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How to watch the Tour de France - free live streams from anywhere
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 23:10:00 +0000

The 2019 Tour de France has reached the first rest day and, as expected, the 106th edition of La Grande Boucle is one of the most memorable in recent memory as the GC contenders begin to find their feet on the climbs and the world's top sprinters continue to do battle in frenetic bunch gallops.

The race has seen 10 different stage winners through the first 10 stages, but just three riders have worn the yellow jersey: Bahrain-Merida's Dylan Teuns, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe and Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone. Alaphilippe won the jersey on stage 3 but lost it to Ciccone two days later, only to take it back again on stage 8 to Saint-Étienne. The Frenchman continues to lead the overall ahead of Wednesday's 167km 11th stage from Albi to Toulouse.

As the race kicks things up another notch this week with the stage 13 time trial on Friday, followed by two days in the mountains on Saturday and Sunday, you won't want to miss a moment of the 2019 Tour de France. Cyclingnews is here with all the information you need to watch the race from anywhere.

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How to watch the Tour de France live stream: North America

The 2019 Tour de France is being shown live online in the US on the NBC Sports Gold app and web page ($54.99/year). The race will also be broadcast live daily on NBC Sports Network, which is available on most local cable and satellite packages. Phil Liggett and Bob Roll will call the action during the stage, while Christian Vande Velde and Chris Horner will join Paul Burmeister in the network's 'traveling studio' for analysis before and after each stage.

In Canada, all stages will air live on Sportsnet with the international English commentary.

How to live stream the Tour de France from outside of your country

Below we also have your viewing options in the UK and Australia. And of course there's the other official broadcasters like Eurosport and France-TV Sport. But if you're on holiday or out of your country for any other reason, you'll soon discover that your usual coverage is geo-restricted. You can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network' or VPN for your laptop, tablet or mobile.

How to watch the Tour de France live stream: UK

How to watch the Tour de France live stream: Australia live stream

The Tour de France route

Tour de France 2019 stages

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Van Vleuten brings winning edge back to La Course
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:05:00 +0000

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) will line up as the defending champion at La Course by Le Tour de France on Friday in Pau, less than a week after celebrating her second consecutive victory at the Giro Rosa last Sunday.

"I felt super good during the Giro, and I'm super happy to be able to race La Course again, to be able to use my legs again," Van Vleuten said in a statement released by her team.

Van Vleuten is the two-time defending champion of La Course. The first of two stages in 2017 ended atop the Col d'Izoard, and the second stage ended in Marseille, where Van Vleuten won both stages and the overall title. Last year, she won a thrilling one-day battle all the way to the finish line against current world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in Le Grande-Bornand.

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"I still get goosebumps if I rewatch last year's La Course, and I'm super proud to be part of a race that people still talk about," Van Vleuten said. "It will be hard to 'beat' last year's exciting race, but for sure I will give it a go."

Despite being a two-time defending champion, Van Vleuten said she isn't going into the race feeling nervous or too weighed down by pressures to perform.

"I don't feel pressure," Van Vleuten said of her title defense. "I think we showed we are in great shape, and I am very keen to race again."

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Tour de France: Rest day training - Gallery
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:00:00 +0000

It has been a long 10 days before the first rest day of the 2019 Tour de France, and the riders enjoyed a leisurely day in Albi, aside from the usual media obligations.

Teams took easy cruises on their road bikes, with the exception of Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and other GC contenders who, despite there being two more stages before the individual time trial in Pau, opted to get some preparation done.

Before the riders get to Pau, the peloton has one flat stage that will have the sprinters - in particular Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) - eager to get back on top after being trounced by young Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on stage 10.

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Stage 12 on Thursday will be a big test to see if the climbers have kept their form when the peloton traverses the category 1 Col de Peyresourde and Hourquette d'Ancizan before the long descent into Bagneres de Bigorre.

Click or swipe through the gallery to see the riders of the Tour de France enjoying their rest day.

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Bardet: One day can change everything at the Tour de France
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:10:00 +0000

Entering the first rest day of the Tour de FranceRomain Bardet had cause for celebration, or at least relief, having been among the GC contenders to avoid time losses on Monday's unexpected 'trap' stage to Albi.

But the AG2R La Mondiale leader cut a philosophical tone at the team's press conference in Castres, evaluating the race and its "ups and downs" as a whole, rather than being drawn on specific flashpoints from the race so far.

"I can't be happy with this start to the race," he said in front of the assembled press in Castres. "But it's the Tour, it has ups and downs. There has been some frustration, that's for sure, but there's still a long way to go.

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"The important thing is to remain calm and stay faithful to my guiding principle. At the end we'll draw the real conclusions."

There have been tough times for the 28-year-old already in the first half of the Tour, including AG2R finishing 19th in the stage 2 team time trial. Bardet lost 59 seconds to GC favourite Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) there, and took several days to digest the stage, according to team manager Vincent Lavenu.

But it was Bardet's jour sans on La Planche des Belles Filles that provoked more worry about his GC chances. Losing contact with the lead group in the steep final kilometre, he shed a further 1:09 to Thomas there, leaving him now lying in 15 the overall, 2:08 down on the Welshman.

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Inside Lachlan Morton's GBDURO exploits - Video
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:21:00 +0000

Last month, Lachlan Morton took on the GBDURO - a unique endurance event that sent riders from the southernmost tip of the UK in Land's End in England to the very northern tip at John o'Groats, Scotland. Morton smashed the 2,000km route that traversed fields, paths, cow pastures and streams to finish in 111 hours 44 minutes.

It's difficult to put the enormity of this accomplishments into words, so EF Education First and Rapha created a video documentary of the exploits which tested Morton to his limits, riding through the night, falling into cow patties and finding some new friends along the route, the 'dot watchers' - fans who followed the riders on the dynamic web map.

"The times have stopped, the regret and intense disappointment in myself - you always look back at that moment you gave up and it just eats at you. I hate that feeling. Giving up is always worse than that dark moment. The dark moments fade, but if you give into them, they last forever," Morton explains what kept him going.

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Even so, after traversing the highest paved road in the rain only to be faced with a walking path, Morton broke down in tears - finally finding the rock bottom he'd expected from the beginning.

Having passed that low point, Morton soldiered on to achieve not only a personal accomplishment but one admired by numerous cycling enthusiasts around the globe.

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Landa needs 'to process' his Tour de France after major loss on stage 10
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:37:00 +0000

A pessimistic-sounding Mikel Landa (Movistar) insisted he "needed some time to process" his Tour de France bid on Tuesday after his crash on stage 10 to Albi all but cost the Basque rider his chances of fighting for the general classification this year.

Landa crashed whilst well positioned during the fraught final hour of echelons after Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) accidentally caused him to fall. As a result of his time loss, Landa has plummeted to 21st overall at 4:15.

Speaking during the Movistar press conference on Tuesday, his teammate Nairo Quintana, in contrast, sounded markedly more upbeat as he remains firmly in contention. The Colombian is in eighth place overall, 2:14 back.

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On the plus side, Landa said that he had suffered only slight injuries in the crash. But it was scant comfort. In this year's Tour, Landa is faced with an overly familiar goal of having to fight back from a difficult position after a tough first week. And that, he said, was no easy pill to swallow.

"I got up this morning feeling OK, although one arm took a knock, but I've got very low morale," Landa told reporters. "Once again, I have to try to bounce back and I don't know how I'm going to handle this year's Tour.

"I will try to get motivated again, but right now I see very little to be motivated about. My form's good, but I'm feeling down."

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Alaphilippe: I hope to surprise myself in the rest of the Tour de France
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:20:00 +0000

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is dominating the conversation so much at this Tour de France that he is now articulating both sides of the argument over his prospects of a high overall finish in Paris. In one breath, the Frenchman can speak hopefully of holding the maillot jaune beyond the Pyrenees and into the third week. In the next, he carefully reminds his audience that he has already expended more energy than most in the opening phase of this race.

"Everything is possible," Alaphilippe said during his rest day press conference in Albi when asked if he could defend his lead until the end of the second week. "For now, I'm happy to recover well today. I'll be happy to ride the stage tomorrow with the maillot jaune. If everything goes well, that will make it one day more."

Ever since Alaphilippe first took yellow at Épernay on stage 3, he has faced questions about his chances of emulating Thomas Voeckler's 2011 adventure and holding the overall lead deep into the race, or perhaps even conjuring up a modern version of Cyrille Guimard's surprising, sustained challenge to Eddy Merckx in 1972.

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Just about every day since, Alaphilippe has produced a startling new feat of strength that has only heightened speculation about just how much further he can go on this race. His solo raid at Épernay was followed by a stirring showing on the dirt road atop La Planche des Belles Filles. After attacking forcefully to regain the yellow jersey at Saint-Étienne on Saturday, he played a pivotal role in tearing the peloton apart in the crosswinds at Albi two days later.

There is nothing, it seems, that the 27-year-old from Montluçon cannot do.

"My Tour is already a success," Alaphilippe said. "I've never felt so good. I'm still quite fresh. I hope to surprise myself. Everything is possible, you never know. I'm taking things as they come. The longer I keep the jersey, the longer the dream continues."

Time trial

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Pinot 'still in the match' at Tour de France despite setback
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:28:00 +0000

Ten minutes into Thibaut Pinot's rest day press conference on the Tour de France, Marc Madiot steered the conversation back towards the message he had already touched upon during the short speech he had made to open proceedings.

The Groupama-FDJ manager was seated beside his rider, an arm draped almost protectively across the back of the couch, with reporters standing and sitting all around them. Without shifting so much as an inch in his seat, Madiot suddenly projected his voice to fill the entire lobby of Hotel La Réserve on the outskirts of Albi.

"He's still in the match," Madiot interjected, after Pinot had fielded a question on the 1:40 he conceded in the crosswinds on stage 10. "We're still only a minute or so down on six or seven good riders. We're going to get stuck in. OK, it hurts, we took a bit of a blow, but we're still in the match. With cycling, it's never finished – never!"

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For nine days, Pinot's Tour had been nigh-on impeccable, from Groupama-FDJ's fine team time trial in Brussels to his attack in the finale at Saint-Étienne with Julian Alaphilippe. After so many doleful Julys, Pinot was navigating in serene waters, the stars seemingly for once aligned to help chart his course to the mountains.

When Pinot dropped to 11th overall on Monday evening, 2:33 behind the yellow jersey Alaphilippe, however, it was hard to dispel the sense that his Tour had suddenly been blown off course. Pinot's distress was obvious at the finish line – "What do you want me to say? It was a shit day" – but Madiot insisted that the situation was far from irretrievable.

"From reading the newspapers this morning and from looking at various cycling websites, I had the impression that we were preparing for a burial, but I can assure you that we are very much alive and in good health," Madiot said at the start of the press conference.

Pinot: It was hard to accept

Pyrenees looming

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Tales from the women's Tour de France – Women's Edition Podcast
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:00:00 +0000

Welcome to the Cyclingnews Podcast Women's Edition, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. In the latest episode we speak to Isabel Best, author of the 'Queens of Pain: Legends and Rebels of Cycling', a book which chronicles the story of some of the pioneers of women's cycling.

With the one-day race La Course by Le Tour de France held on July 19 in Pau, the first part of this episode focuses on Lyli Herse, Millie Robinson and the original women's Tour de France.

Herse and Robinson had two very different upbringings, but their worlds collided when they met on the start line of the first-ever women's Tour de France in 1957.

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This incarnation of the event was not run by the organisers of the men's Tour de France and would last just a year. A new women's Tour would be created in 1984, and this time it was run by the same organiser as the men, though it would come to an end in 1989.

There would be various versions of a women's Tour de France over the years, but the last one that resembled a proper Tour happened in 2009.

As well as discussing the lives of Herse and Robinson, we talk about the merits of creating an equivalent women's Tour de France today, while maintaining the historical races currently on the women's calendar.

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Nippo-Vini Fantini set to fold at end of 2019
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:50:00 +0000

Italian Pro Continental team Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè is set to fold at the end of the current season, with upcoming WorldTour reforms, the increased costs associated with them, and the reduced chance of securing a Giro d'Italia invite all cited as reasons for the team's closure.

The top level of professional cycling looks likely to expand to 20 teams in 2020, with 18 WorldTour teams and five ProContinental teams interested in applying for a spot. With a de-facto promotion and relegation system based on a retroactive points system in place, threat of a legal challenge from teams who understandably hadn't been preparing for the new system forced the UCI to expand the WorldTour. The reforms mean that there will likely only be two wildcard places available for the Giro d'Italia next season.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, team manager Francesco Pelosi said, "With the 2020 reforms officialised, professional teams need a much bigger budget in the face of [relative] minor guarantees.

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"In our case, we're talking about going from €2.8million to €4.5million in order to cover the increase in the number of riders and staff, and probably in order to access the UCI ProSeries (the new name for the Pro Continental rank) races, which could become fee-paying.

"There is no way to continue, and the only solution is to join forces [with another team]."

Earlier in the summer, there were rumours that the team could merge with fellow second-division squad Bardiani-CSF, though Pelosi didn't say whether that was ever seriously discussed.

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