Tour de France 2013 Live Stream: When and Where to Watch Online

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJune 29, 2013

July 18, 2012; Pau-Bagneres de Luchon, FRANCE; Bradley Wiggins (GBR), in yellow, during stage sixteen of the 2012 Tour de France between Pau and Bagneres de Luchon.  Mandatory Credit: Jerome Prevost/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports
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With a knee injury sidelining defending Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins, the 2013 edition of the grand race is up for grabs. 

With a deep field, there are countless possibilities as to how this mega event will play out.

This should all make for an exciting Tour de France, and there will certainly be plenty of coverage to help fans enjoy the racing action and the beautiful sights of the majestic French countryside. 

Check out everything you'll need to view the event followed by three riders worth paying extra attention to. 


Where: Starts in Porto-Vecchio and ends at Champs-Elysees in Paris

When: Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 21

Watch: NBC, NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Sports offers a live stream of every stage (subscription is required)


Stage-By-Stage Preview

Stage Date Course Distance Type Channel
1 June 29
Porto-Vecchio – Bastia 132 miles Flat stage NBC Sports Network
2 June 30
Bastia – Ajaccio 97 miles Medium-mountain stage

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3 July 1
Ajaccio – Calvi 90 miles Medium-mountain stage

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4 July 2
Nice – Nice 16 miles Team time trial

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5 July 3
Cagnes-sur-Mer –Marseille 142 miles Flat stage

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6 July 4
Aix-en-Provence –Montpellier 110 miles Flat stage

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7 July 5
Montpellier – Albi 128 miles Medium-mountain stage NBC
8 July 6
Castres – Ax 3 Domaines 121 miles Mountain stage NBC
9 July 7
Saint-Girons – Bagnères-de-Bigorre 105 miles Mountain stage

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July 8
Rest day
10 July 9
Saint-Gildas-des-Bois – Saint-Malo 122 miles Flat stage

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11 July 10
Avranches – Mont Saint-Michel 21 miles Individual time trial

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12 July 11
Fougères – Tours 135 miles Flat stage

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13 July 12
Tours – Saint-Amand-Montrond 107 miles Flat stage

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14 July 13
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule – Lyon 119 miles Medium-mountain stage

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15 July 14
Givors – Mont Ventoux 151 miles Mountain stage

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July 15
Rest day
16 July 16
Vaison-la-Romaine – Gap 104 miles Medium-mountain stage

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17 July 17
Embrun – Chorges 20 miles Individual time trial

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18 July 18
Gap – Alpe d'Huez 107 miles Mountain stage

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19 July 19
Le Bourg-d'Oisans – Le Grand-Bornand 127 miles Mountain stage

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20 July 20
Annecy – Mont Semnoz 78 miles Mountain stage

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21 July 21
Versailles – Paris 83 miles Flat stage

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Riders to Watch

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins' absence from the Tour de France does not spell doom for Team Sky. In fact, it simply helps pave the way for Chris Froome.

With Wiggins not participating, this team can now commit to landing Froome the title he is well prepared to win.

After finishing second last year, Froome has consistently finished in first. Since that second-place finish, he's won the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine.

He is a force in the mountains and a great time-trial rider. He should be considered the clear favorite for this event.


Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff)

 After missing last year's Tour de France, Alberto Contador is back at the race he's won twice. Contador took the title in 2007 and 2009. He also won in 2010, but was stripped of his title for doping.

Contador has proven he still is an elite rider since returning from his suspension. Last year, he won the Vuelta a Espana.

The 30-year-old remains an excellent climber, and with the climbs featured in this year's Tour de France, he is in great shape to contend for another title.


Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)

As we just discussed, climbers are in good position at this year's Tour de France. This is good news for Joaquim Rodriguez.

Despite being 34, Rodriguez has just one Tour de France under his belt. He captured a stage win in that 2010 year and finished seventh overall. 

He has been in good form the past year. He had podium finishes last year at the Giro d'Italia and Tour of Spain. 

While Rodriguez should be able to hang with Froome and Contador in the climbs, he will have a tougher time doing so in the time trials.

Given that, it remains a long shot that Rodriguez will be able to surpass Froome or Contador for the title, but with a solid team of climbers around him, he shouldn't be counted out.