How to live stream 2021 Tour de France cycling online in Australia
You can watch the 108th edition of the legendary cycling competition live on free-to-air or stream all stages live online.
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Another in the long line of events to be impacted by the coronavirus in 2020, this year the Tour de France is mostly back on track. The dates for this year's Tour were shifted slightly, this time to help accommodate the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.
Otherwise the famous race is set for another 3 weeks of thrilling, gruelling action and the sort of breathtaking scenery we have come to expect from these incredible lycra-clad athletes.
Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates is back to defend the title he won in stunning fashion last year. At 21 years of age when he claimed the yellow jersey, Pogacar was the second youngest winner ever behind Henri Cornet's effort as a 19-year-old back in 1904, just the second Tour de France held.
Former winner Geraint Thomas is back, with Primož Roglic and Australia's Richie Porte among those tipped to feature prominently in 2021.
When is the 2021 Tour de France?
The 2021 Tour de France set off on Saturday 26 June and ends on Sunday 18 July.
How to watch the Tour de France live in Australia
SBS has the exclusive rights to broadcast the Tour de France until 2023, so the free-to-air network handles all the coverage available in Australia. This includes mobile and online rights. That means you'll be able to stream the Tour de France online if you're unable to catch the action on TV without spending any cash.
The 2021 edition of Tour de France will be available as a live streaming broadcast on the ŠKODA Tour Tracker App, as well as on SBS On Demand and via TV broadcasts on SBS and SBS HD. Start and finish times vary from stage to stage, so make sure to check broadcast schedules to stay updated as to when live racing is on. In general though, you will want to tune into SBS from around 8:30 pm AEST every night. There are also highlights shown on SBS Viceland.
The ŠKODA Tour Tracker App is available via the web, or you can download it to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play or the App Store. Besides live streaming of every stage, the app also offers stats, GPS data, live interactive stage maps and full replays and highlights.
Alternative cycling streaming services
Outside of the Tour de France, the world's and Australia's largest cycling tour events are more often found on Fox Sports. This includes the National Track Championships, Track World Cup, Race Championships, and local events like Melbourne to Warrnambool.
Fox Sports can be accessed through the Foxtel iQ set-top box and Foxtel Now live stream services as a premium sports package. Alternatively, you can also access all the Fox Sports content – some 50 sports live and on demand – through Kayo Sports. This is a dedicated sports streaming service with a much cheaper price point and some incredible, unique viewing features. You can read up more about it in our Kayo Sports review.
What are the stages of this year's Tour de France?
This year's Tour is made up of 21 stages once more and covers a total distance of 3,414 kilometres, slightly shorter than 12 months ago. The first stage begins in Brest, with the finish once again the traditional ride into the Champs-Élysées in Paris. You can see a full breakdown of the stages below.
2021 Tour de France schedule of stages
|1||Saturday 26 June||Brest||Landerneau||197.8 KM|
|2||Sunday 27 June||Perros-Guirec||Mûr-de-Bretagne Guerlédan||183.5 KM|
|3||Monday 28 June||Lorient||Pontivy||182.9 KM|
|4||Tuesday 29 June||Redon||Fougères||150.4 KM|
|5||Wednesday 30 June||Changé||Laval Espace Mayenne||27.2 KM|
|6||Thursday 1 July||Tours||Châteauroux||160.6 KM|
|7||Friday 2 July||Vierzon||Le Creusot||249.1 KM|
|8||Saturday 3 July||Oyonnax||Le Grand-Bornand||150.8 KM|
|9||Sunday 4 July||Cluses||Tignes||144.9 KM|
|Rest day||Monday 5 July||Tignes|
|10||Tuesday 6 July||Albertville||Valence||190.7 KM|
|11||Wednesday 7 July||Sorgues||Malaucène||198.9 KM|
|12||Thursday 8 July||Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux||Nîmes||159.4 KM|
|13||Friday 9 July||Nîmes||Carcassonne||219.9 KM|
|14||Saturday 10 July||Carcassonne||Quillan||183.7 KM|
|15||Sunday 11 July||Céret||Andorre-La-Vieille||191.3 KM|
|Rest day||Monday 12 July||Andorre|
|16||Tuesday 13 July||Pas De La Case||Saint-gaudens||169 KM|
|17||Wednesday 14 July||Muret||Saint-lary-soulan Col Du Portet||178.4 KM|
|18||Thursday 15 July||Pau||Luz Ardiden||129.7 KM|
|19||Friday 16 July||Mourenx||Libourne||207 KM|
|20||Saturday 17 July||Libourne||Saint-Emilion||30.8 KM|
|21||Sunday 18 July||Chatou||Paris Champs-Élysées||108.4 KM|
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