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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
TOP AMERICAN CYCLIST TEJAY VAN GARDEREN AIMS FOR HIS SECOND TOP 5 FINISH AS NBC SPORTS GROUP AIRS FINAL STAGES OF 2014 TOUR DE FRANCE THIS WEEKEND
Viewership for 2014 Tour de France Live Coverage Up 12% From Last Year; Tour Primetime Viewership Up 28%
Live Coverage of Final Three Stages Begins with Stage 19 Tomorrow at 8 AM ET on NBCSN
Final Stage This Sunday at 9 AM ET on NBCSN as Riders Make Way Down Champs- Élysées in Paris
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 24, 2014 – Top American cyclist and BMC Racing team leader Tejay Van Garderen aims for his second top five finish as NBC Sports Group presents the final three stages of the 2014 Tour de France beginning tomorrow. Van Garderen, currently in sixth place after Stage 18 today, finished fifth in the 2012 Tour de France and was first overall in the Young Rider Classification.
Live coverage of the final three stages of the 2014 Tour de France begins Friday at 8 a.m. ET with Stage 19 and culminates this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET with Stage 21 on NBCSN. On Sunday, NBC presents a special Tour de France Review Show at 2 p.m. ET featuring highlights and analysis from the tour.
NBCSN’s live Tour de France coverage is averaging 283,000 viewers — up 12% from last year at this point (253,000). NBCSN’s nightly Tour Primetime show is averaging 222,000 viewers, up 28% from 2013 (173,000) — its best viewership since Lance Armstrong’s comeback in 2009.
Tour de France coverage continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Tour Primetime featuring highlights and analysis from Stage 18 from Pau to Hautacam.
|Thurs., July 24||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam (Tour Primetime)||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 25||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 25||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac (Tour Primetime)||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 26||8 a.m. – Noon||Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 26||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux (Tour Primetime)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 27||9 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 27||2 – 3:30 p.m.||Tour de France Review Show||NBC|
|Sun., July 27||8 – 11 p.m.||Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées (Tour Primetime)||NBCSN|
Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Carolyn Manno, and Steve Porino (‘Inside-the-Race’). Todd Harris hosts nightly studio coverage with analysts Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde.
TOUR PRIMETIME ON NBCSN
Tour Primetime airs nightly at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN throughout the Tour. The show takes a look at the day’s stage with comprehensive analysis, insights and the most compelling storylines. Highlighting Tour Primetime is a full replay of the day’s exciting race action complemented by fresh, post-race interviews with riders, telestrator analysis, and strategy segments.
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