- The race 2011
- All about the race
La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges, the Côte de Saulcy and the Col de la Croix in the Swiss Jura, the Col du Grand Colombier in the Jura and the Mur de Péguère in the Pyrenees: all these new ascents will be featured on the map of the 2012 Tour.
The 3rd stage from Orchies to Boulogne- sur-Mer will represent one of the highlights of the first week of the race with six climbs, including four that are situated in the last 20 kilometres, of which the gradients are around 10%.
The finish, situated at the end of a 700-m long ascent, will be identical to the one used in the last French Championships won by Sylvain Chavanel.
The 2012 Tour de France will spend three days in Belgium for the Official Start which will take place in the Province of Liège (the prologue in Liège and the 1st stage from Liège to Seraing) and then the 2nd stage from Visé to Tournai.
It will then make a detour to Switzerland, in the canton of Jura, to Porrentruy, where the finish of the 8th stage will be judged.
For this 2012 edition, no bonuses will be awarded in intermediate sprints and stage finishes. Official time remains the absolute reference.
As in 2011, the points for the green jersey classification will be awarded at stage arrivals and during the sole intermediate sprint in the straight stages.
For this 2012 edition, points will be awarded to the first ten riders who go over the top of the highest level mountain passes.
The points will be doubled for summit finishes.
A prologue (6.1 km) and two individual time-trial stages will be featured on the programme of the 99th edition: 40 km between Arc-et-Senans and Besançon halfway through the Tour and 53 km between Bonneval and Chartres the day before the finish on the Champs-Élysées.
In total, around 2 million euros will be awarded to the teams and the riders, including 450, 000 euros for the winner of the general individual classification.