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Tour de France: unleashed, explained: cycling documentary headlines Netflix

The Tour de France is one of the most famous sporting events in the world, but not much is known about what happens behind the scenes.

However, there is a Netflix documentary – produced by the same team from the highly rated Formula 1: drive to survive series – that will awaken your cycling passion.

The sports news explains how to watch the series and details about the documentary.

MORE: When does the 2024 Tour de France start?

What is the Tour de France: Unchained documentary?

The first season of the documentary was first released in June 2023 ahead of that year’s Tour de France race and followed select riders and their team through the 2022 Tour de France.

In the first season, eight of the 22 cycling teams took part in eight episodes, each lasting approximately 40 minutes.

2021 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar was not present in the first season after his team UAE Team Emirates withdrew from production.

Will there be a second season of Tour de France: Unchained?

Yes, a second season of Tour de France: Unchained was released on June 11, 2024 – in the lead-up to the 2024 Tour de France.

The series once again documents the race from the year before, the 2023 Tour de France, and consists of eight episodes of approximately 40 minutes.

This time, 2021 winner Pogacar will participate in the series, as will sprint king veteran Mark Cavendish.

How to watch Tour de France: Unchained?

The only way to watch Tour de France: Unchained is via the streaming service Netflix.

Netflix is ​​available in more than 190 countries worldwide.

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When is the 2024 Tour de France? Start date, end date

This year’s Tour de France starts on Saturday, June 29.

The 111th edition of the famous cycling event departs from the Italian city of Florence and ends in Nice on Sunday, July 21.

Route Tour de France 2024

As mentioned above, the ‘Grand Départ’ takes place in Florence, with the first three stages taking place entirely in Italy.

The riders will arrive in France during stage 4, where they will stay for the rest of the tour.

The first individual time trial is scheduled for seven days, with the participants departing from the Burgundian city of Nuits-Saint-Georges.

A hilly route is planned for stage 9, but the first rest day of the tour is scheduled for the day after.

Now that the riders are (hopefully) rejuvenated, they will start their way across the country, starting from Orléans.

The first of six mountain stages will then test the teams, followed by two flat stages on the way to Pau.

However, they still have to tackle a few mountain routes before the second and final rest day.

At this point the peloton will likely be stretched thin, leaving the real contenders as the action continues along the south coast and back into the Alps of France.

Two final mountain stages await the riders before the final stage – an individual time trial – from Monaco to Nice, where the winner will be crowned.

The race will not end in Paris as is tradition due to the upcoming Olympic Games.

You can view the full route here.