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Tour de France 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and route for Stage 1

The 103rd iteration of the Tour de France is set to begin with its first stage on Saturday.

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The first stage of the 2016 Tour de France gets underway in just a few hours. The most prestigious race in cycling is set for its 103rd iteration, scheduled to run from Saturday, July 2 through Sunday, July 24. The race is starting from the French department of Manche for the first time in its history, and will have a stage finish in Andorra.

On Saturday, the first stage, a flat-oriented stage covering the start from Mont Saint-Michel through to the finish in Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. The stage runs 188 kilometers (117 miles) and will get underway on Saturday bright and early in the United States, at 6 a.m. ET. Television coverage of the stage will be broadcast on NBCSN, beginning at 6 a.m. with coverage running through noon.

A live stream of the stage and all stages throughout the course of the race will be available via NBC Sports. Those who don't get NBCSN can order a subscription to NBC Sports Gold for $30, which includes ad-free streaming of each stage.

The first stage is expected to be largely uneventful, though it's a windy route and could be deceptively treacherous. Getting the peloton through the first bit of windy coast and into the next is the top priority on the day, as noted in Podium Cafe's preview of the opening stage. Strong breezes should come in from the ocean and that could have an effect on anybody in the field, particularly sprinters looking for an early advantage. But feature-wise, the stage is rather barren and straight-forward.

Stage route


Images of the stage route taken from the official Tour de France website here.

Tour de France coverage for Stage 1 on Saturday

Time: 6 a.m. ET - 12 p.m. (approx)

Route: 188 km from Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

TV: NBCSN (6 a.m.)

Streaming: NBC Sports Gold