Tour de France 2012 - ÉTAPE 1 - Liège=>Seraing 198.km(1)

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• Stage town on 10 previous occasions
• 192,000 inhabitants
• Head of the canton of the Province of Liège (Belgium)

In the history of cycling, Liège is above all the starting and finishing point of the oldest of the Classics, Liège-Bastogne-Liège. During the Tour, the stage starts which have taken place there have led the riders to Lille or Roubaix for the most part. The last time, in 2004, the peloton travelled to Charleroi where Jaan Kirsipuu won his fourth stage of the Tour. In 1948, another stage set off from Liège, the day after Bartali’s victory: on that day, France’s Bernard Gauthier won the stage ahead of a certain… Jaan Kirsipuu, the namesake of the former rider from the AG2R team and an Estonian like him.

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