The Tour de France is a UCI World Tour (road cycling) event. And it’s the oldest and considered the most prestigious of the three Tours (with the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España) by fans and riders alike. Therefore, it’s no wonder that it’s among the most watched sporting events in the world. And the lucky Frenchies can watch Tour de France online all day, every day, for free! Sounds interesting right? So read my article below to know their secret.
First of all, my apologies if this article hurts cycling fans by my approximations. Because I have absolutely no interest in this sport… Indeed, I’m just writing about it because a friend of mine loves it. And I thought that some of you guys might also want to get a full coverage of the Tour de France.
Watch Tour de France online
Every year, French television ensures a full live broadcast of each stage of the Grande Boucle. And this year is no different. But it’s not clear whether international rights holders, like Eurosport or ITV4, will have the same opportunity.
|Subscription||Full coverage||Analysis & highlights||Language|
Tour de France live video streaming outside UK
So you’ve got a subscription for Eurosport or ITV4, good for you. But can you watch these channels outside UK? Short answer: No, you can’t. Because of television rights… Indeed, the owners sold the Tour de France rights to Eurosport and ITV4 for a broadcast in the United Kingdom only. Therefore, if you’re outside the UK during the Tour, you won’t have access to the live streaming.
However a solution exists to get the Tour de France live video streaming. And it’s easy to implement and 100% legal. Because I’m not talking about low quality free stream full of a viruses and ads, which buffers every five minutes.
These channels geo-restrictions are based on the IP address of your device. Therefore, you need a tool which can replace your IP with an IP from the UK. And there’s one tool to achieve this: A VPN. Indeed, a VPN software can emulate your location almost anywhere in the world.
Indeed, the VPN server (located in the UK) connects to the channel’s website on your behalf. And all your traffic goes through this server. Therefore, Eurosport and ITV4 consider that you’re located in the UK – even when you’re not. As a result, you can live stream Tour de France, as if you were on your couch.
Tour de France live stream on French television
Also a good way to get the full coverage of the Tour de France is to watch French TV. However, you’ll have to bear the French comments. As I said above, French TV will broadcast every day the full stages. And that’s a lot of live streaming! A nightmare if you ask me… Indeed, I could never watch Tour de France online all day.
Two channels alternatively broadcast Tour de France: France 2 and France 3. And they’re geo-restricted as well. Therefore you can’t watch them from the UK. Therefore, you need to use the same tool I mentioned in the previous paragraph: a VPN.
This time, you need to connect to a server located in France. And once connected, you can visit France 2 and France 3 websites as if you were a French user. Thus having the full Tour de France live coverage, in French.
Why subscribe to a VPN service?
First of all, I think you understand that you can bypass censorship and access all restricted content. But that’s not it. Indeed, a Virtual Private Network offers other benefits.
First of all, companies created VPN for protecting their data on Internet. Indeed, employees connecting outside their office were accessing sensitive data in the clear. And these data could have been stolen by competitors.
Hence the use of a VPN to improve privacy and security. A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between your device and its server, protecting your data from all snoopers (your ISP, your government, or hackers).
Also, the VPN client hides your IP address and replaces it with the IP of its own server. Therefore the websites you visit consider you’re the server. And they have no clue you’re the one actually visiting them. While they know your requests, they can’t link the requests to your real IP address. And you’re browsing anonymously.
As a result, I always recommend to use a VPN, on all your devices. Indeed, even if you don’t access sensitive information, you leave traces of your activity everywhere. And with all these anonymous bits of information, it’s possible to locate and identify you.
An affordable service
While the best VPNs are not free, they’re cheap. Furthermore you can find promotions for cheap VPN, as low as £2.50 for a month. And you can subscribe for only a month. It’s easy and you won’t have any unpleasant surprise. However, if you subscribe for 6 months to 2 years, you can get a much better deal, with over 50% discounts.
The best VPN to watch Tour de France online
So if you want a VPN, look no further. Because I made a selection of the best VPN based on these 3 criteria:
- My experience: I like some VPNs better than others…
- The speed of the VPN: You want to watch streaming videos, right?
- The VPN gets blocked: Never, from time to time, regularly…
And all the VPN services in this list will allow you to watch Tour de France online.
Tutorial to watch Tour de France streaming
Finally, here’s a very simple guide to watch Tour de France live. And it should work with most VPN providers.
- Choose a VPN software from the list above (any, really)
- Click on the button to access the VPN official website
- Subscribe to the service
- Download, install, and launch the software
- In the client, select a server located in the UK or in France (depending on the channel)
- Click on the “Connect” button
- Go back to the channel’s website or app, login
That’s it, you can now watch Tour de France online. And on all your devices!
Tour de France 2017: The route in 3D
Let’s start with a teaser for the next edition! Indeed, the route was revealed last October, in Paris. And the 104th Tour de France will start on July 1st with 198 riders. While the French capital will host the final sprint and celebrations on the Champs Elysees on July 23rd.
Initial feelings are that it’s going to be a race that is won or lost in the mountains.Chris Froome
For the fourth time in its history, 30 years after a departure from Berlin (1986) the Tour will start from Germany. Indeed, the riders will begin in Düsseldorf with a time trial of 13 km. Then, before returning to France, they’ll face the traps of the classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège in two decisive stages.
The Vosges, the Jura, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps: The riders will climb the five massifs in this order. Therefore, climbers will get a certain advantage in this edition.
Furthermore, the stages of flat ground and transition are scarce. Thus sprinters will really enjoy five stages, at most (Vittel, Troyes, Nuit-Saint-Georges, Pau, Champs-Elysees).
Finally, on the map, it can appear as a tour of half-France. Indeed, most stages are located in the east and south of France. And the west and center of France, well served in 2016, are deserted this year.
By the end of the Tour, riders will have covered a total distance of 3,521 kilometers. And I wonder how many hours you could watch Tour de France online!
The route of the Tour de France 2017
The stages of the Tour de France 2017
|1||Individual time trial||July 1st||Düsseldorf||Düsseldorf||14|
|5||On-line||July 5th||Vittel||La planche des belles filles||160|
|8||On-line||July 8th||Dole||Station des rousses||187|
|-||Rest day||July 10th||Dordogne||Dordogne|
|15||On-line||July 16th||Laissac-Sévérac l'Église||Le Puy-en-Velay||189|
|-||Rest day||July 17th||Le Puy-en-Velay||Le Puy-en-Velay|
|16||On-line||July 18th||Le Puy-en-Velay||Romans-sur-Isère||165|
|17||On-line||July 19th||La Mure||Serre-Chevalier||183|
|20||Individual time trial||July 22nd||Marseille||Marseille||23|
Watch Tour de France online: 10 new sites and stage cities
- Düsseldorf (1st stage and start of stage 2)
- Mondorf-les-Bains (start of stage 4)
- Nuits-Saint-Georges (finish of stage 7)
- Nantua (start of stage 9)
- Eymet (start of stage 11)
- Laissac-Sévérac l’Église (start of stage 15)
- Romans-sur-Isère (finish of stage 16)
- La Mure (start of stage 17)
- Izoard (finish of stage 18)
- Salon-de-Provence (finish of stage 19)
This was my guide: How to watch Tour de France online? Tutorial to stream le Tour live. Stay tuned for more articles coming soon.