This is a picture postcard stage. It could have followed the Rhône Valley to the coastal plains. Instead, stage 12 heads west into the fringes of the Massif Central. It first weaves through the hills above the Ardèche canyon to Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, and then meanders south through rolling terrain—but the route is never too difficult. Any danger will come from the wind. There are several changes of direction before reaching the intermediate sprint at Uzès, and the final 28 kilometers might see crosswinds that could cause some real damage. If not, the finish in the Roman city of Nîmes should be a done deal for the sprinters.
After 5.8km on the streets of Nîmes, at the end of a flat 1,000m straight on the 19.6 feet wide Avenue Président Salvador-Allende.