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.