There will be a new way to watch the Tour de France in Canada in 2020. While traditional service providers have owned the rights to broadcast the Tour de France in Canada in the past, that will all change in 2020. Live, on-demand streaming sports site FloSports has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast ASO’s cycling events, including the Tour de France, from 2020 to 2023.

It’s an exciting development for Canadian cycling fans who will be able to watch a huge portion of the UCI WorldTour calendar on FloBikes digital platform beginning in 2020. FloBikes will offer Tour coverage in either French or English.

Additionally, the agreement includes the broadcast rights for Paris-Roubaix, La Course by Le Tour de France, the Tour of California, and the Vuelta a España which is already available on FloBikes in 2019.

The addition of ASO’s events ads to the already substantial coverage line-up that includes over 300 days of racing coverage that in 2019 included Milano-Sanremo, Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders and the Giro d’Italia. In the autumn and winter, FloBikes broadcasts a range of cyclocross races.

To get started with FloBikes, you will need to purchase a subscription package. You can either pay monthly which will cost $30. Alternatively, you can pay for a calendar year which will cost $150. With the subscription, you can watch events live, and gain access to highlights and replays. You can watch FloBikes on your computer or using the FloSports app through Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire or your IOS device.

Julian Alaphilippe wearing yellow at the 2019 Tour de France.

ASO events that will be available on FloBikes in 2020

Grand Tours: Tour de France, Vuelta a España

UCI WorldTour: Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Turkey, Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of California, Critérium du Dauphiné,

UCI Women’s WorldTour: La Course by Le Tour de France, Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta

UCI Asia/Europe Tour: Tour of Oman, Tour de Hongrie, Paris-Tours

The 2019 Tour is currently being broadcast in Canada on French-language network RDS, and on Sportsnet along with its accompanying online streaming platform Sportsnet Now. Hugo Houle (Astana) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) are the two Canadians racing the 2019 Tour de France which concludes in Paris on June 28.

Remaining WorldTour events on the FloBikes calendar include the La Vuelta ciclista a España, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec et de Montréal, Il Lombardia and the UCI Road World Championships in September.

 

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2 Comments

  • MJ says:

    You’ve just lost the vast majority of average Canadian who were getting interested in this sport. Very few diehards in Canada who will pay money to watch guys cycling. Too bad its no longer on sportsnet.

  • Danny Cote says:

    That is a shame. As MJ said, you will lost a lot of people. More over, the English and French version will come from England and France. For me, it makes a big difference. In France, they have a different accent, different expressions and words. I don’t like it. It’s better when the broadcast is local. Very disapointed.

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