Tour de France

NBC Sports Extends Deal for Tour de France

The NBC Sports Group and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) today announced a 10-year multi-platform extension that includes exclusive U.S. television, digital and mobile rights for the Tour de France through 2023.

The new deal begins in 2014 and ensures that the NBC Sports Group will continue as the exclusive U.S. television home of the Tour de France, with live coverage of every stage, including live coverage on NBC each year.

Included in the deal is NBC’s coverage of other ASO events; including the Dakar Rally and the Paris Marathon, as well as spring classic cycling events including Paris Nice, Criterium International, Criterium du Dauphine, Paris Roubaix, Fleche Wallonne, Liege Bastogne Liege and the Paris Tours.

“The Tour de France has long been one of the tent pole events on the NBC Sports Network schedule, and now will be an integral part of our NBC broadcast schedule, with live coverage each year,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network in a press release. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the ASO on all of its properties for another decade.”

“We are very happy to see the Tour de France exposure growing in the United States,” said Yann le Moënner, Managing Director of ASO, organizers of the Tour de France. “Our long term agreement will give us the opportunity to work with the skilled storytellers at NBC to build a beautiful sports story during the next ten years. Beyond the Tour de France, this agreement continues NBC Sports Network’s coverage of all other ASO sporting events such as Paris-Roubaix, Dakar Rally and Paris Marathon, which will benefit from a large exposure on NBC Sports Group platforms.”

NBC Sports Coverage of the Tour de France

The NBC Sports Group will provide over 295 hours of live coverage of the 2012 Tour de France.

19 of the 21 stages of the race will be telecast live on the NBC Sports Network with two stages ( 7 and 8) will air live on NBC.  The networks will average 13 hours of coverage daily throughout the race.

The NBC Sports Network will have a nightly studio show evenings beginning at 8:00p.m. ET and will feature a combination of race coverage and cycling insight, as well as highlights from some of the most compelling stories throughout the Tour. Each show will include analysis and strategy segments, as well as interviews with the riders at the start and finish lines.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will once again call all the race action for both the live and nightly shows, with Craig Hummer and Steve Porino contributing as field reporters. Liam McHugh will host NBC Sports Group’s coverage alongside former American cyclists Bob Roll and Scott Moninger. Robbie Ventura.

Viewers not in front of their televisions can view the action with Tour de France LIVE, at NBCSports.com, and the Tour de France LIVE Mobile app.

Here is the full schedule of NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Tour de France:

ATE STAGE TIME NETWORK
Sat., June 30 Prologue: Liege to Liege 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 1 Stage 1: Liege to Seraing 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 1 Recap Show 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. NBC
Mon., July 2 Stage 2: Vise to Tournai 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Tues., July 3 Stage 3: Orchies to Boulogne-sur-mer 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Wed., July 4 Stage 4: Abbeville to Rouen 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Thurs., July 5 Stage 5: Rouen to Saint-Quentin 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 6 Stage 6: Epernay to metz 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 7 Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles 8 a.m. – Noon NBC
Sun., July 8 Stage 8: Belfort to Porrentruy 8 a.m. – Noon NBC
Mon., July 9 Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans to Bescancon 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Wed., July 11 Stage 10: Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 Stage 11: Albertville to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 13 Stage 12: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 14 Stage 13: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d’Adge 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 15 Stage 14: Limoux to Foix 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Mon., July 16 Stage 15: Samatan to Pau 8 a.m. – Noon NBCSN
Wed., July 17 Stage 16: Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 Stage 17: Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 20 Stage 18: Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 21 Stage 19: Bonneval to Chartres 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 22 Stage 20: Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees 8 a.m. – Noon NBCSN
Sun., July 22 Recap Show 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. NBC