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.