2012 Tour de France route presentation

Coming hot on the heels of the 2012 Giro d’Italia route presentation, the 2012 Tour route has been released. Starting in Liege, and ending 21 stages later on the Champs-Elysees, the Tour looks to feature some very tough climbing, with more categorized climbs than in 2011 (25 vs 23) and much more time trial distance than in 2011 (96km vs 41km). At first glance the climbs look less tough than last year, but there are some tough ones, short, Marie-Blanque-esque climbs, like the stage 7 Planche de Belle Filles.

Le Tour official site

A more detailed analysis is to come, perhaps tomorrow, but tell me what your first thoughts are, of either the 2012 Tour route or the 2012 Giro.


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