2012 Tour de France, Stage 7: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour de France takes place on Saturday, and the race's first hilltop finish is an opportunity many riders can't afford to pass up. The 199km run from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles features two Category 3 climbs in the second half, and finishes with a Category 1 climb. With the 2012 route so heavy on time trials, riders like Frank Schleck (Radioshack-Nissan) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) need to make the most of every hill to put time into their GC rivals. With both men having lost time in Stage 6's crash, the hills of Stage 7 become even more important to their efforts.

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Television Coverage: NBC Sports beginning at 8 a.m. ET

Online Coverage: Streaming coverage available via NBC Sports

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