The Tour de France is the world’s biggest cycling race and the world’s largest annual sporting event and the 2014 edition begins this Saturday 5 July. SBS will show every stage of the Tour de France LIVE and EXCLUSIVE (as well as having twice daily highlights).
The first three stages of the race will be held in the United Kingdom, before the world’s best cyclists make their way to France for Stage 4. With no Cadel Evans in the BMC line-up this year, all Australian eyes will be on Orica-GREENEDGE’s Simon Gerrans to see if he can win stages and wear yellow at some stage during the three-week race. This year’s battle for the maillot jaune is between Team Sky’s defending champion Chris Froome, Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador and Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali.
SBS’s coverage will be hosted by Michael Tomalaris (hear more from him here in a recent podcast with MediaWeek Australia). He will be joined by SBS Cycling Analyst David McKenzie and other special guests including former professional cyclist Baden Cooke. Calling the race for the English world feed (and SBS’s coverage) is international voice of cycling Phil Liggett, cycling veteran Paul Sherwen and Australia’s voice of cycling Matt Kennan.
Gabriel Gaté’s Taste le Tour is also returning for its 10th year.
For Tour rest days SBS will have a Live Review Panel Show, which will also be broadcast before the commencement of the final stage. The Panel Show will be hosted by David Basheer (who is currently in Brazil for SBS’s World Cup coverage) and he will be joined by former professional cyclists Henk Vogels, Annabelle Drew and other special guests.
SBS will also have extensive online, mobile and tablet coverage via:
- the SBS Social Hub; and
- the interactive Tour Tracker app.
All of the stages will also be available in their entirety for catch up via www.sbs.com.au/tdf and SBS On Demand.
Coverage of the 2014 Tour de France begins at 8.30pm, Saturday 5 July on SBS ONE.
SBS’s full broadcast schedule is available here.