The 106th edition of the Tour de France is upon us. Started in 1903, the most recognizable race in cycling follows the formula of other European races—21 days of cycling in a 23-day schedule—and does it primarily in France’s diverse terrain. Lately, Team Sky has been the dominant force in the race, capturing six of the last seven titles. Its sponsorship changed to Team Ineos this year, but led by current champion (Geraint Thomas), the team remains one to watch.
However, four-time winner Chris Froome will sit out this edition following a significant crash last month leaving him with injuries. That may provide an opportunity for riders like Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) to claim the yellow jersey, though Ineos’ Egan Arley Bernal Gomez is also a prime contender.
What channel is the Tour de France on?
The Tour de France will be broadcast on NBCSN.
How long does the race last?
The race starts on July 6—this year, from Brussels, the capital of Belgium—and then, true to its name, goes around France, finishing on the Champs-Elysses in Paris on July 28. There are two rest days (July 16 and July 22), but otherwise, there’s racing every day, with the riders completing anywhere from a spring of 27.2 km (16.9 miles) to 230 km (142.9 miles).
How to watch the Tour de France online for free
Each of the following services carries NBCSN, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch the Tour de France for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS for an array of additional sports, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). It features NBCSN and its wall-to-wall Tour de France coverage. Additionally, if you’re a soccer fan, it will appear tailor-made for you, with all the Women’s World Cup matches in glorious 4k, plus 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list and our comprehensive FuboTV review.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for cycling fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. NBCSN is part of a basic package of channels that offer soccer and other sports program, and the options increase at the Core, Elite, and Ultra levels. (Here are all of the PlayStation Vue channels and our PlayStation Vue review.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for cycling fans, with NBCSN as part of its package. It also leans toward soccer, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
The 2019 Tour de France teams
Each team has eight riders; the nationality with the team name refers to the organizer/sponsors — all of the teams boast a multinational ridership.
Team Ineos (Great Britain)
Egan Arley Bernal Gomez
Nicolás Jonathan Castroviejo
Dylan Van Baarle
Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
Enric Mas Nicolau
Maximiliano Ariel Richeze
Ag2r La Mondiale (France)
Ivan Garcia Cortina
Movistar Team (Spain)
Mikel Landa Meana
Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan)
Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia
Omar Fraile Matarranz
Gorka Izaguirre Insausti
Magnus Cort Nielsen
Luis León Sanchez
Team Jumbo-Visma (Netherlands)
Laurens De Plus
Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Wout Van Aert
EF Education First (USA)
Tejay Van Garderen
Christopher Juul Jensen
CCC Team (Poland)
Greg Van Avermaet
Alessandro De Marchi
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Sven Erik Bystrøm
Sergio Luis Henao Montoya
Vegard Stake Laengen
Koen De Kort
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Søren Kragh Andersen
Cofidis, Solutions Credits (France)
Pierre Luc Perichon
Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
Jasper De Buyst
Thomas De Gendt
Total Direct Energie (France)
Team Katusha Alpecin (Switzerland)
Mads Schmidt Würtz
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team (Belgium)
Aime De Gendt
Odd Christian Eiking
Kevin Van Melsen
Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Lars Bak Ytting
Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg
Team Arkea-Samsic (France)
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