Tour De France 2014 Schedule: Daily TV Coverage, Live Stream and More

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 21:  Winner of the 2013 Tour de France, Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling rounds the Arc d'Triomphe during the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France, a processional 133.5KM road stage ending in an evening race around the Champs-Elysees, on July 21, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Tour de France gets underway in Britain for only the second time in history on Saturday, with the Grand Depart taking place in Leeds ahead of three UK-based stages.

The 101st edition of cycling's most prestigious race takes in Cambridge and London—among others—before heading into France for the 21-stage, three-week contest.

For the first time since the 1953 Tour, there will be just one time-trial stage—Stage 20—something of a blow for reigning champion Chris Froome.

Read on for a look at the day-by-day schedule for the 2014 Tour de France, as well as television and live streaming information.

Tour de France 2014: Race Schedule
StageDateStart/FinishDistanceLive StreamTV Info
15 JulyLeeds/Harrogate190.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
26 JulyYork/Sheffield201 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
37 JulyCambridge/London155 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
48 JulyLe Touquet-Paris-Plage/Lille163.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
59 JulyYpres/Arenberg Porte du Hainaut155.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
610 JulyArras/Reims194 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
711 JulyEpernay/Nancy234.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
812 JulyTomblaine/Gerardmer La Mauselaine161 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
913 JulyGerardmer/Mulhouse170 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1014 JulyMulhouse/Planche des Belles Filles161.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
/15 JulyRest Day
1116 JulyBesancon/Oyonnax187.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1217 JulyBourg-en-Bresse/Saint-Etienne185.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1318 JulySaint-Etienne/Chamrousse197.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1419 JulyGrenoble/Risoul177 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1520 JulyTallard/Nimes222 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
/21 JulyRest Day
1622 JulyCarcassonne/Bagneres-de-Luchon237.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1723 JulySaint-Gaudens/Pla d'Adet124.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1824 JulyPau/Hautacam145.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
1925 JulyMaubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour/Bergerac208.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
2026 JulyBergerac/Perigueux54 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN
2127 JulyEvry/Paris137.5 kmITV Player/NBCSNITV4/NBCSN

Key Stages

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - MAY 18:  Mark Cavendish of Great Britain riding for the Omega Pharma-Quickstep Cycling Team celebrates after he beat John Degenkolb of Germany riding for Team Giant-Shimano to win stage eight of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on May
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The opening stage is, unusually, a 190.5-kilometre road stage and not a prologue. It starts from Leeds, heads through the Yorkshire Dales, with the first hill challenge being the Buttertubs Pass, and climaxing with a fast, flat finish into Harrogate.

The main players on Stage 1 will be the sprinters, and more specifically, Mark Cavendish, whose mother used to live in Harrogate and who has been specifically targeting the opener all year, per Le Tour Yorkshire:

If the Manx Missile can claim a win on Stage 1 it will not only be a very popular home-favourite victory, it will also put Cavendish in the yellow jersey for the first time ever and constitute his 26th stage win in the Tour—eight short of Eddy Merckx’s 34-stage record, per the Telegraph.

Stage 5 is being touted by many as a spot at which the major general classification challengers may come a cropper due to the presence of the dreaded cobbles in nine sections. One of the favourites, Alberto Contador, recognised the need to be well informed of a potentially dangerous stage:

The risk of falling on cobbles and suffering an injury is very high and could signal the end of a racer's challenge for the yellow jersey as early as Stage 5.

The 10th stage is the first proper mountain test and will be an early indicator as to who is really in contention after the predominantly flat early challenges.

Coming the day before the first rest day, the 161.5-km stage to La Planche des Belles Filles is the site of Froome's first ever stage win in the 2012 edition of the race, and it includes seven separate climbs.

COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky, wearing the green jersey, and Alberto Contador of Spain and Team Tinkoff-Saxo, wearing the yellow leaders jersey, in action during the eighth stage of the Criterium du Dauphin
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While there are more challenging stages to come, this will provide a good benchmark from which to work for the rest of the race.

The positioning of the only time-trial stage on the penultimate day of the race could prove crucial, for if there is still only a narrow gap between the top contenders, it will all come down to this.

Stage 20 is 54km in length and that will suit Froome if he is still in with a shout of retaining his title—or indeed extending his lead. 

After 21 gruelling stages there has to be one winner and received wisdom suggests this year's edition will be a straight shootout between Froome and two-time winner Contador.

However, the Tour likes to throw up surprises and there is no telling what might happen across the course of the race, but first up is Cavendish's chance to get himself in yellow on the opening day. 


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