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Tour de France on TV and Stream

The Tour de France is considered to be the most prestigious cycling tournament in the world, and many cyclists vie viciously against one another to wear the much-coveted yellow jersey. But, what exactly is so special about this race? And, what makes it such an exciting sport on TV today? Check out our frequently updated TV sport schedule right here! 

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TOUR DE FRANCE SQUADS

 

  • Tour de France 2021 Startlisten

    • UAE-Team Emirates

      1. Tadej Pogacar
      2. Mikkel Bjerg
      3. Rui Costa
      4. Davide Formolo
      5. Marc Hirschi
      6. Vegard Stake Laengen
      7. Rafal Majka
      8. Brandon McNulty

    • Team Jumbo-Visma

      11. Primoz Roglic
      12. Robert Gesing
      13. Steven Kruijswijk
      14. Sepp Kuss
      15. Tony Martin
      16. Mike Teunissen
      17. Wout van Aert
      18. Jonas Vingegaard

    • INEOS Grenadiers

      21. Geraint Thomas
      22. Richard Carapaz
      23. Jonathan Castroviejo
      24. Tao Geoghegan Hart
      25. Michal Kwiatkowski
      26. Richie Porte
      27. Luke Rowe
      28. Dylan van Baarle

    • Israel Start-Up Nation

      31. Chris Froome
      32. Guillaume Boivin
      33. Omer Goldstein
      34. André Greipel
      35. Reto Hollenstein
      36. Dan Martin
      37. Michael Woods
      38. Rick Zabel

    • Trek - Segafredo

      41. Vincenzo Nibali
      42. Julien Bernard
      43. Kenny Elissonde
      44. Bauke Mollema
      45. Mads Pedersen
      46. Toms Skujins
      47. Jasper Stuyven
      48. Edward Theuns

    • Deceuninck - Quick Step

      51. Julian Alaphilippe
      52. Kasper Asgreen
      53. Davide Ballerini
      54. Mattia Cattaneo
      55. Mark Cavendish
      56. Tim Declercq
      57. Dries Devenyns
      58. Michael Mørkøv

    • Movistar Team

      61. Miguel Ángel López
      62. Jorge Arcas
      63. Imanol Erviti
      64. Iván García Cortina
      65. Enric Mas
      66. Marc Soler
      67. Alejandro Valverde
      68. Carlos Verona

    • BORA - hansgrohe

      71. Peter Sagan
      72. Emanuel Buchmann
      73. Wilco Kelderman
      74. Patrick Konrad
      75. Daniel Oss
      76. Nils Politt
      77. Lukas Pöstlberger
      78. Ide Schelling

    • Groupama - FDJ

      81. David Gaudu
      82. Bruno Armirail
      83. Arnaud Démare
      84. Jacopo Guarnieri
      85. Ignatas Konovalovas
      86. Stefan Küng
      87. Valentin Madouas
      88 Miles Scotson

    • Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

      91. Guillaume Martin
      92. Rubén Fernández
      93. Simon Geschke
      94. Jesús Herrada
      95. Christophe Laporte
      96. Anthony Perez
      97. Pierre-Luc Périchon
      98. Jelle Wallays

    • Alpecin-Fenix

      101. Mathieu van der Poel
      102. Silvan Dillier
      103. Tim Merlier
      104. Xandro Meurisse
      105. Jasper Philipsen
      106. Jonas Rickaert
      107. Kristian Sbaragly
      108. Petr Vakoc

    • EF Education - Nippo

      111. Rigoberto Urán
      112. Stefan Bissegger
      113. Ruben Guerreiro
      114. Sergio Higuita
      115 Michael Valgren
      116 Magnus Cort
      117 Neilson Powless
      118. Michael Woods

    • AG2R Citroën Team

      121. Benoît Cosnefroy
      122. Dorian Godon
      123. Oliver Naesen
      124. Ben O’Connor
      125. Aurélien Paret-Peintre
      126. Nans Peters
      127. Michael Schär
      129. Greg Van Avermaet

    • Team Arkéa Samsic

      131. Warren Barguil
      132. Nacer Bouhanni
      133. Anthony Delaplace
      134. Élie Gesbert
      135. Daniel McLay
      136. Nairo Quintana
      137. Clément Russo
      138 Connor Swift

    • Team DSM

      141. Søren Kragh Andersen
      142. Tiesj Benoot
      143. Cees Bol
      144. Mark Donovan
      145. Nils Eekhoff
      146. Joris Nieuwenhuis
      147. Casper Pedersen
      148. Jasha Sütterlin

    • Lotto Soudal

      151. Caleb Ewan
      152. Jasper De Buyst
      153. Thomas De Gendt
      154. Philippe Gilbert
      155. Roger Kluge
      156. Harry Sweeny
      157. Tosh Van der Sande
      158. Brent Van Moer

    • Bahrain - Victorious

      161. Jack Haig
      162. Pello Bilbao
      163. Sonny Colbrelli
      164. Marco Haller
      165. Matej Mohoric
      166. Wout Poels
      167. Dylan Teuns
      168. Fred Wright

    • Team BikeExchange

      171. Michael Matthews
      172. Esteban Chaves
      173. Luke Durbridge
      174. Lucas Hamilton
      175. Amund Grøndahl Jansen
      176. Christopher Juul-Jensen
      177. Luka Mezgec
      178. Simon Yates

    • Astana - Premier Tech

      181. Jakob Fuglsang
      182. Alex Aranburu
      183. Stefan de Bod
      184. Omar Fraile
      185. Dmitriy Gruzdev
      186. Hugo Houle
      187. Ion Izagirre
      188. Alexey Lutsenko

    • Team Qhubeka ASSOS

      191. Sergio Henao
      192. Carlos Barbero
      193. Sean Bennett
      194. Victor Campenaerts
      195. Simon Clarke
      196. Nic Dlamini
      197. Michael Gogl
      198. Max Walscheid

    • Team TotalEnergies

      201. Pierre Latour
      202. Edvald Boasson Hagen
      203. Jérémy Cabot
      204. Victor de la Parte
      205. Faien Doubey
      206. Cristián Rodríguez
      207. Julien Simon
      208. Anthony Turgis

    • Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux

      211. Louis Meintjes
      212 Jan Bakelants
      213 Jonas Koch
      214. Lorenzo Rota
      215. Boy van Poppel
      216. Danny van Poppel
      217. Loïc Vliegen
      219. Georg Zimmermann

    • B&B Hotels p/b KTM

      221 Bryan Coquard
      222. Cyril Barthe
      223. Franck Bonnamour
      224. Maxime Chevalier
      225. Cyril Gautier
      226. Cyril Lemoine
      227. Quentin Pacher
      228. Pierre Rolland

    Historical Background

    The Tour de France is part of a series of 3-week-long races known as The Grand ToursThe Grand Tours are the only races that are allowed to last longer than 14 days, and apart from the Tour de France, there are the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España

    Whilst each one of The Grand Tours is pretty significant, the Tour de France is considered the most important out of the 3, to the extent that it's even considered to be the most important cycling race on the globe. This is partly because the Tour de France is the oldest of The Grand Tours.

    The Tour de France premiered in 1903 as a 6-day race, in hopes of increasing sales of the now-defunct sports newspaper known as L'Auto. The race was a tremendous success and sales of L'Auto skyrocketed. This eventually led to the race being extended and improved upon, until it came to be what we know and love today!

    Classifications 

    Classifications are the competitions that the race presents to its participants to win awards. There are 4 main classifications, which are: the general classification, the mountain classification, the points classification, and the young riders classification.

    The general classification is the most important and oldest of all the classifications. The general classification is awarded to the riders who finish all of the stages in the least amount of time; the winners of this classification get to wear the illustrious yellow jersey!

    The mountain classification, introduced in 1933, is given to riders who earn the most points from clearing the climbs along the race. Points are given to the first riders to make the climb, according to the steepness of the climb. The winner dons a polka dot jersey and is called the King (or Queen) of the Mountains!

    The points classification, added in 1953, is awarded to riders who earn the most points from finishing stages, and 'sprint points' first. Points are awarded according to the type of stage riders accomplish. The winner of this classification wears the green jersey!

    The young riders classification, added in 1975 but amended in 1987 to its current form, is reserved for cyclists that are under the age of 26. The winner of this classification is determined in the same way as the general classification, and is awarded the white jersey!

    Broadcasting

    The domestic rights for broadcasting are held by France 2 and France 3, which are French public national television channels. These channels then also sell their coverage of the Tour de France to other channels, including NBCITV4, and Eurosport! Be sure to tune in to watch the Tour de France!

    Culture

    The Tour de France is easily one of the most popular sporting events in the world! This can be seen in the culture that's been created around the sport by devoted fans! For example, Ernest Hemingway mentioned the race and Ottavio Bottecchia, the first Italian winner, in his book The Sun Also Rises!

     The best example of a devoted fan is Didi Senft, also known as Didi the Devil, who appears going about the Tour de France (and the Giro d'Italia!) in a red devil's costume painting the roads with tridentsSenft has been doing this since 1993 and has become a beloved part of the race!

    Doping and Deaths

    Sadly, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has happened in about every sport at some point or another of its history. It has unfortunately happened in the Tour de France, and, in fact, it has a long history of people being caught using or allegedly having used such substances.

    The most infamous case of doping in the history of the Tour de France is Lance Armstrong, who was considered the most successful cyclist of all time for winning the race 7 times in a row. That was until evidence came to light that proved Armstrong was doping during his cycling career, and he was stripped of his victories. 

    Saddest of all are the deaths that happened during the race, whether from accidents or drug abuse. The only recorded drug-related death happened in 1967, when Tom Simpson's heart gave out from amphetamine usage. Other deaths happened through accidents, like when Fabio Casartelli crashed in 1995 whilst going 88km/h.

    Notable Records

    Let's turn away from the grim side of things and get back to the excitement! No TV sport article would be complete without mentioning some of the records that have been set in the sport! Firstly, we have Eddy Merckx's impressive record of being the only cyclist to win all of the classifications in the same year, in 1969!

    Although he didn't win the young riders classification (it didn't yet exist), he won the mountain classification, the points classification, the combination classification, the combativity awardand the general classification all in the same race! Wow, that's amazing!

    Only 2 riders have ever won the Tour de France, but never wore the yellow jersey until it was over! These were Jean Robic, and Jan Janssen! And, only 3 ridersMaurice GarinOttavio Bottecchia, and Nicolas Frantz, have ever won the race whilst also being in the lead of every stage! 

    The Riders That Outran Them All

    But, what about the best of the best to ever enter the Tour de France? Don't worry, we've got that covered too! There are 4 great names that must be mentioned, which are: Jacques AnquetilEddy MerckxBernard Hinault. and Miguel Indurain! These are some of the greatest riders to ever pick up a bicycle, and each one has won the Tour de France 5 times, with Jacques Anquetil being the first rider to do so! 

    The End of the Tour

    Well, this brings us to a close, but what a ride that was, huh? We bet that you can't wait to watch the Tour de France on TV! It's definitely one of the most exciting live sports on TV today! Simply tune in to the channels we mentioned above and enjoy!