The 2012 Tour de France Begins Saturday on TSN and NBC
Ryder Hesjedal is one of the hottest cyclists in the world coming off a victory at the Giro d’Italia. Winning back-to-back Grand Tour races is just about impossible; however, TSN is still hoping more casual viewers will tune in to watch him at the Tour de France. Hesjedal is also representing Canada at the Olympics in London later this month. Here is their press release detailing their coverage of the 2012 Tour de France.
TSN and TSN2 deliver live Canadian coverage of cycling’s most prestigious event, the TOUR DE FRANCE, beginning on Saturday, June 30 at 8 a.m. ET on TSN2. Canada’s Sports Leader will broadcast 70 hours of live TOUR DE FRANCE coverage as Canadian Ryder Hesjedal looks to make his mark in the 99th running of the gruelling race. In addition to live race coverage, TSN and TSN2 will feature daily TOUR DE FRANCE RECAP SHOWS in prime time (see complete broadcast schedule below).
TSN and TSN2 will feature NBC Sports broadcast coverage of TOUR DE FRANCE with acclaimed voices of cycling, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen calling all the race action.
SPORTSCENTRE will feature daily highlights and updates of all stages of the race, including TOUR DESK REPORTS from on-site host Liam McHugh alongside former cyclist and TOUR analyst Bob Roll.
The demanding three-week event will feature 22 teams of the best cyclists in the world of racing, cycling through France in pursuit of the yellow jersey. The TOUR DE FRANCE covers a grand total of 3,497 kilometers and this year features nine new stage towns, along with three of the 20 stages having riders race alone against the clock: Stage 1 (6.4 km), Stage 9 (41.5 km) and Stage 19 (53.5 km).
Canada will be represented by Victoria, B.C. native Ryder Hesjedal, returning to his sixth TOUR DE FRANCE and headlining Team Garmin-Barracuda this year. Hesjedal has had an impressive season so far, as he won Giro d’Italia last month and was named to the Canadian Olympic road cycling team to represent Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Hesjedal will compete against 2011 TOUR DE FRANCE winner Cadel Evans, along with brother-duo Andy and Frank Schleck, who finished second and third. Racing fans will be able to track Ryder’s attempt to make history and be the first Canadian to win a TOUR DE FRANCE title with TSN.ca tracking his progress after each stage with The Ryder Report. TSN.ca also has daily video highlights along with a live interactive race tracker and bios of cyclists competing in the event.
Continue after the break for a complete broadcast schedule for TSN and NBC. All times are Eastern.
Saturday 6/30, 8-11:30am – Prologue: Liege, Belgium – TSN2 (recap: 11pm on TSN2)
Sunday 7/1, 8-11:30am – Stage 1: Liege to Seraing – TSN2 (recap: 4pm on NBC)
Monday 7/2, 8-11:30am – Stage 2: Vise to Tournai – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN)
Tuesday 7/3, 8-11:30am – Stage 3: Orchies to Boulonge – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN)
Wednesday 7/4, 8-11:30am – Stage 4: Abbeville to Rouen – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Thursday 7/5, 8-11:30am – Stage 5: Rouen to Saint-Quentin – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN)
Friday 7/6, 8-11:30am – Stage 6: Epernay to Metz – TSN2 (recap: 10pm on TSN2)
Saturday 7/7, 8am-noon – Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles – NBC (recap: 11pm on TSN2)
Sunday 7/8, 8am-noon – Stage 8: Belfort to Porrentruy – NBC (recap: 11pm on TSN2)
Monday 7/9, 8-11:30am – Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans to Besancon – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN)
Tuesday 7/10, 8:00pm – Rest Day Recap Show – TSN
Wednesday 7/11, 8-11:30am – Stage 10: Macon to Bellegarde – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Thursday 7/12, 7-11:30am – Stage 11: Albertville to La Toussuire – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Friday 7/13, 6:30-11am – Stage 12: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Saturday 7/14, 8-11:30am – Stage 13: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Cap d’Agde – TSN2
Sunday 7/15, 8-11:30am – Stage 14: Limoux to Foix – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN)
Monday 7/16, 8am-noon – Stage 15: Samatan to Pau – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN)
Tuesday 7/17, 8:00pm – Rest Day Recap Show – TSN
Wednesday 7/18, 6:30-11:30am – Stage 16: Pau to Luchon – TSN2
Thursday 7/19, 7:30-11:30am – Stage 17: Luchon to Peyragudes – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Friday 7/20, 8-11am – Stage 18: Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Saturday 7/21, 9-11:30am – Stage 19: Bonneval to Chartres – TSN2 (recap: 8pm on TSN2)
Sunday 7/22, 10am-noon – Stage 20: Rambouillet to Paris – TSN2 (recap: 1pm on NBC)