Tour de France broadcast schedule

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Fans can catch every Tour de France stage live from start to finish for the first time ever with NBC Sports Gold’s Cycling Pass.

The 104th Tour de France, from July 1-23, starts in Germany, hits all five French continental mountain ranges among 21 stages and finishes with the ceremonial ride into Paris.

NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold combine to air daily live coverage of cycling’s most prestigious Grand Tour, with a record 280 hours of live, primetime and encore coverage. With 30-plus hours of exclusive bonus HD coverage on NBC Sports Gold, fans will not miss a single moment of the Tour.

NBC Sports PR has additional details of wall-to-wall coverage of this year’s Tour.

The favorite has to be Chris Froome, the only cyclist to own multiple Tour de France titles and multiple Olympic medals.

The Kenyan-born Brit eyes his fourth Tour victory in five years. That would move him one shy of the record for Tour wins shared by Jacques AnquetilEddy MerckxBernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Froome’s top challengers include Colombian Nairo Quintana, seeking to become the first non-European cyclist to win all three Grand Tours. Quintana took the Giro d’Italia in 2014 and the Vuelta a Espana last year. He also finished second or third behind Froome in all three of his Tour de France starts.

There’s also Froome’s former Team Sky mate, Richie Porte, and seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador in what may be his farewell Tour.

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DAY TIME (ET) STAGE NETWORK
Sat., July 1 6:30 a.m. Tour de France Preview Show NBCSN
Sat., July 1 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sat., July 1 9 a.m. Stage 1: Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf (LIVE) NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 1 8 p.m. Stage 1: Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf NBCSN
Sat., July 1 Midnight Stage 1: Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf NBCSN
Sun., July 2 5:55 a.m. Stage 2: Düsseldorf – Liège (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 2 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 2 8 a.m. Stage 2: Düsseldorf – Liège (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 2 8 p.m. Stage 2: Düsseldorf – Liège NBCSN
Sun., July 2 Midnight Stage 2: Düsseldorf – Liège NBCSN
Mon., July 3 6:10 a.m. Stage 3: Verviers – Longwy (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Mon., July 3 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Mon., July 3 8 a.m. Stage 3: Verviers – Longwy (LIVE) NBCSN
Mon., July 3 Noon Stage 3: Verviers – Longwy NBCSN
Mon., July 3 8 p.m. Stage 3: Verviers – Longwy NBCSN
Mon., July 3 Midnight Stage 3: Verviers – Longwy NBCSN
Tues., July 4 6:05 a.m. Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 4 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Tues., July 4 8 a.m. Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 4 Noon Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel NBCSN
Tues., July 4 2:30 p.m. Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel NBCSN
Tues., July 4 8 p.m. Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel NBCSN
Tues., July 4 Midnight Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel NBCSN
Wed., July 5 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Wed., July 5 7:05 a.m. Stage 5: Vittel – La Planche de Belles Filles (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Wed., July 5 7:30 a.m. Stage 5: Vittel – La Planche de Belles Filles (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 5 Noon Stage 5: Vittel – La Planche de Belles Filles NBCSN
Wed., July 5 2:30 p.m. Stage 5: Vittel – La Planche de Belles Filles NBCSN
Wed., July 5 8 p.m. Stage 5: Vittel – La Planche de Belles Filles NBCSN
Wed., July 5 Midnight Stage 5: Vittel – La Planche de Belles Filles NBCSN
Thurs., July 6 6 a.m. Stage 6: Vesoul – Troyes (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Thurs., July 6 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Thurs., July 6 8 a.m. Stage 6: Vesoul – Troyes (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 6 Noon Stage 6: Vesoul – Troyes NBCSN
Thurs., July 6 8 p.m. Stage 6: Vesoul – Troyes NBCSN
Thurs., July 6 Midnight Stage 6: Vesoul – Troyes NBCSN
Fri., July 7 6 a.m. Stage 7: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Fri., July 7 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Fri., July 7 8 a.m. Stage 7: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 7 11:45a Stage 7: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges NBCSN
Sat., July 8 1:30 a.m. Stage 7: Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges NBCSN
Sat., July 8 6:05 a.m. Stage 8: Dole – Sation des Rousses (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 8 8 a.m. Stage 8: Dole – Sation des Rousses (LIVE) NBC
Sun., July 9 5:40 a.m. Stage 9: Dole – Nantua – Chambéry (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 9 6:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 9 7 a.m. Stage 9: Dole – Nantua – Chambéry (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 9 Noon Stage 9: Nantua – Chambéry NBCSN
Sun., July 9 3 p.m. Stage 9: Nantua – Chambéry NBC
Sun., July 9 9:30 p.m. Stage 9: Nantua – Chambéry NBCSN
Mon., July 10 8 a.m. Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Mon., July 10 9:30 a.m. Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Mon., July 10 8 p.m. Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Mon., July 10 Midnight Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Tues., July 11 7:05 a.m. Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 11 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Tues., July 11 8 a.m. Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 11 Noon Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac NBCSN
Tues., July 11 2:30 p.m. Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac NBCSN
Tues., July 11 8 p.m. Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac NBCSN
Tues., July 11 Midnight Stage 10: Périgueux – Bergerac NBCSN
Wed., July 12 6:55 a.m. Stage 11: Eymet – Pau (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Wed., July 12 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Wed., July 12 8 a.m. Stage 11: Eymet – Pau (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 12 12:30 p.m. Stage 11: Eymet – Pau NBCSN
Wed., July 12 2:30 p.m. Stage 11: Eymet – Pau NBCSN
Wed., July 12 8 p.m. Stage 11: Eymet – Pau NBCSN
Wed., July 12 Midnight Stage 11: Eymet – Pau NBCSN
Thurs., July 13 4:50 a.m. Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Thurs., July 13 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Thurs., July 13 7:30 a.m. Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 13 Noon Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes NBCSN
Thurs., July 13 2:30 p.m. Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes NBCSN
Thurs., July 13 8 p.m. Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes NBCSN
Thurs., July 13 Midnight Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes NBCSN
Fri., July 14 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Fri., July 14 8:30 a.m. Stage 13: Saint Girons – Foix (LIVE) NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Fri., July 14 8 p.m. Stage 13: Saint Girons – Foix NBCSN
Fri., July 14 Midnight Stage 13: Saint Girons – Foix NBCSN
Sat., July 15 6:55 a.m. Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 15 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sat., July 15 8 a.m. Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 15 8 p.m. Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez NBCSN
Sat., July 15 Midnight Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez NBCSN
Sun., July 16 6:55 a.m. Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 16 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 16 7:30 a.m. Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 16 11:30 p.m. Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay NBCSN
Mon., July 17 7:30 a.m. Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Mon., July 17 10:30 a.m. Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Mon., July 17 8 p.m. Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Mon., July 17 Midnight Rest Day Programming NBCSN
Tues., July 18 7:25 a.m. Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 18 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Tues., July 18 8 a.m. Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 18 2 p.m. Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère NBCSN
Tues., July 18 8 p.m. Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère NBCSN
Tues., July 18 Midnight Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère NBCSN
Wed., July 19 6 a.m. Stage 17: Le Murre – Serre Chavalier (LIVE) NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Wed., July 19 2 p.m. Stage 17: Le Murre – Serre Chavalier NBCSN
Wed., July 19 8 p.m. Stage 17: Le Murre – Serre Chavalier NBCSN
Wed., July 19 Midnight Stage 17: Le Murre – Serre Chavalier NBCSN
Thurs., July 20 6:40 a.m. Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Thurs., July 20 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Thurs., July 20 7:30 a.m. Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 20 Noon Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard NBCSN
Thurs., July 20 2 p.m. Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard NBCSN
Thurs., July 20 8 p.m. Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard NBCSN
Thurs., July 20 Midnight Stage 18: Briançon – Izoard NBCSN
Fri., July 21 6:10 a.m. Stage 19: Embrun – Salon de Provence (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Fri., July 21 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Fri., July 21 8 a.m. Stage 19: Embrun – Salon de Provence (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 21 Noon Stage 19: Embrun – Salon de Provence NBCSN
Fri., July 21 8 p.m. Stage 19: Embrun – Salon de Provence NBCSN
Fri., July 21 Midnight Stage 19: Embrun – Salon de Provence NBCSN
Sat., July 22 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sat., July 22 7:40 a.m. Stage 20: Marseille – Marseille (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 22 8 a.m. Stage 20: Marseille – Marseille (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 22 3 p.m. Stage 20: Marseille – Marseille NBC
Sat., July 22 8 p.m. Stage 20: Marseille – Marseille NBCSN
Sun., July 23 7 a.m. Stage 20: Marseille – Marseille NBCSN
Sun., July 23 10 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 23 10:30 a.m. Stage 21: Montgeron – Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 23 8 p.m. Stage 21: Montgeron – Paris Champs-Élysées NBCSN

Mark Spitz takes on Katie Ledecky’s challenge

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Swimmers around the world took on Katie Ledecky‘s milk-glass challenge since it became a social media sensation, including one of the few Americans with more Olympic gold medals.

Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games, took 10 strokes in an at-home pool while perfectly balancing a glass of what appeared to be water on his head.

“Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache, @markspitzusa, but I still give this 7 out of 7 gold medals,” Ledecky tweeted.

Spitz joined fellow Olympic champions Susie O’Neill of Australia and American Matt Grevers in posting similar videos to what Ledecky first shared Monday.

In Tokyo next year, Ledecky can pass Spitz’s career gold-medal count of nine if she wins all of her expected events — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m free relay.

Then she would trail one athlete from any country in any sport — Michael Phelps, the 23-time gold medalist who has yet to post video of swimming while balancing a glass on his head.

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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

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