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2012 Tour de France, Stage 1: Route, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

Stage 1 of the Tour de France, the first major leg of the Tour, is set to begin early Sunday morning. Taking place in Belgium and spanning 198 kilometers, the event takes riders from Liege to Seraing.

Last year, Philippe Gilbert (a Belgian native) won Stage 1, and he is the favorite to win the event again.

George Hincapie, a 39-year-old racer from Queens, New York, will take part in the event for team BMC. He sits in 22nd place after the prologue, completing it with a time of 7:33, 20 seconds off the lead. For more information on where to watch Stage 1, see below.

TV Schedule: 8 a.m. on NBC Sports Network, recap on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

Live Stream Information: Online Video via NBC Sports.

Stick with this storystream for previews, updates and more from the 2012 Tour de France. For full time cycling news and analysis, head over to SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe.