2012 Tour de France

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2012 Tour de France
2012 UCI World Tour, race 18 of 28
Route of the 2012 Tour de France.png
Route of the 2012 Tour de France
Race details
Dates 30 June 2012 (2012-06-30)–22 July 2012 (2012-07-22)
Stages 20+Prologue
Distance 3,496.9 km (2,173 mi)
Winning time 87h 34′ 47″ (39.9 km/h or 24.8 mph)
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)
Team RadioShack-Nissan

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,[1][2] 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.[3] Wiggins, second in the prologue, took the leadership of the race on stage 7, the first mountainous stage, which was won by Froome,[4] 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 King of the Mountains title, 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.


All 18 teams in the UCI's Proteam category were entitled, and obliged, to enter the race. Four UCI Professional Continental teams, one Dutch and three French-based, were also invited.[5]

†: Invited Pro-continental teams

Pre-race favourites[edit]

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.[6] 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).[7][8][9]

According to many observers before the race the favourite was the eventual winner, British rider Bradley Wiggins.[10][11] 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.


The route was accidentally leaked by the ASO on its website on 10 October 2011,[12] eight days before the official presentation. The route featured a total of 101.1 km[13] 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.[14]

List of stages[15]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 30 June LiègeLiège 6.4 km (4 mi) Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
1 1 July LiègeSeraing 198 km (123 mi) Flat stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
2 2 July ViséTournai 207.5 km (129 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
3 3 July OrchiesBoulogne-sur-Mer 197 km (122 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
4 4 July AbbevilleRouen 214.5 km (133 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
5 5 July RouenSaint-Quentin 196.5 km (122 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
6 6 July ÉpernayMetz 207.5 km (129 mi) Flat stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
7 7 July TomblaineLa Planche des Belles Filles 199 km (124 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Chris Froome (GBR)
8 8 July BelfortPorrentruy 157.5 km (98 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
9 9 July Arc-et-SenansBesançon 41.5 km (26 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
10 July Rest day
10 11 July MâconBellegarde-sur-Valserine 194.5 km (121 mi) Mountain stage  Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
11 12 July AlbertvilleLa Toussuire/Les Sybelles 148 km (92 mi) Mountain stage  Pierre Rolland (FRA)
12 13 July Saint-Jean-de-MaurienneAnnonay/Davézieux 226 km (140 mi) Medium-mountain stage  David Millar (GBR)
13 14 July Saint-Paul-Trois-ChâteauxCap d'Agde 217 km (135 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
14 15 July LimouxFoix 191 km (119 mi) Mountain stage  Luis León Sánchez (ESP)
15 16 July SamatanPau 158.5 km (98 mi) Flat stage  Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA)
17 July Rest day
16 18 July PauBagnères-de-Luchon 197 km (122 mi) Mountain stage  Thomas Voeckler (FRA)
17 19 July Bagnères-de-LuchonPeyragudes 143.5 km (89 mi) Mountain stage  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
18 20 July BlagnacBrive-la-Gaillarde 222.5 km (138 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
19 21 July BonnevalChartres 53.5 km (33 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
20 22 July RambouilletParis (Champs-Élysées) 120 km (75 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)

Classification leadership[edit]

Four jersey wearers on the final stage: (from left) Peter Sagan, green jersey winner; Mark Cavendish, World Champion; Bradley Wiggins, General Classification winner; and Thomas Voeckler, King of the Mountains winner

There were four main classifications contested in the 2012 Tour de France, with the most important being the general classification. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification was considered the winner of the Tour.[16] In 2012, there were no time bonuses given.[17]

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists get points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and is identified with a green jersey.[16]

There was also a mountains classification. The organization categorized some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reach the top of these climbs, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and was identified with a polka dot jersey.[16]

The fourth individual classification was the young rider classification, marked by the white jersey. This classification was calculated the same way as the general classification, but the classification was restricted to riders who were born on or after 1 January 1987.[16]

For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team is the team with the lowest total time. The riders in the team that lead this classification were identified with yellow numbers[17] and for the first time in 2012, helmets.

For the combativity award, a jury gives points after each stage to the cyclists they considered most combative. The cyclist with the most votes in all stages leads the classification.[17]

Stage Winner General classification
Jersey yellow.svg
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Mountains classification
Jersey polkadot.svg
Young rider classification
Jersey white.svg
Team classification
Jersey yellow number.svg
Combativity award
Jersey red number.svg
P Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara no award Tejay van Garderen Team Sky no award
1 Peter Sagan Michael Mørkøv Nicolas Edet
2 Mark Cavendish Peter Sagan Anthony Roux
3 Peter Sagan Michael Mørkøv
4 André Greipel Yukiya Arashiro
5 André Greipel Mathieu Ladagnous
6 Peter Sagan David Zabriskie
7 Chris Froome Bradley Wiggins Chris Froome Rein Taaramäe Luis León Sánchez
8 Thibaut Pinot Fredrik Kessiakoff RadioShack-Nissan Fredrik Kessiakoff
9 Bradley Wiggins Tejay van Garderen no award
10 Thomas Voeckler Thomas Voeckler Thomas Voeckler
11 Pierre Rolland Fredrik Kessiakoff Pierre Rolland
12 David Millar Robert Kišerlovski
13 André Greipel Michael Mørkøv
14 Luis León Sánchez Peter Sagan
15 Pierrick Fédrigo Nicki Sørensen
16 Thomas Voeckler Thomas Voeckler Thomas Voeckler
17 Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde
18 Mark Cavendish Alexander Vinokourov
19 Bradley Wiggins no award
20 Mark Cavendish
Final Bradley Wiggins Peter Sagan Thomas Voeckler Tejay van Garderen RadioShack-Nissan Chris Anker Sørensen
  • In stage 1, Bradley Wiggins, who was second in the points classifications, wore the green jersey, because Fabian Cancellara (in first place) wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.
  • In stage 2, Peter Sagan, who was second in the points classifications, wore the green jersey, because Fabian Cancellara (in first place) wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.

Final standings[edit]

  Yellow jersey   Denotes the leader of the General classification[18]   Polka dot jersey   Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification[18]
  Green jersey   Denotes the leader of the Points classification[18]   White jersey   Denotes the leader of the Young rider classification[18]
  Jersey with a yellow background on the number bib.   Denotes the leader of the Team classification[18]

General classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Jersey yellow.svg 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) Jersey white.svg BMC Racing Team + 11' 04″
6  Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) Jersey yellow number.svg 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″

Points classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Peter Sagan (SVK) Green jersey 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) Jersey yellow.svg 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

King of the Mountains classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Polka-dotted jersey Team Europcar 135
2  Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE) Astana 123
3  Chris Anker Sørensen (DEN) Jersey red number.svg 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 Riders classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Tejay van Garderen (USA) Jersey white.svg 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) Jersey green.svg 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″

Team classification[edit]

Pos. Team Time
1 RadioShack-Nissan Jersey yellow number.svg 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″

Jerseys gallery[edit]

World rankings points[edit]

The Tour de France was one of 29 events throughout the season that contributed points towards the 2012 UCI World Tour. Points were awarded to the top 20 finishers overall, and to the top five finishers in each stage. Only riders on UCI ProTour teams were eligible to receive rankings points.[19]

Prize money[edit]

In total, around €3.5 million was distributed during the Tour. Initially, each team received €51,243, while each team with at least seven riders finishing the Tour received €1600 per rider. The winner of the General Classification received €450,000, with smaller prizes for each finishing position, down to €400 for the last rider.[22]

Prize money for each classification[22][23]
Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Per day
Jersey yellow.svg General €450,000 €200,000 €100,000 €70,000 €50,000 €23,000 €11,500 €7,600 €4,500 €3,800 €350
Jersey green.svg Points €25,000 €15,000 €10,000 €4,000 €3,500 €3,000 €2,500 €2,000 €300
Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains €25,000 €15,000 €10,000 €4,000 €3,500 €3,000 €2,500 €2,000 €300
Jersey white.svg Young €20,000 €15,000 €10,000 €5,000 €300
Jersey yellow number.svg Team €50,000 €30,000 €20,000 €12,000 €8,000
Jersey red number.svg Combative €20,000

The stage winner was awarded €8,000 on a normal stage and €10,000 for a time trial. The money gradually decreases, with the 20th finisher receiving €200. The first person to cross the intermediate sprint wins €1,500. Money is also awarded for crossing the categorized climbs, for the best young rider of each stage, the most combative rider, and the best team of the stage.[22]

Prize money stages and other contests[22]
Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Stage €8,000 €4,000 €2,000 €1,200 €830 €780 €730 €670 €650 €600
Intermediate sprint €1,500 €1,000 €500
Hors Category Mtn. €800 €450 €300
1st Category Mtn. €650 €400 €150
2nd Category Mtn. €500 €250
3rd Category Mtn. €300
4th Category Mtn. €200
Young €500
Combative €2,000
Team €2,800

Two other special prizes were awarded. The first to ascend the Col du Tourmalet and the Col de la Croix de Fer receive the souvenir Jacques Goddet and the souvenir Henri Desgrange respectively. Each prize awarded €5,000.[22]

Summary of total amount of prize money awarded per team[24]
Pos. Team Prize money Major awards
Jerseys/awards Stage wins Top 10 Classifications
(or best outside top 10)
1 Team Sky €828,840 Jersey yellow.svg 6 1st & 2nd
2 Liquigas-Cannondale €204,110 Jersey green.svg 3 3rd
3 Lotto-Belisol €136,700 3 4th
4 BMC Racing Team €134,190 Jersey white.svg 0 5th & 7th
5 RadioShack-Nissan €125,950 Jersey yellow number.svg 1 6th
6 Team Europcar €107,360 Jersey polkadot.svg
Souvenir Jacques Goddet
3 8th
7 FDJ-BigMat €71,470 2 10th
8 Astana €70,490 Souvenir Henri Desgrange 0 9th
9 Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank €66,690 Jersey red number.svg 0 14th
10 Orica-GreenEDGE €39,440 0 72nd
11 Rabobank €39,000 1 28th
12 Ag2r-La Mondiale €27,770 0 12th
13 Garmin-Sharp €26,970 1 35th
14 Movistar Team €25,120 1 18th
15 Euskaltel-Euskadi €19,830 0 17th
16 Omega Pharma-Quick Step €19,370 0 27th
17 Cofidis €18,570 0 36th
18 Lampre-ISD €15,700 0 24th
19 Team Katusha €12,830 0 15th
20 Argos-Shimano €12,590 0 103rd
21 Saur-Sojasun €11,480 0 21st
22 Vacansoleil-DCM €9,720 0 41st


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