How to watch the Tour de France online: live stream the final stages for free from anywhere

Geraint Thomas is one stage away from being crowned the champ - here’s how to live stream the finale online

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Brit Geraint Thomas of Team Sky will wear the yellow jersey into the final stage of the 2018 Tour de France, meaning it will be he that takes the title for the first time as the riders complete the processional finale into the Champ-Elysees in Paris.

We can't wait to see Thomas - the first ever British-born Tour winner - be crowned, and in the UK it's all broadcast for free on ITV and you can see it online from anywhere with our guide. 

The Tour de France, now in its 105th year, is a combination of agonising  mountain climbs, knife-edge sprints and mile upon mile (upon mile) of racing make it a true sporting classique. And this year's Tour has been a high point of 2018’s jam-packed summer of sport. 

There are no more fervently watched races on the cycling calendar, as the two-wheeled feast closes in to the end of its three-week schedule. The good news is, 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.

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 showing a snippet of the day's cycling. Free-to-air broadcaster ITV has shown every stage of the 2018 Tour de France  live and Sunday's coverage kicks off from 3pm BST.

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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