Today I have news from a few weeks ago that I somehow completely missed. RDS and RDS2 have acquired French-language rights to five major international cycling events beginning this year. These are in addition to the Tour de France, which is under a separate contract with TSN. RDS is now the home to all five Grand Tour events. Here is their press release.
RDS and RDS2 announced today that they have acquired broadcast rights to some of the world’s premiere cycling events including: TIRRENO ADRIATICO, MILANO-SANREMO, GIRO D’ITALI, VUELTA A ESPANA and Il LOMBARDIA.
In addition, RDS is home to the prestigious TOUR de FRANCE race and will air other notable cycling events that include: PARIS-NICE, PARIS-ROUBAIX, FLECHE-WALLONE, BASTOGNE-LIEGE and the CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE.
“International competitions of this calibre are a priority for RDS, and our involvement is sure to benefit our viewers,” said Gerry Frappier, President of RDS. “As interest in cycling is on the rise, we are thrilled to offer comprehensive coverage of these events, thereby contributing to the growing popularity of cycling throughout Québec.”
RDS’ cycling coverage will feature experts Louis Bertrand and Dominique Perras as they provide insight and commentary roadside. Will Belgian Philippe Gilbert once again impress viewers during the season? Will Australian Cadel Evans repeat his Tour de France tour de force? And how will Quebecers David Veilleux and Dominique Rollin fare against this tough competition?