Where to watch the Tour de France online in Australia

Alexandra Plesa 15 June 2018 NEWS

You can watch the 105th edition of the legendary cycling competition live on free-to-air or stream all stages online.

Tour de France 2018 kicks off 7 July and ends 29 July. The competition starts one week later than usual due to a scheduling clash with the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Not to worry, though – with only two rest days scheduled, fans get three weeks packed with all the exciting cycling action they can handle.

The Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and covers a total distance of 3,351 kilometres. Riders will depart from Noirmoutier-en-l'Île and finish off with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris. Key contenders this year include Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome, as one might expect, but also Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet, Richie Porte, and Tom Dumoulin. All in all, cycling's biggest showdown is shaping up to be well worth the extra wait.

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How to watch the Tour de France

SBS has the exclusive rights to broadcast the Tour de France until 2023, so the free-to-air network will handle all the coverage available Down Under. This includes mobile and online rights as well, which is actually great news. You’ll be able to stream the Tour de France online if you’re unable to catch the action on TV, all without spending any cash.

An official announcement about the coverage hasn’t been made yet, but we expect it to be similar to what we got in 2017. Every stage will be live and exclusive every night on SBS, but stage times will vary, so it’s best to check your local guides for start times.

Replays and highlights will air daily on SBS’s channels. Moreover, fans will also be able to stream the Tour de France across SBS’s online platforms. The network has a dedicated app as well, the SBS Tour de France SKODA Tour Tracker. The app hasn’t been updated for the 2018 competition yet, but we expect that to happen in the near future.

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