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How to watch the Tour de France final stages: live stream, TV, highlights

How to watch the Tour de France: live stream, TV, highlights
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This weekend sees the last two stages of the Tour de France 2020, ending with the famous ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday.

Primoz Roglic still leads the GC by 57 seconds with his Slovenian compatriot, Tadej Pogacar, his closest challenger. The UK's Adam Yates remains in a respectable 7th, while Ireland's Sam Bennett leads the race for points, thanks to some impressive sprint wins. And with only one competitive stage to go - tradition dictates the yellow jersey isn't challenged on the final day - it looks like it will be hard to beat Roglic.

Whether you're in the UK, US or Europe, this guide will let you know the TV channel for all the live action, how to live stream the Tour de France online, and even how to catch up on the highlights. Read on for all the details.

Tour de France live stream and on TV

British TV license holders can watch the Tour de France live, and the highlights, on the ITV4 Hub online web player and ITV4 TV channel without paying a penny! If you're a UK citizen trying to view from abroad, then don't forget you can use a VPN to be able watch the free Tour de France coverage.

The Tour will also be shown for free online live on a handful of Europe's biggest broadcasters, including Rai Sport in Italy, France Sport in France, Sporza and RTBF in Belgium. So, no need to get a VPN if you're in those destinations. 

You can find daily Tour de France highlights on YouTube courtesy of Eurosport, plus ITV in the UK, and the other local providers around Europe.

Watch the Tour de France for free from abroad using a VPN

We'll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based cycling fans below, but even if you have subscribed to the relevant services, you won't be able to use 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.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.

How to watch the Tour de France in the UK

Tour de France live stream: how to watch Le Tour live and for free

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ITV4 is showing live coverage of the Tour de France, plus daily highlights of each stage. You can watch on a TV, or online using the ITV Hub. It's completely free provided you hold a TV license.

Want to watch in HD? Eurosport 1 TV channel and the Eurosport Player streaming service will broadcast every stage live and in HD, with highlights every evening. 

Subscribe to Eurosport Player and you can watch live coverage of the Tour – plus major cycling, tennis, snooker and darts events – in HD quality.  A monthly pass costs £6.99 per month, but you save big with the annual pass, which costs just £39.99 for the whole year.

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The other option is to subscribe to Amazon Prime and sign up for a free 7-day Eurosport trial. After the trial ends, you can subscribe at the usual £6.99 per month.

How to watch the Tour de France in the US

Tour de France live stream: how to watch Le Tour live and for free

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The Tour de France is being shown live online in the US on NBC Sports Gold, which will broacast every stage live, ad-free and on-demand.  Subscription to the NBC Gold Cycling Pass costs $54.99 per year. The race is also being shown daily on NBC Sports Network, which is available on most local cable and satellite packages.

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How to watch the Tour de France in France, Italy and Belgium 

The Tour will be shown live on a handful of Europe's biggest broadcasters, including Rai Sport in Italy, France Sport in France, and Sporza and RTBF in Belgium.

How to watch the Tour de France in Canada

FloBikes, a platform dedicated to live streaming top cycling events, will show the action in Canada. A FloBikes subscription costs from $12.50 per month or $150 for the year, and includes the Le Tour, Giro d'Italia and a brace of other top races.

How to watch the Tour de France in Australia

Reside on the other side of the world? No problem! Aussies can watch every stage of the Tour live on the SBS and SBS Viceland channels, or catch a free live stream through SBS On Demand and the ŠKODA Tour Tracker App.

Tour de France 2020 stages and route

Tour de France live stream: how to watch Le Tour live and for free

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Stage 1 - Saturday 29th August

Start: Nice Moyen Pays

Finish: Nice

Distance: 156km

Stage 2 - Sunday 30th August

Start: Nice Haut Pays

Finish: Nice

Distance: 187km

Stage 3 - Monday 31st August

Start: Nice

Finish: Sisteron

Distance: 198km

Stage 4 - Tuesday 1st September

Start: Sisteron

Finish: Orcieres-Merlette

Distance: 157km

Stage 5 - Wednesday 2nd September

Start: Gap

Finish: Privas

Distance: 183km

Stage 6 – Thursday 3rd September

Start: Le Teil

Finish: Mont Aigoual

Distance: 191km

Stage 7 - Friday 4th September

Start: Millau

Finish: Lavaur

Distance: 168km

Stage 8 - Saturday 5th September

Start: Cazeres-Sur-Garonne

Finish: Loudenvielle

Distance: 140km

Stage 9  - Sunday 6th September

Start: Pau

Finish: Laruns

Distance: 154km

Stage 10 - Tuesday 8th September

Start: Ile d’Oleron

Finish: Ile de re Saint-Martin

Distance: 170km

Stage 11  - Wednesday 9th September

Start: Catelaillon-Plage

Finish: Potiers

Distance: 167km

Stage 12 - Thursday 10th September

Start: Chauvigny

Finish: Sarran Correze

Distance: 218km

Stage 13 - Friday 11th September

Start: Chatel-Guyon

Finish: Puy Mary

Distance: 191km

Stage 14  - Saturday 12th September

Start: Clermont-Ferrand

Finish: Lyon

Distance: 197km

Stage 15 - Sunday 13 September

Start: Lyon

Finish: Grand Colombier

Distance: 175km

Stage 16 - Tuesday 15th September

Start: La Tour-du-Pin

Finish: Villard-de-Lans

Distance: 164km

Stage 17 - Wednesday 16th September

Start: Grenoble

Finish: Meribel Col de la Loze

Distance: 168km

Stage 18 - Thursday 17th September

Start: Meribel

Finish: La Roche-Sur-Foron

Stage 19 - Friday 18th September

Start: Bourg-en-Bresse

Finish: Champagnole

Distance: 160km

Stage 20 -  Saturday 19th September

Start: Lure

Finish: La Planche des Belles Filles

Distance: 36km

Stage 21 - Sunday 20th September

Start: Mantes-La-Jolie

Finish: Paris

Distance: 122km