Tour De France 2012 Standings: Fabian Cancellara's Slim Lead Will Fade

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Tour De France 2012 Standings: Fabian Cancellara's Slim Lead Will Fade
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Fabian Cancellara has held onto the overall lead at the 2012 Tour de France, but it won't last as the event continues through the hills.

Cancellara is still clinging to the lead he built in the prologue, and through the early stages. At this stage of his career, and at 31 years old, he is not the kind of rider that can excel riding uphill.

A young superstar in the making, Peter Sagan took Stage 3, and it was the second stage he's won thus far. Cancellara is staying on top for now with decent showings in each stage, but the riders that succeed uphill will be taking over shortly.

Bradley Wiggins and Sylvain Chavanel are tied for second.

American Tejay Van Garderen is a dark horse. He is only 10 seconds behind after Stage 3.

Below are the current standings, and the remaining Tour de France schedule:

Click link to see full standings from - tourdefrance.nbcsports.com

 

Place 

Name   Time   Time Gap   Team   Bib #   Age  
1   Fabian Cancellara 10:02:31 00:00:00 RNT 012 31
2   Bradley Wiggins 10:02:38 00:00:07 SKY 101 32
3   Sylvain Chavanel 10:02:38 00:00:07 OPQ 192 33
4   Tejay Van Garderen
10:02:41 00:00:10 BMC 009 23
5   Edvald Boasson Hagen
10:02:42 00:00:11 SKY 102 25
6   Denis Menchov 10:02:44 00:00:13 KAT 131 34
7   Philippe Gilbert 10:02:44 00:00:13 BMC 004 29
8   Cadel Evans 10:02:48 00:00:17 BMC 001 35
9   Vincenzo Nibali 10:02:49 00:00:18 LIQ 051 27
10   Ryder Hesjedal 10:02:49 00:00:18 GRS 061 31

 

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Tour De France Schedule from Bicycling.com:

 

Stage 4: Wednesday, July 4 - Abbeville to Rouen, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 5: Thursday, July 5 - Rouen to Saint-Quentin, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 6: Friday, July 6 - Epernay to Metz, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 7: Saturday, July 7 - Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles, 8 a.m., NBC

Stage 8: Sunday, July 8 - Belfort to Porrentruy, 8 a.m., NBC

Stage 9: Monday, July 9 - Arc-et-Senans to Bescancon, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 10: Wednesday, July 11 - Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 11: Thursday, July 12 - Albertville to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles, 7 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 12: Friday, July 13 - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux, 6:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 13: Saturday, July 14 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d'Adge, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 14: Sunday, July 15 - Limoux to Foix, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 15: Monday, July 16 - Samatan to Pau, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 16: Wednesday, July 18 - Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, 6:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 17: Thursday, July 19 - Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes, 7:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 18: Friday, July 20 - Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 19: Saturday, July 21 - Bonneval to Chartres, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network

Stage 20: Sunday, July 22 - Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Recap show, 1 p.m., NBC 

 

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