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: