The 2012 Tour starts in cycling country par excellence, Belgium.
The organizers of the Tour have via Liege-Bastogne-Liege outstanding connections with the
French speaking part of Belgium. Philip Gilbert was able to get
an arrival uphill in Seraing (second stage). Next, it goes to the Vosges
with a finish on one of the more heavyr mountain passes in the region - the Planche des Belles Filles -
short but steep enough to ensure separation. In the beautiful Jura-mountains we discover a bunch of new
Alpine passes. The Alpine menu looks a bit lighter this year,
Although the first stage over the Madeleine and Croix de Fer (Glandon side) with
arrival in Toussuire looks quite heavy. As we ride with the clock, the focus
this year is on the Pyrenees, with the major stage crossing the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde.
In the last stage you will not find a flat meter either.
So quite an interesting tour, with many passes including some new that you
can of course, discover on climbbybike.