Saturday June 30th, 2012

PrologueLiège / Liège

Start 14h00 GMT 2+

Cancellara in yellow on day one - for the 5th time!

Cancellara was the first rider born in the 1980s to win at the Tour de France and that was in Liege eight years ago when he beat the eventual winner of the 2004 Tour, Lance Armstrong, by two seconds. This time around he beat one of the favorites for the title, Bradley Wiggins by seven seconds. Each time the Tour has started on foreign soil since he first started winning at the Tour, Cancellara has won on the opening day. He matches Bernard Hinault's efforts of winning on day one five times. The four-time TT world champion will take the yellow jersey again (matching his efforts from Liege in...

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The stage in videos

video30/06/2012 

Summary of the race

  • Summary of the race
  • Interview - Stage Winner
  • Image of the day
  • Landscape of the day
  • Jean-François Pescheux's analysis of the...
  • The prologue's route
  • Magazine
  • Analysis of the stage
  • The towns 2012 : visit Liege
  • Through the geologist eyes
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  • Archive - 2009
  • Archive - 2008
  • Archive - 2007
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  • Archive - 2005
  • Archive - 2004
  • Archive - 2003
  • Archive - 2002

The stage in pictures

photo06/07/2012 

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Tourist attractions

Liège

The Parc d’Avroy, a landscaped park in the centre of Liège, is located on an artificial island. At one time, the Meuse and the Ourthe Rivers stretched like arms through the city.  Navigation around the town was difficult and the risk of flooding was a permanent threat. In the early nineteenth century, the Avroy river, a former branch of the Meuse, was therefore filled in and it was in 1880 that the Park was expanded to its present size. Many paths cross the tree planted lawns and there is also a pond, a bandstand and several monuments and statues. Park attractions include a statue of Charlemagne by the Liégeois sculptor Louis Jehotte. Two other monuments are adjacent to the starting line of the prologue.  On the left hand side is the National Monument to the Resistance, by the architect Paul Etienne and sculptor Louis Dupont. On the right hand side is the bull-tamer, more commonly known as Li Tore (the bull), the work of Léon Mignon, a traditional meeting place for many Liégeois associations and student gatherings.

Web sites

Curtius Museum and its collections of arms and glasses on the quai de Maastricht - crédit ville de Liège New lighting plan to upgrade the city heritage - © credit Liège
10 previous finishes
192,000 inhabitants
Head of the canton of the Province of Liege (Belgium)
Specialties
: Jupiler beer, peket (aperitif), Herve cheese, white pudding, Liege syrup, boulet a la Liegeoise.
Economy
: metallurgy, transport, new technologies.
AKA
: the Ardent city
Celebrities
: Jean Lambert Joseph Fyon (politician), Georges Simenon, Cesar Franck (composer), Justine Henin, Dardenne brothers (film-makers), Marie Gillain (actress).
Sport
: Standard (football). Liege Basket. Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Festivals
: Liege festival, Jazz in Liege, International Crime Film Festival, Les Ardentes (electro)

Jersey wearers after the stage 20

Classifications after the stage 20

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