Tour de France 2013 TV Schedule: Daily Coverage Info for Cycling's Premier Event

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Tour de France 2013 TV Schedule: Daily Coverage Info for Cycling's Premier Event
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When it comes to the sport of cycling, everything pales in comparison to the grandeur of the Tour de France. Considering the 2013 edition is the 100th running of the race, it's going to be an especially prestigious event this year. 

Starting on Saturday, June 29, the top cyclists in the world will embark on a 21-stage, 2,115-mile journey all over France ending on July 21. 

Winning will take a blend of endurance, strength and speed as riders attempt to navigate the various stages of the race, which include mountain stages through the Pyrenees and the Alps and flat stages to give the sprinters in the field the opportunity to shine. 

Here's everything you need to know to catch every minute of the action as each rider attempts to etch their name into history. 

Date Stage Location/Coverage TV Time (ET)
Saturday, June 29 1 Porto-Vecchio to Bastia
NBCSN 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 30 2 Bastia to Ajaccio NBCSN/NBC 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Monday, July 1 3 Ajaccio to Calvi
NBCSN
6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2 4 Nice to NIce NBCSN
9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3 5 Cagnes-sur-Mer to 
Marseille
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday, July 4 6 Aix-en-Provence to 
Montpellier
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday, July 5 7 Montpellier to Albi NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 8 Castres to Ax 3 Domaines
NBCSN/NBC
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 9 Saint-Girons to 
Bagnères-de-Bigorre
NBCSN
6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Monday, July 8 REST DAY  
Tuesday, July 9 10 Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to 
Sain-Malo
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10 11 Avranches to 
Mont-Saint-Michel
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday, July 11 12 Fougères to Tours
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday, July 12 13 Tours to 
Saint-Amand-Montrond
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 14 Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule to 
Lyon
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 15 Givors to Mont Ventoux
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Monday, July 15 REST DAY
Tuesday, July 16 16 Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 17 Embrun to Chorges
NBCSN
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 18 Gap to Alpe-d’Huez
NBCSN
6 a.m - 11 p.m.
Friday, July 19 19 Bourg-d’Oisans to 
Le Grand-Bornand
NBCSN
6 a.m - 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 20 Annecy to Annecy-Semonz
NBCSN
7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 21 21 Versailles to 
Paris Champs Élysées
NBCSN
11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. 
Sunday, July 28 - Recap Show NBC 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

*NBCSN=NBC Sports Network. Information, full times and specific listings via NBC Sports

 

Top Contenders

Chris Froome, Team Sky

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There's no doubt that Chris Froome is the odds-on favorite to be donning the yellow jersey come July 21. 

For one, he already showed that he can have success on the big stage—he finished in second place in last year's Tour. Secondly, the man who finished ahead of him, Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins, won't be competing in this year's race. 

That makes Froome Team Sky's unquestioned leader heading into the race. Considering the team's emergence as a top team in recent years, it's safe to say that he's surrounded by the talent necessary to help him make a serious run at the yellow jersey. 

 

Alberto Contador, Saxo-Tinkoff

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A strong candidate to steal Chris Froome's thunder on the podium is a man who has already been there before: Alberto Contador. The 28-year-old Spanish all-arounder won the Tour de France title in 2007 and 2009 and will be seeking to become one of four cyclists in history with three titles. 

Contador has been showing that he's still a strong contender in recent runs. He finished second overall in the 2013 Tour of Oman and won last year's Vuelta a Espana.

Froome remains a favorite, but Contador will be sure to challenge him at times. The battles that those two will have throughout the race are sure to be a key storyline. 

 

Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha

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Outside of the all-arounders with the best chance to win, Spanish climber Joaquim Rodriguez stands out as a specialist who could challenge for the yellow jersey.

The key for Rodriguez will be excellent runs through the time trials. They aren't his strong suit, and he could lose time to Contador and Froome if he isn't at his absolute best. 

However, if Froome or Contador fail to separate from Rodriguez in those crucial stages, they're going to have a strong challenger on their hands. Rodriguez is capable of defeating either of them on the mountain stages, as Rodriguez did on Stage 12 of the 2010 Tour, defeating Contador to take the stage. 

Don't be surprised to see him competing for stages once again in the 2013 race. 

 


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