FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS LIVE AND PRIMETIME COVERAGE OF THE 102ND TOUR DE FRANCE BEGINNING THIS SAT., JULY 4 AT 7 AM ET ON NBCSN
All 21 Stages Live on NBC or NBCSN
Live Race Coverage Begins with Stage 1 on Sat., July 4, at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Nightly Tour Primetime Show on NBCSN
Exclusive Features Available on NBC Sports Tour de France Live
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 30, 2015 – NBC Sports Group presents live and primetime coverage of each stage of the 102nd 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 4, at 7 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 26, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
The 2015 Tour de France features six new stage cities, and will cover a total distance of more than 2,000 miles. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) looks to defend his 2014 Tour de France title against 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky), two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (2007 and 2009; Tinkoff-Saxo), and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), who won the 2014 Giro d’Italia and finished second overall in the 2013 Tour de France.
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 (Utrecht), 2 (Utrecht to Neeltje Jans), 14 (Rodez to Mende), and 21 (Sèvres to Paris), and live coverage of Stage 8 (Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne).
Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Jenna Corrado, and Steve Porino (‘inside-the-race’). Todd Harris hosts nightly studio coverage with analyst Bob Roll, and former professional cyclists and analysts Christian Vande Velde and Jens Voigt, who makes his Tour de France debut for NBC Sports Group. Voigt, who won the Critérium International a record-tying five times and has two Tour de France stage wins, broke the sport’s hour-record (51.115km in 60 minutes) last year before announcing his retirement from professional cycling.
For the first time, NBC Sports Group’s coverage will include real time speeds of both the leaders and the peloton, daily clips from cameras mounted to competitors’ bikes to take the viewer ‘inside the peloton,’ and additional maps that show more detailed versions of the finishes and each mountain climb. “I Was There” videos, which tell behind-the-scenes stories from a fan’s perspective, will be incorporated into the Tour telecasts.
NBCSN will also utilize several production enhancements, 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. ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Porino will report from aboard a motorcycle on the course, and offer updates on race situations.
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.
On NBCSports.com, NBC Sports Tour de France Live for desktops offers live streaming video with a multi-camera option 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 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 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 2014 Tour de France
During the Tour:
- Live streaming video with multi-camera options
- Full stage video replays including highlights, stage recaps, and rider interviews
- Route and stage previews, course and stage maps, elevation profiles, and stage descriptions
- GPS Race Tracking displayed on interactive maps and rider profiles
- Live stage results and detailed standings
- Rider profiles by country and team
- Real time commentary feeds from media covering the Tour
- Display of every rider group and time gap on the road
- Live time trial results for every split and finish line
- Rider biometric information and analysis
- A Tour de France Twitter stream that will feature tweets from top race officials, riders, analysts, and fans
A desktop subscription to NBC Sports Group’s enhanced digital coverage of the Tour de France is available for $29.99, and a mobile subscription is available for $19.99. The app is now available to purchase at http://tourdefrance.nbcsports.com/, and on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
BROKEN SPOKES – BEHIND THE TOUR WITH STEVE SCHLANGER: Throughout the Tour, NBCSports.com will feature daily, online-only, video features entitled Broken Spokes: Behind the Tour with Steve Schlanger. Tour de France reporter Schlanger will take viewers behind-the-scenes of what it takes to cover the grueling, 21-stage race including the beauty of the French countryside, the passionate fans, and the knee-deep mountain mud.
NBC Sports Live Extra will stream Tour de France coverage on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
Fans can keep up with the Tour de France through NBC Sports Group’s social media platforms throughout the race, including 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):
|Wed., June 24||10 – 11 p.m.||Tour de France Preview Show||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 4||7 a.m. – Noon||Stage 1: Utrecht (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 4||3 – 4 p.m.||Stage 1: Utrecht||NBC|
|Sun., July 5||7 a.m. – Noon||Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 5||2 – 4 p.m.||Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans||NBC|
|Sun., July 5||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans||NBCSN|
|Mon., July 6||7 a.m. – Noon||Stage 3: Antwerp to Huy (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Mon., July 6||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 3: Antwerp to Huy||NBCSN|
|Tues., July 7||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 4: Seraing to Cambrai (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Tues., July 7||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 4: Seraing to Cambrai||NBCSN|
|Wed., July 8||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 5: Arras to Amiens (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Wed., July 8||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 5: Arras to Amiens||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 9||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 6: Abbeville to Le Havre (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 9||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 6: Abbeville to Le Havre||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 10||8 – 11:30 a.m.||Stage 7: Livarot to Fougeres (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 11||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 8: Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sun., July 12||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 9: Vannes to Plumelec (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 12||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 9: Vannes to Plumelec||NBCSN|
|Mon., July 13||8 – 10:30 p.m.||Rest Day||NBCSN|
|Tues., July 14||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 10: Tarbes to La Pierre Saint Martin (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Tues., July 14||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 10: Tarbes to La Pierre Saint Martin||NBCSN|
|Wed., July 15||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 11: Pau to Cauterets (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Wed., July 15||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 11: Pau to Cauterets||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 16||6 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Stage 12: Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 16||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 12: Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 17||8 – 11:30 a.m.||Stage 13: Muret to Rodez (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 17||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 13: Muret to Rodez||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 18||8 – 11 a.m.||Stage 14: Rodez to Mende (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 18||2 – 3 p.m.||Stage 14: Rodez to Mende||NBC|
|Sun., July 19||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 15: Mende to Valence (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 19||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 15: Mende to Valence||NBCSN|
|Mon., July 20||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 16: Bourg-de-Péage to Gap (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Mon., July 20||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 16: Bourg-de-Péage to Gap||NBCSN|
|Tues., July 21||8 – 10:30 p.m.||Rest Day||NBCSN|
|Wed., July 22||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Wed., July 22||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 17: Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 23||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 18: Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., July 23||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 18: Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 24||7 a.m. – Noon||Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 24||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 25||7 – 11:30 a.m.||Stage 20: Modane to Alpe d’Huez (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 26||10 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Stage 21: Sèvres to Paris (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 26||3 – 4:30 p.m.||Stage 21: Sèvres to Paris||NBC|
|Sun., July 26||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 21: Sèvres to Paris||NBCSN|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–