6 Reasons to Watch the 2012 Tour De France

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6 Reasons to Watch the 2012 Tour De France
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The Tour de France is the pinnacle of the cycling season: the three-week grand tour draws the most international attention, and simply winning one day can make a rider’s career. 

The 2012 Tour de France will be the 99th edition of the famed race, and runs from June 30 to July 22.  Starting in Liege, Belgium and ending on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on the final day, riders will battle hot, flat stages, over 100 kilometers of time trials, and a showdown in the high mountains will take place.

There will be “25 mountain level two, level one or highest level mountain passes or summit finishes” in this year’s race. 

The 2012 Tour will feature the following:

1 prologue
2 rest days
2 ITTs
4 medium mountain stages (one summit finish)
5 mountain stages (two summit finishes)
9 flat stages

Let's take a look at six reasons you'll want to tune in.

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