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Tour de France 2014

Published: Wed 25 Jun 2014

Tour de France 2014
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ITV will bring viewers extensive live coverage of the 101st Tour de France, which begins on Saturday July 5 in Yorkshire.
 
Presenter Gary Imlach and reporters Ned Boulting and Matt Rendell are joined by cycling legend Chris Boardman, commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen for the 21-stage race, which starts outside Leeds Town Hall and ends at its traditional home, the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on Sunday July 27.
 
Live action from the first three stages based in England, running from Leeds to Harrogate, York to Sheffield, and Cambridge to London, will be shown on ITV and ITV4, with daily live coverage of the rest of the Tour to be shown on ITV4.
 
It is the fifth time ITV4 has screened daily live coverage and extended highlights of the Tour, with a total of 98 hours of cycling to be shown during the event. Last year, ITV signed a new deal to show cycling’s showpiece event until 2019.
 
Alongside terrestrial TV coverage, ITV Player will feature live action and ITV.com/tourdefrance will feature highlights and exclusive features, and the @ITVCycling Twitter feed will keep fans up-to-date with the latest developments.
 
This year’s Tour covers 3,664 kilometres and will visit the Alps and the Pyrenees before finishing in Paris.
 
Last year’s winner Chris Froome and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish are hotly tipped to perform well on the Tour after 2012 champion Sir Bradley Wiggins put his participation into severe doubt.