed many of the riders of their chance at victory, among them Mark Cavendish (Sky), who went down in the crash, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and overall leader Fabian Cancellara, who were both trapped behind the pileup.

The General Classification standings remain largely unchanged, with Cancellara holding on to his overall lead. Things are tight at the top of the standings, but as always the big moves don't come until later in the race. Santa Rosa's Team BMC has their captain Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner, sitting comfortable in seventh place, 17 seconds off the overall lead.

The General Classification after Stage 4:

1) Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 20:04:02

2) Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling +:07

3) Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +:10

5) Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling +:11

6) Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team +:13

7) Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +:17

8) Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale +:18

9) Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp

10)Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan +:19

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2012 Tour de France: Stage 4 TV Schedule, Online Stream, Route And More

Four days of racing and three stages of the 2012 Tour de France are now in the books, and we've seen some great racing thus far. The race will continue on Wednesday as leader Fabian Cancellara will look to build upon his seven second advantage over the field.

Route: Here is where the cyclists will be on Wednesday for stage four. It is one of the longest parts of the Tour de France at 214.5 km, which means endurance and stamina will be key for those at the front of the pack.

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Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network will televise stage four of the race beginning at 5 a.m. PDT.

Online Streaming: You can find all of the live action online via NBC Sports

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 2: TV Coverage, Online Streaming Information, Route And More

Stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France goes from Visé to Tournai, a long (207.5km) stage that has an excellent chance at seeing a bunch sprint for the finish. The long, flat stage is likely to see a breakaway spend plenty of time off the front, but they'll almost certainly be reeled in so that teams can position their sprinters for the stage win.

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As always, Mark Cavendish (Sky) is the man to beat in a sprint. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), who won Stage 1 in a sprint with overall leader Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan), is looking like he may be the man to beat Cav. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and others will all be doing their part to best Cavendish as well.

Santa Rosa based Team BMC has the same job they had in Stage 1: Keep defending champion Cadel Evans safe, out of crashes, and make sure no GC contenders make any moves to slip up the standings.

Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network beginning at 5 a.m. PDT.

Online Streaming: Streaming coverage available via NBC Sports

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Tour de France 2012 Results: Peter Sagan Wins Sprint Finish Over Fabian Cancellara

Peter Sagan had his first career Tour de France victory in Stage 1, taking a sprint finish win over Tour leader Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan). The 22 year old Liquigas-Cannondale rider was able to stick with Cancellara's wheel when Cancellara jumped off with 1.5km to go, and he easily came around the yellow jersey holder for the stage win. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) was also present at the finish and took third.

Santa Rosa based Team BMC achieved their goal for the day, keeping defending champion Cadel Evans out of any trouble, avoiding crashes and arriving at the finish line in the top 10 of the General Classification. They did some pulling in the final chase of the breakaway, but much of the day's work was done by Team Radioshack-Nissan, who were eager to preserve Cancellara's lead. Team Sky's Tony Martin and Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez both had bad luck in Sunday's stage, with Martin crashing early in the stage and Sanchez going down late.


The General Classification after Stage 1:

1) Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) 5:05:32

2) Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) +:07

3) Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +:07

4) Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) +:10

5) Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) +:11

6) Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) +:13

7) Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) +:13

8) Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) +:17

9) Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) +:18

10) Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Sharp) +:18

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 1: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

With the prologue of the 2012 Tour de France in the books, Stage 1 proper of the most well-known cycling race in the world will take place on Sunday, as the 198 participants will ride from Liege to Seraing. Fabian Cancellara won the individual time trial in the prologue in Liege and will begin the first stage wearing the yellow jersey for the fifth time in his career.

Stage 1 will begin at 5:00 a.m. PT and will be televised on NBC Sports Network. At 1:00 p.m. PT, NBC will air a recap and highlight show.

The circuitous route that starts and ends within the Province of Liege in Belgium will represent a good mix of terrain for the riders, as they will climb to 606 meters on the Baraque de Fraiture near the middle of the 198 km stage before finishing in the streets of Seraing.

Bay Area fans will need to wake up extra-early or watch Stage 1 on their DVR, but Levi Leiheimer will be representing Northern California in the race for Omega Pharma Quick Step. Perhaps he will be able to pick up his second career Tour de France individual stage win on Sunday.

Here is the route from Liege to Seraing that the riders will cover in Stage 1:

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via www.letour.fr

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2012 Tour de France Results: Fabian Cancellara Earns 5th Prologue Victory

Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) captured his fifth Tour de France Prologue victory with a win in Liège, Belgium on Saturday. The individual time trial specialist had a time of 7:13, a full seven seconds better than the second place finisher, Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky. World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) might have had a shot at besting Cancellara, but he got a flat and lost crucial time changing bikes.

Santa Rosa based Team BMC has to be happy with their captain's performance: defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) limited his losses and finished nine seconds behind the leader, good for 13th place. BMC's Tejay Van Garderen also had a good day, finishing 10 seconds out of the lead in fourth place. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Denis Menchov (Katusha) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) all also turned in good performances. Contenders Frank Schleck (Radioshack-Nissan) and Bay Area local Levi Leipheimer both had dissappointing days, finishing 38 and 28 seconds back, respectively. Both men will have a lot of work to do when the race reaches the mountains.

Stage 1 is on Sunday, with a flat run from Liège to Seraing for the sprinters. Look for Team BMC to focus on keeping Evans out of any trouble.

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Tour de France 2012, Prologue: Route, TV Coverage, Video And More

On Saturday, Levi Leipheimer and the rest of his Omega Pharma Quick Step team will finally get a chance to stretch out their legs in the 2012 Tour de France as the prologue stage will kick of the most famous cycling race in the world. The big event will air early in the morning here on the West Coast, so you may want to set the alarm or the DVR.

Leipheimer is not known for being a sprinter, but he may use the prologue to make a splash right away. The first stage in the Tour de France is an individual time trial that is mostly for bragging rights that will take place in Liege, Belgium. The prologue stage will be an almost entirely flat 6.4-kilometer race through the streets of Liege that should take each rider approximately eight minutes to complete.

NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage of the prologue stage on Saturday morning beginning at 5:00 a.m. PT.

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Tour de France Streaming: All Stages Available Online

Bay Area rider Levi Leipheimer will be riding for Omega Pharma Quick Step as the 2012 Tour de France finally gets underway on Saturday in Liege. NBC is offering a bundle subscription service for the entire Tour in case you don't have the necessary cable package to follow along with the race via your television.

All the action will be available with a subscription to NBC Sports' Tour de France Live. Users have two subscription options -- they can either purchase a pass for the entire 2012 Tour de France for $29.99, or they can pay $4.99 per stage. All Tour de France Live coverage will be archived and available on demand until August 31.

For a cycling enthusiast, this is a pretty solid deal. Especially considering that the subscription service allows you to track and stream the race on a number of different mobile devices.

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Tour De France 2012: Team Manager Believes Levi Leipheimer Will Do Well

Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer is preparing for the biggest race in the sport. On Sunday, the 2012 Tour de France will begin and Leipheimer will be riding for Omega Pharma Quick Step. According to VeloNation, Leipheimer's team is confident that the rider will have a strong showing in the Grand Tour event.

Omega Pharma Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere believes that Leipheimer will be a key component of a strong team.

"We will be at the starting line with a competitive formation," he vowed. "Leipheimer has recently shown that he is enjoying a period of crescendo [improving form - ed.] in the Tour de Suisse, as is Peter Velits. By their side on the major climbs we will see Kevin De Weert, one of the best riders in the last editions of the Grande Boucle."

Bay Area cycling fans can cheer on Leipheimer beginning on Sunday as the Tour begins in Liege.

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Tour De France 2012: Levi Leipheimer Has Solid Odds To Win

The Tour de France begins on Sunday, June 30, but the oddmakers have, of course, already chimed in on who are the favorites to win. Although Santa Rosa native Levi Leipheimer has not won an individual stage at the Tour since 2007, he remains in the top 20 of favorites to win, based on the early odds.

Leipheimer has 80/1 odds against winning, well behind favorites like Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans, but is definitely not entirely out of the running as far as Las Vegas is concerned. These are the top cyclists in the world, after all. The talent pool is anything but shallow.

Here are the early odds for the 2012 Tour de France:

Bradley Wiggins 5/4
Cadel Evans 9/4
Denis Menchov 14/1
Jurgen Van Den Broeck 22/1
Vincenzo Nibali 22/1
Chris Froome 25/1
Frank Schleck 25/1
Robert Gesink 25/1
Ryder Hesjedal 28/1
Samuel Sanchez 28/1
Alejandro Valverde 33/1
Pierre Rolland 40/1
Jani Brajkovic 50/1
Andreas Kloden 66/1
Tony Martin 66/1
Ivan Basso 80/1
Levi Leipheimer 80/1
Peter Velits 125/1
Chris Horner 150/1

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Tour De France 2012: Levi Leipheimer Represents Bay Area In The Event

Santa Rosa native Levi Leipheimer is among those competing for the grandest prize in professional cycling. The 2012 Tour de France begins on June 30.

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