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How to Watch Tour de France 2020: Schedule, Route, TV Coverage, Live Stream

By Gabriela Vatu / September 1, 2020

Tour de France just kicked off, and we're keeping an eye on this massive race. We're going to help you figure out how you can watch the event online!

The 2020 event is the 107th edition of the Tour de France, one of the three Grand Tours in cycling. This year's Tour de France was supposed to start back in June, but it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the high number of cases in France. In fact, this event was very nearly canceled.

What's the 2020 Tour de France Schedule?

As every year, Tour de France is a lengthy competition. It started on August 29th in Nice and will cross France until September 20th, when the race ends in Paris. In total, the cyclists will cross 2,165 miles.

Tour de France 2020 Route

Tour de France 2020 Route

If you want to see precisely in which town they're starting and ending each day in, as well as the type of terrain to expect, you can check the official schedule here.

Tour de France 2020 Schedule
DATE START FINISH TYPE DISTANCE STAGE
29/08/2020 NICE MOYEN PAYS NICE FLAT 156 KM 1
30/08/2022 NICE HAUT PAYS NICE MOUNTAIN 186 KM 2
31/08/2020 NICE SISTERON FLAT 198 KM 3
01/09/2020 SISTERON ORCIÈRES-MERLETTE HILLY 160.5 KM 4
02/09/2020 GAP PRIVAS FLAT 183 KM 5
03/09/2020 LE TEIL MONT AIGOUAL HILLY 191 KM 6
04/09/2020 MILLAU LAVAUR FLAT 168 KM 7
05/09/2020 CAZÈRES-SUR-GARONNE LOUDENVIELLE MOUNTAIN 141 KM 8
06/09/2020 PAU LARUNS MOUNTAIN 153 KM 9
07/09/2020 LA CHARENTE-MARITIME REST DAY
08/09/2020 ÎLE D’OLÉRON LE CHÂTEAU-D’OLÉRON ÎLE DE RÉ SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RÉ FLAT 168.5 KM 10
09/09/2020 CHÂTELAILLON-PLAGE POITIERS FLAT 167.5 KM 11
10/09/2020 CHAUVIGNY SARRAN CORRÈZE HILLY 218 KM 12
11/09/2020 CHÂTEL-GUYON PUY MARY CANTAL MOUNTAIN 191.5 KM 13
12/09/2020 CLERMONT-FERRAND LYON FLAT 194 KM 14
13/09/2020 LYON GRAND COLOMBIER MOUNTAIN 174.5 KM 15
14/09/2020 ISÈRE REST DAY
15/09/2020 LA TOUR-DU-PIN VILLARD-DE-LANS MOUNTAIN 164 KM 16
16/09/2020 GRENOBLE MÉRIBEL COL DE LA LOZE MOUNTAIN 170 KM 17
17/09/2020 MÉRIBEL LA ROCHE-SUR-FORON MOUNTAIN 175 KM 18
18/09/2020 BOURG-EN-BRESSE CHAMPAGNOLE FLAT 166.5 KM 19
19/09/2020 LURE LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL 36.2 KM 20
20/09/2020 MANTES-LA-JOLIE PARIS CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES FLAT 122 KM 21

How to Watch Tour de France 2020 in the United States?

The 2020 Tour de France can be enjoyed in the United States rather easily as the event is covered by NBC Sports. There are multiple times during the day that the network covers the event, but you can probably get more by checking in on NBC Sports Gold, which is subscription-based.

You'll find NBC Sports is a part of multiple live TV services and if you are looking to get it without a cable subscription then your first choice is fuboTV. It is a great platform for sports fans, and it features dozens of dedicated channels. NBC Sports is part of the main bundle, and you can get that straight out or alongside various channel packs in pre-made plans.

Besides the main bundle, you can also customize the plan yourself by adding channel packs and premium networks to your account. There are also add-ons you can get to extend the Cloud DVR storage space or the number of simultaneous streams.

fuboTV has loads of apps - including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more.

While fuboTV is our go-to platform because it's ideal for sports fans, it's not the only way you can watch Tour de France on NBC Sports.

Hulu is a good option for those who are looking for a little more simplicity. There's a single bundle of channels that includes NBC Sports, but you can also add a couple of extra channel packs and premium networks. One really cool thing about Hulu is that when you subscribe to the Live TV service, you also gain access to the Hulu On-Demand library, so you have two platforms. Start your free trial on Hulu now!

There's also Sling TV, which features three bundles, but only two are home to NBC Sports - Blue and Orange + Blue. You need to know that Blue subscribers get three simultaneous streams, but Orange + Blue subscribers get four simultaneous streams. On top of these, you can add loads of channel packs and premium networks to make your account exactly how you want it. Watch 3 Days Free on Sling TV Now!

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NBCS is a geo-blocked network, so you will need a VPN to watch it outside the US. Click here to find out how.

How to Watch 2020 Tour de France for Free?

Here's the thing - Tour de France can be watched for free. Well, sort of. You see, France TV Sport has a free online stream, and so does RAI in Italy. Other streams are available worldwide, but we're going to focus on these ones.

With the France TV Sport stream, you don't even need to log in to an account, so you can simply enjoy it as long as you are in France. And since there's a high chance you're elsewhere, you're going to need a VPN.

How to Watch Tour de France 2020 from Anywhere?

One thing's for sure - VPNs are awesome tools to work with. They can change your IP address in a matter of seconds by routing your connection through a server of your choice. Even better is that it can help protect your privacy.

We recommend ExpressVPN, as it comes with thousands of servers in all corners of the world and some great privacy features thanks to the encryption protocols it deploys.

You simply have to subscribe to ExpressVPN (49% OFF), get the apps, and find a server that's located in France. Once the connection goes green, you can and load the French live stream for Tour de France.

Similarly, if you are outside the US and want to access your live TV service, you can choose a server located in the US - since all platforms are geo-blocked and you won't be able to access them from abroad.

How to Watch Tour de France 2020 in Other Countries?

Tour de France is broadcast all over the world, so you can watch local transmissions in pretty much all countries.

Tour de France in the UK - The live coverage is done by ITV, but you can also stream the event on ITV Hub. There's a live stream available here.

Tour de France in Australia - Aussie cycling fans can enjoy the event on SBS Viceland.

Tour de France in Canada - Canadians can enjoy the coverage of this major cycling event on FloBike, which will cost you $30 per month or $150 per year.



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