As the Tour reaches its final few days, the riders face one of the toughest challenges on the entire route. There are 143.2km between Lourdes and Hautacam, meaning it's far from the longest stage of the race, but with a Category 1 ascent sandwiched between two punishing HC climbs it presents a monstrous challenge to the remaining competitors. Here's how to watch a free Stage 18 live stream from the 2022 Tour de France wherever you are, as the riders head from Lourdes to Hautacam.
After a short but strenuous mountain stage from Saint-Gaudens to Peyragudes, things get serious on this year's final high-altitude challenge.
Stage 18 begins in Lourdes – the site of the famous pilgrimage – and some riders may need help from above to reach the end. After a fairly comfortable start, an intermediate sprint at Laruns is followed almost immediately by the stage's first – and longest – HC climb: the legendary 16.4km Col d'Aubisque, which peaks at a 10 percent gradient.
There's barely any respite before the riders are faced with the Category 1 Col de Spandelles, a new addition to the Tour that should present a real challenge to the climbers, before ending with another irregular ascent to the finish at the ski resort of Hautacam. It's going to be brutal.
Defending champion Tadej Pogacar managed to get the better of Jonas Vingegaard across yesterday's four categorised climbs, but the Dane still leads the pack by two minutes and 18 seconds. Can the Slovenian eat into it today?
Make sure you know how to get a free Stage 18 live stream from wherever you are in the world and watch the 2022 Tour de France.
Watch a Stage 18 free live stream
In the UK, ITV4 (opens in new tab) will air free live coverage of the 2022 Tour de France, including Stage 18.
Travelling outside the UK right now?
Use a VPN to watch the Tour de France on ITV4 from abroad. (opens in new tab)
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The 2022 Tour de France also airs live and free on a handful of other broadcasters including: Australia's SBS (opens in new tab), Italy's Rai Sport (opens in new tab), France's France TV (opens in new tab) and Belgium's RTBF (opens in new tab). As above, a VPN will allow you to tune into your home coverage while abroad on those services too.
Watch the 2022 Tour de France live stream from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2022 Tour de France rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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How to use a VPN for the 2022 Tour de France
Using a VPN to watch the 2022 Tour de France is incredibly simple:
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For ITV4, choose 'UK', for example.
3. Then head over to ITV4 (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the free Tour de France live stream.
UK: watch the 2022 Tour de France live stream
ITV4 is showing live coverage of the whole race, plus daily highlights of each stage. TV license holders can watch or stream ITV4 (opens in new tab) for free.
Prefer to watch without the ads? Discovery+ is the place to find an ad-free live stream of the 2022 Tour de France, complete with multi-camera view. Subscription is £6.99 a month or £59.99 a year.
Die-hard cycling fans can try GCN+, which provides a live stream plus access some of the best cycling documentaries ever made. It's £39.99 a year.
US: watch the 2022 Tour de France live stream
The 109th Tour de France airs live on NBC, USA and and Peacock (opens in new tab).
Streaming service Peacock costs just $4.99 a month ($9.99 with limited ads) and includes thousands of movies, TV shows, kids content and other live sport. New users get a free 7-day trial.
Travelling this week? Simply use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access Peacock from wherever you are in the world, without being blocked.
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How to watch the 2022 Tour de France in France, Italy and Belgium
The Tour will be shown live and free on a handful of Europe's biggest broadcasters, including Rai Sport (opens in new tab) in Italy, France Sport (opens in new tab) in France, and RTBF (opens in new tab) in Belgium.
Canada: watch the 2022 Tour de France live stream
FloBikes, a platform dedicated to cycling streams, will show live Tour de France coverage in Canada. A FloBikes subscription (opens in new tab) costs from $12.50 per month or $150 for the year, and includes the Tour, Giro d'Italia and other top UCI events.
Australia: watch the 2022 Tour de France live stream
Out of Oz at the moment? Grab a VPN (opens in new tab) and watch SBS from abroad, without being blocked.