It's already been a superb summer of sport, but the Tour de France, now in its 105th year, is shaping up to be a new highlight. Le Tour's combination of agonising mountain climbs, knife-edge sprints and mile upon mile (upon mile) of bicycle road racing make the Tour de France a true sporting classic.
6 stages in and already we’re seeing Britain’s 4-time Tour winner Chris Froome dangerously placed just outside the top 10 riders in the overall classification. Considering how he came from comparatively nowhere to annihilate the field in the late stages of the Giro D’Italia, that is ominous indeed for his race rivals.
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas is also going extremely well, while you have to suspect Peter Sagan is already a nailed-on certainty in the points classification.
There are no more fervently watched races on the cycling calendar, as the two-wheeled feast develops enticingly over its three-week schedule (this year goes from July 7 to July 29). And the fantastic news is that you can now watch all the action for free, via television or live stream – and, in the case of the latter, it doesn't even matter where in the world you live!
So now Tour fans everywhere can concentrate on the remarkable spectacle that is this 21-stage cycling race and look forward to seeing which man will glide into Paris's Champs-Elysees as the 2018 champion. Keep reading to discover how to get a Tour de France live stream, regardless of where in the world you are.
Live stream Tour de France for free in the UK
UK audiences no longer have to settle for inadequate highlight shows showing 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 Le Tour de France for free from anywhere else in the world
Live stream the Tour de France with a VPN
If the country where you live either isn't showing Le Tour or is making you pay for a cable subscription to watch, then there's a very simple way to get hold of the UK free live stream. The trick is to download and install a VPN, which then allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in a completely different location. We've tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend Express VPN as the best option currently available:
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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 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. Below is a run-down of where else shows the cycling in other 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.
Watch Le Tour 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 $49.99 for the most extensive live and on-demand coverage without any commercial breaks.
Watch Le Tour 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 $24.99 per month.
Watch Le Tour in Australia
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 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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