Tour De France 2022

The world’s best cyclists will go head-to-head over 21 intense stages of the famous race as they look to claim the iconic yellow jersey.

The 109th edition will not head to England this year and instead feature Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and, of course, France.

It will all then culminate with the traditional trip down the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, July 24.

Along the way, riders will compete in two individual time-trials, one transfer day from Denmark to France and six flat stages.

There will then be seven ‘hilly’ stages and six torturous mountain stints with five summit finishes and just two rest days breaking it up!

Tour de France 2022: Dates and live stream

The Tour de France is set to take place from Friday, July 1 until Sunday July 24 and will be broadcast on ITV 4 and the ITV Hub for free.

Alternatively, the race will also once again be shown live on Eurosport this year – it costs £6.99-a-month or £39.99 for the annual pass.

Eurosport customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

Alternatively, you can watch the Tour de France on TV by adding Eurosport to your Sky or BT subscription.

A £2million prize money will be awarded to the teams and riders, including £430,000 to the final individual winner.

Tour de France 2022: Stages

Here’s a rundown of the full race for the 2022 Tour de France…

Stage 1: Friday, July 1, 13.2KM, Copenhague – Copenhague, individual time-trial

Stage 2: July 2, 202.5KM, Roskilde – Nyborg, flat

Stage 3: July 3, 182KM, Vejle – Sonderberg, flat

Stage 4: July 5, 171.5KM, Dunkerque – Calais, hilly

Stage 5: July 6, 154KM, Lille Metropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, hilly

Stage 6: July 7, 220KM, Binche – Longwy, hilly

Stage 7: July 8, 176.5KM, Ptomaine – La Super Planche des Belles Filles, mountain

Stage 8: July 9, 186.5KM, Dole – Lausanne, hilly

Stage 9: July 10, 193KM, Aigle – Chatel Les Portes du Soleil, mountain

Rest Day: July 11, Morzine Les Portes du Soleil

If you aren’t lucky enough to soon be like one of the fortunate people in the above image watching Tour de France at the roadside this July, then sitting in front of the television will have to do.

It’s a summer (sorry Aus) tradition. Lazily sitting in your living room at the weekends watching the kilometres tick by, while in the office during the week (at least in the pre-Covid days) becoming highly skilled at switching tabs away from your chosen streaming site back to your work whenever your boss walks by.

With the Tour de France beginning in Copenhagen on Friday, July 1 and finishing in Paris on Sunday, July 24, here’s how to watch the three weeks of racing wherever you are in the world.

How to watch the Tour de France in…

USA

First off, the NBCSN cable channel is no more and the NBC Sports Gold Cycling Pass has been discontinued. Instead, NBC has rolled its cycling coverage into the Peacock streaming service. The good news is it only costs $4.99 month-to-month, meaning you can cancel it as soon as Tadej Pogačar crosses the finish line in Paris to claim his third yellow jersey in a row at a canter. Hurrah! Alternatively, FloBikes will also be broadcasting the Tour on their platform at a cost of $12.50 a month.

Live-streaming services aside, the race will still be broadcast on the NBC-owned CNBC and USA television channels.

Australia

Cycling fans down under will be able to watch live coverage on SBS, with replays of each day’s stage also available on SBS On Demand every day. Their full TV schedule for each stage can be found on their website. Just make sure you don’t wake the baby at 3 am when Ben O’Connor wins the Alpe d’Huez stage and storms into the yellow jersey.

UK

UK viewers can watch Messrs Imlach, Boulting et al. on ITV4, with their daily highlights show also airing every evening. GCN/Eurosport will also have their coverage featuring Bradley Wiggins chasing the peloton on a motorbike, while Welsh viewers will be able to watch the race on S4C.

Viewing on ITV, both on your physical television and via the magic-ness of online streaming, is free, as long as you can remember your ITV Hub password. Meanwhile, GCN+ costs £6.99 a month or £39.99 when you pay annually, with no ad breaks, while the same coverage will be broadcast on Eurosport’s freeview television channel.

Bahamas

Not sure what the situation is to be perfectly honest, but if you find yourself in the Bahamas then you don’t really have anything to complain about.

Canada

The aforementioned FloBikes will broadcast the 2022 Tour de France in Canada, eh. Come on Woodsy!

New Zealand

Sky Sport will likely be showing the Tour de France in New Zealand. The cable service costs NZ$26 per month and an extra NZ$32 per month on top for the Sky Sport package that you’ll need to watch the Tour. Worth it just to see Shane Archbold’s mullet though am I right?