The 2012 Tour de France is already well under way. As usual, the first week is where the sprinters get their chance to shine. Apart from the excitement of the peloton chasing down the breaks and the final bunch sprint itself, the first week doesn't hold too much drama.
The action will come in the following two weeks among the mountains of the Alps and the Pyrenees as the riders who will challenge for the yellow jersey come to the fore.
The following five stages are the must-watch days of the tour. These will be the stages where the race will be won or lost and should, therefore, provide the most drama.