Tour de France: Stage 12 Preview, Maps, and Distance

In what could be another stage for a breakaway group, stage 12 is relatively short – there are only 168,8 kilometres to be ridden – but sprinkled with little climbs and hills that can make the difference in the final outcome of today’s racing.

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The pack of riders pictured in action during the Tour de France 2023; BELGA PHOTO JASPER JACOBS – Photo by Icon sport

Tour de France Stage 12 – Preview and Map

The course will go from Roanne to Belleville-en-Beaujolais. Both places are known for their contribution to French cuisine. Roanne is the birthplace of the Troisgros family cooking empire. Their restaurant started in 1930, was awarded several stars from the Michelin Guide and is now ran in the fourth generation. The finishing place will ring some bells for the connoisseurs of wine. The Beaujolais Nouveau and its arrival is feted in France and elsewhere each year. In between these two culinary poles, the 12th stage of the Tour de France will cover just under 170 kilometres, mostly up and down. This stage is ideal for a breakaway – yet again – and once more they may have a good chance today, as the sprinters and the top order of the general classification may want to keep their energy for the upcoming mountain stages in the following days.

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Photo taken from the official Tour de France website

Before the race starts, let’s have a look at the top ten:

1. J. Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 46hr 34min 44sec
2. T. Pogačar (UAE Emirates) +17sec
3. J. Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) +2min 40sec
4. C. Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) +4min 22sec
5. P. Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) +4min 34sec
6. A. Yates (UAE Team Emirates) + 4min 39sec
7. S. Yates (Team Jayco Alula) + 4min 44sec
8. T. Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) + 5min 26sec
9. D. Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) + 6min 01sec
10. S. Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) +6 min 45sec

Little to no changes can be expected today in the overall classification. If so, it would be a miracle or an act of bravery like Pello Bilbao’s ride on stage 10. This seems unlikely.

The green jersey ranking

1. J. Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) 323 pts
2. B. Coquard (Cofidis) 178 pts
3. M. Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) 159 pts
4. W. van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 120 pts
5. J. Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) 96 pts
6. D. Groenewegen (Team Jayco Alula) 92 pts
7. B. Girmay (Intermarché – Circus – Wanty) 90 pts
8. T. Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 85 pts
9. V. Lafay (Cofidis) 80 pts
10. C. Ewan (Lotto – Dstny) 75 pts

Jasper Philipsen is almost guaranteed to wear this jersey on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, come July 23rd.

The King of the Mountain jersey

1. N. Powless (EF – Education Easypost) 46 pts
2. F. Gall (AG2R – Citroen Team) 28 pts
3. T. Johannessen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) 26 pts
4. R. Almeida Guerreiro (Movistar) 22 pts
5. M. Woods (Israel – Premier Tech) 20 pts
6. T. Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 19 pts
7. J. Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) 19 pts
8. G. Ciccone (Lidl-Trek) 19 pts
9. J. Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 18 pts
10. P. Latour (TotalEnergies) 16 pts

This ranking will be shaken up in the following days as the Tour approaches the Alps and the likes of Pogačar and Vingegaard will gather points for the polka dot jersey.

The most likely scenario today will be a group of riders who are going off early and hope to last until the end of the stage. They may get caught but another group may just jump away. The pace will be moderate throughout for reasons already mentioned.

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