Taking place in France and surrounding areas every July, the Tour de France is a professional competition that is considered to be one of the most prestigious cycling events in the world. Up to 22 international teams cover 3,500 kilometers, or 2,200 miles, over three weeks in the multistage road race that includes varied terrain, such as hills, flat surfaces and mountains. The race is broadcast on TV around the world, which makes it easy for cycling fans to catch all the action.
Cycling fans in the United States will need a cable subscription to view the Tour de France on TV. NBC Sports Network has been granted the rights to broadcast the competition through the year 2023. Check with your local cable provider to be sure that you receive the NBC channels that will broadcast the race. Stages seven and eight of the Tour de France will be broadcast on NBC itself, allowing fans to see two stages without a premium cable subscription. Specific live and repeat broadcast times are listed on the NBC Sports website.