Tour de France 2021 schedule: Start time, stages, length, dates, how to watch live stream, route, TV coverage, highlights


The 2021 Tour de France begins on Saturday, June 26 through Sunday, July 18. This year’s cycling event features 10 new sites and stage cities indicated with an asterisk in the schedule below. Additionally, there will be 2 individual time trials in this year’s Tour. See below to find out more information including how to watch, stages, the complete schedule, and more.

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2021 Tour de France Key Information

When is the 2021 Tour de France? What time does coverage start?

The 2021 Tour de France will take place from June 26 – July 18. Coverage of Stage 20 starts at 7:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and 6:55 a.m. ET on Peacock. Click here for start times for the rest of the 2020 Tour de France.

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How can I watch the 2021 Tour de France?

Stream all 21 stages of the 2021 Tour de France from start to finish, or watch on-demand on Peacock. Coverage will also be available on NBCSN. Click here for the full broadcast schedule.

How long is the Tour de France 2021?

The 2021 Tour de France is 23 days long. There will be one stage contested per day and two rest days. The first rest day is on July 5 (between stages 9 & 10) and the second will be on July 12 (between stages 15 & 16).

How many riders are in the Tour?

There will be a total of 184 riders. There will be 23 teams with 8 riders per team.

How many stages is the Tour de France?

There are 21 stages: 8 flat, 5 hilly, 6 mountain stages, and 2 individual time trials.

What is the 2021 Tour de France schedule and route?

Stage Terrain Date Start and Finish Distance
1 Hilly Sat. 06/26/2021 BREST > LANDERNEAU* 197.8 km
2 Hilly Sun. 06/27/2021 PERROS-GUIREC > MÛR-DE-BRETAGNE GUERLÉDAN 183.5 km
3 Flat Mon. 06/28/2021 LORIENT > PONTIVY* 182.9 km
4 Flat Tue. 06/29/2021 REDON > FOUGÈRES 150.4 km
5 Individual Time-Trial Wed. 06/30/2021 *CHANGÉ > LAVAL ESPACE MAYENNE 27.2 km
6 Flat Thu. 07/01/2021 TOURS > CHÂTEAUROUX 160.6 km
7 Hilly Fri. 07/02/2021 *VIERZON > LE CREUSOT 249.1 km


Sat. 07/03/2021 OYONNAX > LE GRAND-BORNAND 150.8 km


Sun. 07/04/2021 CLUSES > TIGNES 144.9 km
Rest Day Mon. 07/05/2021 TIGNES
10 Flat Tue. 07/06/2021 ALBERTVILLE > VALENCE 190.7 km


Wed. 07/07/2021 *SORGUES > MALAUCÈNE* 198.9 km
12 Flat Thu. 07/08/2021 SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHÂTEAUX > NÎMES 159.4 km
13 Flat Fri. 07/09/2021 NÎMES > CARCASSONNE 219.9 km
14 Hilly Sat. 07/10/2021 CARCASSONNE > QUILLAN* 183.7 km


Sun. 07/11/2021 *CÉRET > ANDORRE-LA-VIEILLE 191.3 km
Rest Day Mon. 07/12/2021 ANDORRE
16 Hilly Tue. 07/13/2021 *PAS DE LA CASE > SAINT-GAUDENS 169 km


Wed. 07/14/2021 MURET > SAINT-LARY-SOULAN COL DU PORTET 178.4 km
18 Mountain Thu. 07/15/2021 PAU > LUZ ARDIDEN 129.7 km
19 Flat Fri. 07/16/2021 MOURENX > LIBOURNE 207 km
20 Individual Time-Trial Sat. 07/17/2021 LIBOURNE > SAINT-EMILION 30.8 km
21 Flat Sun. 07/18/2021 *CHATOU > PARIS CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES 108.4 km

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How many miles is the 2021 Tour de France?

The route is 3,414 km (approximately 2,121 miles) long.

Previous Tour de France Winners

2020 – Tadej Pogacar

2019 – Egan Bernal

2018 – Geraint Thomas

2017 – Chris Froome

2016 – Chris Froome

2015 – Chris Froome

2014 – Vincenzo Nibali

2013 – Chris Froome

2012 – Bradley Wiggins

2011 – Cadel Evans

2010 – Andy Schleck

Thomas sees Giro d’Italia lead cut slightly by Roglič; Buitrago wins Stage 19

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TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO, Italy — Geraint Thomas maintained his bid to become the oldest Giro d’Italia champion although his lead was cut slightly by Primož Roglič during the toughest stage of the race.

Roglič crossed the summit finish of the so-called “Queen Stage” three seconds ahead of Thomas at the end of the race’s final mountain road leg.

There were no flat sections and five tough, classified climbs on the 114-mile route from Longarone to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which had gradients of up to 18%.

Stage 19 was won by Santiago Buitrago, who finished 51 seconds ahead of Derek Gee and 1 minute, 46 seconds ahead of Magnus Cort and Roglič, who just missed out on bonus seconds.

“I’m really happy with this victory. It was the most difficult moment of a difficult Giro for me personally,” said Buitrago, who rides for Bahrain Victorious. “I wanted to try and raise my arms before the end and coming here at Tre Cime di Lavaredo is amazing.

“This is the recompense for all the work that I’ve done. … There’s a lot of motivation for me and the whole team having seen the fruits of our labors.”

The 37-year-old Thomas, who rides for Ineos Grenadiers, is 26 seconds ahead of Roglič going into what will be a decisive penultimate stage

Third-placed João Almeida lost more time and was 59 seconds behind Thomas.

Roglič changed his bicycle shortly before the start of the penultimate climb and he made his move inside the final kilometer. However, Thomas was able to stick to his wheel and the British cyclist made his own attack in the final 500 meters and looked to have slightly distanced his rival.

But Roglič came back and gained what could be a vital few seconds.

The winner will likely be decided in the mountain time trial that ends in a demanding climb up Monte Lussari, with an elevation of over 3,000 feet and gradients of up to 22%.

“Tomorrow we go full again,” Roglič said. “It’s good. We got a bit of legs back, so tomorrow we go full, eh?

“If I wouldn’t be confident then I don’t start. The best one at the end wins.”

The race ends in a mostly ceremonial finish in Rome, where Thomas could beat the age record held by Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 when he won in 1955.

Thomas celebrates 37th birthday by retaining Giro d’Italia lead; Roglic into 2nd

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VAL DI ZOLDO, Italy — Geraint Thomas celebrated his 37th birthday with another strong ride in the mountains to retain the pink jersey during Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia.

Thomas crossed immediately behind Primoz Roglic, who moved up from third place to second.

“The legs have been good,” Thomas said. “Need to enjoy these moments.”

Joao Almeida dropped from second to third overall after losing 21 seconds over the 100-mile route from Oderzo to Val di Zoldo, which included two first-category climbs followed by two second-category climbs in the finale – including an uphill finish.

Thomas – the 2018 Tour de France champion – leads Roglic by 29 seconds and Almeida by 39 seconds.

“It’s a pleasant day. I take time on Almeida and didn’t get dropped by Primoz,” Thomas said. “I felt pretty good, always under control but Primoz obviously went hard. It wasn’t easy. … I just want to be consistent until the end.”

Italian champion Filippo Zanna won the stage ahead of fellow breakaway rider Thibaut Pinot in a two-man sprint.

With only two more climbing stages remaining before the mostly ceremonial finish in Rome, Thomas is poised to become the oldest Giro winner in history – beating the record of Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 when he won in 1955.

Chris Horner holds the record for oldest Grand Tour champion, set when he won the Spanish Vuelta in 2013 at 41.

However, Thomas will still be tested over the next two days.

Stage 19 is considered perhaps the race’s toughest, a 114-mile leg from Longarone to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo featuring five major climbs. Then there’s a mountain time trial.