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Tour de France 2012: Stage 10 Preview, Col du Grand Colombier Climb Presents Unique Challenge

Riders in the 2012 Tour de France were off on Tuesday before Stage 10 takes place on Wednesday. The mountain stages continue with the difficult climb of the Col du Grand Colombier ahead of the riders.

For the first time in Tour de France history, riders will make the 10.8-mile climb (with an average gradient of 7.1%) which will reach an altitude of 4,925 feet. The SB Nation video below gives you a taste of what such an ascent looks like in terms of the overall route for the stage.

Bradley Wiggins will be the overall leader heading into Stage 10 after winning Stage 9 to extend his lead. He has a lead of 1'53" over second-place rider Cadel Evans.

Full standings for the Tour de France can be found at NBCSports.com.

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