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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 07/08/2011

Where to watch the Tour de France

The peloton passes by Le Mont-Saint-Michel during Stage 6 of the 2011 Tour de France from Dinan to Lisieux on Thursday in France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
The Tour de France is underway, and due to the six-hour time difference between Le Mans (where today’s stage began) and Washington, it’s hard for cycling fans to watch the race live — and even harder if you don’t have a DVR.

Meridian Pint is trying to make it easier to follow the Tour by replaying the day’s race every night at 8 on multiple TVs in its basement bar. (Owner John Andrade is an avid cyclist.) Most sports bars will be able to show highlights — they air nightly on Versus — so it can’t hurt to ask your bartender to switch away from “SportsCenter” or a baseball game, as long as it’s not the Nationals.

Want to mix the Tour with real-world cycling? On July 20, the Potomac Pedalers cycling club is hosting a Tour de France happy hour at Arlington’s Rhodeside Grill from 6:30 to 10. Watch on big screens as the riders tackle the mountainous first day in the Alps, enjoy free appetizers and get drinks from a cash bar.

Does your favorite bar regularly show the Tour de France? Let us know in the comments.

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