About Tour de France 2012
Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky brought joy to the hearts of the people of the United Kingdom when he achieved victory at the Tour de France 2012. The race was the 99th running of the famous cyclic road race. The event began with a time trial in Liege, Belgium, and concluded on the world famous Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. Wiggins' teammate and United Kingdom compatriot finished second in the race, which marked the first time that two British riders finished in the top three spots in the event. The race took place from 30 June 2012 through 22 July 2012, and the course featured 20 stages in addition to the prologue. The total distance of the race is a gruelling 3,496.9 km. A Swiss rider named Fabian Cancellara of the RadioShack-Nissan team won the prologue and wore the yellow jersey for the first week of the race. However, Wiggins, who took second place in the prologue, overtook him in the mountainous seventh stage of the course, and maintained the leadership spot for the duration of the race. Third place overall was claimed by Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, who rode for the Liquigas-Cannondale team. Riders from dozens of countries competed in the Tour de France 2012. Other nationalities that were represented with cyclists finishing in the top 10 spots include Belgium, Spain, Australia, France, and Slovakia. King of the Mountains classification was awarded to Thomas Voeckler of France for Team Eurocar with 135 points. The Young Riders classification was won by Tejay van Varderen of the United States representing BMC Racing Team. Merchandise such as shirts, hats, and posters are available now for fans of the race.