Tour de France 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016 Tour de France route
Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres.
9 flat stages
1 hilly stage
9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)
2 individual time trial stages
2 rest days
Stage 1 Flat Saturday, July 2nd Mont-Saint-michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont 188 km
Stage 2 Flat Sunday, July 3rd Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin 182 km
Stage 3 Flat Monday, July 4th Granville / Angers 222 km
Stage 4 Flat Tuesday, July 5th Saumur / Limoges 232 km
Stage 5 Mountain Wednesday, July 6th Limoges / Le Lioran 216 km
Stage 6 Flat Thursday, July 7th Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban 187 km
Stage 7 Mountain Friday, July 8th L’Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle 162 km
Stage 8 Mountain Saturday, July 9th Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon 183 km
Stage 9 Mountain Sunday, July 10th Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis 184 km
– Rest day Monday, July 11th Andorre
Stage 10 Hilly Tuesday, July 12th Escaldes-Engordany / Revel 198 km
Stage 11 Flat Wednesday, July 13th Carcassonne / Montpellier 164 km
Stage 12 Mountain Thursday, July 14th Montpellier / Mont Ventoux 185 km
Stage 13 Individual time trial Friday, July 15th Bourg-Saint-Andéol / La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc 37 km
Stage 14 Flat Saturday, July 16th Montélimar / Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux 208 km
Stage 15 Mountain Sunday, July 17th Bourg-en-Bresse / Culoz 159 km
Stage 16 Flat Monday, July 18th Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne 206 km
– Rest day Tuesday, July 19th Berne
Stage 17 Mountain Wednesday, July 20th Berne / Finhaut-Emosson 184 km
Stage 18 Individual time trial Thursday, July 21st Sallanches / Megève 17 km
Stage 19 Mountain Friday, July 22nd Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146 km
Stage 20 Mountain Saturday, July 23rd Megève / Morzine 146 km
Stage 21 Flat Sunday, July 24th Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées 113 km