london olympics: cav says, “i’m nervous”
Just a week after a successful TDF for British riders, the Olympic cycling road race is taking place from central London to Surrey and back.
This is a 250 kms race, with Cavendish hoping for a road race win.
That looks like a hell of a reach to me, after three weeks of the Tour de France.
153 cyclists out of 198 finished the Tour. Mark Cavendish came in 142nd, at nearly three and a half hours after Bradley Wiggins!
Today’s race goes nine times up the pimple at Box Hill, a road I’ve ridden many times.This is not going to be easy after the extraordinary stress of the Tour.
At least the ‘sponsors’ cannot charge people for watching from the roadside.
[Now watchable on Eurosport.]
Update: First Froome, then Wiggins faded away. A 50-second breakaway by Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan [gold medal] and Rigoberto Uran of Colombia [silver medal] was insurmountable.
the finish - cav wins again with a wiggins lead out!
The final stage of the 2012 Tour de France has been won by Mark Cavendish for the fourth time running, led out by the Yellow Jersey holder, Bradley Wiggins.
Bradley Wiggins is the first Briton (Englishman) to win the most prestigious endurance race in the world.
This is the best thing to happen to UK cycling since Reg Harris won the world sprint championship three or four times.
I’m glad to see the pressure to revive Herne Hill is also being renewed.
The The Herne Hill Velodrome is the last remains of the last time the UK held the Olympics, when Reg came second!
cav’s priority - the olympics, not the green jersey
Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile, won the green points jersey in last year’s Tour de France. To this Cav added the road world championship jersey last September. But this year, a week after the end of the TDF, the London Olympics start, and Mark Cavendish has his eyes on the 250-kilometre road race. His plan is to use the Tour as conditioning prior to the Olympics, opening on 28th July.
Cav will be helping his team, Sky, to put team mate Bradley Wiggins in the yellow jersey, to make Bradley the first British winner of the TDF. While Cav wants to win some stages, he is likely to be seen being a domestique for the team, bringing water bottles forward, and helping to protect Bradley Wiggins in the final week.
2012 tour de france route
From Saturday 30 June to Sunday 22th July, 2012, the
99th Tour de France will be
competed during 21 stages, well actually a prologue and
20 stages, over a distance of 3,479 kilometres.
There will be:
- Nine flat stages
- Six high mountain stages with 3 summit finishes
- Four hilly stages that finish with a climb
- Two individual time trials (against the clock stage)
- A prologue around Liege in Belgium
- Two rest days.
The special features of the race are
- 25 cols gone over and summit finishes that are
ranked 2nd, 1st or hors catégorie
- 1 in Les Vosges, with a summit finish at 1,035
m (La Planche des Belles Filles)
3 in le Jura
4 in Swiss Jura
6 in the Alps, with a summit finish at 1,705 m (La
11 in the Pyrénées, with a summit
finish at approx. 1,600 m (Peyragudes)
- 9 towns not previously visited: Abbeville, Annonay
Davézieux, Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, La Planche
des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Porrentruy, Samatan,
The 2012 Tour de France starts by spending three days
in Belgium from the Grand Départ in the Province
of Liège. The first day will be the short prologue
(mini-time trial) at Liège, and next day the first
stage from Liège to Seraing. The second stage from
Visé to Tournai is also in Belgium.
There is also going to be a detour into Switzerland and
back to Porrentruy in Jura for the finish of the eighth
For the 2012 edition, no bonuses will be awarded for intermediate
sprints and stage finishes.
One intermediate sprint
As in 2011, the points awarded for the green jersey classification
will be for a single intermediate sprint and for the stage
Mountain points scheme
For this 2012 edition, points will be awarded to the first
ten going over col summits classified as
Points will be doubled for summit finishes.
Nearly 100 kilometres against the
A prologue (6.1 km) and two individual against-the-clock
stages: 38 km from Arc-et-Senans to Besançon, and
52 km between Bonneval and Chartres the day before the
final arrival on the Champs-Elysees. (Note that a prologue
is a short time-trial used to determine who will wear
the yellow jersey on the first long day of racing.)
In total about there is about 2 million euros prize money
for teams and riders, with 450, 000 euros to the winner
of the individual general classification - the yellow
the summer of steep slopes
In 1987, the year when Stephen Roche won the Triple Crown - the Tour d’Italie [the Giro], the Tour de France and the world championship, a fairly romantic film appeared called L’été en pente douce - The summer of gentle slopes. If a film should be made of this year’s Tour, its title would be L’été en pente raide - The summer of steep slopes.
This year’s Tour is slotted between several centenaries celebrated since 2003 - the Tour itself, the Ballon d’Alsace, Tourmalet, Galibier - and the 100th edition of the Tour de France in 2013. Instead of focussing on height or distance, the TDF have decided to make this year’s difficulties on the route a celebration of steepness.
- Stage 7 (7 July), La Planche des Belles Filles
According to local legend, in 1635 a group of young girls chose to climb
this mountain and drown themselves in the black waters of a lake to escape the abuses of cruel Swedish mercenaries, stationned at the village of Plancher-les-Mines in the bottom of the valley.
The TDF has not been here before. The prolonged and irregular ascent of 5.9 km starts with a slope of 13%, with an untarmacked section of 300 metres
of average 14% slope and a bit at 20%, arriving at 1,035 metres height.
- Stage 8 (8 July), Le col de la Croix
Again the first visit for the TDF, this slope is short, only 4 km and arriving at 789 metres height, but it has an average
gradient of 9.2% with a maximim slope of 17%. This corresponds to the difficulty of the Wall of Huy in the Flèche Wallonne [the Wallonne Arrow].
- Stage 10 (11 July), Le col du Grand Colombier
Over 17.4 km
with an average of 7.1% gradient, this slope ends at 1,501 m. However, the elevation developed is more than 1,245 m from Culoz (just after the Sprint). This is more than the 1,127 m height difference from Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe-d’Huez (often part of the TDF as in stage 19 of the 2011 TDF, and a popular cyclist’s climb | Google translation).
- Stage 14 (15 July), Le mur de Péguère
On paper, the Peguère Wall is 9.4 km at an average 7.9% gradient. Not much you might think, until you look more closely and see that the last 3.6 km are at an average of 12% - a good 15 minutes uphill slog.
stages for 2012
There will be a short prologue stage around Liege and
then a further 20 stages. These
include 6 high mountain stages [Alps 2, Pyrenees 4], 4 medium
mountain/hilly stages, and two individual
time trials. There are 2 rest
days. All other days are ‘on
the plain’ - relatively flat days,
almost touring through France. The total distance ridden
will be about 3,479 kilometres, or roughly 2,162 miles.
Switzerland will be visited on the 8th stage.
30 June [6.1 km]
> La Toussuire - Les Sybelles
12 July [140 km]
||Belgium: Liège > Luxembourg >
1 July [198 km]
> Annonay Davézieux
13 July [220 km]
|| Belgium: Visé >
2 July [207 km]
> Le Cap d’Agde
14 July [215 km]
|| France: Orchies > Boulogne-sur-Mer
3 July [197 km]
15 July [192 km]
||Abbeville > Rouen
4 July [214 km]
16 July [160 km]
|| Rouen > Saint-Quentin
5 July [197 km]
rest day - Pau
6 July 210 km]
18 July [197 km]
|| Tomblaine > La
Planche des Belles Filles
7 July [199 km]
19 July [144 km]
||France: Belfort > Switzerland: Porrentruy
8 July [154 km]
20 July [215 km]
|| France: Arc-et-Senans >
9 July [38 km]
|| Bonneval > Chartres
21 July [52 km]
||rest day - Mâcon
> Paris Champs-Élysées
22 July [130 km]
|| Mâcon > Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
11 July [194 km]
itineraries for the 2012 Tour de France stages
“100% cotton, 20€”
teams for 2012
year’s top ten seeded riders
||UCI Team Code
||35 y.o. Last year’s TDF winner, the oldest post-war winner. 2nd in the 2007 and 2008 TDF.
||32 y.o. Winner of 2012 Paris-Nice, 3rd in 2011 Vuelta.
Olympic champion. 4th in 2009 TDF, but 24th in 2010.
||34 y.o.2nd in 2010 TDF, 7th in 2011 Giro, but winner in 2009; 5th in 2011 Vuelta, but winner in 2007 and 2005. .
13 June 2012: Andy Schleck, 2010 TDF winner, has pulled out of ths year’s TDF after breaking a vertebra during the Critérium du Dauphiné. He is expected to cycle in the London Olympics.
||"The shark from the strait" - "le requin du détroit", 2010 Vuelta winner and 7th in the 2011 Vuelta.
||34 y.o. 4th in 2010 TDF (best TDF result), 6th in 2011 TDF and best climber (spotty jersey winner)
||31 y.o. 5th in 2008 and 2009 TDF. Fractured his
shoulder bone during 2010 TDF.
||26 y.o. 6th in 2010 TDF, but only 31st in 2011. Best TDF result: 2nd.
||Jurgen van den Broeck
||4th in 2010 TDF; best climber in 2011 Dauphiné and 4th overall.
||33 y.o., 4th in 2011 TDF
In 2011, many web sites offered live streaming from their
sites. We are leaving that information here until we can
obtain the information for 2012. This will probably appear
only on the first day of the 2012 TDF.
Some web sites want you to pre-register, and even pay.
Here are a few of the more reputable sites that were available
for the 2011 TDF. They may well be broadcasting again
in 2012. Of course, until the TDF is actually running,
we cannot verify any links provided.
- UK: ITV4 - full
schedule of live broadcasts.
- This is the first year that ITV have bought
- EUROSPORT UK is providing daily live TV coverage,
including HD, often with some commentary with
Sean Kelly, ex-professional cyclist.
DAS ERSTE/ZDF (shared coverage)
2/FRANCE 3 (shared coverage)
RAI 3/RAI SPORT2
“TSN2 has exclusive Canadian coverage of cycling's
most prestigious event, the Tour de France. The
network is home to all 21 stages beginning Saturday
at 8am et/5am pt live on TSN2.”
through the Internet
To the left is the
list for links
provided by TDF links to numerous live streaming
Probably all are only available in their country
of origin. Further, many are unreliable, or require
further clicks to reach the live/direct feed, are
hard to navigate, or are difficult to go beyond
the publicity, and require a subscription.
Eurosport is selling live steaming with their Eurosportplayer,
with various, almost reasonable subscriptions.
The Tour de France web site also has a YouTube
channel with videos of stages to come and other
year (2011): the first ten riders
|| 86h 12' 22"
||+ 01' 34"
||+ 02' 30"
|| + 03' 20"
||+ 03' 57"
||+ 04' 55"
||+ 06' 05"
||+ 07' 23"
|| + 08' 15"
||+ 10' 11"
|| 86h 12' 22"
|| CAVENDISH Mark
|| 334 pts
|| SANCHEZ Samuel
(Polka dot Jersey)
|| ROLLAND Pierre
||86h 23' 05"
|| Roy, Jérémy
||88h 40' 49"
|TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO
||258h 18' 49"
Tour de France 2012 will include 25 peaks ranked as
second, first or hors catégorie:
- 1 in the Vosges (stage 7)
- 4 in the Swiss Jura (stage 8)
- 3 in the Jura (stage10)
- 6 in the Alps (stages 11, 12)
- 11 in the Pyrenees (stages 14, 16, 17)
During the last five Tours de France, the total of mountain
- 22 in 2007
- 17 in 2008
- 21 in 2009
- 25 in 2010
- 23 in 2011.
Alps and Pyrenees
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