Tour de France 2013 TV Coverage
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race that covers more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200mi) throughout France and a bordering country. The race usually lasts 23 days and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken down into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are totalled to determine the overall winner for the race. The rider with the least elapsed time each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year but it has always finished in Paris. There are similar races in Italy and Spain but the Tour de France is the oldest, the most prestigious and the best known.
Tour de France 2013 TV Coverage – UK TV Coverage of the Tour de France
The Tour de France will be broadcast on ITV (mainly on ITV4) with many of the stages live
ITV4 is available for free on Freeview, cable and satellite systems. ITV4 HD is available via satellite with a Sky HD TV subscription
Eurosport (and Eurosport HD) will be covering all stages live. The Tour de France will be shown live on ITV4 and British Eurosport, with a comprehensive package of television coverage for British viewers.
British Eurosport’s coverage comprises of live action footage, plus an edited highlights show each evening.
British Eurosport is available on cable and satellite systems. It requires a Sky subscription on satellite TV.
British Eurosport HD is available the Sky HD satellite systems. It requires a Sky HD subscription.
Tour de France 2013 TV Coverage – Spanish TV Coverage of the Tour de France
Spanish TV channels will also be covering Le Tour – normally TVE 1, 2, and Teledeporte. These all available for free.
The 2013 Tour de France route
The 100th Tour de France will run from Saturday June 29th to Sunday July 21th 2013, and will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,360 kilometres (before ratification). One of the highlights of this 100th edition of the Tour de France is that the Alpe-d’Huez will be climbed twice on the 18th stage. The first passage at the top of Alpe-d’Huez 1 will take place 50 kilometres before the finish at Alpe-d’Huez 2.
This year the Tour has:
7 flat stages
5 hilly stages
6 mountain stages with 4 summit finishes
2 individual time trial stages
1 team time trial stage
2 rest days
The stages of the 2013 Tour de France
1 Saturday, June 29th Porto-Vecchio – Bastia 212 km
2 Sunday, June 30th Bastia – Ajaccio 154 km
3 Monday, July 1st Ajaccio – Calvi 145 km
4 Team time-trial Tuesday, July 2nd Nice – Nice 25 km
5 Wednesday, July 3rd Cagnes-sur-Mer – Marseille 219 km
6 Thursday, July 4th Aix-en-Provence – Montpellier 176 km
7 Friday, July 5th Montpellier – Albi 205 km
8 Saturday, July 6th Castres – Ax 3 Domaines 194 km
9 Sunday, July 7th Saint-Girons – Bagnères-de-Bigorre 165 km
Rest day Monday, July 8th Saint-Nazaire – Loire-Atlantique
10 Tuesday, July 9th Saint-Gildas-des-Bois – Saint-Malo 193 km
11 Individual time-trial Wednesday, July 10th Avranches – Mont-Saint-Michel 33 km
12 Thursday, July 11th Fougères – Tours 218 km
13 Friday, July 12th Tours – Saint-Amand-Montrond 173 km
14 Saturday, July 13th Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule – Lyon 191 km
15 Sunday, July 14th Givors – Mont Ventoux 242 km
Rest day Monday, July 15th Vaucluse
16 Tuesday, July 16th Vaison-la-Romaine – Gap 168 km
17 Individual time-trial Wednesday, July 17th Embrun – Chorges 32 km
18 Thursday, July 18th Gap – Alpe-d’Huez 168 km
19 Friday, July 19th Bourg-d’Oisans – Le Grand-Bornand 204 km
20 Saturday, July 20th Annecy – Annecy – Semnoz 125 km
21 Sunday, July 21st Versailles – Paris Champs-Élysées 118 km