After a two-month delay, the Tour de France is back on. The iconic cycling race sees the world’s best cyclists take to their pedals in pursuit of glory. And you can watch it all live, streaming online and on TV.
Today it’s Stage 8 of the Tour de France 2020, the first Pyrénées stage, with Adam Yates still in the yellow jersey.
Whether you’re in the UK, US or Europe, this guide will let you know the TV channel for all the live action, how to live stream the Tour de France online, and even how to catch up on the highlights. Read on for all the details.
Tour de France live stream and on TV
British TV license holders can watch the Tour de France live, and the highlights, on the ITV4 Hub online web player and ITV4 TV channel without paying a penny! If you’re a UK citizen trying to view from abroad, then don’t forget you can use a VPN to be able watch the free Tour de France coverage.
The Tour will also be shown for free online live on a handful of Europe’s biggest broadcasters, including Rai Sport in Italy, France Sport in France, Sporza and RTBF in Belgium. So, no need to get a VPN if you’re in those destinations.
Mark Cavendish is out of the race, having not been selected by the Bahrain McLaren team, while Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, with five yellow jerseys between them, are both out of Team Ineos. And the race takes place under the shadow of Covid-19, and the resulting restrictions on the teams and fans. Let’s hope the race can finish without incident.
The Tour de France got underway on time on 29th August in Nice and runs until 20th September with the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées. The event was originally scheduled to take place in June/July but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year marks the 107th edition of the 2,156-mile event and the first time since the end of World War II that the race is not starting in July. Cycling fans will be treated to 12 new sites and stage cities as a total of 176 elite riders from 22 teams battle it out for the biggest prizes in cycling.
Who will cruise to victory through the streets of Paris come September? Primoz Roglic? Egan Bernal? And can anyone stop Peter Sagan from picking up yet another green jersey? Only time will tell. So here’s how to watch the 2020 Tour de France live, from anywhere in the world, online and on TV – and in HD quality.
Watch the Tour de France for free from abroad using a VPN
We’ll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based cycling fans below, but even if you have subscribed to the relevant services, you won’t be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
How to watch the Tour de France in the UK
ITV4 is showing live coverage of the Tour de France, plus daily highlights of each stage. You can watch on a TV, or online using the ITV Hub. It’s completely free provided you hold a TV license.
Want to watch in HD? Eurosport 1 TV channel and the Eurosport Player streaming service will broadcast every stage live and in HD, with highlights every evening.
Subscribe to Eurosport Player and you can watch live coverage of the Tour – plus major cycling, tennis, snooker and darts events – in HD quality. A monthly pass costs £6.99 per month, but you save big with the annual pass, which costs just £39.99 for the whole year.
The other option is to subscribe to Amazon Prime and sign up for a free 7-day Eurosport trial. After the trial ends, you can subscribe at the usual £6.99 per month.
How to watch the Tour de France in the US
The Tour de France is being shown live online in the US on NBC Sports Gold, which will broacast every stage live, ad-free and on-demand. Subscription to the NBC Gold Cycling Pass costs $54.99 per year. The race is also being shown daily on NBC Sports Network, which is available on most local cable and satellite packages.
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How to watch the Tour de France in France, Italy and Belgium
How to watch the Tour de France in Canada
FloBikes, a platform dedicated to live streaming top cycling events, will show the action in Canada. A FloBikes subscription costs from $12.50 per month or $150 for the year, and includes the Le Tour, Giro d’Italia and a brace of other top races.
How to watch the Tour de France in Australia
Reside on the other side of the world? No problem! Aussies can watch every stage of the Tour live on the SBS and SBS Viceland channels, or catch a free live stream through SBS On Demand and the ŠKODA Tour Tracker App.
Tour de France 2020 stages and route
Stage 1 – Saturday 29th August
Start: Nice Moyen Pays
Stage 2 – Sunday 30th August
Start: Nice Haut Pays
Stage 3 – Monday 31st August
Stage 4 – Tuesday 1st September
Stage 5 – Wednesday 2nd September
Stage 6 – Thursday 3rd September
Start: Le Teil
Finish: Mont Aigoual
Stage 7 – Friday 4th September
Stage 8 – Saturday 5th September
Stage 9 – Sunday 6th September
Stage 10 – Tuesday 8th September
Start: Ile d’Oleron
Finish: Ile de re Saint-Martin
Stage 11 – Wednesday 9th September
Stage 12 – Thursday 10th September
Finish: Sarran Correze
Stage 13 – Friday 11th September
Finish: Puy Mary
Stage 14 – Saturday 12th September
Stage 15 – Sunday 13 September
Finish: Grand Colombier
Stage 16 – Tuesday 15th September
Start: La Tour-du-Pin
Stage 17 – Wednesday 16th September
Finish: Meribel Col de la Loze
Stage 18 – Thursday 17th September
Finish: La Roche-Sur-Foron
Stage 19 – Friday 18th September
Stage 20 – Saturday 19th September
Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles
Stage 21 – Sunday 20th September