The biggest cycling event of the year starts on 5th July 2014 and while excitement builds the question arises, How to watch the Tour de France online?
For the first time in recent years “Le Tour” kicks off from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom and for three days crosses the country until the final destination of France with the beginning of Stage 4. This adds a completely different dimension to the start of the tour and being a UK based website (albeit with a worldwide audience) we’re very happy to see the tour kicking off from our very own island country. National pride aside the tour itself is probably cycling fans most sought after event and watching the tour live is something many of us want to do. While cycling has been big in certain countries for years in the UK it has massively boomed in recent years with victories from the likes of Bradley Wiggins, even though he won’t be appearing this year interest has been definitely peaked.
No matter which country you’re from it is possible to watch the tour online if you can’t otherwise get it on your local TV stations. The problem is most official viewing methods are restricted to the country of origin of the TV service, if you live outside then you’ll find yourself blocked from accessing. There are some dodgy websites that show events unofficially but the chances of having your computer infected with a virus or trojan outweighs the pleasantry of watching the tour.
Every internet connection is assigned an IP Address, yours is what gives away your location. The solution is to sign up for a service called a Virtual Private Network (VPN), one of the features of these services is not only protecting your privacy and anonymity online but also masking your location and assuming another location.
Full Tour De France 2014 coverage will be being shown live online on SBS.com.au Cycling Central but restricted to Australian viewers with majority coverage also being shown on ITV4 Player but restricted to the United Kingdom. With your VPN service you can easily connect to an Australian connection OR a United Kingdom connection and appear as if you’re in Australia or the UK thus allowing the websites to stream you the tour live no matter where in the world you live. With one subscription you can alternate between the two sites.
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Don’t worry if you think it sounds too difficult as they all provide simple software and apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad so you’ll be up and running within minutes, there is no complicated set-up or technical know how required.
You’ll be amazed at how easy it was to watch the Tour De France online! If you still think it’ll be too complicated have a look at our example video below to be reassured.
So with so many different jerseys up for grabs from the Yellow, to the Green, Red Polka Dot and White the tension is now building for the riders. Will Team Sky be able to reign champion again for a third year running or will there be upset from one of the other teams. My personal favourite are the mountain stages for the climbs and the battles that take place over them with the finish at the Paris Champs-Élysées an iconic ending to what is usually a fantastic cycling event and will no doubt not disappoint again this year.
The full schedule of the tour is available below and all stages are available to watch live using the system I described above, there are also highlight shows available for those who can’t watch the full stages.
Saturday 5 July 2014
Stage 1: 191km, Leeds – Harrogate
Sunday 6 July 2014
Stage 2: 198km, York – Sheffield
Monday 7 July 2014
Stage 3: 159km, Cambridge – London
Tuesday 8 July 2014
Stage 4: 164km, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage – Lille Métropole
Wednesday 9 July 2014
Stage 5: 156km, Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
Thursday 10 July 2014
Stage 6: 194km, Arras – Reims
Friday 11 July 2014
Stage 7: 233km, Épernay – Nancy
Saturday 12 July 2014
Stage 8: 161km, Tomblaine – Gérardmer La Mauselaine
Sunday 13 July 2014
Stage 9: 166km, Gérardmer – Mulhouse
Monday 14 July 2014
Stage 10: 161km, Mulhouse – La Planche des Belles Filles
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Wednesday 16 July 2014
Stage 11: 186km, Besançon – Oyonnax
Thursday 17 July 2014
Stage 12: 183km, Bourg-en-Bresse – Saint-Étienne
Friday 18 July 2014
Stage 13: 200km, Saint-Étienne – Chamrousse
Saturday 19 July 2014
Stage 14: 177km, Grenoble – Risoul
Sunday 20 July 2014
Stage 15: 222km, Tallard – Nîmes
Monday 21 July 2014
Tuesday 22 July 2014
Stage 16: 237km, Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Stage 17: 125km, Saint-Gaudens – Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet
Thursday 24 July 2014
Stage 18: 145km, Pau – Hautacam
Friday 25 July 2014
Stage 19: 208km, Maubourguet Pays du Val’Adour – Bergerac
Saturday 26 July 2014
Stage 20: 54km, Bergerac – Périgeux
Sunday 27 July 2014
Stage 21: 136km, Évry – Paris Champs-Élysées
Looking forward to the tour yourself? I’d love to hear your predictions.