The final stage of the 2012 Tour de France is a 120km route from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees in Paris. This is the shortest non-TT stage in this year’s Tour.
First, there are two Cat-4 climbs:
- Km 36.5 – Côte de Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse1.1 kilometre-long climb at 6.7% – category 4
- Km 40.5 – Côte de Châteaufort (Stèle Jacques Anquetil)0.9 kilometre-long climb at 4.5% – category 4
The intermediate sprint is 84.5kms in, in Paris.
Along the way, Bradley Wiggins will probably sip ceremonial champagne prior to the Champs-Elysees. Here, traditionally a rider who is retiring at the end of the year will lead the peloton onto the cobbled street. Will that be George Hincapie (BMC) or Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)?
Then, as has been tradition since 1975, the riders will make 8 laps on the grand boulevard. Mark Cavendish (Sky) has already said his goal is to take his 4th consecutive win on the Champs-Elysees, but young Peter Sagan (Liquigas) and the ever-ambitious Andre Greipel (Lotto) may have something to say about that….