Tour de France 2013
ITV4 will bring viewers extensive live coverage of the 100th Tour de France, which begins on Saturday June 29 2013.
Presenter Gary Imlach and reporter Ned Boulting are joined by cycling legend Chris Boardman, commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen for the 21-stage race, which starts in Corsica and ends at its traditional home, the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on Sunday July 21.
It is the fourth time ITV4 has screened daily live coverage and extended highlights of the Tour, with 88 hours of cycling to be shown during the 21-stage event on ITV4 including the entirety of the first day’s stage action.
Alongside terrestrial TV coverage, ITV.com/tourdefrance will feature the live action and highlights as well as exclusive features, and the @ITVCycling Twitter feed will keep fans up-to-date with the latest developments.
The tour covers 3,360km and this year will remain on the mainland of France once it leaves the island of Corsica, taking in a 25k team time trial challenge at Nice, two individual time trials from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel and from Embrun to Chorges, and two climbs of the Alpe-d’Huez, both on the 18th stage.
Britain’s Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish are hotly tipped to perform well on the Tour after defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins withdrew when a chest infection and a knee injury left him unable to train.
Hot favourite Froome, who finished second to Wiggins in 2012, will be hoping to go one better on the centennial Tour and comes into the race on the back of winning the Criterium du Dauphine. Cavendish, who won five stages at the Giro d’Italia in May, is the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour, with 23 stage wins.
ITV4 live broadcast schedule:
(Correct at time of publication.)
(Highlights on ITV4 from 1900 - 2000)
Saturday 29 June Stage 1 1055-1630
Sunday 30 June Stage 2 1300-1630
Monday 1 July Stage 3 1300-1530
Tuesday 2 July Stage 4 1430-1630
Wednesday 3 July Stage 5 1400-1700
Thursday 4 July Stage 6 1400-1630
Friday 5 July Stage 7 1400-1630
Saturday 6 July Stage 8 1330-1630
Sunday 7 July Stage 9 1200-1600
Monday 8 July Rest day
Tuesday 9 July Stage 10 1400-1630
Wednesday 10 July Stage 11 1400-1700
Thursday 11 July Stage 12 1400-1630
Friday 12 July Stage 13 1400-1630
Saturday 13 July Stage 14 1400-1630
Sunday 14 July Stage 15 1330-1630
Monday 15 July Rest day
Tuesday 16 July Stage 16 1400-1630
Wednesday 17 July Stage 17 1400-1630
Thursday 18 July Stage 18 1300-1700
Friday 19 July Stage 19 1000-1630
Saturday 20 July Stage 20 1400-1630
Sunday 21 July Stage 21 1630-2100