The Tour de France is without a doubt the most famous bicycle race in the world. In 2017, the action will start on July 1st and finish on July 23rd. The 21 staging areas of this race start at Mont-Saint-Michel, visit 2 other countries, and finally end at Paris Champs-Élysées. Over that 22 day stretch, cyclists will travel through a whole range of terrain that spans over 3,300 km to reach the finish line. Watch to see your favorite cyclist from anywhere with a VPN. Otherwise you may run into some geoblocking along the way.
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Though many think of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal when talking about the Tour de France, the race has seen it’s share of other scandals. In the second year of the race, 1904, returning champion Maurice Garin is quoted as saying “I’ll win the Tour de France, provided I’m not murdered before we get to Paris”. Garin was almost killed while racing. He did go on to win the race, but he was disqualified for an unknown event. There was speculation that Garin took a train after the problems he had early on, but that may be just a story. Other controversies include banned substance raids, injuries, equipment failures, cheating, betrayal, and even a death during the 1967 race.
This year will mark the 104th year of the Tour de France. The TDF is currently the 18th race of the 2017 UCI World Cycling Tour. Currently, Peter Sagan from Slovakia is the points leader this season. The Tour de France is a Grand Tour event, so it is worth quite a few points. The winner gets 200 points, 2nd place gets 150 points, and 3rd place gets 120 points. At this time, Sagan has a large lead over the closest competitor, Alejandro Valverde Belmonte. To get close to Sagan, Belmonte would have to win the Tour de France and at least one other race. Additionally, Sagan would have to finish beyond third place in both races.
The 2016 Tour de France will be covered internationally by broadcasters around the world. Those in France (and anyone connected to a VPN server in France) can watch on ITV for free or via Eurosport for €4.99. The race will also be held on NBC Sports Network in the United States. NBC Sports is offering web access to the full event for $29.99 or a single day for of access for $4.99. They are also offering mobile access (iPhone, iPad, Android) with full coverage of the Tour de France for $19.99.
Be sure to catch all the action of the historic and sometimes controversial Tour de France bicycle race. As we mentioned, anything can happen during the event. Watch to see which racer will win the 2016 Tour de France and the overall championship.
Tour de France Race Schedule
|Stage||Date||Course Start / Finish||Distance|
|1||July 1||Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf||14 km|
|2||July 2||Düsseldorf / Liège||203.5 km|
|3||July 3||Verviers / Longwy||212.5 km|
|4||July 4||Mondotf-les-Bains / Vittel||207.5 km|
|5||July 5||Vittel / La Planche de Belles Filles||160.5 km|
|6||July 6||Visoul / Troyes||216 km|
|7||July 7||Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges||213.5 km|
|8||July 8||Dole / Sation des Rousses||187.5 km|
|9||July 9||Nantua / Chambery||181.5 km|
|10||July 11||Perigueux / Bergerac||178 km|
|11||July 12||Eymet / Pau||203.5 km|
|12||July 13||Pau / Peryagudes||214.5 km|
|13||July 14||Saint Girons / Foix||101 km|
|14||July 15||Blagnac / Rodez||181.5 km|
|15||July 16||Laissac-Severac 'Eglise / Le Puy-en-Velay||189.5 km|
|16||July 18||Le Puy-en-Velay / Romans sur Isere||165 km|
|17||July 19||Le Murre / Serre Chavalier||183 km|
|18||July 20||Briancon / Izoard||179.5 km|
|19||July 21||Embrun / Salon de Provence||222.5 km|
|20||July 22||Marseille / Marseille||22.5 km|
|21||July 23||Montgeron / Paris||103 km|
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