Tour de France 2019: How to Watch, Live Stream, Dates and Latest Odds

The 106th edition of the Tour de France begins this weekend, with Geraint Thomas looking to win the race for a second consecutive edition.

The first stage will take place in Brussels, where the Grande Boucle will honor local cycling legend and five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the next three weeks.

When is the Tour de France?

The most prestigious bike race in the world gets underway on Saturday, July 6, and will conclude on July 28. The riders will get two days of rest, after stage 10 and after stage 15.

Where is the Tour de France starting from?

The 2019 edition of France's favorite tour begins in Brussels, before making its way into France. As is tradition, the 21st and last stage will see the peloton arrive at the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

TV coverage

NBC Sports will exclusively broadcast each stage of the Tour de France. Phil Liggett and Bob Roll will call the action during the stage, with Christian Vande Velde Chris Horner and Paul Burmeister providing analysis before and after each stage from the network's "traveling studio".

Live stream

Coverage of the Tour de France will be available online via NBC Sports Gold website and on the NBC Sports app.

How long is the Tour de France?

Riders will cover 3,480 kilometers in three weeks and the winner will effectively be decided by the end of stage 20. The final stage is simply a ceremonial procession into the French capital.

Stages to watch

The Tour features two time trial stages this year, a team one on stage 2 and an individual one on stage 13. There are five mountain-top finishes, on stage 6, 14, 15, 19 and 20.

Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal, Tour de France
Geraint Thomas of United Kingdom and Team INEOS and Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS during the 106th Tour de France 2019 on July 4 in Brussels, Belgium. Chris Graythen/Getty

Riders to watch

Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France last year, making it four straight triumphs for Team SKY, and he is again one of the favorites this year. The team, which has won six of the last seven Tours, has rebranded to Team INEOS and also boasts another rider tipped to arrive in Paris wearing the yellow jersey–Egan Bernal.

The Colombian and Thomas have been named as co-team leaders and it will be intriguing to see how Team INEOS handle them.

Astana rider Jakob Fuglsang is also expected to be in the mix for the yellow jersey, while Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet are France's best hopes.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, Egan Bernal is a 5/2 favorite to wear the yellow jersey in Paris, while last year's winner Geraint Thomas follows at 10/3 and Jakob Fuglsang is a 6/1 shot.

Julian Alaphilippe is a 13/8 favorite to win the King of the Mountains award, followed by Warren Barguil and Vincenzo Nibali at 6/1 and 12/1 respectively.

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