Returning: Tour de France, Tour de France Femmes.

Cycling action begins across France & Spain from July 1 on SBS.

SBS returns to cycling glory in July with the Tour de France from July 1 to July 23 and Tour de France Femmes from July 23 to July 30.

Reporting on location across France and Spain will be the ‘Australian voice of cycling’ Matthew Keenan, yellow jersey wearer and multiple TDF stage winner Simon Gerrans, and national time trial champion Dr Bridie O’Donnell.

Australian National Road Race Champions David McKenzie and Gracie Elvin, alongside Christophe Mallet will produce exclusive interviews and deliver insights on race tactics, and features on cultural and historical significance. Meanwhile, Australian Olympian Mark Renshaw will be based in Australia and provide audiences with insights and post-stage analysis across SBS digital platforms.

SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp said: “SBS is proud to be Australia’s unrivalled home of cycling, headlined by our exclusive coverage of the Tour de France – one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Our team will be the forefront of all the action and astonishing sporting moments that the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift deliver. SBS is incredibly excited to continue to deliver world-class coverage with expert commentary to Australian audiences, providing exclusive access to the stars of world cycling and spotlighting our Australian contenders.”

French-Australian chef Guillaume Brahimi also returns with Plat du Tour on Saturday July 1.

The long-awaited 110th Tour de France travels across Spain and France, beginning in the largest city in the Spanish Basque country, Bilbao. The Tour visits six regions and 23 departments across France and conclude on the most famous boulevard in the world, the Champs-Élysées.

Throughout the 21 stages of the Tour, there will be eight flat stages, four hilly stages, eight mountain stages – including four summit finishes – and one individual time trial for the cyclists to tackle. Within the 40 picturesque towns the Tour will travel through, there will be 12 debutant stage starts. Visiting all five of France’s Mountain mastiffs – the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the Jura, the Alps and the Vosges – the 2023 Tour route will be a challenging one that best suits the dynamic climbers.  

The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, returns for a second year after a momentous and historic launch in 2022. Riders will travel through the beautiful French countryside beginning the Tour in Clermont-Ferrand, before doing a loop in the country, and then venturing through three regions and 12 departments to the finish line in the French Mountains edge of Pau. The eight stages of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift include four flat stages, two hilly stages, one mountain stage, and one individual time trial. Featuring two mountain ranges the Tour gets progressively more difficult with riders crossing from one side of the Massif Central to the other throughout the first six stages. Stage seven features the iconic Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees, and the final stage is a 22km individual time trial around Pau.

Every stage and thrilling moment of the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will stream live via SBS On Demand – the Home of Cycling, where you can also enjoy the new Tour de France hub for a variety of catch-up replays, extended highlights, mini stage recaps and more video content. The SBS Sport website is the place to be for all the latest news updates, opinion, expert analysis, statistics and short highlight videos. The Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift broadcast times vary, with most stages starting at 9:30pm AEST (full schedule here). All stages will also be live on the SBS ŠKODA Tour Tracker app which will stream uninterrupted coverage, combined with live data and rider stats for fans to keep up with all the action.

The SBS Tour de France podcast also returns, hosted by Mallet and McKenzie, along with experts and special guests. Covering both the men’s and women’s event, the podcast features updates on the race, interviews with riders and fascinating conversations on the distinctly ‘French’ things that make this cycling race special.

As an accompaniment to the Tour De France, renowned French-Australian chef Guillaume Brahimi returns to SBS with Plat du Tour on Saturday July 1. Guillaume will travel through France following the Tour de France locations and take viewers on a culinary journey exploring wonderful French food culture from each region, while meeting some of the best food producers in the country. Airing during SBS’s coverage of the Tour de France, the series will feature 21 recipes, for the 21 Tour de France stages, with Guillaume plating up his ‘Plat du Tour’ with delicious traditional French meals that correlate to the culture and traditions of each city and town on the Tour.

Guillaume journeys across the most beautiful locations in Spain and France covering all stages of the Tour, including the official Tour de France starting line Bilbao Spain where he cooks on the terrace of the Guggenheim Museum. Guillaume also visits Bordeaux France where he discovers a city cuisine secret, and the picturesque French village of Saint Gervais where he visits a chocolatier and learns how to make a local sweet specialty.

Plat du Tour recipes sure to make your mouth water include a delicious Burned Basque Cheesecake from the Spanish Basque region, the classic French stew Le Coq au Vin in the historical Rhone wine region, and delicious Crayfish and Saffron Risotto in Passy, a quaint and picturesque French town just 30km from the Italian border.

Plat du Tour segments will be available on SBS Food Online and SBS On Demand and will air as special episodes on SBS Food from July 27 after the 2023 Tour de France has concluded. Plat du Tour is produced by Blink TV for SBS.   

Dr Bridie O’Donnell
Dr Bridie O’Donnell graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Queensland Medical School. Between 2000 and 2006 she was a rower and competed in Ironman triathlon, finishing the Ironman Hawaii World Championships in 2006. In 2007, she began road cycling and in 2008 after winning the National Time Trial title, she raced in the Australian National Team, and then Professional Italian teams in Europe and the United States, representing Australia at three World Championships between 2008-2012. From 2013-2017, Bridie managed and raced for Rush Women’s Team in the Cycling Australia National Road Series. In 2016, she broke the UCI Hour World Record. In 2017, she was appointed the inaugural Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation by the Victorian Government and in 2018, her cycling memoir: “Life and Death” was published, detailing her experiences as a professional cyclist in Europe. 

Christophe Mallet
Christophe is a television presenter, podcast host and long-time Executive Producer of SBS Radio’s French program. In 2017 he was awarded a National Order of Merit – he was incredibly honoured to be introduced as a Knight of the Order of Merit in France. Over the course of his 10+ years at SBS, Christophe has been involved in many projects including hosting the Tour de France highlights show alongside Kate Bates and has been heavily involved in SBS’s coverage of the Dakar Rally. He’s also been responsible for producing more than 4,500 radio shows across the SBS network. 

David McKenzie
David McKenzie brings nine years’ experience as a professional cyclist to SBS, providing in-depth analysis of the race, the riders and everything viewers need to know about road racing. Starting his career on the track, David made his first appearance for Australia at just 16. He joined his first professional cycling team in 1997 after a stint at the Australian Institute of Sport and in 1998 won the Australian National Road Championship. On the pro-cycling circuit David has competed in Australia and throughout Europe for various teams, winning stages at a number of events including the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Japan and Tour Down Under. 

Gracie Elvin
Gracie is a two-time national road cycling champion. She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, has been to two Commonwealth Games, and competed in eight separate world championships in road cycling and mountain biking. Gracie was a member of the GreenEDGE professional team for eight years. She won UCI races in Europe, took second at the Tour of Flanders, and was team captain at many team victories. She was also a co-founder of the first ever international women’s cycling union – The Cyclists’ Alliance – and cares deeply about gender equality and making sure she left the sport in a better place than when she started it. 

Mark Renshaw
Mark Renshaw is a retired Australian racing cyclist, who rode professionally between 2004 and 2019 for the Française des Jeux, Crédit Agricole, HTC–Highroad, Belkin Pro Cycling, Etixx–Quick-Step and Team Dimension Data teams. Over his 16-year career, he was most well known as the main lead-out man for fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish, helping him win more than 20 Tour de France stages. His most notable wins are the overall general victory in the 2011 Tour of Qatar, Tour Down Under Stages, Tour of Britain Stages and Tour of Turkey stage victory, and the one-day race Clásica de Almería. He raced in the Tour de France 10 times. In 2004, he also raced in the Olympic Games in Athens on the track cycling points race.  

Matthew Keenan
2023 will be Matt’s 17th year commentating on cycling’s biggest event, the Tour de France. After two seasons of amateur racing in Europe, Matt turned to commentary, having since commentated on the Commonwealth Games, Tour of Spain, Paris-Nice, Giro d’Italia and Tour of Qatar. Known for his supreme cycling knowledge and ability to recall detailed information about individual cyclists, Matt is recognised internationally as one of the leading commentators in the business. 

Simon Gerrans
Simon Gerrans holds the unique position of being the first Australian to have won a stage in all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. He found competitive cycling as a teenager on the suggestion of Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson, who then lived on a property nearby Gerrans’ parents farm in country Victoria. Anderson, who saw Gerrans cycling as rehabilitation from a serious knee injury after a motor bike racing crash, encouraged him to take up the sport competitively. Simon has been a proud ambassador and active fundraiser of the Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation since 2010 and was the founder of the Victorian Inter-School Cycling Series. 

Guillaume Brahimi – Plat Du Tour Host
French-born Guillaume Brahimi is one of Australia’s most popular and acclaimed chefs. He moved to Sydney in the 1990s and in 2001, he won the prestigious contract to take over the flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House and in 2001, he launched Guillaume at Bennelong. He’s since opened Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. In 2014, Guillaume was a recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order), a prestigious honour endowed by the French government for outstanding services rendered to France in Foreign Affairs and International Development. In 2015, Guillaume was named Chef of the Year at the annual GQ Men Of The Year awards. Guillaume has published a number of books including Guillaume: Food for Friends, French Food Safari, and Guillaume: Food for Family.

Tour de France

1 Saturday 1 July 2030 – 0200 AEST 2020 – 0200 AEST
2 Sunday 2 July 2020 – 0145 AEST 2005 – 0145 AEST
3 Monday 3 July 2130 – 0200 AEST 2050 – 0200 AEST
4 Tuesday 4 July 2130 – 0150 AEST 2100 – 0150 AEST
5 Wednesday 5 July 2120 – 0205 AEST 2055 – 0205 AEST
6 Thursday 6 July 2130 – 0150 AEST 2100 – 0150 AEST
7 Friday 7 July 2125 – 0150 AEST 2105 – 0150 AEST
8 Saturday 8 July 2030 – 0150 AEST 2020 – 0150 AEST
9 Sunday 9 July 2130 – 0250 AEST 2120 – 0250 AEST
10 Tuesday 11 July 2130 – 0200 AEST 2055 – 0200 AEST
11 Wednesday 12 July 2130 – 0200 AEST 2055 – 0200 AEST
12 Thursday 13 July 2130 – 0205 AEST 2055 – 0205 AEST
13 Friday 14 July 2130 – 0150 AEST 2130 – 0150 AEST
14 Saturday 15 July 2130 – 0205 AEST 2055 – 0205 AEST
15 Sunday 16 July 2130 – 0250 AEST 2100 – 0250 AEST
16 Tuesday 18 July 2130 – 0205 AEST 2055 – 0205 AEST
17 Wednesday 19 July 2130 – 0155 AEST 2010 – 0155 AEST
18 Thursday 20 July 2130 – 0210 AEST 2055 – 0210 AEST
19 Friday 21 July 2130 – 0150 AEST 2105 – 0150 AEST
20 Saturday 22 July 2130 – 0135 AEST 2120 – 0135 AEST
21 Sunday 23 July 2400 – 0400 AEST 2400 – 0400 AEST

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift

1 Sunday 23 July 2030 – 2400 AEST
2 Saturday 24 July 2300 – 0150 AEST 
3 Monday 25 July 2300 – 0150 AEST
4 Tuesday 26 July 2300 – 0150 AEST
5 Wednesday 26 July 2300 – 0150 AEST
6 Thursday 28 July 2300 – 0150 AEST
7 Friday 29 July 2400 – 0335 AEST
8 Saturday 30 July 2300 – 0150 AEST

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