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Tour de France 2012: Previewing The Race

The 99th Tour de France will get underway on June 30 with Cadel Evans looking to win his second title in a row.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 18:  The 2012 Tour de France route is officially revealed on October 18, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 18: The 2012 Tour de France route is officially revealed on October 18, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, June 30, the 99th edition of the Tour de France will commence with much anticipation. Ironically, the race won't start in France, but actually in the beautiful Belgian town of Liege.

The race is 2,173 miles long and will take just over three weeks to complete for the cyclists, when they stroll into the Champs-Elysees for a winner to be crowned.

Cadel Evans won the Tour de France last year and will be back in force ready to defend his title, but he'll have some competition. Bradley Wiggins, a young British rider, is the popular pick to unseat him and take the glory. Wiggins isn't known to be a great climber on the mountains, but he's an excellent sprinter.

On the local side of things, Ted King from Brentwood, NH is on the Liquigas-Cannondale team. The 29-year-old will be in search of his first Tour de France title.

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