How to watch the Tour de France
How to watch the Tour de France (Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty)

How to Watch the 2019 Tour de France Online

Don't miss a minute of this year's legendary race

How to watch the Tour de France

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On July 6, the 2019 Tour de France will kick off in Belgium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time champion—and native Belgian—Eddy Merckx’s first victory. It is also the centennial of the yellow jersey, worn by stage leaders and overall winners, so keep an eye out for new jersey designs each day of the race.

This year two top contenders have been removed from the running, leaving the field without a clear favorite. Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome is out after a crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné put him in intensive care, and last year’s second-place finisher, Tom Dumoulin, injured his knee in a fall during the Giro d’Italia and won’t be racing.  

A few athletes to follow include Team Ineos’s young Colombian climbing powerhouse Egan Bernal and his Welsh teammate and defending Tour champion Geraint Thomas, who sustained a minor concussion in the same race that ended Froome’s season. AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet, another strong climber, hopes to be the first Frenchman in more than three decades to claim the yellow jersey. Frequent podium finisher Nairo Quintana, a Colombian on the Movistar team who has won both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, is looking to complete his collection of Grand Tour wins. And Australian Richie Porte, who excels in both climbing and time trials, crashed out of the 2017 and 2018 Tours but could do well this year as part of his new team, Trek-Segafredo. 

It’s bound to be an interesting July; here’s how to tune in. 

Where to Watch

For U.S. viewers without cable, the NBC Sport Gold Cycling Pass is the most comprehensive option. For $55 annually, you’ll get commercial-free streaming access to all the year’s major races, including live coverage of all 21 stages of the Tour and bonus content like interactive stage maps.

FuboTV also streams NBC’s coverage of the Tour as part of its 95-channel lineup. The whole package comes to $55 per month. If you just want to catch a few mountain stages and the finish, FuboTV offers a seven-day free trial (credit card required). Sign up on July 21 to see stages 15 through 21.

When to Watch

You can watch all of the Tour stages live on TV, or stream them with the NBC Cycling Pass, or catch full event replays on demand if you’re not up to waking before dawn in order to catch the European start times. Below is a full schedule of live events, and here is a map of the route to help you brush up on your French geography.

Stage 1

Brussels loop

Flat, 194.5 kilometers/120.9 miles

Saturday, July 6, 5:55 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time

Stage 2

Brussels’s Palais Royal to the Atomium

Team time trial, 27.6 kilometers/17.1 miles

Sunday, July 7, 8:20 A.M. EDT

Stage 3

Binche, Belgium, to Épernay, France 

Hilly, 215 kilometers/133.6 miles

Monday, July 8, 6 A.M. EDT

Stage 4

Reims to Nancy

Flat, 213.5 kilometers/132.7 miles

Tuesday, July 9, 6 A.M. EDT

Stage 5

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar

Hilly, 175.5 kilometers/109.1 miles

Wednesday, July 10, 7:05 A.M. EDT

Stage 6

Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles

Mountainous, 160.5 kilometers/99.7 miles

Thursday, July 11, 6:55 A.M. EDT

Stage 7

Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône

Flat, 230 kilometers/142.9 miles

Friday, July 12, 5:10 A.M. EDT

Stage 8

Mâcon to Saint-Étienne

Hilly, 200 kilometers/124.3 miles

Saturday, July 13, 6 A.M. EDT

Stage 9

Saint-Étienne to Brioude

Hilly, 170.5 kilometers/105.9 miles

Sunday, July 14, 6:55 A.M. EDT

Stage 10

Saint-Flour to Albi

Flat, 217.5 kilometers/135.1 miles

Monday, July 15, 6 A.M. EDT

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Stage 11

Albi to Toulouse

Flat, 167 kilometers/103.8 miles

Wednesday, July 17, 7:25 A.M. EDT

Stage 12

Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Mountainous, 209.5 kilometers/130.2 miles

Thursday, July 18, 5:20 A.M. EDT

Stage 13

Pau loop

Individual time trial, 27.2 kilometers/16.9 miles

Friday, July 19, 7:50 A.M. EDT

Stage 14

Tarbes to Tourmalet Barèges

Mountainous, 117.5 kilometers/73 miles

Saturday, July 20, 7:20 A.M. EDT

Stage 15

Limoux to Foix Prat d’Albis

Mountainous, 185 kilometers/115 miles

Sunday, July 21, 5:55 A.M. EDT

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Stage 16

Nîmes loop

Flat, 177 kilometers/72.7 miles

Tuesday, July 23, 7:05 A.M. EDT

Stage 17

Pont du Gard to Gap

Hilly, 200 kilometers/124.3 miles

Wednesday, July 24, 6:15 A.M. EDT

Stage 18

Embrun to Valloire

Mountainous, 208 kilometers/129.2 miles

Thursday, July 25, 5 A.M. EDT

Stage 19

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes

Mountainous, 126.5 kilometers/78.6 miles

Friday, July 26, 7:35 A.M. EDT

Stage 20

Albertville to Val Thorens

Mountainous, 130 kilometers/80.8 miles

Saturday, July 27, 7:25 A.M. EDT

Stage 21

Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Élysées

Flat, 128 kilometers/79.5 miles

Sunday, July 28, 7:55 A.M. EDT

Lead Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty