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.
For television coverage in the United States, NBC Sports Network will have live coverage of the event starting at 5 a.m. PT. There will also be online coverage via NBC Sports if you have the proper subscription.