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Le Tour De France 2013: When and Where to Watch Event's Final Stages

GAP, FRANCE - JULY 16:  Chris Froome of Great Britain riding for Sky Procycling rides in the peloton as he defends he overall race leader's jersey during stage sixteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 168KM road stage from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, on July 16, 2013 in Gap, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2013

Team Sky's Christopher Froome currently possesses the coveted yellow jersey at the 100th edition of the Tour de France this summer.

The 28-year-old Briton was among the favorites coming in, but by no means is he out of the woods yet. Adding to Froome's stiff challenge in the coming days is two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who currently sits in third in the overall general classification standings, just over four minutes back of the overall lead.

Although cycling's most iconic race is winding down, there's still plenty of riding left to do before a winner is crowned. 

Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a minute of the remaining stages at the 2013 Tour de France.

 

Remaining Tour de France TV Schedule

DateStageCoverage Start (ET)Channel
Wednesday, July 17Stage 17: Embrun to Chorges8 a.m.NBC Sports Network
Thursday, July 18Stage 18: Gap to Alpe-d'Huez6 a.m.NBC Sports Network
Friday, July 19Stage 19: Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand6 a.m.NBC Sports Network
Saturday, July 20Stage 20: Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz7:30 a.m.NBC Sports Network
Sunday, July 21Stage 21: Versailles to Paris Champs-Élysées11:30 a.m.NBC Sports Network

*TV schedule information courtesy of NBCSports.com.

 

A Look at the Top Contenders

Christopher Froome, Team Sky

After finishing runner-up to teammate Bradley Wiggins a year ago and winning a medium mountain stage in the process, many cycling experts had high expectations for Chris Froome this summer. 

Thus far, he hasn't disappointed. 

Froome won the first mountain stage to start the second week, taking over the yellow jersey and holding onto it for over a week. With three more tricky mountain stages left to ride before Sunday's final flat stage to Paris, Froomey has become the overwhelming favorite to break through for his first Tour de France title this weekend.

 

Bauke Mollema, Belkin Pro Cycling

There aren't a whole lot of people talking about 26-year-old Dutch rider Bauke Mollema, but he remains well in the mix heading into the final few stages of the Tour de France.

Mollema has yet to win a single stage this summer, but has been strong all around, keeping pace with Froome and ranking inside the top 10 in the mountain classification. 

With countryman and Belkin Pro Cycling teammate Laurens ten Dam just a few spots back of him in the general classification, Mollema is a dangerous rider worth keeping an eye on as the Tour continues through the mountains. 

 

Alberto Contador, Team Saxo-Tinkoff

Perhaps the man yellow-jersey-holder Chris Froome is the most worried about heading into the home stretch this summer, two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is still very much alive in the hunt to claim a third title.

The 30-year-old Spaniard won the general classification in 2007 and 2009 and also boasts victories at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

Like Mollema, Contador has yet to win a stage in France. But as a past winner, the veteran cyclist has the tools to navigate the mountains and challenge Froome for the yellow jersey as the riders close in on Paris.

 

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