How to watch the Tour de France in Australia

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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 Aussies haven’t had much to cheer about in the Tour de France since Cadel Evans won it back in 2011, 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?

Where to Watch 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 2019

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 2019 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, July 6 Bruxelles – Brussel 194.5km 9:30pm
2 Sunday, July 7 Bruxelles Palais Royal – Brussel Atomium 27.6km 10:30pm
3 Monday, July 8 Binche – Épernay 215km 9:30pm
4 Tuesday, July 9 Reims – Nancy 213.5km 9:30pm
5 Wednesday, July 10 Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar 175.5km 9:30pm
6 Thursday, July 11 Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles 160.5km 9:30pm
7 Friday, July 12 Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône 230km 9:30pm
8 Saturday, July 13 Mâcon – Saint-Étienne 200km 8:30pm
9 Sunday, July 14 Saint-Étienne – Brioude 170.5km 9:30pm
10 Monday, July 15 Saint-Flour – Albi 217.5km 9:30pm
11 Wednesday, July 17 Albi – Toulouse 167km 9:30pm
12 Thursday, July 18 Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre 209.5km 9:30pm
13 Friday, July 19 Pau – Pau 27.2km 9:10pm
14 Saturday, July 20 Tarbes – Tourmalet Barèges 117.5km 8:30pm
15 Sunday, July 21 Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis 185km 9:30pm
16 Tuesday, July 23 Nîmes – Nîmes 177km 9:30pm
17 Wednesday, July 24 Pont du Gard – Gap 200km 9:30pm
18 Thursday, July 25 Embrun – Valloire 208km 9:30pm
19 Friday, July 26 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes 126.5km 8:30pm
20 Saturday, July 2 Albertville – Val Thorens 130km 8:30pm
21 Monday, July 29 Rambouillet – Paris Champs- Élyées 128km 2:00am

Information gathered from the official Tour de France website and SBS Guide.

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