FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS DAILY LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2019 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA, AMERICA’S MOST ELITE CYCLING EVENT, BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 12
Coverage of Men’s Race Begins with Stage 1 this Sunday Live
at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Live Women’s Race Coverage Starts on Thursday, May 16
at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Live Coverage Culminates with the Men’s and Women’s Final Stage on Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports Gold’s “Cycling Pass” Presents Daily, Commercial-Free
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 8, 2019 – NBC Sports presents daily live coverage of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, America’s only UCI WorldTour cycling race, beginning this Sunday, May 12, at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and culminating with the Men’s and Women’s final stage on Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Cycling Pass” will present commercial-free, daily live coverage. NBC Sports Gold’s 2018-19 “Cycling Pass” gives fans in the U.S. access to premiere cycling races through the 2019 spring cycling season, concluding in June.
NBC Sports Group’s cycling commentators Phil Liggett and Bob Roll will call the action, along with field reporter Steve Schlanger, and former Amgen Tour of California participant Christian Vande Velde. ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Steve Porino will report from aboard a motorcycle on the course, offering updates on race situations. Jens Voigt, who had three career top-10 Amgen Tour of California finishes and is tied for the second-most Tour de France starts (17), returns for his fifth year as a featured analyst and reporter.
The Amgen Tour of California men’s course covers over 770 miles of mountain roads, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena. Some of the sport’s greatest veteran sprinters are confirmed to race this year: 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), winner of three career world titles and holder of the California race record for most stage wins (16). American Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First Pro Cycling), who won the race in 2013, Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First Pro Cycling), the 2017 Tour De France second-place finisher, and George Bennett (Team Jumbo – Visma), who won the 2017 Amgen Tour of California, will also participate.
The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM kicks off in Ventura on May 16 and runs concurrently through the finish in Pasadena on May 18. The women’s route spans 177 miles over its three stages, marking the longest women’s race in event history. California-based reigning race champion Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) will return for this year’s race, as will 2017 winner and 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans).
In addition to the live coverage, NBCSN will also air daily race recaps, including a full hour and a half women’s race recap on Thursday, May 23.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2019 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET, SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
|Sun., May 12||6:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 1: Sacramento (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., May 12||2:00 a.m.||Men’s Stage 1: Sacramento (recap)||NBCSN|
|Mon., May 13||4:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 2: Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Mon., May 13||Midnight||Men’s Stage 2: Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe (recap)||NBCSN|
|Tue., May 14||4:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 3: Stockton to Morgan Hill (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Tue., May 14||1:00 a.m.||Men’s Stage 3: Stockton to Morgan Hill (recap)||NBCSN|
|Wed., May 15||4:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 4: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Wed.., May 15||2:00 a.m.||Men’s Stage 4: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay (recap)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., May 16||4:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 5: Pismo Beach to Ventura
Women’s Stage 1: Ventura (LIVE)
|NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Thurs., May 16||2:00 a.m.||Men’s Stage 5: Pismo Beach to Ventura
Women’s Stage 1: Ventura (recap)
|Fri., May 17||5:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 6/Women’s Stage 2: Ontario to Mt. Baldy (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., May 17||2:00 a.m.||Men’s Stage 6/Women’s Stage 2: Ontario to Mt. Baldy (recap)||NBCSN|
|Sat., May 18||3:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 7/Women’s Stage 3: Santa Clarita to Pasadena (LIVE)||NBC, NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., May 18||11:00 p.m.||Men’s Stage 7/Women’s Stage 3: Santa Clarita to Pasadena (recap)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., May 23||Midnight||Women’s Race Recap||NBCSN|
NBC SPORTS GOLD
NBC Sports Gold is NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product that provides sports fans with access to exclusive premium sports events and content, live and on-demand, at an affordable price. Launched in 2016 with a single cycling product, NBC Sports Gold currently offers 15 individual sports “passes” – nine domestic (PGA TOUR LIVE, Premier League, INDYCAR, Cycling, Track & Field, Speed Skating, Rugby, Supercross, and Snow, consisting of seven Olympic winter sports); two regional (Blazers and Philly); one combination (Supercross and Pro Motocross), two domestic and international (Figure Skating and Pro Motocross); and one international-only (Notre Dame Football). NBC Sports Gold will add Premier Lacrosse League later this year.
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