How to watch a 2019 Tour de France live stream for free online anywhere on Earth

The world's best cyclists are hitting the roads and mountains and here’s how to live stream Le Tour de France online

tour de france live stream online 2019

The 2019 Tour de France is on and if you don't know what expressions like 'general classification', 'peloton' and 'maillot jeune' mean, then there's still time to learn and enjoy the action. To make sure that you don't miss a minute of the cycling, we've put together this dedicated guide to getting a Tour de France live stream – no matter where in the world you are.

The Tour de France, now in its 106th year, will inevitably be one of the high points of 2019’s summer of sport – a big claim considering that it's had two World Cups (cricket and women's football) and Wimbledon to compete with. But Le Tour's combination of agonising mountain climbs, knife-edge sprints and mile upon mile (upon mile) of racing make it a true sporting classic.

Team Ineos's Geraint Thomas goes into this year's Tour as reigning champion after his miracle win in 2018. But he's not the favourite this time around (not according to Betfair at least). It's 22-year-old Colombian Egan Bernal that most commentators are saying is the man to beat, in no small part thanks to his impressive Paris–Nice victory back in March. Fellow countryman Nairo Quintana is also expected to compete, having finished runner-up twice on Le Tour before, and Italian Vincenzo Nibali is always a threat – he took top honours back in 2014.

So who will claim the famous yellow jersey? The riders set off on Saturday, June 6 in Brussels before heading to France for a total of 21 stages. They'll cover 3,460 km/2,150 miles in total before the winner is known on July 28. And you can be on board every metre of the way with a Tour de France live stream – it doesn't even matter where in the world you are. Read on to find out how…

Live stream Tour de France for free in the UK

UK audiences no longer have to settle for inadequate highlight shows offering a snippet of the day's cycling. Free-to-air broadcaster ITV now dedicates its entire ITV4 channel to showing live Tour de France action during every stage of the race.

It's just as easy to watch away from the comfort of your living room, too, thanks to the ITV Hub app that you can download for smartphones and tablets. And if you want a cheeky little live stream to your work PC, then it's all being shown on the ITV website or via the free, legal and super simple TVPlayer.com.

How to watch Tour de France 2019 for free from abroad

One of the problems with Le Tour is that it tends to coincide with summer holidays (so inconsiderate). Try watching that ITV coverage online from outside the UK and you'll soon discover that it's geo-blocked. Sacré bleu!

But that doesn't mean you won't be able to enjoy the UK coverage anyway. Download and install a VPN (also known as a Virtual Private Network) and you can quickly and simply change the IP address of your laptop, tablet or phone so that thinks it's back in the UK. It's encrypted too, making it a safer way to navigate the web anyway. We've tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend T3 Award winning ExpressVPN as the best option currently available to help you get your cycling fix.

ExpressVPN has the benefit of a 30-day money back guarantee and is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now. You can watch on loads of devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc and you'll also get 3 months FREE if you sign up to an annual plan and 49% off the normal price.

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Once it's been downloaded and installed, open the app and select a UK server location (it's super easy) and then head over to TVPlayer.com to pick up the ITV live stream.

 Where else is showing the Tour de France? 

The Tour de France used to feel like a bit of a marginalised sporting event, but the popularity of competitive cycling seems to have grown exponentially over the last few years. And now there are more places than ever that show Le Tour. Scroll right to the bottom to find an exhaustive list of every TdF broadcaster in every territory and country. Here is a run-down of who's showing the cycling in certain key territories.

Watch Le Tour in France

Cycling's coming home! And it's completely free to watch in France, with France TV Sport the station to tune in to.

Live stream Tour de France 2019 in the US

NBC is the official Tour broadcaster in the US, with the likes of Fubo and Sling TV offering shorter subscription services if you don't want to commit to cable. You'll need to subscribe to NBC's Cycling Pass for $54.99 for the most extensive live and on-demand coverage without any commercial breaks.

Live stream Tour de France 2019 in Canada

If you're tuning in from Canada, then Sportsnet is the place to be. If you're not bothered by the long list of other sports it shows and just want a temporary subscription for the Tour de France live stream, then you can get SN Now for $19.99 per month.

Live stream Tour de France 2019 in Australia for FREE

Unlike some of those other countries, Australia has free coverage via national broadcaster SBS. If you're out of the country and want to tune into the SBS coverage, then be sure to grab a VPN and relocate your PC to an Australian city to live stream via its website.

Watch Le Tour live in New Zealand

Sorry, New Zealand, you'll need Sky Sports to watch the 2018 Tour. Well, either that, or go down the VPN avenue as explained above.

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Every broadcaster of the Tour de France, worldwide

France France Télévisions Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Belgium RTBF Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

VRT Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Czech Republic Czech TV Live TV + Internet + Mobile

Denmark DKTV2 Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

DR1 Daily Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Germany ARD Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Ireland TG4 Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Israël Sport 5 - The Sports Channel Live TV + Internet + Mobile

Italy RAI / RAI Sport Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Luxembourg RTL Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Netherlands NOS Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Norway TV2 Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Pan-European (54 territories) Eurosport Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Portugal RTP Live TV + Internet + Mobile

Slovakia RTVS Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Slovenia RTV Slovenija Live TV + Internet + Mobile

Spain RTVE Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

EITB (Basque Country) Live TV + Internet + Mobile

Sweden TV4 Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Switzerland SRG-SSR Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

United Kingdom ITV Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Wales S4C Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Canada Rogers Sportsnet Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

CityTV Live - 2 Live + (Live Delayed week-end) TV + Internet + Mobile

RDS Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

USA NBCSN Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Pan Central & South America (48

territories) ESPN Live & Daily Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Colombia Caracol TV Live & Daily Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

El Salvador TCS Group (Canal 2,4,6) Daily Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Pan Africa Subsaharan (52 territories) Supersport Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Pan Middle East & North Africa (23 territories) BeIn Sports Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Pan South East Asia & Pacific (16 territories) Eurosport Asia Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Australia SBS Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

China CCTV Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Japan JSPORTS Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

New Zealand Sky TV Live, Daily & Weekly Highlights TV + Internet + Mobile

Pan regional (MENA, Subsaharan Africa, South America, USA) TV5 Monde Live / Live Delayed TV + Internet + Mobile