Published: Wed 19 Jun 2013
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.