Cycling: 2012 Tour will suit Wiggins

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The route for next year's Tour de France was published – apparently by accident – on the race's website yesterday, and it could be good news for Bradley Wiggins. The route seems designed for a time-trialling all-rounder such as Wiggins rather than a pure climber like Andy Schleck.

Wiggins, who withdrew from this year's event after breaking his collarbone, has already said that he plans to prioritise the Tour over the Olympics next year. If the details posted are correct, there will be two time trials and five pure mountain stages.

Mark Cavendish, too, will be pleased, though the race will cover not only the Alps and Pyrenees but also (briefly) the Vosges mountains in eastern France and parts of the Swiss Jura.