ITV4 return to the Tour de France

Tour de France 2019 coverage begins tomorrow on ITV4.

ITV will bring viewers comprehensive live coverage of the 106th Tour de France, which begins tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) in Brussels, Belgium.

Presenter Gary Imlach is joined on ITV4 by commentators Ned Boulting and David Millar, reporters Daniel Friebe and Matt Rendell along with former Team Sky rider Peter Kennaugh for expert analysis during the 21-stage race, which visits the Alps, the Voges, the Pyrenees and the Massif Central before ending at its traditional home, the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on Sunday July 28.

Matt Smith will also present live studio coverage from the UK with a selection of single-day guests including Team Ineos rider Ben Swift, the recently retired Simon Gerrans and Pippa York.

It is the tenth time ITV4 has screened daily live coverage and extended highlights of the Tour, with more than 100 hours of live cycling to be shown during the event. It is part of ITV’s deal to show cycling’s showpiece event until 2023.

Along with 23 hours of highlights, ITV4’s coverage will include live footage from La Course women’s race on 19 July, when Gary Imlach will be joined by Olympic gold medallist Dani Rowe and former GB rider Lucy Martin.

Alongside terrestrial TV coverage, will feature the live action and highlights as well as exclusive features,  the ever-popular Tour De France podcast returns once again, and the @ITVCycling Twitter feed will keep fans up-to-date with the latest developments and clips of the action.

This year’s Tour covers 3,460 kilometres and will take in the iconic Col du Tourmalet along with altitude finishes at the Col de l’Iseran and Val Thorens, before finishing in Paris.

Last year’s winner Geraint Thomas, despite being in the wars in the lead-up to the event, is among those tipped to compete at the front of the peloton, with Chris Froome absent. Team Ineos also boast race second favourite Egan Bernal, the young Colombian who won the recent Tour de Suisse.

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