Tour De France 2019 Live: 22 teams with eight riders each. Champion Geraint Thomas faces competition by the likes of Adam Yates, Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana, while Vincenzo Nibali, Greg Van Avermaet, Dylan Groenewegen, Caleb Ewan, Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan are eyeing stage wins.
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NBC Sports will exclusively broadcast each stage of the Tour de France. Phil Liggett and Bob Roll will call the action during the stage, with Christian Vande Velde Chris Horner and Paul Burmeister providing analysis before and after each stage from the network’s “traveling studio”.
Coverage of the Tour de France will be available online via NBC Sports Gold website and on the NBC Sports app.
How long is the Tour de France?
Riders will cover 3,480 kilometers in three weeks and the winner will effectively be decided by the end of stage 20. The final stage is simply a ceremonial procession into the French capital.
Stages to watch
The Tour features two time trial stages this year, a team one on stage 2 and an individual one on stage 13. There are five mountain-top finishes, on stage 6, 14, 15, 19 and 20.
Riders to watch
Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France last year, making it four straight triumphs for Team SKY, and he is again one of the favorites this year. The team, which has won six of the last seven Tours, has rebranded to Team INEOS and also boasts another rider tipped to arrive in Paris wearing the yellow jersey–Egan Bernal.
The Colombian and Thomas have been named as co-team leaders and it will be intriguing to see how Team INEOS handle them.
Astana rider Jakob Fuglsang is also expected to be in the mix for the yellow jersey, while Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ and AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet are France’s best hopes.
This year’s edition of the Tour starts on Saturday, July 6.
And the marathon event will continue all the way through to Sunday, July 28.
The first stage begins in Brussels and is a 192km slog to the Palais Royal.
It will begin at 11am BST.
When is the Tour de France on TV?
Coverage of the Tour de France will start 10:30am BST.
Every stage of the Tour will broadcast live by ITV 4, with additional highlights broadcast at 7pm every night.
ITV 4 is on channel 24 on Freeview, Sky customers can go to channel 120 to see the race and Virgin Media subscribers can select channel 118 to see the Tour.
What are the stages of the Tour de France?
The stages for the 2019 Tour are as follows:
Saturday, July 6 Brussels – Brussels 192km
Sunday, July 7 Brussels Palais Royal – Brussels Atomium 27km (TTT)
Monday, July 8 Binche – Épernay 214km
Tuesday, July 9 Reims – Nancy 215km
Wednesday, July 10 Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar 169km
Thursday, July 11 Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles 157km
Friday, July 12 Belfort –Chalon-sur-Saône 230km
Saturday, July 13 Mâcon – Saint-Étienne 199km
Sunday, July 14 Saint-Étienne – Brioude 170km
Monday, July 15 Saint-Flour – Albi 218 km
Rest day Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 17 Albi – Toulouse 167km
Thursday, July 18 Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre202km13
Friday, July 19 Pau – Pau27km (ITT)14
Saturday, July 20 Tarbes – Tourmalet(117km)
Sunday, July 21 Limoux – Foix 185km
Rest Day Monday
Tuesday, July 23 Nîmes – Nîmes 177km
Wednesday, July 24 Pont du Gard – Gap 206km
Thursday, July 25 Embrun – Valloire 207km
Friday, July 26 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes 123km
Saturday, July 27 Albertville – Val Thorens 131km
Sunday, July 28 Rambouillet – Paris (Champs-Élysées) 127km
Will Chris Froome be competing?
The Team Ineos rider is ruled out of this years race as he suffered a serious cycling accident in June.
Froome suffered serious injuries to his ribs, leg and elbow preventing him from riding in this years contest.
Geraint Thomas will therefore be the lead rider for Team Ineos.