Tour de France 2013 live on ITV4 & Eurosport

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After an unforgettable Tour de France for Great Britain in 2012, expectations are high for a repeat showing in 2013 as the world’s most famous bike race celebrates its 100th edition.

Each stage on the challenging 2013 route will tell a different story with the battle for the race leader’s yellow jersey, the green points jersey and the polka-dot mountains jersey providing the colourful threads and themes that always hold this unique three-week sporting adventure together.

Britain’s Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish are hotly tipped to perform well on the Tour, in spite of defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins’ unexpected withdrawal after a chest infection and a knee injury left him unable to train.

Wiggins will sadly be forced to be just an observer of this year’s Tour but his heroic achievements last year will never be forgotten by British sports fans, as almost 4m viewers tuned in to see him become the first Briton to win the prestigious race in its history.

Hot pre-Tour favourite Chris Froome, who finished second to Wiggins in 2012, will be hoping to go one better on the centennial Tour and comes into the race on the back of winning the Criterium du Dauphine.

Cavendish, who won five stages at the Giro d’Italia in May, is the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour, with 23 stage wins.

The 100th Tour de France features a magnificent course with many exciting new aspects such as the start in Corsica from Porto Vecchio.

The tour covers 3,360km and this year will remain on the mainland of France once it leaves the island of Corsica.

It then takes in a 25k team time trial challenge at Nice, two individual time trials from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel and from Embrun to Chorges, plus a double ascent of the Alpe-d’Huez in a single stage – a first for Le Tour – both on the 18th stage.

Also new this year is the night-time ride onto the Champs Elysées at the end of the final stage on 21 July, which is expected to provide a spectacular conclusion to the 100th edition of France’s most iconic annual sporting event.

The main talking point going into this year’s Tour is whether Britain can have successive victories in the Tour de France.

Chris Froome of Team Sky will be heading into the race as the favourite after fine performances in races such as the Tour of Oman, the Criterium International, the Tour of Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine, all of which he finished top of the bunch.

In the most recent of these races, the Criterium du Dauphine, Froome looked imperious to his main rivals, finishing nearly a minute ahead of his nearest competitor Alberto Contador.

Contador, who missed last year’s Tour de France due to serving a doping ban, has stated his 2013 season will be centred on re-claiming the Tour de France title.

The Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank rider is likely to provide Froome with his strongest challenge.

Andy Schleck still continues his journey back to form, the RadioShack-Nissan rider has struggled to get back to his best since injuring his sacrum at the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine. He will be present at the Tour, but only likely as a supporting role.

British sprint sensation Mark Cavendish will make his Tour debut for Omega Pharma-Quickstep with the sole aim of reclaiming the green points jersey he won in 2011.

The Manxman spent most of last year’s Tour supporting Bradley Wiggins, however this time his focus will be firmly on adding to his 23 Tour de France stage wins.

Froome’s bid to succeed Sir Bradley Wiggins as Tour de France champion will be aided by three fellow Britons as he leads Team Sky at its fifth Tour.

Olympic team pursuit champions Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh and British champion Ian Stannard are in the Team Sky squad, with Kennaugh and Stannard making their Tour debuts.

Australia’s Richie Porte, Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen, Belarus duo Vasil Kiryienka and Kanstantsin Siutsou and David Lopez of Spain complete the team.

Froome, who has won four of the five races he has entered this season including traditional Tour warm-up the Criterium du Dauphine, Porte, Boasson Hagen and Siutsou were part of the famous Wiggins’ Tour-winning squad in 2012.

The Kenyan-born, South African-schooled Briton was a relatively late bloomer in his cycling career, but now aged 28, he is in the ideal position to win his first Tour de France.

His form has never been better while his key rivals all come in with question marks.

A tough, mountainous route plays to his strengths, and, after plenty of talk and a little wrangling, the withdrawal of team-mate and defending champion Bradley Wiggins through injury sees him head to Corsica as the unquestioned leader of Team Sky.

A year on from Wiggins becoming the first Briton to win the Tour, Froome is poised to make it two in a row.

He had been identified as Sky’s man for this year’s Tour long before Wiggins was forced to withdraw, and before he began to make noises about defending a title he had seemed prepared to cede in order to focus on the Giro d’Italia.

The fierce and at times uncomfortable rivalry between Wiggins and Froome for supremecy within Team Sky has been a hot topic for cycling fans since last year’s Tour when both finished 1-2 in Paris.

With the Tour organisers marking the 100th running of the famous race with a daunting course which takes in steep climbs to Ax 3 Domaines and Mont Ventoux and a double assault on the famous climb of Alpe d’Huez, Froome – the superior climber – has the pre-race credentials.

After a memorable 2012 Tour for British cycling, there are high expectations for Chris Froome and Team Sky to repeat the extraordinary success of 12 months ago.

You can find out whether they can do so by following the world’s most famous bike race unfold as it happens with ITV4 and British Eurosport’s extensive coverage.

 

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ITV will bring viewers extensive live coverage of the 100th Tour de France, which begins on Saturday, June 29.

It is the fourth time ITV4 has screened daily live coverage and extended highlights of the Tour, with 88 hours of cycling to be shown during the 21-stage event on ITV4 including the entirety of the first day’s stage action.

Gary Imlach returns to lead ITV4’s extensive coverage which includes at least two hours of live action from each stage during the Tour, plus regular evening highlights, all presented on-location across France.

He will be joined for expert analysis and comment in ITV’s on-site presentation area by British cycling legend Chris Boardman, while Ned Boulting provides his unique reports from the road side. He will also interview the key names during the event alongside fellow reporter Matt Rendell.

Popular commentary duo of Phil Liggett – working on his 41st Tour for British television – and Paul Sherwen will again call all 21 stages during the three-week race, which starts in Corsica and ends at its traditional home, the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on Sunday, July 21.

For the first time in 2013, the spectacular Champs-Elysees finish will be staged at night, with ITV4 providing primetime coverage of the stage which will bring the 100th Tour to a memorable conclusion.

Alongside ITV4’s exclusive terrestrial TV coverage, ITV’s dedicated Tour de France website will feature the live action and highlights as well as exclusive features.

The website also includes news updates, reports, interviews, video highlights, stage guides, rider profiles, plus video blogs and articles from ITV’s on-air experts.

The @ITVCycling Twitter feed will keep fans up-to-date with the latest developments during the event.

All of ITV4’s coverage of the 2013 Tour will be screened in stunning high-definition on ITV4 HD, plus each highlights show will be available to watch via ITV Player on PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablets.

New for 2013, fans can watch ITV4’s Tour de France coverage live on iOS devices – featuring extra live uninterrupted coverage of every stage on ITV Player’s Live Events stream – by signing up for the ITV Player Premium app.

ITV Player Premium is a new subscription service from ITV that provides users with access to live streams of ITV3, ITV4, and allows you to view your favourite ITV catch-up content, without in-video advertising.

The Premium version of the app is priced at £3.99 a month.

UPDATE: Watch The Broom Wagon live on ITV’s Tour de France website

Also new during the 100th Tour de France – on each Wednesday fans can watch a live interactive show exclusively on itv.com/tour.

Titled ‘The Broom Wagon’, after the vehicle that sweeps up stragglers who fall behind the peloton, the show will give you the chance to interact live with ITV’s Tour experts in France.

The first episode, hosted by Ned Boulting, will air here at 5.00pm on Wednesday, July 3, straight after the conclusion of ITV4’s live stage coverage, with two more episodes set for subsequent Wednesdays.

 

Saturday 29th June
STAGE 1: Porto-Vecchio > Bastia  213km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 10.55am-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Sunday 30th June
STAGE 2: Bastia > Ajaccio – 156km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 1.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Monday 1st July
STAGE 3: Ajaccio > Calvi – 145.5km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 1.00pm-3.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Tuesday 2nd July
STAGE 4: Nice > Nice – 25km / Team Time Trial
LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Wednesday 3rd July
STAGE 5: Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille – 228.5km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-5.00pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Thursday 4th July
STAGE 6: Aix-en-Provence > Montpellier – 176.5km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Friday 5th July
STAGE 7: Montpeliier > Albi – 205.5km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Saturday 6th July
STAGE 8: Castres > Ax 3 Domaines – 195km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 1.30pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Sunday 7th July
STAGE 9: Saint-Girons > Bagneres-de-Bigorre – 168.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Monday 8th July
REST DAY
Week 1 Review: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Tuesday 9th July
STAGE 10: Saint-Gildas-des-Bois > Saint-Malo – 197km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Wednesday 10th July
STAGE 11: Avranches > Mont-Saint-Michel – 33km / Individual Time Trial
LIVE: 2.00pm-5.00pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Thursday 11th July
STAGE 12: Fougeres > Tours – 218km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Friday 12th July
STAGE 13: Tours > Saint-Amand-Montrond – 173km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Saturday 13th July
STAGE 14: Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule > Lyon – 191km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Sunday 14th July
STAGE 15: Givors > Mont Ventoux – 242.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 1.30pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Monday 15th July
REST DAY
Week 2 Review: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Tuesday 16th July
STAGE 16: Vaison-la-Romaine > Gap – 168km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Wednesday 17th July
STAGE 17: Embrun > Chorges – 32km / Individual Time Trial
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Thursday 18th July
STAGE 18: Gap > Alpe d’Huez – 172.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 1.00pm-5.00pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Friday 19th July
STAGE 19: Le Bourg-d’Oisans > Le Grand-Bornand – 204.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 10.00am-4.30am  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Saturday 20th July
STAGE 20: Annecy > Mont Semnoz – 125km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  ITV4
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm  ITV4
 
Sunday 21st July
STAGE 21: Versailles > Paris – 133.5km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 4.30pm-9.00pm  ITV4
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4
 
 
 
 

For the historic 100th edition of the Tour de France, British Eurosport will broadcast its most comprehensive coverage of cycling’s most iconic race.

A record 280 hours of broadcast will be dedicated to the 100th Tour, including 87 hours live, all in high definition, with the action beginning with the Grand Depart in Corsica on June 29 and concluding with the evening finale on the Champs Elysées in Paris on July 21.

Ninety minute highlight programmes from the day’s stage will be broadcast every evening in prime time on British Eurosport, with repeats the next morning.

After the traditional Team Presentation covered exclusively live on Thursday, June 27 at 6.00pm, Eurosport will broadcast all 21 stages live from June 29 to July 21, including every moment of the first three stages in Corsica as the Tour makes its historic debut visit to the island.

British Eurosport’s daily live studio-based coverage will be presented by James Richardson.

Team IG-Sigma Sport rider Dan Lloyd will be the expert analyst every day with 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, The Guardian’s William Fotheringham, and Rapha Condor-JLT manager John Herety also joining the studio on selected days.

Former Great Britain rider Rob Hayles will be the race reporter, providing pre and post-race interviews, plus there will be contributions from Eurosport’s international on-air team, including Sean Kelly and Richard Virenque.

Immediately after the stage ends, Eurosport will screen Tour de France Extra, a special live programme from the finish line.

This show will feature top riders, team managers and other guests who will analyse and discuss the stage’s talking points.

On the finish line, Eurosport will be the only channel to show the riders a selection of the key moments of the stage via a screen, capturing for fans the true reactions of the champions right after they have finished racing.

 

Wednesday 27th June
Tour de France 2013 Team Presentation
LIVE: 6.00pm-6.45pm  British Eurosport
 
Saturday 29th June
STAGE 1: Porto-Vecchio > Bastia  213km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 10.30am-4.30pm  British Eurosport
 
Sunday 30th June
STAGE 2: Bastia > Ajaccio – 156km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.15pm-4.45pm  British Eurosport
 
Monday 1st July
STAGE 3: Ajaccio > Calvi – 145.5km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 10.45am-4.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Tuesday 2nd July
STAGE 4: Nice > Nice – 25km / Team Time Trial
LIVE: 1.45pm-4.15pm  British Eurosport
 
Wednesday 3rd July
STAGE 5: Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille – 228.5km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-4.45pm  British Eurosport
 
Thursday 4th July
STAGE 6: Aix-en-Provence > Montpellier – 176.5km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Friday 5th July
STAGE 7: Montpeliier > Albi – 205.5km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Saturday 6th July
STAGE 8: Castres > Ax 3 Domaines – 195km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-4.30pm  British Eurosport
 
Sunday 7th July
STAGE 9: Saint-Girons > Bagneres-de-Bigorre – 168.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 9.45am-4.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Monday 8th July
REST DAY
 
Tuesday 9th July
STAGE 10: Saint-Gildas-des-Bois > Saint-Malo – 197km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-4.45pm  British Eurosport
 
Wednesday 10th July
STAGE 11: Avranches > Mont-Saint-Michel – 33km / Individual Time Trial
LIVE: 12.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Thursday 11th July
STAGE 12: Fougeres > Tours – 218km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Friday 12th July
STAGE 13: Tours > Saint-Amand-Montrond – 173km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 12.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Saturday 13th July
STAGE 14: Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule > Lyon – 191km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.30pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Sunday 14th July
STAGE 15: Givors > Mont Ventoux – 242.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.30pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Monday 15th July
REST DAY
 
Tuesday 16th July
STAGE 16: Vaison-la-Romaine > Gap – 168km / Medium Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.30pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Wednesday 17th July
STAGE 17: Embrun > Chorges – 32km / Individual Time Trial
LIVE: 12.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Thursday 18th July
STAGE 18: Gap > Alpe d’Huez – 172.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 10.45am-5.15pm  British Eurosport
 
Friday 19th July
STAGE 19: Le Bourg-d’Oisans > Le Grand-Bornand – 204.5km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 9.30am-5.15pm  British Eurosport
 
Saturday 20th July
STAGE 20: Annecy > Mont Semnoz – 125km / Mountain Stage
LIVE: 12.00pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
 
Sunday 21st July
STAGE 21: Versailles > Paris – 133.5km / Flat Stage
LIVE: 5.20pm-9.30pm  British Eurosport
 
 
 

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