The course has been released and there are some changes that may alter the outcome of next years tour.
The tour starts earlier on 30 June with the Grand Depart from Liege in Belgium.
The course has two less high mountain stages at only four with two being summit finishes compared to four last year. This may hamper the Schleck brothers and with this inclusion of two individual time trials in 2012 swing the advantage back to Cadel,Wiggins and even Contador. There will be no team time trial in 2012 with organisers opting for the return of the prologue.
The 2012 stats are:
- 3,479km - nine flat stages
- four medium mountain stages (one summit finish)
- five mountain stages (two summit finishes)
- two individual time trails
- one prologue
Map of the tour: