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NBC Sports Group presents live and primetime coverage of 100th Tour de France

by jmaloni

Press release

Wed, Jun 26th 2013 09:50 am

All 21 stages live on NBC or NBC Sports Network plus digitally via NBC Sports Tour de France Live

NBC Sports Group, the exclusive rights holder of Tour de France coverage in the U.S., will present live and primetime coverage of each stage of the 100th Tour de France, the world's most prestigious and grueling cycling race, on NBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Tour de France Live and NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile apps. Live coverage of the Tour de France begins on NBC Sports Network Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 a.m., and continues each night at 8 p.m. with the "Tour Primetime" show featuring a look at the day's most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, enhanced perspectives and updates on ongoing stories.

New to the coverage is an unprecedented "Inside-the-Race" commentator on motorcycle providing first-hand reports and insight from the course.

NBC Sports Group's coverage features:

  • All 21 of the stages live on NBC or NBC Sports Network plus NBC Sports Tour de France Live online and NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile apps;

  • NBC Sports Network as the primary home of the Tour de France, offering live coverage nearly every day of the race, and "Tour Primetime," a nightly studio show from 8-11 p.m. through the race's entirety;

    • The nightly studio show airing from 8-11 p.m. on NBC Sports Network will take a look at the day's stage with comprehensive analysis, insights and the most compelling storylines. Highlighting "Tour Primetime" will be a full replay of the day's exciting race action complemented by fresh, post-race interviews with riders, telestrator analysis and strategy segments.

  • NBC coverage of Stage 2 (Bastia to Ajaccio) on Sunday, June 30, and live coverage of Stage 8 (Castres to Ax 3 Domaines) on Saturday, July 6, plus a special show on Sunday, July 28, recapping the final stages of the epic race.

COMMENTATORS

For the first time, NBC Sports Group's coverage will feature reporting from the road via "Inside-the-Race" correspondent Steve Porino, who will report and offer updates on race situations from an unprecedented point of view aboard a motorcycle on the race course. "Inside-the-Race" is an innovation from NBC Sports Group to bring fans closer to the action. This unique perspective debuted with NBC's "Inside-the-Glass" reporter on its NHL telecasts in 2006 and was followed by its "Between-the-Benches" soccer coverage.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, will call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger and Carolyn Manno.Todd Harris will host nightly studio coverage with analysts Bob Roll andScott Moninger.

PRODUCTION

NBC Sports Network will utilize several production features, including a pointer feature, which will easily identify and focus on one rider in the peloton; exclusive, in-depth profiles and features on teams and riders; and an onscreen predicted time for the peloton riders who are trying to catch the leading riders.

DIGITAL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will surround its on-air coverage with the NBC Sports Tour de France Live, cycling content online at NBCSports.com, and through the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile app. The network will offer users two premium-subscription products which will give fans a multi-platform, all-encompassing viewing experience to the Tour.

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