The prologue of the 2012 Tour de France has been completed and Sunday will mark the riding of the first stage in the Tour proper. Fabian Cancellara will enter the opening stage wearing the yellow jersey for the fifth time in his career.
Stage 1 will begin at 5:00 a.m. PT and will be televised on NBC Sports Network. At 1:00 p.m. PT, NBC will air a recap and highlight show.
The circuitous route that starts and ends within the Province of Liege in Belgium will represent a good mix of terrain for the riders, as they will climb to 606 meters on the Baraque de Fraiture near the middle of the 198 km stage before finishing in the streets of Seraing.
Viewers in the Northwest will need to get up early or set their DVR, but this will be the first stage in which to really cheer on local riders Chris Horner and Tyler Farrar.
Here is the route from Liege to Seraing that the riders will cover in Stage 1: