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How to watch the Tour de France

How to watch the Tour de France

Originally Published: July 19, 2011
By Kathryn Bertine

Turn on the TV during July and flip to the Versus channel. ESPN and NBC may carry snippets of the Tour de France, but Versus runs it a la "Groundhog Day," broadcasting each day's stage over and over again.

On the screen, you'll see a large group of cyclists on a tiny road. The group is called a peloton. That is a French word meaning a group of cyclists who ride really close to one another and will inevitably crash.

The tiny road is somewhere in France. The ...

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