With a re-drawn pro cycling calendar, La Course by Le Tour de France will precede the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday 29 August
The women’s one-day race, which was originally scheduled to take place on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 19 – ahead of what would have been the Tour’s final stage – has instead been moved to Nice.
Now a 96km road race, including two climbs over the Cote de Rimiez, the race will serve as the appertif for the 107th Tour de France. And all the action from the women’s race will be broadcast live.
La Course has already undergone many format changes in its short history, since first being established in 2014.
Marianne Vos won the first edition and returned to the top step of the podium in 2019, with Anna van der Breggen, Chloe Hosking and Annemiek van Vleuten (twice) winning in between.
La Course has been a circuit race on the Champs-Elysees, a two-day race with a summit finish on the Col d’Izoard and a handicapped time trial, a mountains race between Annecy and Le Grand-Bornand, and a one-day race on circuits in Pau.
World champion Van Vleuten leads the Mitchelton-Scott team for this year’s race, though she has been critical of the parcours for the re-scheduled 2020 event.
Nevertheless, former winners Vos, Hosking (who expects the disrupted season and 96km route to make for some exciting racing) and Britain’s Lizzie Deignan all form part of a strong startlist for the race.
TV schedule: how to watch La Course live in the UK
Eurosport 1 will be showing La Course by Le Tour de France live from 09.00 in the morning, in advance of the start of their Tour coverage.
Saturday August 29 – LIVE – Eurosport 1, 09.00-11.45
How to watch La Course live in Australia
In Australia, SBS are showing the race ‘as live’ with a delayed feed on SBS. Coverage starts at 19.30 AEST in SA, NT and WA.
If you want to watch the race fully live, however, you need to tune in to SBS On Demand from 19.00 AEST.
Saturday August 29 – LIVE – SBS On Demand, 19.00; Delayed – SBS, 19.30
How to watch La Course live in the US
NBC have the rights to the Tour de France in the US, and La Course will be live on NBC Sports Gold in advance of their Grand Tour coverage starting.
The early start-time for the race, however, means viewers stateside will need to set an early alarm – the live action on NBC Sports Gold starts at 04.00 EST.
Saturday August 29 – LIVE – NBC Sports Gold, 04.00 EST