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2012 Tour de France, Stage 4: TV Coverage, Route And More

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Early on Wednesday morning, the fourth stage of the 2012 Tour de France will get into full swing with another long day of intrigue on the docket.

The action kicks off in Abbeville, France where the riders will start their journey of 214.5 km before eventually striding to the finish line in Rouen, France.

With the first three stages of the Tour in the books, Fabian Cancellara owns the outright lead and because of that, continues to ride with the yellow jersey. Cancellara has been in control so far, wearing it after each of the first three stages (excluding the prologue).

Wednesday's ride will only provide a couple of mountains to overcome, all of the category four variety. Thanks to the route, sprinters will have a chance to make up some of the ground they lost on Tuesday when the trip was much more mountainous.

For a full map of the stage, please take a look at the official website of the Tour de France.

TV: NBC Sports Network

Time: 8 a.m. ET

(If you're not near a TV but don't want to miss the action, you can watch online with a subscription to Tour de France Live.)

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