The Tour de France Starts Saturday! How To Watch, Live Stream
There are many great sports spectacles in the world, but only one requires skin-tight pants and a map of the Alps -- it's the 103rd running of the Tour de France, cycling's version of Hannibal's forced march to Italy, only without the elephants.
This year's route is a bit different from normal, as it begins in Normandy and somehow goes through Braavos and ends in King's Landing. But there will be the same grueling chills and spills, with Chris Froome attempting to become the first rider in 20 years to win consecutive Tours. Challenging Froome will be two-time winner Alberto Contador and two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana.
There will be 198 riders from 22 teams, beginning Saturday's stage from Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach in Normandy.
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How To Watch
TV: NBC has sole rights to coverage in the US, broadcasting 4-5 hours of coverage to every stage on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), its premium cable network. There will also be a compressed three-hour broadcast of each stage in prime time, beginning at 8 p.m. EST each night. You can also pick up live coverage on OLN beginning at 3:30 a.m. (ET).
ONLINE: Subscribers can watch replays of each stage as part of their NBCSN cable package, or separately by purchasing NBC Sports Gold, where you can watch all stages streamed to a variety of devices. One of Gold's features is live interactive map GPS tracking, which sounds pretty cool.
Cycling.tv provides daily highlight reels for a $30 subscription for three months, or $80 for the year. It could be worth it if you like other major races, which they cover live.
Or you could opt for VPN providers which allow you free access via European Tour streams. CyclingFans website lists many of those feeds, but beware of pop-up ads, unreliable feeds, and questionable coverage.
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