Tour de France 2024: discover the profile and timetables of the 12th stage with a new duel to be expected between sprinters

Tour de France 2024: discover the profile and timetables of the 12th stage with a new duel to be expected between sprinters

Jasper Philipsen va-t-il doubler la mise ? EPA – KIM LUDBROOK

La 12e étape entre Aurillac et Agen (203,6 km), jeudi 11 juillet, devrait être propice aux équipes de sprinteurs.

The day after the leapfrog game in Cantal, the Tour de France returns to flatter roads on Thursday during the 12th stage between Aurillac and Villeneuve-sur-Lot where sprinters and adventurers should do battle . In the long descent towards the Pyrenees, there are even two flat stages, with that of Friday, which await the peloton.

Tour de France 2024: discover the profile and timetables of the 12th stage with a new duel to be expected between sprinters

The opportunity for the leaders of the general classification to keep their strength in view of the last week of the Tour which promises to be formidable. "We have two stages transition with first that which goes from Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot which presents a rather descending profile. Normally it's quite simple for the teams to control and we could have a sprint finish", underlines Thierry Gouvenou, the Tour tracer.

Sprinters or adventurers?

"The second part in the Lot valley is flatter, this will give the teams of sprinters time to rectify the situation if there is need", he adds. The stage, 203 km long, is still hillier than the soporific one on Tuesday towards Saint-Amand-Montrond, with three hills classified in fourth category including that of Rocamadour (2 km at 5.8%), taken in the opposite direction of the 2022 time trial.

The adventurers could take advantage of this to go on a breakaway and then resist the return of the peloton, as during the two previous arrivals of the Tour in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, in 1996 (victory of the Italian Massimo Podenzana) and in 2000 (victory for the Dutchman Erik Dekker).

Departure from Aurillac at 12:35 p.m. (actual departure at 12:50 p.m.), arrival in Villeneuve-sur-Lot at 5:28 p.m. (timetable calculated on an average of 44 km/h).

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