Looking to stream the world’s most famous bike race online this year? Don’t have cable but interested in watching cyclists duel it out over the next three weeks of racing? The below guide should help you legally watch the TdF online.
Arguably the most difficult sporting event in the world, The Tour de France starts July first and runs through several weeks. The World’s biggest bike race kicks off with a time trial, then enters several flat stages of racing before climbing some of the hardest hills (mountains, rather).
While this year of course has your regular favorites, including Froome in yellow, Sagan in green, Cav chasing yellow for a few stages, etc., there is a lot of speculation that a new winner will emerge, with Froome seeming a bit off in previous races. While of course Quintana is always a proclaimed favorite, and his coach just recently expressed that he things the Colombian star is ready for the TdF this year.
So how can you watch the Tour de France online free, especially if you live in the United States where cycling isn’t quite as popular as it is globally? There are a few legal ways to stream the race legally on your computer, phone or smart TV, which we’ll list out below:
Live stream the Tour de France with DirecTV Now
DirecTV launched their standalone streaming service this year, meaning you don’t have to have cable to watch this year’s tour, as the service gives you access to NBC Sports, where the Tour will be streaming in the States. DirecTV Now offers a free trial, meaning you can get access to the first several stages without having to pay a dime. The service also offers access to dozens of other major channels, including ESPN, TNT, FX, and more.
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Watch the Tour de France 2017 online with Sling TV
Another good option is Sling TV, which has several packages that include NBC Sports, which will make it easy to watch the tour on your laptop at work (nobody is watching we swear) or mobile device. Sling TV, like DirecTV Now, offers dozens of channels with several of their packages, as well as a seven day free trial.
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The Guardian did a team-by-team breakdown this year, which should be helpful for those looking to get a bit more information about each team’s strengths.
There isn’t a more famous bike race in the world, so for those of you looking to get into cycling as a spectator sport, there’s no better time of year to start getting interested than the TdF. It’s truly impressive watching these world-class athletes compete against one another for several weeks, climbing the biggest cols, sprinting the fastest finishes, and cruising down some spectacular descents.
Already a big fan of cycling? Who do you think takes the tour this year? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to know what you think!