July 22, 2012; Paris, FRANCE; Bradley Wiggins (GBR), in yellow, and Mark Cavendish (GBR) during stage twenty of the 2012 Tour de France in Paris. Mandatory Credit: Frederic Mons/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Tour De France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Wins It All

The 2012 Tour de France is in the books.. The world's greatest cyclists began competition for the most coveted prize in the sport on June 30 and wrapped things up on July 22.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Bradley Wiggins And Team Sky Put On A Clinic

Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans entered the 2012 Tour de France as the betting favorites to take it all. Most experts believed that one of those two men would emerge victorious at the end of 20 grueling stages. Evans, the returning champion, slowly found himself losing time to Wiggins and his aggressive Team Sky teammates. Before long, Evans was well out of contention.

In the end, Team Sky took the top two spots in the general classification. Wiggins won his first Grand Tour and became the first British-born rider to take the Tour de France title. Wiggins' teammate, Chris Froome, finished over three minutes behind Wiggins for second place and may eventually stand atop the winner's podium himself one day.

In the points classification, Peter Sagan racked up 421 points and left the competition for the green jersey in the dust, including early points leader Andre Greipel, who ended up with just 280 points. Sagan claimed three separate stage wins throughout the Tour.

As for the polka-dot jersey and the 2012 King of the Mountains, that went to Thomas Voeckler, who dominated the superhuman climbs featured in this year's Tour. Tejay Van Garderen, meanwhile, distinguished himself as the Best Young Rider. The future may be bright ahead for the 23-year-old from Tacoma.

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Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Wins Britain's First Title

Britian's Bradley Wiggins was looking to make history as the 2012 Tour de France officially came to a close on Sunday. He had already been dubbed the champion a day before after his domineering time trial, becoming the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, maintaing the yellow jersey during Sunday's final ride into beautiful Paris.

Not to be greedy, Wiggins also helped fellow Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the historic Champs-Elysees.Wiggins dominated on Saturday's final time trial to extend his lead past the other rider's reach. Fellow Briton and Sky teammate Christopher Froome finished second, 3 minutes, 21 seconds behind overall.

The last time two cyclists from the same nation finished first and second in the Tour was in 1984, when Frenchmen Laurent Fignon defeated Bernard Hinault.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 20: TV Coverage, Route And More

The last stage of the 2012 Tour de France takes place on Sunday, a 120km run from Rambouillet straight to Paris for the traditional finishing circuit on the Champs-Élysées: 8 laps and then a mad dash for the finish line. The General Classification is almost certainly all sewn up and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is set to become the first British Tour de France champion in history. Even if one of his rivals broke tradition and attacked on the final day, Team Sky would have little trouble countering the attack.

With the GC settled, things turn to the sprinters. Mark Cavendish (Sky) has won the final sprint three years running and undoubtedly has his eye on a fourth. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) figures to be his main competition. The young rider has the Points Competition all locked up and a victory in the final stage would make a fine closing to winning the Green Jersey in your first Tour de France.

Television coverage of the event begins at 5 a.m. on the NBC Sports Network, with a recap of the entire Tour at 10 a.m. on NBC. Streaming coverage of the event is provided via Tour de France Live, subscription required.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Bradley Wiggins Takes Overwhelming Victory In Stage 19, Effectively Winning Tour

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) gave a dominant ride in Stage 19 of the 2012 Tour de France, winning the stage by more than a minute and locking up the overall victory in the Tour. When crowned on Sunday he will become the first British rider to ever win cycling's most prestigious race. Teammate Christopher Froome takes second for the stage, with Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez in third.

With this year's race featuring three time trials, it was Wiggins' race to lose. He's an excellent time trial rider, and once he proved capable of fending off the attacks the other riders made in the mountains his route to victory was clear. Froome will join him on the podium, finishing second in both the stage and the overall race. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) was the closest man to Wiggins at the start of Stage 19, but he was bested by more than four minutes. He takes third in the General Classification to round out the podium.

Stage 20 is the last chance for the sprinter to take a stage win and is extraordinarily unlikely to have an effect on the General Classification. Wiggins can enjoy the ride into Paris knowing his place in history is secure.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 19: Route, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

There are just two stages left in the 2012 Tour de France. Bradley Wiggins has held upwards of a two minute lead for a week now, and all signs point to him capturing the championship in Paris. That being said, there's still plenty of racing left to do and a lot could change.

The 19th stage of the Tour will commence on Saturday. It'll be a time trial of just 53.5 kilometers, taking the cyclists from Bonneval to Chartres. The ride is pretty flat for most of the way, although there are some hills in the early parts that can provide a challenge.

As for TV coverage, you can find Stage 19 televised lived on NBC Sports Network beginning at 5 a.m. PST. That's 8 a.m. on the east coast.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 18 Results: Mark Cavendish Claims Stage, Bradley Wiggins Retains Yellow Jersey

Englishman Bradley Wiggins is looking good so far with the yellow jersey, hoping to keep it on the rest of the way as the 2012 Tour de France is drawing near a close. But he wasn't the only member of team sky that finished well on Friday as teammate Mark Cavendish sprinted to the finish line to claim the 18th stage.

Cavendish, the winner of the second stage in Belgium two weeks ago, took the 222.5 kms stage by powering past the likes of other breakaway riders such as Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and Ireland's Nicolas Roche. This marks the fifth victory by a Briton on this year's Tour and the fourth by a Team Sky rider. The Brits are looking good just one week before the Olympic road race in London.

There was a bit of drama after a crash caused by a dog running out on the road, sending Belgium's Philippe Gilbert, Russia's Denis Menchov and France's Arthur Vichot to the ground hard. Gilbert was sent to hospital with a suspected hand fracture.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 18: TV Coverage, Route And More

There are only three stages left and just a shade under 400 kilometers left, but the riders who can just barely see the finish line of Paris ahead still have the excessively long Stage 18 to deal with. It is a long 222.5 km in between Blagnac and Brive-la-Gaillarde, so long in fact it is the second longest stage on the tour.

There is plenty of level ground here for the sprinters to excel, as this maps shows, and it should be a great race for the sprinters to excel in. Bradley Wiggins may think he has the Tour de France locked up, but there are plenty of teams that haven't recorded a victory who will be looking for some glory in the final three stages. The real question is who will have the legs left on the final downhill sprint to take the stage.

Coverage of the 2012 Tour De France can be found on NBC Sports Network starting around 5 a.m. PT. You should also have the opportunity to watch it online via a subscription with NBC Sports.

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2012 Tour de France, Results: Alejandro Valverde Wins Stage 17 As Bradley Wiggins Retains Yellow Jersey

With only a few stages remaining in the 2012 Tour de France, Englishman Bradley Wiggins is keeping his pace as race leader and yellow-jersey retainer. He used some skillful riding in the mountains to retain said jersey, but it was Spain's Alejandro Valverde who claimed the 17th stage as the race heads back towards Paris.

Valverde used a breakaway during the 89-mile ride from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes to claim the stage, which included three hard climbs and an difficult uphill finish. Valverde, who returned from a two-year doping ban this year, won his third Tour stage this year.

As for Wiggins, who is trying to become the first Brit to win the Tour de France, holds a 2 minute, 5 seconds lead over the rest of the field. The finish of the race consists of a pair of flat stages on Friday and Sunday, including the ride to the finish line on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The 18th stage on Friday is a 137-mile ride from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde in central France.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 17: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Tour de France is headed for the mountains in what figures to be an abbreviated but fast-paced Thursday session. At 143.5 kilometers, Stage 17 is one of the shortest in the campaign, but also one of the most formidable as they end up finishing high in the mountains of the Pyrénées from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyregudes. If anyone plans on making a move this is probably the best chance any of these guys will have.

Bradley Wiggins is in banner position, as he currently holds the yellow jersey and has no intention of giving it up. The team of Wiggins and Chris Froome have managed to keep themselves at the top of the line. This is pretty much one of the last real chances for anyone to really come up and contend down the stretch, as Wiggins is going to be really tough to beat and win the whole thing past these next few stages.

Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network starting at 5 a.m. PT

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 16: Route Info, Start Time, TV Schedule And More

Following a rest day on Tuesday, the riders of the 2012 Tour de France will get back on the trail towards the finish line. Stage 16 of the Tour will commence on Wednesday morning, taking the cyclists from Pau to Bagnéres-de-Luchon. It's a ride of 197 kilometers, which is the second-longest stage left at this point.

As for the overall standings, Bradley Wiggins continues to hold a solid lead over the field. He currently leads Christopher Froome, the rider currently in second place, by two minutes and five seconds. Vincenzo Nibali is the only other cyclist within three minutes of Wiggins, and he now trails by 2:23.

Stage 16, which is known for the high mountains and steep inclines and declines, will begin at 3:30 a.m. PST. That's 6:30 a.m. for you folks on the east coast. As they have throughout the entire Tour, NBC Sports Network will provide live television coverage.

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Tour de France 2012: Frank Schleck Tests Positive, Withdraws From Tour

For the second time this year on the Tour de France a rider has tested positive for illegal substances, casting further doubts into how well the grandest of cycling events can stay clean.

Frank Schleck of Luxemborg tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide on Tuesday in a sample taken on July 14th. The Radioshack team decided to withdraw Schleck as he went to the Pau police station to cooperate with authorities.

Schleck was currently in 12th place overall, 9 minutes and 45 seconds behind Bradley Wiggins. He finished third in the tour last year.

UCI guidelines allow Schleck four days to request a test of his B sample.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 15: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

There are just seven days left in the 2012 Tour de France. British rider Bradley Wiggins holds the yellow jersey and leads the general classification by over two minutes over Christopher Froome. Monday will see the riding of Stage 15, which is a 158.5km ride from Samatan to Pau.

The stage will lead into the final rest day of the Tour on Tuesday and the stage is mostly flat and not particularly challenging. With all of these factors in place, expect to see a sprint finish and more than a few attempts at a breakaway as general classification riders attempt to make up time. If anyone is hoping to make a move to snatch the maillot jaune from Wiggins, now is the time to make a move.

Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network starting at 5 a.m. PT

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 14 Results: Luis Leon Sanchez Claims Stage, Bradley Wiggins Retains Yellow Jersey

With some cooler conditions and light rain coming down for the 14th stage of the 2012 Tour de France, the added variables could have had a number of repurcussions for the riders.

But despite a wrist injury suffered earlier in the week, Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez battled to claim the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as the race entered the Pyrenees mountain range.The Spaniard one of a new riders who broke away in the day's final ascent, the Mur de Peguere. It was the fourth time in his career he has won a stage at the Tour de France.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins is expected to keep the yellow jersey as he trailed a breakaway group that included Sanchez riders by more than 15 minutes.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia finished second, a full 47 seconds behind Sanchez. France's finished third in the same time.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 14: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 14 of the 2012 Tour de France is a 191km run from Limoux to Foix that features two Category 1 climbs in the back half of the stage. They aren't quite tall enough to offer a chance for general classification contenders to do major damage to each other, but they're easily tall enough for a determined breakaway to make their escape.

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The descents are especially treacherous, and with the climbs making their first appearance in the race in more than 30 years a daring rider might gain a big advantage over those playing it safe. Typical of a stage like this is strong efforts from younger riders, and there's always a French rider or two looking to impress in the national race. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) has yet to make his mark in the 2012 Tour, and Stage 14 would be a good opportunity for him to do so.

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Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network starting at 5 a.m. PT

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2012 Tour de France Results: Andre Greipel Takes Stage 13 Sprint, Bradley Wiggins Retains Yellow Jersey

Stage 13 of the 2012 Tour de France came down to the final meters in a sprint between Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), with Greipel pulling out his third win of the 2012 Tour after throwing his bike over the line to edge out Sagan. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) came in third.

There were no major changes in the General Classification standings, as overall leader Bradley Wiggins managed to stay near the front of the race and avoid any trouble. The peloton split in the final 20km, with sharp winds and a short, nasty climb leaving numerous rider struggling. World champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) was among them, and the perpetual sprint favorite was denied a chance at another stage win. Cadel Evans (BMC) attacked on the way up the final climb, but Wiggins was able to stay with him and Evans made no progress in the GC standings.

The General Classification following Stage 13:

1) Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 59:32:32

2) Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling +2:05

3) Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale +2:23

4) Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +3:19

5) Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team +4:48

6) Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan +6:15

7) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +6:57

8) Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team +7:30

9) Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar +8:31

10) Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat +8:51

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Tour de France, Stage 13: Route, Start Time, TV Schedule And More

The Tour de France will reach its 13th stage on Saturday, and it's Bradley Wiggins who currently holds a lead of two minutes and five seconds over the field. David Millar was the winner on Friday for stage 12, edging Jean-Christophe Peraud at the finish line.

As for where the cyclists will be Saturday, they'll ride from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chåteaux to Le Cap d'Agde. That's a 217km stretch for the riders, which is the second longest to this point on the Tour.

Here is a map of where they'll ride.

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As for where you can catch all of the action on NBC Sports Network at 5 a.m. PST. That's a 8 a.m. start for you folks on the east coast.

The main storyline to watch for will be if anyone can make up ground on Wiggins in the standings. He has a pretty comfortable lead, but there's still plenty of riding left to do.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 12: TV Coverage, Route And More

The Tour de France continues on Friday and after 11 stages, Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins is the leader. Riders are past the halfway mark and face the longest out of the all the stages in the race. Stage 12's 226km length, riders will have to power through this course. The course begins at Saint-Jean-de-Maurien and ends in Annonay Davezieux.

Stage 12's most unique characteristics are its two category 1 mountains near the beginning of the stage: Col du Grand Cucheron and Col du Granier. Once riders get past these two mountains, they'll be downhill for the rest of the majority of the stage.

You can start watching the 12th stage of the Tour at around 3:30 a.m. PT on the NBC Sports Network. Fans will also be able to watch the Tour online with a subscription to Tour de France Live.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 10: Route, TV Schedule, Race Updates And More

After a rest day on Tuesday, the 2012 Tour de France will start back up on Wednesday. The cyclists will go from Måcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, which will be a 194.5km ride. Bradley Wiggins currently holds a small lead over the field, but you can bet everyone will look to make up some ground on him late in stage 10 as endurance and stamina comes into play.

Here is a map of where the cyclists will ride today.

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You'll notice the mountains will come into play towards the back end of the stage. Be sure to check out the video listed below for a virtual tour of what's to come on Wednesday.

As for where you can find the race televised, NBC Sports Network will begin their coverage at 5 a.m. PST.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 9: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Tour de France continues early on Monday morning with Stage 9. Bradley Wiggins will enter the stage as the holder of the yellow jersey as the leader of general classification. Defending champion Cadel Evans sits in second place as Monday's ride gets underway.

Stage 9 is a time trial, a mostly flat 41.5km sprint from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon. Following Monday's ride, there will be a much-needed rest day on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the true madness of the Tour de France will begin with the first mountain climb, a preview of which you can see in the video below. Stage 10 will feature the riders ascending a mountain without classification; one which has never been a part of the Tour before. Riders will break and Wednesday's stage will separate the true leaders from the rest of the pack.

Riders should enjoy Stage 9 while they can. While still arduous and meant for elite riders, it won't get this easy again for some time.

Monday's stage will be televised on NBC Sports Network beginning at 5 a.m. PT.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Thibaut Pinot Wins Stage Eight, Bradley Wiggins Leads Overall

The eighth stage of the 2012 Tour de France has wrapped up after a wild day of racing. In the end it was Thibaut Pinot who crossed the finish line first, beating all of his competition by at least 26 seconds. Quite the performance from the Frenchman, although it was not enough to move him into the top-10 standings for the entire Tour.

Pinot finished the eighth leg in three hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds. It was his first stage win of the event thus far. Eight cyclists tied for second place, including Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans, who are No. 1 and No. 2 in the overall standings, respectively.

The ninth stage of the 2012 Tour de France will commence on Monday morning. Riders will go from Arc-et-Senans to Besançon.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 8: TV Coverage, Route And More

Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France takes place Sunday, and the rolling stretch between Belfort and Porrentruy features seven categorized climbs over 157.5km. The day opens with a Category 4 climb just 20km into the race, moves to a Cat 3 climb shortly after, then heads over four Cat 2 climbs before finishing with a steep climb up Col de la Croix just 16km from the finish.

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That's the kind of stage that favors a dedicated breakaway, who with the right timing and enough effort could steal a stage win. Look for a strong effort from younger riders, teams that haven't yet been featured, and French riders looking to impress their home fans.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 7 Results: Christopher Froome Wins On Saturday

The seventh stage of the 2012 Tour de France took place on Saturday afternoon from Tomblaine to La Planche dos Belles Filles, and it was Christopher Froome who came out victorious. The course had a very tough incline towards the end, truly testing the endurance and strength of the races. Following his win, Froome now sits in ninth place at 1:32 back of the leader.

That leader is now Bradley Wiggins. This marks the first time that someone other than Fabians Cancellara has led the 2012 Tour De France. Wiggins has completed the first seven stages in 34 hours, 21 minutes and 20 seconds, and he sits 10 seconds ahead of the competition. Cadel Evans is in second place and Vincenzo Nibali now sits in third.

The Tour will continue on Sunday as stage eight begins.

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 7: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France will take place on Saturday morning and it will be the debut of this particular route in the famous event. The hills will begin in earnest in Stage 10, but Saturday's trek from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles will be a grueling climb.

The 199 km route will finish with a simply agonizing 6 km climb, which the official Tour de France website helpfully illustrates:

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There will be an additional two 3.1 km Stage 3 climbs in the stage, which figures to be the first real separation of the elite riders from the rest of the pack. This may also be the stage that sees Fabian Cancellara relinquish the yellow jersey for the first time since the Tour began.

Saturday's Stage 7 will be the first stage this year to be televised live on national network television. The coverage starts at 5:00 a.m. PT on NBC. Streaming coverage will be available via NBC Sports.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 6, Fabian Cancellara Retains Yellow Jersey

The 2012 Tour de France continued on Friday and provided a scary moment for many fans and certainly for plenty of riders. About 26 km from the Stage 6 finish line, a massive crash split the peloton and left scores of riders laying by the road and then scrambling to find their wrecked bikes. Ryder Hesjedal lost nearly 13 minutes of the pace and Frank Schleck lost even more time. Mark Cavendish and other top riders were also involved in the crash.

In the lead group, Andre Greipel's team looked poised to award him a third straight stage win when a chain issue allowed Peter Sagan to catch and overtake Greipel in the home stretch to pick up the victory in Stage 6. Sagan is now in eighth place in the general classification, but Fabian Cancellara remains the overall leader and will retain the yellow jersey for at least one more day.

Here are the general classification standings following Friday's Stage 6:

1. Fabian Cancellara 29:22:36
2. Bradley Wiggins, 7 sec. behind leader
3. Sylvain Chavanel, 7 sec.
4. Tejay van Garderen, 10 sec.
5. Denis Menchov, 13 sec.
6. Cadel Evans, 17 sec.
7. Vincenzo Nibali, 18 sec.
8. Peter Sagan, 19 sec.
9. Andreas Klöden, 19 sec.
10. Maxime Monfort, 22 sec.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Stage 4 Win Goes To André Greipel, Fabian Cancellara Still In Yellow

André Greipel of Team Lotto Belisol won Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour de France, collecting the second stage win of his career and the first for his team in the 2012 Tour. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) and Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) were in contention at the line, but Greipel had recieved a picture perfect leadout and was able to secure the win.

A crash with 2.5km left in the stage took out many of the big contenders, including Mark Cavendish (Sky). The World Champion went down in the crash, while Peter Sagan (Liquigas Cannondale) and overall leader Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) avoided the crash itself but were delayed in the resulting pileup. Lotto Belisol was lucky enough to have the members of their leadout train out in front of the crash, and they were able to deliver Greipel to the line for the win.

The GC standings saw no change, with Cancellara still in the lead and 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans (BMC) holding steady in the top 10.

The General Classification after Stage 4:

1) Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 20:04:02
2) Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling +:07
3) Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
4) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +:10
5) Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling +:11
6) Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team +:13
7) Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +:17
8) Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale +:18
9) Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp
10)Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan +:19

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 4 Route Information, TV Schedule, Online Stream And More

The fourth leg of the 2012 Tour de France will take place on Wednesday. It should be a great day for cycling as the field makes their way from Abbeville to Rouen, which always has some breathtaking views for those in attendance.

Route: Here is where the cyclists will be on Wednesday for stage four. It is one of the longest parts of the Tour de France at 214.5 km, which means there will be plenty of opportunities for those towards the back of the pack to make their move down the stretch. Endurance will be the key for all of the racers today.

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Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network will televise stage four of the race beginning at 5 a.m. PDT.

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2012 Tour de France Results: Mark Cavendish Sprints to Victory

Few things in life are certain, especially in the Tour de France - but one thing is becoming more and more clear: never bet against Mark Cavendish in a sprint.

Cavendish literally lunged to victory in the second stage of the Tour de France, barely separating himself from the hungry pack until the final seconds of the 129-mile ride.

Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader's yellow jersey, staying seven seconds ahead of Bobby Wagner.

This is the 21st Tour stage victory for Cavendish who is one of the better bike sprinters in the world.

"It's quite nice. I came into this sprint day with really the least pressure I've ever had in a Tour stage," Cavendish said. "Normally in the past, I've had a full dedicated team. Normally I win by some bike lengths. Today I had to lunge at the line, so you see that it wasn't too easy."

The overall top 10 riders remained the same following the results of the stage:

1. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) RadioShack-Nissan
2. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) Team Sky
3. Sylvain Chavanel (Franace) Omega-Pharma-QuickStep
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) Team Sky
6. Denis Menchov (Russia) Katusha
7. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) BMC
8. Cadel Evans (Australia) BMC
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Liquigas
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada) Garmin-Sharp

Los Angeles, California resident David Zabriskie of Team Garmin-Sharp lost 20 seconds on the stage and is now 4:27 back in 167th place.

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2012 Tour de France, Stage 2: TV Coverage, Online Streaming Information, Route And More

The 2012 Tour de France continues Monday with Stage 2, a 207.5km run from Visé to Tournai. With a long, flat stage and a wide, straight finish, this is the prefect stage for a wild bunch sprint. Mark Cavendish (Sky) has long been the favorite in sprints, and this year Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) is the newest man to step up and challenge Cav. Their teams will be battling it out with everyone else on the way to the finish, hoping to get into perfect position.

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The General Classification standings are unlikely to move much on Monday, with overall leader Fabian Cancellara and his Radioshack-Nissan teammates likely to chase down anyone who might make a move for the yellow jersey. Other teams with GC contenders will likely play it safe, looking to get their captains through the stage without crashes or any other trouble.

Television Coverage: NBC Sports Network beginning at 5 a.m. PDT.

Online Streaming: Streaming coverage available via NBC Sports

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2012 Tour de France Results: Peter Sagan Takes Stage 1 In Sprint Finish Over Fabian Cancellara

Peter Sagan of Team Liquigas-Cannondale won his first career Tour de France stage on Sunday, winning a sprint finish over yellow jersey holder Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky). Cancellara made a break for the finish line with 1.5km left in the race, but Sagan was able to stick with him and then easily came around to take the sprint victory.

A breakaway rode out in front for much of the day, but Team Radioshack was vigilent in preserving Cancellara's lead and reeled them back in with 9km left in the race. There was no change in the top five in the General Classification.

Defending champion Cadel Evans stayed out of trouble for the day, avoiding any crashes and holding his place in the GC. Other riders weren't so lucky: Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) crashed early in the stage, leaving him struggling to say with the bunch throughout the day. Four more riders went down with a little more than 20km to go, including Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank).

The General Classification after Stage 1:

1) Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) 5:05:32

2) Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) +:07

3) Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +:07

4) Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) +:10

5) Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) +:11

6) Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) +:13

7) Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) +:13

8) Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) +:17

9) Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) +:18

10) Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Sharp) +:18

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Tour de France 2012, Stage 1: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Fabian Cancellara blew away Bradley Wiggins on Saturday during the individual time trial in Liege, Belgium, to win the prologue of the 2012 Tour de France. As a result, Cancellara will enter Stage 1 of the Tour as the holder of the prestigious yellow jersey for the fifth time in his storied career. As the Tour begins in earnest on Sunday, however, Cancellara will have to deal with 197 other riders hungry to gain some early ground in the most famous event in cycling.

Stage 1 will begin at 5:00 a.m. PT and will be televised on NBC Sports Network. At 1:00 p.m. PT, NBC will air a recap and highlight show.

The circuitous route that starts and ends within the Province of Liege in Belgium will represent a good mix of terrain for the riders, as they will climb to 606 meters on the Baraque de Fraiture near the middle of the 198 km stage before finishing in the streets of Seraing.

Here is the route from Liege to Seraing that the riders will cover in Stage 1:

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via www.letour.fr

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2012 Tour de France Results: Fabian Cancellara Dominates Prologue Time Trial

Fabian Cancellara won the 2012 Tour de France Prologue, taking the opening time trial and making it five career Tour Prologue victories for the Swiss time trial specialist. He finished a full seven seconds ahead of second place finisher Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), a massive time gap for such a short course. World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) would have had a shot at defeating Cancellara, but in a bit of bad luck a flat tire cost him crucial seconds.

2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (Team BMC) had a successful day, limiting his losses to seven seconds and finishing in 13th. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Denis Menchov (Katusha) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) all also had results they should be pleased with. Frank Schleck (Radioshack-Nissan) and Levi Leipheimer are both likely disappointed, finishing 38 and 28 seconds back, respectively.

Sunday brings us Stage 1, a flat run from Liège to Seraing that's likely to see the Tour's first bunch sprint finish.


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2012 Tour de France, Prologue: Route, TV Coverage, Video And More

The 2012 Tour de France will finally begin on Saturday morning with the Prologue stage in Liege, Belgium. The festivities get underway very early here on the West Coast, so you'll either want to just power through from Friday night or set the coffee maker for the wee hours on Saturday. Or set the DVR, I guess. Your call.

This year's prologue is an individual time trial stage on Saturday in Liege that is more for individual bragging rights than anything else. It will still be a fine way to set the stage for the grueling tour to come.

The prologue stage will be an almost entirely flat 6.4-kilometer race through the streets of Liege that should take each rider approximately eight minutes to complete.

NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage of the prologue stage on Saturday morning beginning at 5:00 a.m. PT.

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Tour de France Live Streaming: Subscription Service Available For Race

The 2012 Tour de France begins on Saturday. Will the most prestigious cycling race in the world be the dogfight that between Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans that everyone is expecting? Fans will need to tune in to find out. If you don't have the required cable package to watch the race on television or if you'll be on the road, NBC is offering a live streaming subscription service for the Tour.

All the action will be available with a subscription to NBC Sports' Tour de France Live. Users have two subscription options -- they can either purchase a pass for the entire 2012 Tour de France for $29.99, or they can pay $4.99 per stage. All Tour de France Live coverage will be archived and available on demand until August 31.

The package deal will also allow you to stream and track the race on your iPad, iPhone, or on Android devices.

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Tour De France 2012: Odds Show Bradley Wiggins As The Early Favorite

Bradley Wiggins is a British cyclist who has been blazing through stage races in early 2012. Already this year, he has won the Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné, becoming the first person to win all three in one season. On June 30, Wiggins will enter the 2012 Tour de France as the odds-on favorite to win the entire thing.

Close begind Wiggins in the odds is returning Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, who is attempting to make it two in a row.

Here are the early odds for the 2012 Tour de France:

Bradley Wiggins 5/4
Cadel Evans 9/4
Denis Menchov 14/1
Jurgen Van Den Broeck 22/1
Vincenzo Nibali 22/1
Chris Froome 25/1
Frank Schleck 25/1
Robert Gesink 25/1
Ryder Hesjedal 28/1
Samuel Sanchez 28/1
Alejandro Valverde 33/1
Pierre Rolland 40/1
Jani Brajkovic 50/1
Andreas Kloden 66/1
Tony Martin 66/1
Ivan Basso 80/1
Levi Leipheimer 80/1
Peter Velits 125/1
Chris Horner 150/1

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Tour De France 2012: Cycling's Greatest Race Begins June 30

The 2012 Tour de France is almost here. On June 30, the world's greatest cyclists will begin competition for the most coveted prize in the sport.

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