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Tour de France 2010

Filed under: Coverage,Criticism,Eurosport,ITV,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 04:51+00:00

And so it begins again!

itv4 (28e) has live coverage every day for the first time. Start times are between 1500 and 1700 BST, with highlights daily at 1900-2000 BST (except today when it’s at 2000), repeated the following day at 1300.

France Television is the home broadcaster and you can watch live tour coverage on France 2 (5w) most days starting at or before 1420 CET. There’s often a short programme earlier at 1250 or 1300 CET for the village départ on France 3 (5w). There’s a coverage guide in French on the France Television site. Generally, the pictures are what you’ll see used as a base by all the other broadcasters.

Italian channel RAI Due (13e) has the live stages again this year, with highlights later on RAI Sport píu (13e). Earlier in the day, RAI Sport píu is showing the Giro d’Italia femmini if you’d like to watch that.

Either the Spanish-language channels suck, my TV guides suck or both. I can’t find any free-to-air coverage from Spain at all.

In German, Eurosport (19e) has live coverage daily about the same time. Once again, expect it to have added features like Planet Armstrong: Season 2, interviews, guest summarisers and slightly irritating competitions scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

ARD and ZDF (13e and 19e) have come back to their senses after a couple of bad years. This year they’re showing live coverage, but still starting about an hour later in the stage than some broadcasters (1530 CET or so). Maybe next year will see full coverage.

Have you spotted any more free-to-air coverage? Any particularly good (or bad) presentations of the Tour? What do you love or hate about the shows? Leave a comment and praise Phil or lament Duffy Duck if you like…


  1. Thanks for the guide , nice and simple to read with the necessary information I require.

    (BTW I am UK England, So ITV 4 schedule is my guide.It seems like we are the only ones getting the 1 hour highlights show, which is then repeated the next day. Rock On or should that be CYCLE ON ITV 4)


    Comment by Ian-Andrews — 2010-07-10 @ 07:12+00:00

  2. There are some highlights on Eurosport, but they are purely race coverage, without the featurettes which make the itv4 show worth watching even if you saw the live show.

    Comment by MJ Ray — 2010-07-12 @ 08:30+00:00

  3. Agreed M J Ray…..and of course Itv 4 have the excellent Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, The best two in the business…

    And slightly off topic, “Chaingate” seems to be the big news this year lol.

    Comment by Ian-Andrews — 2010-07-21 @ 11:49+00:00

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