2012 Tour de France, Stage 12: TV Coverage, Route And More

The Tour de France leaves the Alps in Stage 12, but not before climbers have two opportunities to pick up some points in the quest for the polka dot jersey.

Stage 12 takes riders 226 miles and sees them slightly closer to sea level at the end in Annonay Davezieux than where they started in Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne. But the stage features a pair of Category 1 climbs towards the beginning of the race, the Col de Grand Cucheron and the Col du Granier, as well as a Category 3 climb near the race's end.

Bradley Wiggins extended his lead in the general classification with a sixth-place finish on Stage 11, putting even more space between himself and the field. Christopher Froome is now in second place, 2:05 behind the leader. Though both riders belong to Sky Procycling, their team still trails Radioshack-Nissan over the course of the race.

Television coverage of the stage is available starting at 6:30 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. You can also watch by subscribing to Tour de France Live online.

Stay up to date with all the latest Tour de France news by staying tuned to this StoryStream or by visiting SB Nation's Podium Cafe.

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