The 2019 Tour de France is set to truly come alive this weekend with back-to-back Pyrenean stages that could go some way to deciding the podium of this year’s race. After the surprise of Julian Alaphilippe's stage win in the Pau time trial on Friday, can the Deceuninck-QuickStep star back it up with some inspired riding in the big mountains and keep the home nation's dreams of getting their first Tour de France win since Bernard Hinault's 1985 victory?
Or will defending champion Geraint Thomas now put the pedal down and take advantage of what is certainly a stronger Team Ineos, built for the Grand Tours and packing the powerful punch of Egan Bernal, Michal Kwiatkowski and Luke Rowe to help the Welshman take a second title in a row?
The 106th edition of La Grande Boucle is developing into what could be one of the most memorable Tours in recent memory as the GC contenders now find their feet on the climbs and the world's top sprinters continue to do battle in frenetic bunch gallops.
As the race kicks things up another notch this weekend with stage 14 and 15, you won't want to miss a moment more of the 2019 Tour de France. Cyclingnews is here with all the information you need to watch the race from anywhere.
How to watch the Tour de France live stream: North America
The 2019 Tour de France is being shown live online in the US on the NBC Sports Gold app and web page ($54.99/year). The race will also be broadcast live daily on NBC Sports Network, which is available on most local cable and satellite packages. Phil Liggett and Bob Roll will call the action during the stage, while Christian Vande Velde and Chris Horner will join Paul Burmeister in the network's 'traveling studio' for analysis before and after each stage.
In Canada, all stages will air live on Sportsnet with the international English commentary.
How to live stream the Tour de France from outside of your country
Below we also have your viewing options in the UK and Australia. And of course there's the other official broadcasters like Eurosport and France-TV Sport. But if you're on holiday or out of your country for any other reason, you'll soon discover that your usual coverage is geo-restricted. You can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network' or VPN for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
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How to watch the Tour de France live stream: UK
The Tour de France is being broadcast in the UK on Eurosport, which can be found in basic Sky TV packages. With a Eurosport Player monthly or annual pass, you can access the live stream from just about any internet-connected device. You can try it out for free.
ITV4 are producing daily highlights with the usual team – Gary Imlach, Ned Boulting, David Millar and Daniel Friebe. The show is being broadcast for an hour after each stage.
S4C is an official broadcaster and will be showing the race live throughout the UK on free-to-air television at 2 p.m. daily and has a daily highlights show every evening.
How to watch the Tour de France live stream: Australia live stream
Australians can watch the 2019 Tour de France on SBS or Eurosport.
The Tour de France route
The open GC fight is to say nothing of the world-class sprint battles, which will once again dominate the opening week. After the opening fireworks from the fastmen, the 2019 Tour de France will put on an epic battle in thin air for the yellow jersey. Three of the five mountain-top finishes end above 2,000 metres elevation, leading race director Christian Prudhomme to bill 2019 as "the highest Tour in history."
The combination of high-elevation finishes and some shorter, punchier stages could mean more exciting racing on the general classification days.
The 106th edition of the race starts in Belgium, to "celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first of Eddy Merckx’s five victories". The race then heads south into France via the Vosges and the Massif Central to first tackle the Pyrenees, with a finish at the top of the Tourmalet, an individual time trial around Pau and then a final mountain stage over the steep Mur de Péguère before the finish above Foix at Prat d’Albis.
The route then transfers across the south of France via a second rest day in Nîmes for a hat-trick of Alpine stages that include the Col d’Izoard, the Col du Galibier, and the 2,770 metre Col d’Iseran – the highest paved mountain pass in Europe.
The final winner of the 2019 Tour de France will be decided on the final 33.4km climb up to the 2, 365 metre finish at Val Thorens on stage 20, with the winner of the 2019 yellow jersey crowned in Paris the day after on the Champs-Elysées. The total race distance is 3,460km, with the three weeks of racing taking place between Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 28.
Tour de France 2019 stages
Stage 1 - Saturday, July 6 - 194.5km Brussels to Brussels – Start: 12:25, Finish 17:00
Stage 2 - Sunday, July 7 - 27.6km Brussels (TTT) – Start: 14:30, Finish: 16:45
Stage 3 - Monday, July 8 - 215km Binche to Epernay – Start: 12:20, Finish: 17:30
Stage 4 - Tuesday, July 9 - 213.5km Reims to Nancy – Start: 12:25, Finish: 17:25
Stage 5 - Wednesday, July 10 - 175.5km Saint-Die-Des-Vosges to Colmar – Start: 13:25, Finish 17:35
Stage 6 - Thursday, July 11 - 160.5km Mulhouse - La Planche Des Belles Filles – Start: 13:25, Finish: 17:45
Stage 7 - Friday, July 12 - 230km Belfort to Chalon-Sur-Saone – Start: 11:35, Finish: 17:00
Stage 8 - Saturday, July 13 - 200km Macon to Saint-Etienne – Start 12:25, Finish: 17:30
Stage 9 - Sunday, July 14 - 170.5km Saint-Etienne to Brioude – Start: 13:25, Finish: 17:30
Stage 10 - Monday, July 15 - 217.5km Saint-Flour to Albi – Start: 12:25, Finish: 17:45
Rest Day 1 - Tuesday, July 16 - Albi
Stage 11 - Wednesday, July 17 - 167km Albi to Toulouse –Start: 13:45
Stage 12 - Thursday, July 18 - 209.5km Toulouse to Bagneres-De-Bigorre – Start: 11:50, Finish: 17:10
Stage 13 - Friday, July 19 - 27.2km Pau (ITT) – Start: 14:00, Finish: 17:54
Stage 14 - Saturday, July 20 - 117.5km Tarbes - Tourmalet – Start: 13:45, Finish: 17:00
Stage 15 - Sunday, July 21 - 185km Limoux to Foix – Start: 12:10, Finish: 17:25
Rest Day 2 - Monday, July 22 - Nimes
Stage 16 - Tuesday, July 23 - 177km Nimes to Nimes – Start: 13:30
Stage 17 - Wednesday, July 24 - 200km Pont Du Gard to Gap – Start: 12:40, Finish: 17:25
Stage 18 - Thursday, July 25 - 208km Embrun to Valloire – Start: 11:25, Finish: 17:15
Stage 19 - Friday, July 26 - 126.5km Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne to Tignes – Start: 13:55, Finish: 17:35
Stage 20 - Saturday, July 27 - 130km Albertville to Val Thorens – Start: 13:45, Finish: 17:45
Stage 21 - Sunday, July 28 - 128km Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees – Start: 18:10, Finish: 21:20
*All times local
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