In terms of tension, we're probably getting as close as we can to the climactic points of the 2012 Tour de France. There aren't many stages after this one, and all of them figure to ensure the leader doesn't stand to lose his lead. If a move is to be made, it'll have to happen in this one final dash up the Pyrénées.
At 143.5 kilometers, Stage 17 is one of the shortest throughout the entire race, but it's a very tough slog as there's a lot of ascending, some descending, and then extreme ascending to cap off the race.There could be a lot of shifting occurring between the start of the race at Bagnères-de-Luchon and the end of the race at Peyregudes (click here to view the map). Will Bradley Wiggins remain at the top fo the pack regardless?
Coverage of the 2012 Tour De France can be found on NBC Sports Network starting around 5 a.m. PT. You should also have the opportunity to watch it online via a subscription with NBC Sports.