Tour De France 2012 TV Schedule: How to Catch the Action for Final Two Stages

Scott CarasikContributor IIJuly 21, 2012

BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, FRANCE - JULY 20:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Sky Procycling rides in the peloton as he defends the race leader's yellow jersey during stage eighteen of the 2012 Tour de France from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde on July 20, 2012 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Tour de France has two final stages to watch. There are may ways to catch the action as the cyclists ride around the French countryside. There are mobile, online and television options for both of the remaining stages of the Tour de France.


Stage 19—Bonneval to Chartres

Date: July 21, 2012

Television: Coverage begins at 8:00 A.M. on NBC Sports Network

Online: Tour De France Video available on the official NBC Sports website

Mobile: iPhone, iPod and Android apps are available for download.

The time trial competition is arguably the hardest stage in the entire Tour de France. Stage 19 takes place in the Mountains and follows 18 grueling stages of competition. The challenge between Bonneval and Chartres is one that will define the race, and as noted on the Tour de France's official site:

The last big challenge of the 99th Tour de France is an individual time trial that comes after 3,314.5 kilometres of competition. Barring disaster, we effectively know who the winner of the 2012 ‘maillot jaune is going to be.

The Maillot Jaune is likely going to stay with Bradley Wiggins from here on out. The final time trial of the tour is hardest because of the fatigue felt that sets in during the mountain stages. Wiggins should be able to retain his spot in the time trial.


Stage 20—The Final Run to the Champs-Elysees

Date: July 22, 2012

Television: Coverage begins at 8:00 A.M. on NBC Sports Network and switches to NBC at 1:00 P.M.

OnlineTour De France Video available on the official NBC Sports website

MobileiPhoneiPod and Android apps are available for download.

The 46.5-mile route from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees is the home stretch of the grueling Tour de France. Bradley Wiggins should be the first Briton to win the entire thing since the inception of the Tour. Wiggins should use a great Stage 19 to set up an even better final run. 

Froome is looking like the second place finisher this year after his projected great finish in the time-trialed 19th stage. When the final cyclists hit the Champs-Elysees in downtown Paris, the grueling race will finally be over for 2012.


Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and also runs the NFL Draft Website and the host of Kvetching Draftniks Radio.