Three third category climbs and two second category in a medium mountain stage, the twelfth of the Tour de France, intended for the adventurers of the peloton, an appetizer of the high mountains that will arrive the next day in the Jura massif.
The 168.8 kilometers between Roanne and Belleville in Beaujolais, which run through one of the most reputable vineyards in France, barely give space to rest in a constant up and down, with more than 3,000 meters of positive slope, which complicates the control of the race and which is a fertile ground for leaks.
While the tenors of the general will keep strength for what remains to come, the final fireworks of a very mountainous Tour, everything indicates that the twelfth stage will be settled in an adventure, similar to the one that ended with the triumph of Pello Bilbao this Tuesday at Issoire.
The ascent to Croix Rosier, the last of the day, with its 5.3 kilometers at 7.6%, will have a bonus for the first three to cross its summit, located 28.4 kilometers from the finish line, a very abrupt.
Stage 12: Roanne – Belleville en Beaujolais, 168.8km
Departure: 1:20 p.m. (11:20 GMT)