Where to watch the Tour de France 2011 online


The Tour de France may be one of the most underrated sporting events in the U.S., especially given the track record of team USA. Still, cycling fans can hardly wait for the famous multi-leg race to start this weekend. The tour will be shown live on Versus, the Comcast-owned (s CMCSA) sports network, with repeats and highlights being aired on NBC.

But if you don’t have cable or can’t watch TV at work, don’t worry; the entire event is also available online. NBC is selling a Tour de France all access pass for $29.95, which will get you live HD video of every stage of the race all the way through the final leg, when cyclists reach Paris on July 24.

The network is also promising paying subscribers access to highlight video clips, interviews and other exclusive online content. All access subscribers can even personalize the race by tracking their favorite riders both via live GPS on Google Maps, as well as through a stats dashboard. All of this will also be available through dedicated iPhone, iPad (s AAPL) and Android (s GOOG) apps, which will be available in time for the race, according to NBC.

Speaking of timing: Versus will begin airing some of the pre-race activities starting this Thursday, but All Access subscribers will get their first live video feed Saturday July 2 at 7 a.m. EDT.


wasted money

video player has major problems. never worked for me. requested a refund and disputed the credit card charge.


to bad i got my i can you the all access pass on linux ps 29.99 is to cheap and i will pay if it work’s oh will nbc don’t not need my money


All Access is a complete rip off. You can’t watch the tour live, or watch the video on demand..and they don’t tell you that prior to paying. I am demanding my money back. What a complete disapointment.


Really annoying because there is no way to watch this in Canada…you could sign up and watch it last year but they have changed it this year! Any suggestions for watching in Canada…I really want to watch with Phil and Paul!


Can anyone tell me whether residents outside of USA will have access to NBC AllAccess video? I live in Canada, signed up and paid for AllAccess and now I see a footnote on the site that says “Video available for US residents only”


This article is somewhat misleading. It makes it seem like the $30 pass gets you access in the iPhone and iPad apps. Unfortunately, the iPhone app costs an additional $15 for streaming coverage. I wish I would have known that before I paid the $30.


Not sure I get the questioning of the “track record of Team USA”? Americans have won 9 Tours in the past 25 years. Teams are not organized by country, each team has a very international makeup.

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