The Tour de France begins this Saturday, June 26, with the Grand Départ in Brest. Last year’s was a delayed triumph, postponed from the traditional June kickoff until August 29, 2020, one of the first major sporting events to try for a vague sense of normalcy in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The maillot jaune went to Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates, a first time winner. Pogačar is a favorite to win again this year, though some other notable names include last year’s runner up Primož Roglič, 2018 winner Geraint Thomas, and Ineos Grenadiers rider Richard Carapaz.
But there’s not much point on checking stats when you can’t experience the game live. So here are some options for those in the U.S. hoping to tune in to the Tour this weekend.
The race is being broadcast through NBC Sports Network, which means that if you’ve got NBCSN on your cable package, you’re good to go. But cordcutters might be looking for another option. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, offers access to live sports for only $4.99/month (with a 7-day free trial), and is also available in-app. Note that Peacock only offers live streaming, which is unavailable for replay.
Unfortunately, as of Tuesday, June 8, 2021, NBC has discontinued their Gold Cycling Pass subscription, a former favorite for Tour de France streamers. But other streaming services that offer NBCSN content are Hulu, Sling, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now.