2012 Tour de France route and climbs

PARIS, Oct 18, 2011 (AFP) - Route for the 2012 Tour de France confirmed by organizers on Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: Please check back soon for analysis of the route and reactions from top riders compiled by VeloNews’ European correspondent Andrew Hood in Paris.

PARIS (AFP) — Route for the 2012 Tour de France confirmed by organizers on Tuesday.

The race will cover 3,479km and feature nine flat stages, five mountain stages including two finishing at altitude, two individual time trials and a prologue. There will also be two rest days.

The race will comprise a total of 25 climbs of 2nd, 1st or Hors categorie: one in the Vosges, three in the Jura, four in the Swiss Jura, six in the Alps and 11 in the Pyrenees.

Prologue – June 30: Liege – Liege 6.1 km
1st stage – July 1: Liege – Seraing 198 km
2nd stage – July 2: Vise – Tournai 207 km
3rd stage – July 3: Orchies – Boulogne-sur-Mer 197 km
4th stage – July 4: Abbeville – Rouen 214 km
5th stage – July 5: Rouen – Saint-Quentin 197 km
6th stage – July 6: Epernay – Metz 210 km
7th stage – July 7: Tomblaine – La Planche des Belles Filles 199 km
8th stage – July 8: Belfort – Porrentruy 154 km
9th stage – July 9: Arc-et-Senans – Besancon 38 km time trial
July 10: Rest day
10th stage – July 11: Macon – Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 194 km
11th stage – July 12: Albertville – La Toussuire-Les Sybelles 140 km
12th stage – July 13: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Annonay Davezieux 220 km
13th stage – July 14: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux – Le Cap dAgde 215 km
14th stage – July 15: Limoux – Foix 192 km
15th stage – July 16: Samatan – Pau 160 km
July 17: Rest day
16th stage – July 18: Pau – Bagneres-de-Luchon 197 km
17th stage – July 19: Bagneres-de-Luchon – Peyragudes 144 km
18th stage – July 20: Blagnac – Brive-la-Gaillarde 215 km
19th stage – July 21: Bonneval – Chartres 52 km time trial
20th stage – July 22: Rambouillet – Paris 130 km

Tour de France climbs

PARIS — A list of the climbs on the 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition of the three-week epic to be held June 30-July 22 (altitude in brackets):

Stage 7: La Planche des Belles Filles
La Planche des Belles Filles: 5.9 km at 8.5 percent average (1035 metres)

Stage 8: Porrentruy
Cote de Maison-Rouge: 7.9 km at 5 percent (784 m)
Cote de Saignelegier: 7.8 km at 6.1 percent (979 m)
Cote de Saulcy: 4.6 km at 8.6 percent (931 m)
Cote de la Caquerelle: 4.3 km at 7.6 percent (827 m)
Col de la Croix: 3.7 km at 9.2 percent (779 m)

Stage 10 Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Cote de Corlier: 6.4 km at 5.5 percent (762 m)
Col du Grand Colombier: 17.4 km at 7.1 percent (1501 m)

Stage 11: La Toussuire
Col de la Madeleine: 25.3 km at 6.2 percent (2000 m)
Col de la Croix-de-Fer: 22.4 km at 6.9 percent (2067 m)
Col du Mollard: 5.77 km at 6.8 percent (1638 m)
La Toussuire: 18 km at 6.1 percent (1705 m)

Stage 12: Annonay
Col du Grand Cucheron: 12.5 km at 6.5 percent (1188 m)
Col du Granier: 9.7 km at 8.6 percent (1134 m)

Stage 14: Foix
Col du Portel: 5.3 km at 6.3 percent (601 m)
Port de Lers: 11.4 km at 7 percent (1517 m)
Mur de Peguere: 9.4 km at 7.9 percent (1375 m)

Stage 16: Bagneres-de-Luchon:
Col d’Aubisque: 16.4 km at 7.1 percent (1709 m)
Col du Tourmalet: 19 km at 7.4 percent (2115 m)
Col d’Aspin: 12.44 km at 4.8 percent (1489 m)
Col de Peyresourde: 9.5 km at 6.77 percent (1559 m)

Stage 17: Peyragudes
Col de Mente: 9.3 km at 9.1 percent (1349 m)
Col des Ares: 6 km at 5.33 percent (797 m)
Port de Bales: 11.8 km at 7.7 percent (1755 m)
Peyragudes (via Peyresourde): 15.4 km at 5.1 percent (1603 m)