How to watch cycling events for free online
Streaming cycling only takes a few simple steps:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location matching the region of the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, British users who want to watch ITV should connect to a server in the UK.
- Visit your broadcaster of choice and sign up if required.
- Tune in and enjoy!
Channels: ITV 4
UK network ITV offers coverage of many cycling events throughout the year. As ever if you miss the highlights you can watch them back on ITVX shortly after transmission. Be sure you check their cycling schedule for 2023 coverage.
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Watch all the Grand Tours live on SBS On Demand as well as the Classics, and other key races across the season. SBS is the exclusive free-to-air broadcaster of the 2023 Tour de France, Tour de France Femmes, and much more! You can head to the SBS On Demand streaming service and watch the action, as well as replays and highlights.
The Belgian service RTBF has focused on content related to cycling, motorsports, tennis, and football and it broadcasts most major cycling events. The best part? It’s completely free! RTBF has broadcasting rights for the Tour de France and will offer a free stream of the event if you don’t mind French commentary.
Note: Check the official RTBF schedule to know when to watch. This stream is in French.
Channel: RTS 2
RTS is a public broadcaster in Switzerland that offers a variety of radio and TV programming in the French language. It promotes a vast collection of entertainment, which includes life and recorded shows relating to sports, culture, and sports news. The best part? It’s completely free!
Note: Check the official RTS schedule to know when to watch.
France TV offers a variety of French and foreign-language films, TV series, documentaries, and live sports. France TV Sport broadcasts the Tour de France for free on its site. You can tune in to France TV to follow the 24-day cycling race along every stage with French commentary, as well as other live sports, including French Open tennis from Roland Garros, and French films and TV.
Can I use a VPN to watch cycling from another country?
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Why do you need a VPN to watch cycling events online?
A premium VPN like ExpressVPN is the perfect way to live stream cycling events securely. Not only does ExpressVPN offer high-speed servers in 105 countries across the world, optimized for streaming and security, but with a VPN you can live stream every game across your devices and even on your smart TVs and gaming consoles. Securely live stream cycling races with a VPN on up to eight simultaneous connections, allowing you to watch your favorite riders and events at home, on the go, or even abroad.
Best VPN for watching cycling
ExpressVPN is the best VPN for safely and securely streaming cycling events all year long. With next-gen 10-Gbps servers in locations around the world, you’ll never miss a single minute of the action. ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!
- High-speed servers in 105 countries across the globe, all optimized for speed and security
- Up to 8 simultaneous connections
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How to watch cycling events in your country
Channels: Eurosport 1
Price: 7 GBP/month or 40 GBP/year
GCN+ is a great way for viewers in the UK to live stream top cycling events. Follow every stage on your browser, the mobile app, or on your smart tv. You can watch live and ad-free or catch up at a time that suits you with on-demand replays and highlights packages. You can check out the full list of races available in the UK in 2023 here.
Note: You may need a local credit/debit card to subscribe to the chosen GCN+ region.
Price: 5 USD/month and up
Channels: NBCSN and Peacock TV
NBCSN has broadcasting rights for the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Paris-Roubaix, and Tour de Suisse in the U.S. Select races are also broadcast on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. Various free trials are available. To watch head to Peacock TV (5 USD/month), Fubo (75 USD/month), YouTube TV (73 USD/month and up), Sling TV Blue (10 USD/month and up), or Hulu + Live TV (77 USD/month) and sign up. You may need a valid U.S. ZIP code to subscribe (e.g. 08012, 60061).
Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to YouTube TV, Peacock TV, Fubo, Sling TV, or Hulu + Live TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.
Price: 75 USD/month
Channels: Fubo Cycling and NBCSN
Fubo has a dedicated channel for streaming cycling (Fubo Cycling), as well as the NBCSN channel. Signing up is quite easy and a seven-day free trial is available. Use the Fubo Cycling add-on (12 USD/month) to watch the Fubo Cycling channel.
Note: You may need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to Fubo.
Price: Race Pass costs 9 USD/month or 50 USD/year
GCN+ is a great way for viewers in the U.S. and Canada to live stream top cycling events. Follow every stage on your browser, the mobile app, or on your smart tv. You can watch live and ad-free, or catch up at a time that suits you with on-demand replays and highlights packages.
Note: You may need a U.S. or Canadian credit/debit card to subscribe to GCN+.
Price: 30 USD/month or 150 USD/year
FloBikes provides live coverage of several top cycling events throughout the year for viewers in the U.S. Watch live streams of the spring classics, World Tour stage races, World Cups, and the UCI World Championships, among other events. You also get access to a library of exclusive video content and articles. FloBikes also works Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, and iOS and Android devices.
Complete 2023 UCI WorldTour cycling calendar
|UAE Tour||February 20-26|
|Omloop Het Nieuwsblad||February 25|
|Strade Bianchi||March 4|
|Milan-San Remo||March 18|
|Volta a Catalunya||March 20-26|
|Classic Brugge-De Panne||March 23|
|E3 Saxo Bank Classic||March 24|
|Dwars door Vlaanderen||March 29|
|Tour of Flanders||April 2|
|Tour of the Basque Country||April 3-8|
|Amstel Gold Race||April 16|
|La Flèche Wallonne||April 19|
|Tour de Romandie||April 25-30|
|Giro D’Italia||May 6-28|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||June 4-11|
|Tour de Suisse||June 11-20|
|Tour de France||July 1-23|
|Clasica de San Sebastián||July 29|
|Tour de Pologne||July 29-August 4|
|2023 UCI Cycling World Championships||August 3-13|
|Benelux Tour||August 21-27|
|Vuelta a Espana||August 26-September 17|
|Tour of Britain||September 3-10|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||September 10|
|Il Lombardia||October 7|
|Tour de Guangxi||October 17|
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