Video: Chris Boardman's Tour preview - stages 12-14
By BikeRadar, UK | Friday, July 13, 2012 10.30am
Chris Boardman is previewing each and every stage of the 2012 Tour de France for BikeRadar BikeRadar
After a brutal couple of days in the Alps, the riders can look forward to something of a breather in stages 12 to 14. Leader Brad Wiggins will be looking to consolidate his stranglehold on the yellow jersey but will have to negotiate a tricky looking stage 12 first.
At 226km, the stage from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davézieux is comfortably the longest of this year's race and with tough climbs of Grand Cucheron and Granier early on, it may be an uncomfortable day in the saddle for some. While it flattens out considerably in the middle third, the final cat three climb will foil sprinters who've not had much reason for cheer in the last few days.
Another long stage - 217km - but one that should light up the eyes of the fast men. The ride from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Le Cap d’Agde should allow the major GC contenders a chance to recharge the batteries before the final mountain showdown in the Pyrenees.
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The 192km from Limoux to Foix is unlikely to have any effect on GC but with climbs of Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère, it will for sure test fatiguing bodies with bigger tests around the corner.
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