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[07/02/14 - 09:19 AM]
NBC Sports Group Presents Live and Primetime Coverage of the 101st Tour de France
Daily live coverage of the Tour de France begins Saturday, July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 1.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS LIVE AND PRIMETIME COVERAGE OF THE 101st TOUR DE FRANCE

All 21 Stages Live on NBC or NBCSN

Live Race Coverage Begins with Stage 1 on Sat., July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Nightly Tour Primetime Show on NBCSN

Exclusive Features Available on NBC Sports Tour de France Live

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 2, 2014 - NBC Sports Group presents live and primetime coverage of each stage of the 101st Tour de France, the world's most prestigious and grueling cycling race, on NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile app. Daily live coverage of the Tour de France begins Saturday, July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 1, and continues each night with the Tour Primetime show featuring a look at the day's most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. Coverage culminates with the final stage Sunday, July 27, at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

The 2014 Tour de France features nine new stage cities, including a return to England for the first time since 2007. Chris Froome (Team Sky) looks to defend his 2013 Tour de France title against two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), and 25-year-old American Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), who topped both Froome and Contador to win the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné.

NBC Sports Group's coverage features:

· All 21 stages live on NBC or NBCSN and NBC Sports Tour de France Live

· NBCSN, the primary home of the Tour de France, offers live coverage throughout the race, with Tour Primetime, a nightly studio show

· NBC features coverage of Stages 1 (Leeds to Harrogate) and 2 (York to Sheffield) from the UK Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. ET and Sunday, July 6, at 4 p.m. ET, respectively; and live coverage of Stage 8 (Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine) on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m. ET; plus a special review show on Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. ET recapping the final stages of the epic race

COMMENTATORS

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, will call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Carolyn Manno, and Steve Porino ('Inside-the-Race'). Todd Harris will host nightly studio coverage with analysts Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde.

PRODUCTION

NBCSN will utilize several production features, including a pointer feature which will easily identify and focus on one rider in the peloton; exclusive, in-depth profiles and features on teams and riders; and an onscreen predicted time for the peloton riders who are trying to catch the leading riders. Coverage will also include reporting from the road via 'Inside-the-Race' correspondent Porino, who will offer updates on race situations from aboard a motorcycle on the course.

DIGITAL COVERAGE

NBC SPORTS TOUR DE FRANCE LIVE: NBC Sports Group will surround its linear coverage with extensive digital coverage, including two premium-subscription products, one for desktops, and one for mobile devices and tablets.

NBC Sports Tour de France Live for desktops offers live streaming video of every stage online in full HD, with the ability to pause, rewind and slow-mo the video. While watching live coverage, viewers will also have access to a live GPS tracking map to follow the riders' progress and to see an enhanced interactive map for each stage. Also, subscribers can personalize their Tour experience by choosing their favorite riders and teams to track throughout the Tour.

To experience the Tour de France on-the-go, fans can also separately purchase the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile and tablet app, which is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices. All the features of the NBC Sports Tour de France Live online experience for desktops will be mirrored in the NBC Sports Tour de France Live app, including live video of every stage. The app is sold separately from the online product.

Additional elements available to cycling fans at NBCSports.com and through the app, are listed below.

Before the Tour:

· Stage-by-stage descriptions and previews, featuring historical stage and technical information and travelogue vignettes

· Breakdown of top contenders

· The best of the 2013 Tour de France

During the Tour:

· Full stage replays

· Recaps and highlights of each stage

· Route previews, course and stage maps, elevation profiles and stage descriptions

· Interviews with the top riders

· Live stage results and detailed standings

· Rider profiles by country and team

· Live news stream during every stage

· Photo slideshows

· Tour de France Twitter stream, which will showcase the top race authorities, including riders, analysts, officials and fans

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can also keep up with the Tour de France through NBC Sports Group's social media platforms throughout the race.

Content will include:

· Behind-the-Scenes and News: Fans can receive exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, video clips, up-to-date news reports and stories from around the cycling world through the NBC Sports Cycling Facebook page and @NBCSNCycling on Twitter.

Telecast Schedule (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Time Coverage Network

Sat., July 5 6 a.m. - Noon Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate (LIVE) NBCSN Sat., July 5 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate NBC Sat., July 5 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate NBCSN

Sun., July 6 6 a.m. - Noon Stage 2: York to Sheffield (LIVE) NBCSN Sun., July 6 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Stage 2: York to Sheffield NBC Sun., July 6 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 2: York to Sheffield NBCSN

Mon., July 7 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Stage 3: Cambridge to London (LIVE) NBCSN Mon., July 7 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 3: Cambridge to London NBCSN

Tues., July 8 8 a.m.* - 11:30 a.m. Stage 4: Le Tourguet - Paris - Plage to Lille Métropole (LIVE) NBCSN Tues., July 8 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 4: Le Tourguet - Paris - Plage to Lille Métropole NBCSN

Wed., July 9 7:30 a.m. - Noon Stage 5: Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (LIVE) NBCSN Wed., July 9 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 5: Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut NBCSN

Thurs., July 10 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 6: Arras to Reims (LIVE) NBCSN Thurs., July 10 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 6: Arras to Reims NBCSN

Fri., July 11 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 7: épernay to Nancy (LIVE) NBCSN Fri., July 11 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 7: épernay to Nancy NBCSN

Sat., July 12 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 8: Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine (LIVE) NBC Sat., July 12 Midnight - 3 a.m. Stage 8: Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine NBCSN

Sun., July 13 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 9: Gérardmer to Mulhouse (LIVE) NBCSN Sun., July 13 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 9: Gérardmer to Mulhouse NBCSN

Mon., July 14 7 a.m. - Noon Stage 10: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles (LIVE) NBCSN Mon., July 14 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 10: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles NBCSN

Tues., July 15 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN

Wed., July 16 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Stage 11: Besan´┐Żon to Oyonnax (LIVE) NBCSN Wed., July 16 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 11: Besan´┐Żon to Oyonnax NBCSN

Thurs., July 17 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 12: Bourge-en-Bresse to Saint-étienne (LIVE) NBCSN Thurs., July 17 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 12: Bourge-en-Bresse to Saint-étienne NBCSN

Fri., July 18 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 13: Saint-étienne to Chamrousse (LIVE) NBCSN Fri., July 18 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 13: Saint-étienne to Chamrousse NBCSN

Sat., July 19 7 a.m. - Noon Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul (LIVE) NBCSN Sat., July 19 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul NBC Sat., July 19 8 p.m. - Noon Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul NBCSN

Sun., July 20 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Stage 15: Tallard to Nímes (LIVE) NBCSN Sun., July 20 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 15: Tallard to Nímes NBCSN

Mon., July 21 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN

Tues., July 22 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon (LIVE) NBCSN Tues., July 22 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon NBCSN

Wed., July 23 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet (LIVE) NBCSN Wed., July 23 1 a.m. - 3 a.m. Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet NBCSN

Thurs., July 24 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam (LIVE) NBCSN Thurs., July 24 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam NBCSN

Fri., July 25 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Gergerac (LIVE) NBCSN Fri., July 25 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Gergerac NBCSN

Sat., July 26 8 a.m. - Noon Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux (LIVE) NBCSN Sat., July 26 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux NBCSN

Sun., July 27 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stage 21: évry to Paris Champs-élysées (LIVE) NBCSN Sun., July 27 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tour de France Review Show NBC Sun., July 27 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Stage 21: évry to Paris Champs-élysées NBCSN

*Start time to be confirmed.





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