This week sees the welcome return of arguably cycling's most gruelling 6-day stage race. Read on for your full guide to watching a Tour de Romandie live stream from anywhere online.
With last year's edition of the race called off due to Covid, the first time the event hasn't taken place since its inaugural running in 1947, the 74th edition of the Tour de Romandie sees the riders make a welcome return to the hills and mountains of the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
With its calf-destroying bumpy sections and regular bad weather, it's a race that's traditionally best suited to versatile climbers with excellent time trialing skills.
Often seen as a warm-up to the Giro d'Italia, this year's top Giro contenders are somewhat conspicuous in their absence, but there's still nevertheless a very strong field of riders set to do battle.
Steven Kruijwsijk (Jumbo-Visma), Miguel Ángel López (Movistar), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) are all confirmed as starters.
However, with no Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) or Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), many pundits see this year's Tour de Romandie as Ineos Grenadiers' to lose, with British riders Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates both heavily tipped to shine in Switzerland.
Read on to find out how to watch a Tour de Romandie 2021 live stream, no matter where you are in the world.
Tour de Romandie 2021: Where and when?
As the name suggests, this six-day event takes place across the Romandie region of Switzerland and this year runs from Tuesday April 27 until Sunday May 2.
The Tour de Romandie 2021 kicks off on Tuesday with a 4 kilometres prologue starting at 3pm CET local time (2pm BST, 9am ET, 6am PT, 11pm AEST).
The next three stages begin each day after 12.30pm CET (11.30pm BST, 6.30am ET, 3.30am PT, 8.30pm AEST), with Sunday's final stage seeing the first rider set off at 11.54am CET (10.54pm BST, 5.54am ET, 2.54am PT, 7.54pm AEST).
Watch Tour de Romandie 2021 online from outside your country
We have details of all the U.S., UK, Australian, and Canadian broadcasters of this UCI World Tour race further down in this guide. If you're intent on watching Tour de Romandie 2021 but find yourself away from home then you'll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it's likely to be geo-blocked.
That's where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allow you to virtually change the location of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that's back in your home country, letting you watch as if you were back there.
VPNs are incredibly easy to use and have the added benefit of giving you a further layer of security when surfing the web. There are lots of options, and we recommend ExpressVPN as our #1 pick due to its speed, security, and ease of use. It can be used on a vast array of operating systems and devices (e.g. iOS, Android, Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, Roku, games consoles, etc). Sign up for ExpressVPN now now and enjoy a 49% discount and 3 months FREE with an annual subscription. Or give it a try with its 30-day money back guarantee. Looking for other options? Here are some alternatives that are on sale right now.
Can I watch the Tour de Romandie 2021 online in the U.S.?
While NBC Sports Live Extra or FloBikes usually have things covered for cycling fans in the States, neither broadcaster will be showing this year's Tour de Romandie.
The only alternative is to use a VPN service as described above, set your location to a country on this page that is broadcasting and go from there.
Can I stream the Tour de Romandie 2021 live in Canada?
It's the same situation for Canadians hoping to tune into this race, with no confirmed broadcaster for this event in the region.
If you're desperate to see this year's Tour de Romandie, then your best bet may be to try a VPN service as outlined above.
How to stream Tour de Romandie 2021 live in the UK
Eurosport will be showing extensive live coverage of this year's race in the UK, with begining with Tuesday prologue which starts at the very precise time of 2.33pm BST.
Can I live stream Tour de Romandie 2021 live in Australia
Both SBS Viceland and FloBikes can normally be relied upon to deliver live coverage of the world's biggest races to cycling fans Down Under.
Unfortunately that's not the case for this year's Tour de Romandie, with no broadcaster confirmed in the region.
Be an expert in 5 minutes
Get the latest news from Android Central, your trusted companion in the world of Android