The Tour De France is an annual multi stage cycling race primarily held in France but making regular appearances in neighbouring countries. This is one of the longest cycling races in the world, spread over 23 days with 21 riding days of long stages.
The tour was originally started in 1903 to increase newspaper sales for the L’Auto and has been held every year since excluding the two World Wars. The event is held every year in July with different routes planned every year to keep things interesting.
Over the course of 23 days, riders complete over 3,500 kilometres of riding throughout the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, finishing in Champs-Elysees in Paris. Each day holds different types of race including time trials, hill climbs and standard road riding.
Each year there are 20-22 teams with 8 riders in each and all stages are timed from start to finish with riders times compounded from previous stages. The rider with the lowest time wears the yellow jersey each day, indicating he is the leader of the race.
Winning the tour de france offers a prize fund of over 500,000 euros while winning individual stages is approx 10,000 euros. There are many other prizes for young riders, winners of points classifications and sponsored prizes.
Chris Froome has won the most times in recent years with 4 wins, while Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain have all won the race 5 times over the last 50 years.
While the event is regularly subject to doping allegations and scandals, the cycling race is one of the most popular on the yearly calendar and most watched in the entire world.
How To Watch Tour De France
There are many TV channels showing the Tour worldwide including:
- New Zealand: Sky Sports, Eurosports
- United Kingdom: Eurosport (Live), ITV4 (Highlights)
- Australia: SBS, Eurosport
- USA: NBC Sports Gold.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch Tour De France live or on demand in New Zealand for free you’ll need to use the best VPN provider to pretend you’re in the United Kingdom.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing Euro Sports or ITV4. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose British Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a UK based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose London.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via the UK.
You’ll now be able to go to the ITV4 or Eurosport player website/app and create an account.
It’s 100% free to create an account. When asked for a postcode enter a random England postcode.
Step 4: Start Watching Tour De France
Search for the race on the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available.
Keep your account and watch again every night.
Tour De France Stages (French Timezone)
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