How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV

Our complete guide to this year's Tour de France coverage

The final stage of the 2018 Tour de France is about to get underway. Stage 21 will see riders travel from the Parisian suburb of Houilles to complete the first of eight laps up-and-down the iconic Champs-Elysées at around 5pm (BST).

Read on to find out how to keep up to date with and watch the Tour de France 2018 live from 7–29 July.

Below, you'll find all the info on how to follow the action live on TV, stream it via the internet or catch up via highlights programmes, but also be sure to check back on BikeRadar's dedicated TdF hub regularly as we follow the Tour and bring you the latest updates on the bikes and gear from the world's biggest race.

The 2018 Tour de France

The 2018 Tour de France started on the 7 July and will cover 3,329km of riding in 21 stages, ending in Paris on 29 July.

The 105th edition of the race encompasses six mountain stages, with three summit finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col du Portet), as well as an individual time trial, team time trial, eight flat stages for the sprinters and five hilly stages.

The 2018 Tour de France route map
The 2018 Tour de France route map

This year’s Grand Depart saw the Tour start in the Vendee region of France. After three stages riders head into Brittany, which can be very exposed to the winds. The race continues across the north of the country to Stage 9, which will take in 15 of the cobble sectors (21.7km) of the Paris-Roubaix race.

The teams then head to the mountains, with three days in the Alps, including the famous Alpe d’Huez climb on Stage 12 — which encompasses a huge 5,000m of climbing.

From the Alps, there are just a few flat stages before the riding ramps up into the Pyrenees, which will feature the shortest route of the last 30 years at 65km on Stage 17. However, that should see some competitive racing with more than half of the stage involving climbing, reflecting the event's desire to create shorter but more intense and exciting stages.

On the other hand, Stage 19 will feature 200km of mountainous racing, with the Col du Tourmalet halfway through the race and a final descent down to Laruns.

The overall winner will likely be decided by the 31km time trial of Stage 20, which features a demanding 900 metres of climbing at 10.2 percent.

Finally, Stage 21 will see the peloton roll into Paris to conclude the 2018 Tour de France and crown its victor.

For more information about the race, our friends at Cyclingnews will be staying up to date with race reports, team news, course details and more. We will also be updating our Tour de France page regularly as we get the scoop on the latest bikes, gear and other juicy bits from this monumental event.

How can I watch the Tour de France 2018 live in the UK?

ITV4 will be screening daily live coverage and extended highlights each evening in the UK, from 7pm - 8pm BST, and from 9pm to 10pm BST on the final day which will be broadcast on ITV.

Eurosport will also be covering the Tour de France 2018 live. The self-proclaimed ‘Home of Cycling’ has extended cycling coverage of other races too, so you'll be able to watch La Vuelta at the end of August along with several other UCI World Tour events.

Amazon Prime subscribers can sign-up to Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels for £4.99 per month (with a 7-day free trial). Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial.

If you want to access Eurosport Player direct it's £6.99 per month or £39.99 a year, with a 7-day trial period.

Alternatively, if you want a bit more versatility, you might consider subscribing to the TVPlayer PLUS Lite package for just £5.99 per month, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others (in case you ever get tired of cycling!).

How can I watch the Tour de France 2018 live in the US?

You can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone online streaming service for a $49.99 subscription, which lasts until 10 June 2019. This will also get you access to a range of other cycling events throughout the subscription period.

FuboTV is also providing coverage of the race. By subscribing to its service you gain access to the NBCSN channel. You will have to subscribe to the basic FuboTV package for $44.99 per month, but FuboTV does pitch itself as a complete replacement for your current cable package.

The NBC Sport Gold package does appear to offer some additional versatility if you only want to watch cycling, with access to the app which provides coverage from the very beginning of every stage, live tracking and stats for riders and on-demand stage recaps and replays.

How can I watch the Tour de France 2018 live in Canada?

The Tour de France is broadcast via Sportsnet, and if it's not already included in your TV package you can subscribe for $24.99/month plus tax.

You can keep abreast of all the action on French language channel RDS too, which is also available on subscription for $24.99/month plus tax.

How can I watch the Tour de France 2018 live in Australia?

In Australia, the Tour de France is broadcast on SBS. You can also watch through the SBS online viewer here.

How can I follow the Tour de France 2018 if I can’t watch live coverage?

Cyclingnews will be providing live text updates during the course of the race and you can also keep track of events by listening to its regular podcast. The latest edition is a Tour de France preview where Cyclingnews sits down with EF Education First Drapac to analyse and pick apart this year's race route.

You can also follow the official Tour de France tracker here.

Eurosport, ITV, NBC and SBS will all have evening highlights of each day’s stage racing, too.

Tour de France 2018 schedule: stage by stage

Below are the key stage details and timings for the race and you can also visit the official Tour de France page for detailed summaries of the stages.

Stage 1: Noirmoutier en l’Île / Fontenay le Comte, 201km, 7 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 9.45am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 9.30am to 3.15pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 1
Tour de France 2018 Stage 1

Stage 2: Mouilleron Saint Germain / La Roche sur Yon, 182.5km, 8 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 2
Tour de France 2018 Stage 2

Stage 3: Cholet, 35.5km, 9 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 2pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 10.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 1.45pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 3
Tour de France 2018 Stage 3

Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau, 195km, 10 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.30am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 10pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12pm to 5.15pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 4
Tour de France 2018 Stage 4

Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper, 204.5km, 11 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.15am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 11.15am to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 5
Tour de France 2018 Stage 5

Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km, 12 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 10.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 6
Tour de France 2018 Stage 6

Stage 7: Fougères / Chartres, 231km, 13 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 11am to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 7
Tour de France 2018 Stage 7

Stage 8: Dreux / Amiens Métropole, 181km, 14 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 10.30am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 10.30am to 3pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 8
Tour de France 2018 Stage 8

Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix, 156.5km, 15 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.30am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 11.30am to 3.30pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 9
Tour de France 2018 Stage 9

Rest day 1: 16 July

Stage 10: Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand, 158.5km, 17 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12.15pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 9.30am to 5.30pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 10
Tour de France 2018 Stage 10

Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo, 108.5km, 18 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12.45pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12.45pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 11
Tour de France 2018 Stage 11

Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d'Huez, 175.5km, 19 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 11am to 5.15pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 12
Tour de France 2018 Stage 12

Stage 13: Bourg d'Oisans / Valence, 169.5km, 20 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12.30pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12.30pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 13
Tour de France 2018 Stage 13

Stage 14: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende, 188km, 21 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.45am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 14
Tour de France 2018 Stage 14

Stage 15: Millau / Carcassonne, 181.5km, 22 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12pm to 5.15pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 15
Tour de France 2018 Stage 15

Rest day 2: 23 July

Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km, 24 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 10.15am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 10.15am to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 16
Tour de France 2018 Stage 16

Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan, 65km, 25 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 2.15pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 10.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 2pm to 5pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 17
Tour de France 2018 Stage 17

Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau, 171km, 26 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12.45pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 9.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 12.45pm to 5.15pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 18
Tour de France 2018 Stage 18

Stage 19: Lourdes / Laruns, 200.5km, 27 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11am BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 11am to 5.15pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 19
Tour de France 2018 Stage 19

Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette, 31km, 28 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 12.15pm BST, NBCSN from 8am ET, SBS from 8.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV4 in the UK from 10.30am to 4.45pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 20
Tour de France 2018 Stage 20

Stage 21: Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées, 116km, 29 July

Watch the action on Eurosport from 2.30pm BST, NBCSN from 10.30am ET, SBS from 11.30pm AEST. Watch on ITV in the UK from 3.30pm to 7pm BST.

Tour de France 2018 Stage 21
Tour de France 2018 Stage 21

What comes next?

From 25 August until 16 September, the Vuelta a España will take place with coverage available on Eurosport, NBCSN, FuboTV and SBS.There are a number of other races to come this summer, so stay tuned for our updates on where to follow these events live.

This page was last updated on July 10, 2018

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