2012 Tour de France
|2012 UCI World Tour, race 18 of 28|
|Route of the 2012 Tour de France|
|Dates||30 June – 22 July|
|Stages||20 + Prologue|
|Distance||3,496.9 km (2,173 mi)|
|Winning time||87h 34′ 47"|
|Winner||Bradley Wiggins (GBR)||(Team Sky)|
|Second||Chris Froome (GBR)||(Team Sky)|
|Third||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||(Liquigas-Cannondale)|
|Points||Peter Sagan (SVK)||(Liquigas-Cannondale)|
|Mountains||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)||(Team Europcar)|
|Youth||Tejay van Garderen (USA)||(BMC Racing Team)|
The 2012 Tour de France was the 99th edition of the Tour de France. It began with a prologue time trial in the city of Liège in Belgium, and finished on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. As well as the prologue, the first two road stages took place in Belgium, and one stage finished in Switzerland.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) won the overall race, and became the first British rider to win the Tour. Wiggins finished 3' 21" clear of compatriot and teammate Chris Froome, making them the first British riders to finish in the top three in the general classification, although some months later Wiggins was retrospectively promoted to 3rd in the 2009 Tour following the disqualification of Lance Armstrong. The yellow jersey was worn for the first week by Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan), who won the prologue. Wiggins, second in the prologue, took the leadership of the race on stage 7, the first mountainous stage, which was won by Froome, and maintained his lead throughout the rest of the race, winning both the long time trials, and not losing time to his main challengers for the overall title in the mountains. Froome came second in both the long time trials, and was alongside, or slightly ahead of, Wiggins on the mountainous stages. Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) was third place overall and the only rider to consistently keep pace with Wiggins and Froome in the mountains.
The points classification was won by Nibali's Slovakian teammate, Peter Sagan. Sagan won three stages, and was second or third in four others: German sprinter André Greipel of Lotto-Belisol, and world champion Mark Cavendish, another British rider on Team Sky, both also won three stages, but were less consistent, failing to score any points in the two uphill sprints won by Sagan. Team Europcar's French rider Thomas Voeckler, winner of two mountainous stages and top scorer on seven successive cols, won the mountains classification, and BMC Racing Team's American rider Tejay van Garderen, in fifth place overall, won the award for the best young rider, while the team competition was won by RadioShack-Nissan, and Chris Anker Sørensen was given the award for the most combative rider.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Pre-race favourites
- 3 Route and stages
- 4 Classification leadership
- 5 Final standings
- 6 UCI World Tour rankings
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
Twenty-two teams participated in the 2012 edition of the Tour de France. All eighteen UCI ProTeams were entitled, and obliged, to enter the race. On 6 April 2012, the organizer of the Tour, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), announced the four UCI Professional Continental teams given wildcard invitations, of which one was Dutch-based and three French. The presentation of the teams – where each team's roster are introduced in front of the media and local dignitaries – took place outside the Prince-Bishops' Palace in Liège, Belgium, on 28 June, two days before the opening stage held in the city.
The number of riders allowed per squad was nine, therefore the start list contained a total of 198 riders. From the riders that began this edition, 153 completed the race. Riders of 31 different nationalities participated, the largest numbers being from France (44), Spain (21), Netherlands (18), Italy (15), Belgium (14), Germany (13) and Australia (12). The average age of all the riders was 30.17; the youngest riders were Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun), Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), at 22, and the most senior were RadioShack-Nissan riders Chris Horner and Jens Voigt at 40. Saur-Sojasun was the youngest team and RadioShack-Nissan.
The teams entering the race were:
- Professional Continental teams
2011 winner Cadel Evans attempted to defend his Tour title, but lost time on two key mountain stages and finished in seventh place. Runner-up Andy Schleck (and later declared 2010 winner) was not in the Tour due to a fracture of the sacral bone of his pelvis at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The third still-active former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador was suspended and did not start in 2012 Tour.
Other former Grand Tour winners who took part in this Tour de France were: Denis Menchov (2009 Giro d'Italia, and 2005 and 2007 Vuelta a España: finished 15th), Alexander Vinokourov (2006 Vuelta a Espana: finished 31st), Alejandro Valverde (2009 Vuelta a España: finished 20th), Vincenzo Nibali (2010 Vuelta a España: finished 3rd), Juan José Cobo (2011 Vuelta a España: finished 30th), Ivan Basso (2006 Giro d'Italia and 2010 Giro d'Italia: finished 25th), Michele Scarponi (2011 Giro d'Italia: finished 24th) and Ryder Hesjedal (2012 Giro d'Italia: withdrew injured).
According to many observers before the race the favourite was the eventual winner, British rider Bradley Wiggins. Having finished fourth in the 2009 edition and been a podium finisher in the 2011 Vuelta a España, Wiggins had already showed good form during the season by winning the overall title in the stage races Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Route and stages
The route was accidentally leaked by the ASO on its website on 10 October 2011, eight days before the official presentation. The route featured a total of 101.1 km in individual time trials and three uphill finishes: La Planche des Belles Filles (stage 7), La Toussuire - Les Sybelles (stage 11) and Peyragudes (stage 17). The Col du Grand Colombier, a climb that had previously featured in the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de l'Avenir and the Tour de l'Ain, was included for the first time, and was among six hors catégorie rated climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees.
|P||30 June||Liège||6.4 km (4 mi)||Individual time trial||Fabian Cancellara (SUI)|
|1||1 July||Liège to Seraing||198 km (123 mi)||Flat stage||Peter Sagan (SVK)|
|2||2 July||Visé to Tournai||207.5 km (129 mi)||Flat stage||Mark Cavendish (GBR)|
|3||3 July||Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer||197 km (122 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Peter Sagan (SVK)|
|4||4 July||Abbeville to Rouen||214.5 km (133 mi)||Flat stage||André Greipel (GER)|
|5||5 July||Rouen to Saint-Quentin||196.5 km (122 mi)||Flat stage||André Greipel (GER)|
|6||6 July||Épernay to Metz||207.5 km (129 mi)||Flat stage||Peter Sagan (SVK)|
|7||7 July||Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles||199 km (124 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Chris Froome (GBR)|
|8||8 July||Belfort to Porrentruy||157.5 km (98 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)|
|9||9 July||Arc-et-Senans to Besançon||41.5 km (26 mi)||Individual time trial||Bradley Wiggins (GBR)|
|10 July||Mâcon||Rest day|
|10||11 July||Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine||194.5 km (121 mi)||Mountain stage||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)|
|11||12 July||Albertville to La Toussuire - Les Sybelles||148 km (92 mi)||Mountain stage||Pierre Rolland (FRA)|
|12||13 July||Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay - Davézieux||226 km (140 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||David Millar (GBR)|
|13||14 July||Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Cap d'Agde||217 km (135 mi)||Flat stage||André Greipel (GER)|
|14||15 July||Limoux to Foix||191 km (119 mi)||Mountain stage||Luis León Sánchez (ESP)|
|15||16 July||Samatan to Pau||158.5 km (98 mi)||Flat stage||Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA)|
|17 July||Pau||Rest day|
|16||18 July||Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon||197 km (122 mi)||Mountain stage||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)|
|17||19 July||Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes||143.5 km (89 mi)||Mountain stage||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)|
|18||20 July||Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde||222.5 km (138 mi)||Flat stage||Mark Cavendish (GBR)|
|19||21 July||Bonneval to Chartres||53.5 km (33 mi)||Individual time trial||Bradley Wiggins (GBR)|
|20||22 July||Rambouillet to Paris||120 km (75 mi)||Flat stage||Mark Cavendish (GBR)|
|Total||3,496.9 km (2,173 mi)|
There were four main individual classifications contested in the 2012 Tour de France, as well as a team competition. The most important was the general classification, which was calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage. The rider with the least accumulated time is the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification will be considered the winner of the Tour. If a crash happened within the final 3 km (1.9 mi) of a stage, not including time trials and summit finishes, the riders involved received the same time as the group they were in when the crash occurred. There were no time bonuses given for this edition of the Tour.
|No particular difficulty|
|Short with uneven terrain|
|Very difficult short|
The points classification leader was identified with a green jersey. Riders received points for finishing among the highest placed in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints during the stage. The points available for each stage finish were determined by the "coefficient" ranking scale.
No changes were made to the mountains classification, where points were awarded to the riders that reached the top of the most difficult ascents first. The climbs were categorised as either hors catégorie (English: beyond category), first, second, third, or fourth-category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The overall leader wore a polka dot jersey. Double points were awarded on the summit finishes on stages 1, 11 and 20.
The young rider classification, denoted by a white jersey, was calculated the same way as the general classification, but the classification was restricted to riders who were born on or after 1 January 1988. The team classification was calculated using the finishing times of the best three riders per team on each stage (not the team time-trial); the leading team was the team with the lowest cumulative time. The number of stage victories and placings per team determined the outcome of a tie. The riders in the team that lead this classification were identified with yellow number bibs on the back of their jerseys. For the time in the Tour's history the leading wore yellow helmets. In addition, there was a combativity award, given after each stage to the rider considered, by a jury, to have "made the greatest effort and who has demonstrated the best qualities of sportsmanship". The winner wore a red number bib the following stage. At the conclusion of the Tour, Chris Anker Sørensen won the overall super-combativity award.
A total of €2,414,246 was awarded in cash prizes in the race. The overall winner of the general classification received €450,000, with the second and third placed riders getting €200,000 and €100,000 respectively; all finishers of the race were awarded with money. The holders of the classifications benefited on each stage they lead; the final winners of the the points and mountains were given €25,000, while the best young rider and most combative rider got €20,000. Team prizes were available, with €10,000 for the team time trial and €50,000 for the winners of the team classification. There were also two special awards each with a prize of €5000, the Souvenir Jacques Goddet, given to the first rider to pass Goddet's memorial at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet in stage sixteen, and the Souvenir Henri Desgrange, given to first rider to pass the summit of the highest climb in the Tour, the Col de la Croix de Fer in stage eleven. Thomas Voeckler won the Jacques Goddet and Pierre Rolland the Henri Desgrange.
|Denotes the leader of the general classification||Denotes the leader of the points classification|
|Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification||Denotes the leader of the young rider classification|
|Denotes the leader of the team classification||Denotes the winner of the super-combativity award|
|1||Bradley Wiggins (GBR)||Team Sky||87h 34' 47"|
|2||Chris Froome (GBR)||Team Sky||+ 3' 21″|
|3||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Liquigas-Cannondale||+ 6' 19″|
|4||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (BEL)||Lotto-Belisol||+ 10' 15″|
|5||Tejay van Garderen (USA)||BMC Racing Team||+ 11' 04″|
|6||Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)||RadioShack-Nissan||+ 15' 41″|
|7||Cadel Evans (AUS)||BMC Racing Team||+ 15' 49″|
|8||Pierre Rolland (FRA)||Team Europcar||+ 16' 26″|
|9||Janez Brajkovič (SLO)||Astana||+ 16' 33″|
|10||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)||FDJ-BigMat||+ 17' 17″|
|1||Peter Sagan (SVK)||Liquigas-Cannondale||421|
|2||André Greipel (GER)||Lotto-Belisol||280|
|3||Matthew Goss (AUS)||Orica-GreenEDGE||268|
|4||Mark Cavendish (GBR)||Team Sky||220|
|5||Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)||Team Sky||160|
|6||Bradley Wiggins (GBR)||Team Sky||144|
|7||Chris Froome (GBR)||Team Sky||126|
|8||Luis León Sánchez (ESP)||Rabobank||104|
|9||Juan José Haedo (ARG)||Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank||102|
|10||Cadel Evans (AUS)||BMC Racing Team||100|
|1||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)||Team Europcar||135|
|2||Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE)||Astana||123|
|3||Chris Anker Sørensen (DEN)||Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank||77|
|4||Pierre Rolland (FRA)||Team Europcar||63|
|5||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team||51|
|6||Chris Froome (GBR)||Team Sky||48|
|7||Egoi Martínez (ESP)||Euskaltel-Euskadi||43|
|8||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)||FDJ-BigMat||40|
|9||Brice Feillu (FRA)||Saur-Sojasun||38|
|10||Daniel Martin (IRL)||Garmin-Sharp||34|
Young rider classification
|1||Tejay van Garderen (USA)||BMC Racing Team||87h 45′ 51″|
|2||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)||FDJ-BigMat||+ 6' 13″|
|3||Steven Kruijswijk (NED)||Rabobank||+ 1h 05' 48″|
|4||Rein Taaramäe (EST)||Cofidis||+ 1h 16' 48″|
|5||Gorka Izagirre (ESP)||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+ 1h 21' 15″|
|6||Rafael Valls (ESP)||Vacansoleil-DCM||+ 1h 26' 53″|
|7||Peter Sagan (SVK)||Liquigas-Cannondale||+ 1h 27' 33″|
|8||Dominik Nerz (GER)||Liquigas-Cannondale||+ 1h 31' 08″|
|9||Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)||Team Sky||+ 1h 41' 30″|
|10||Davide Malacarne (ITA)||Team Europcar||+ 1h 46' 41″|
|1||RadioShack-Nissan||263h 12' 14″|
|2||Team Sky||+ 5' 46″|
|3||BMC Racing Team||+ 36' 29″|
|4||Astana||+ 43' 22″|
|5||Liquigas-Cannondale||+ 1h 04' 55″|
|6||Movistar Team||+ 1h 08' 16″|
|7||Team Europcar||+ 1h 08' 46"|
|8||Team Katusha||+ 1h 12' 46″|
|9||FDJ-BigMat||+ 1h 19' 30″|
|10||Ag2r-La Mondiale||+ 1h 41' 15″|
UCI World Tour rankings
The race was the eighteenth of the twenty-nine events in the 2012 UCI World Tour, with riders from the WorldTeams competing individually for points that contributed towards the rankings. Points were awarded to the top twenty finishers in the general classification and to the top five finishers in each stage.
|1||3||Wiggins, BradleyBradley Wiggins (GBR)||Team Sky||601|
|2||1||Rodríguez, JoaquimJoaquim Rodríguez (ESP)||Team Katusha||404|
|3||4||Nibali, VincenzoVincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Liquigas-Cannondale||400|
|4||2||Boonen, TomTom Boonen (BEL)||Omega Pharma-Quick Step||368|
|5||5||Sagan, PeterPeter Sagan (SVK)||Liquigas-Cannondale||351|
|6||52||Froome, ChrisChris Froome (GBR)||Team Sky||266|
|7||6||Sánchez, SamuelSamuel Sánchez (ESP)||Euskaltel-Euskadi||252|
|8||23||Van Den Broeck, JurgenJurgen Van Den Broeck (BEL)||Lotto-Belisol||237|
|9||7||Gerrans, SimonSimon Gerrans (AUS)||Orica-GreenEDGE||210|
|10||15||Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team||201|
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