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  • The Tour de France is nearly upon us, and there are a number of ways to keep informed after

  • each stage. Here's GCN's favourite methods of watching cycling's biggest Grand Tour.

  • It may seem obvious, but nothing beats the atmosphere of watching the world's most

  • prestigious road race in France itself. With entire villages that line the route

  • turning out onto the streets to see the peloton fly by, a great atmosphere is guaranteed.

  • If you are looking to head out at some point in July, we'd advise you to plan ahead. The iconic

  • mountain stages tend to be really busy, so to find a good spot, camp up the mountain

  • the day before and walk to a good vantage point. If you don't fancy moving around too much, the time trial

  • stages on days 4, 11 and 17 spread the action out over a longer stretch

  • of time, with a rider coming past roughly every couple of minutes. Television

  • companies are always finding revolutionary ways to cover cycling, from helicopters to

  • motorbikes...to er, segways! The result makes for compulsive watching, offering arguably the

  • best view of the race without even having to leave the sofa.

  • Over 200 channels will be broadcasting some, if not

  • all of the Tour de France this year,

  • so you'll be hard-pressed not to find it showing on a

  • TV near you.

  • We can't think of anything better than enjoying a hot or cold beverage with

  • some friends on a hot July afternoon.

  • Bars, cafes,

  • possibly even your local bike shop will be screening the Tour,

  • so keep your eyes peeled.

  • Public places around the world will be tuning into the Tour as well,

  • so be sure to have a look around your local area.

  • It's a bit cheeky, but let's face it, most of the Tour de France will be going on while many of us

  • are stuck at work or school.

  • Thankfully, the internet can provide you with a wealth of methods to keep tabs

  • on the day's racing

  • without rousing suspicion.

  • Pop on some earphones and listen in on the radio, or look at the live coverage on

  • one of a huge number of cycling-specific websites,

  • and increasingly,

  • on mainstream websites.

  • Many of the official broadcasters of the Tour around the world offer live streaming

  • online too, and some of you may recognise the commentator's voice on one particular

  • channel!

  • Just remember to look busy when the boss walks past.

  • Your mobile phone will be your best friend if you want to keep your eye on the

  • race for the yellow jersey.

  • Twitter is a fantastic way to get an alternative view on the Tour, with many riders

  • tweeting their thoughts after each stage.

  • In terms of live action,

  • there are a variety of apps that offer race results, standings and regular updates while the

  • stage is underway.

  • Wherever you are right now, you've already come to the right place for the best Tour de France coverage.

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  • GCN will be taking you closer to the action than ever before with our great behind the scenes

  • videos, and daily updates from the biggest race of the year.

The Tour de France is nearly upon us, and there are a number of ways to keep informed after

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Tour De France 2013 - How To Watch It

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    Zenn posted on 2013/06/30
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