July 13, 2017 07:04 GMT by bleacherreport.com

Tour de France 2017: Route Location, TV Schedule and Live Stream for Stage 12

Tour de France 2017: Route Location, TV Schedule and Live Stream for Stage 12

The sprinters had their chance to shine on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Thursday's Stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France will see the peloton return to the mountains, with the Pyrenees on tap. The ride towards the ski station of Peyragudes should have an impact on the general classification, as the stage is well over 200 kilometres long and becomes progressively more difficult. Expect the top rider...

The sprinters had their chance to shine on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Thursday's Stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France will see the peloton return to the mountains, with the Pyrenees on tap.

The ride towards the ski station of Peyragudes should have an impact on the general classification, as the stage is well over 200 kilometres long and becomes progressively more difficult.

Expect the top riders in the GC to try to keep things calm until the final two climbs, while those looking to make up lost time in the standings could plan their charge on the tricky Port de Bales.

Here's a look at the full route and stage profile, courtesy of CyclingnewsTV:


TV Info: Eurosport, ITV 4 (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: Eurosport website, ITV app, NBC Sports Live service

Unlike most Tour stages starting in Pau, Thursday's ride will be relatively easy until the midway point, before the Pyrenees really kick in.

The base of the hors categorie Port de Bales lies roughly 160 kilometres from the start line, and the stage will conclude on the double-header of Peyresourde and Peyragudes.

The finale isn't as tough as some other uphill finishes, but with several climbs coming in quick succession, poor form could be severely punished on Thursday. The top finishers might not finish all that far apart, but one or two key riders are likely to lose a lot of time.

Here's a look at the profile of the last three climbs, showing just how deep the riders will have to dig and how little time there is for rest, via Infosport+:

It could be a great stage for a breakaway to last, with the domestiques in the peloton not expected to push the tempo until the penultimate climb. Peyresourde isn't overly steep, so riders attacking from a long way out should only worry about not blowing up on the Peyragudes.

The French riders may choose to preserve their energy, however―Friday is Bastille Day, and the stage from Saint-Girons to Foix should provide them with another chance to beat the peloton to the finish line.

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