Stage 12

Thursday July 08 2021 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Nîmes - 160 km Flat
 

The Tour de France moves through the stunning Gorges de l’Ardèche during stage 12. At 159.4 kilometres, the race is an undulating route between Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and Nîmes.

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux hosts the fourth start of a Tour de France stage in the last decade.

The stage to Nîmes is fairly flat rolling roads. The route follows the broah.d valley of the lower Rhône, which  will suit the sprinters. However, strong winds could be a factor on the wide and open roads.

KOM contenders have only one opportunity to add points to their tally. The Côte du belvédère de Tharaux – 4.4 kilometres at 4.6% – peaks out just after the midway marker.

The last decade saw two Tour de France stage finishes in Nîmes. In 2014, breakaway rider Jack Bauer was caught in the dying metres of the race before Alexander Kristoff sprinted to victory. Two editions ago the sprint was much more straightforward. Caleb Ewan outsprinted Elia Viviani and Dylan Groenewegen.

The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

The 12th stage of the Tour de France starts at 13.30 and the race is expected to finish around 17.25 – both are local times (CEST).