The 106 th 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 champ( 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 offer 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.
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, runs 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, a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch the Tour de France for free.