Tour de France 2012, Stage 3: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Through the first two stages of the 2012 Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara has managed to retain the yellow jersey as the overall leader, while Peter Sagan is the current points leader, with Mark Cavendish moving into second place on the points standings with his Stage 2 win.

On Tuesday, Stage 3 will take place, beginning in Orchies and running for 197 km to Boulogne-sur-mer. The ride will be a preview of the strenuous climbing that lies ahead. The route is relatively flat for the most part, although the latter portion of the stage features a series of short, steep climbs, including a 1 km climb at a 9.2% grade. In all, there will be six big climbs, with four of those climbs coming in the final 16 km.

A race map and profile of the stage can be found at the official website of the Tour de France.

Television coverage of Tuesday's third stage of the Tour will begin at 8 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Fans can also watch the Tour online with a subscription 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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