Arguably the biggest event on two wheels, the Tour de France is a race steeped in tradition, as well as hills, and not for the faint of heart. A grueling 21-stage race set over 23 days, the Tour de France is the Holy Grail for those partial to a Saturday morning ride, but how can you watch it in Australia?
While the Tour met a bump in the road in the form of COVID-19, the race is now back on after a two month postponement. If you’re a fan of cycling, or you just really like aerial shots of the French countryside, find out where to catch all the action below.
How can I watch the Tour de France in Australia?
SBS has once again secured exclusive rights to the biggest event in cycling, with live coverage of all 21 stages on both SBS and SBS On Demand. While live coverage will start at around 9pm AEST each day (although this may depend on your local guide), those keen on an early bedtime will be able to catch replays and highlights on SBS On Demand, allowing you to catch some Zs as well as all the action from the day.
How can I stream the Tour de France in Australia?
You can stream the Tour de France through SBS On Demand, allowing you to catch all the action live, or re-live the best parts of the day with on-demand replays and highlights. You can sign up for free via the SBS website, with the app free to download on both your phone or tablet, helping you to stay on top of the race while you’re out and about.
Tour de France Schedule 2020
While some may be keen to catch all 23 days, 21 stages and the almost 3,500km journey from start to finish, some will be more inclined to tune into a couple of the day’s events, or even just the time trials. Below is the 2020 Tour de France schedule, along with what times you can tune in for every second of the action.
|Stage||Date||Start & Finish||Distance||SBS Live Coverage (AEST)|
|1||Saturday, August 29||Nice Moyen Pays – Nice||156km||9:00pm|
|2||Sunday, August 30||Nice Haut Pays – Nice||187km||8:30pm|
|3||Monday, August 31||Nice – Sisteron||198km||9:30pm|
|4||Tuesday, September 1||Sisteron – Orcieres-Merlette||157km||9:30pm|
|5||Wednesday, September 2||Gap – Privas||183km||9:30pm|
|6||Thursday, September 3||Le Teil – Mont Aigoual||191km||9:30pm|
|7||Friday, September 4||Millau – Lavaur||168km||9:30pm|
|8||Saturday, September 5||Cazeres-sur-Garonne – Loudenvielle||140km||9:00pm|
|9||Sunday, September 6||Pau – Laruns||154km||8:30pm|
|10||Tuesday, September 8||Ile d’Oléron Le Chateau-d’Oléron – Ile de Ré Saint-Martin-de-Ré||170km||9:30pm|
|11||Wednesday, September 9||Chatelaillon-Plage – Poitiers||167km||9:30pm|
|12||Thursday, September 10||Chauvigny – Sarran Correze||218km||9:30pm|
|13||Friday, September 11||Chatel-Guyon – Puy Mary Cantal||191km||9:30pm|
|14||Saturday, September 12||Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon||197km||8:30pm|
|15||Sunday, September 13||Lyon – Grand Colombier||175km||8:30pm|
|16||Tuesday, September 15||La Tour-du-Pin -Villard-de-Lans||164km||9:30pm|
|17||Wednesday, September 16||Grenoble -Meribel Col de la Loze||168km||9:30pm|
|18||Thursday, September 17||Méribel – La Roche-sur-Foron||168km||9:30pm|
|19||Friday, September 18||Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole||160km||9:30pm|
|20||Saturday, September 19||Lure – La Planche des Belles Filles||36km||8:30pm|
|21||Sunday, September 20||Mantes-la-Jolie – Paris Champs- Élyées||122km||11:30pm|
Information gathered from the official Tour de France website and SBS Guide.
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