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Stage 12 – Tour de France 2024 preview

Another opportunity for sprinters comes on the 203.6km stage from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot. While the stage includes 2,200 metres of climbing, most of it is in the early part of Stage 12. As the riders approach Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the terrain flattens out, causing the breakaway group’s lead to shrink significantly.

Stage 12 | July 11 | Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot | 203.6 km | 2,200 m elevation gain

The final stage of this Tour, over 200 kilometres long, takes the riders from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot. The first 40 kilometres are hilly, followed by a descent to Saint-Céré. From there, the peloton heads up La Ségarie towards the first categorised climb of the day, the Côte d’Autoire. This 4th category climb is 2.7 kilometres long and has an average gradient of 5.9%.

The route then continues hilly up to the Côte de Rocamadour (2.1 kilometres at 5.5 per cent). The stage progresses over small uncategorised slopes and hills until the sprint point at Gourdon at kilometre 100. In the second half, the only significant obstacle is the Côte de Montcléra, a 2-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 4.6%. The final 70 kilometres are mostly flat and lead to Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

There are four turns and three roundabouts in the last five kilometres. There is a flat final section of about 1,100 metres just before the Flame Rouge.

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Stage 12 is likely to end in a big sprint. In Villeneuve-sur-Lot, not only the stage win is on the line, but also the fight for the Green Jersey. Emboldened by his victory on Stage 10, Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) has the confidence to challenge Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) on this and the upcoming sprint stages.

The heavier sprinters spent a lot of energy on Stage 11 to make the time cut. The question is, do they still have the freshness and explosiveness they need in week two to recover their full strength after more than 200 kilometres?

Pascal Ackermann (Israel-Premier Tech) is a rider who is coming close to victory. The German seems to be getting stronger as the race progresses and the sprint train is now better coordinated.

Stage 12 Classifications

Sprint Points

King of the Mountains

  • Car Beach | Category 4 | Kilometer 62.8
  • Rocamadour Beach | Category 4 | Kilometers 84.3
  • Côte de Montcléra | Category 4 | Kilometers 135.5