2012 Tour de France, Stage 18: TV Coverage, Route And More

The 2012 Tour de France continues on Friday with a Stage 18 that is not expected to have a dramatic effect on the current order, including Bradley Wiggins' grip on the yellow jersey.

Wiggins took a decisive lead during Thursday's Stage 17, putting himself in prime position to capture his first Tour de France title with just three stages remaining. Wiggins now holds a 2-minute, 5-second lead over Sky teammate Chris Froome and is looking to become the first ever British winner in the 109-year history of the Tour.

Stage 17 was the last true mountain stage, with the tour now returning to the flatlands. Friday's race will cover a bumpy but not exceedingly hilly stretch on the final run to Paris. The trek will go from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde with four categorized climbs, but none rating more than a category three. It's expected that there will be a tightly packed sprint to Brive-la-Gaillarde at the end, but a significant reordering is not predicted.

Broadcast coverage of Stage 18 will be carried by NBC Sports Network from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. You can also watch online by subscribing to Tour de France Live.

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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