Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Coverage Begins This Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Cycling on NBC Sports Network this Month Also Includes Criterium International on March 24

NEW YORK — February 28, 2013 — NBC Sports Network will air daily coverage of the 2013 Paris-Nice, an eight-day cycling competition beginning with the prologue this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, from Houilles, France, a commune just outside of Paris, and finishing in Nice, in the south of France. For the second year in a row, NBC Sports Network will air full coverage of all eight stages.

NBC Sports Network will air daily coverage of Paris-Nice, the first major European stage race of the year. The race starts with a short 2.9k time trial prologue but also has stages for sprinters as well as mountain stages for climbers. The race will end in dramatic fashion with a winner being crowned atop the Col d’Eze in a time trial. Riders will include American Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team and veteran Tom Boonen of Omega Pharma – Quickstep.

Veteran cycling commentators Paul Sherwen and Steve Schlanger will provide insight and commentary for NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Paris-Nice.

Riding in this year’s Criterium International is 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. Other Tour de France winners Alberto Contador of Team Saxo-Tinkoff and Andy Schleck of Radioshack Leopard will also participate in the famous 2-day spring race.

NBC Sports Network’s March 2013 Cycling Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Sun., March 3 Prologue, Houilles to Houilles 1 p.m.
Mon., March 4 Stage 1, Saint-Germain-en Laye to Nemours 12 a.m.
Tues., March 5 Stage 2, Vimory to Cerilly 12 a.m.
Wed., March 6 Stage 3, Chatel-Guyon to Brioude 12 a.m.
Thurs., March 7 Stage 4, Brioude to Saint-Vallier 12 a.m.
Fri., March 8 Stage 5, Chateauneuf-du-Pape to La Montagne de Lure 12 a.m.
Sat., March 9 Stage 6, Manosque to Nice 12 a.m.
Sat., March 10 Stage 7, Nice to Col d’Eze 12 a.m.
Criterium International
Sun., March 24 Stage 1, Porto-Vecchio 1 a.m.