The 2009 edition of the Tour de France — the premiere event on the pro cycling calendar and the oldest of the three grand tours — kicks off Saturday, July 4 with a short time trial in Monaco. If you’re lucky enough to live in France, Italy or Monaco, you can follow the three-week race from town to town in person. The rest of Europe can enjoy live coverage on the Eurosport network, and North Americans can watch daily reports on the cable network Versus.
American Lance Armstrong is racing again in 2009 after three years in retirement, so most everyone in the world can count on a nonstop barrage of Lance-related coverage from all the major news outlets.
But the Tour is about a whole lot more than Lance. Luckily, your best friend the internet has dozens of ways you can keep up with all the sprints, climbs, crashes and breakaways in the Grande Boucle without having to dig too deep.