NBC Sports Gold launches 2018-19 ‘Cycling Pass’ before Tour de France

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NBC Sports Gold will live stream every stage of the 2018 Tour de France, commercial free, with its “Cycling Pass” for the 2018-19 season.

The Tour runs from July 7-29.

The “Cycling Pass,” which runs from July 2018 to June 2019, also includes streaming coverage of every Vuelta a España stage, plus the Monument Classics, including Paris–Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the world championships for road cycling and mountain bike and the Tour of California.

NBC Sports Gold subscribers can watch the commercial-free world feed or NBC Sports coverage with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.

From NBC Sports PR:

NBC Sports Gold’s live stream of the 2018 Tour de France also includes access to a live GPS tracking map to follow the riders’ progress, an enhanced interactive map for each stage, the ability to pause the video, full stage video replay, highlights, and short­‐form video clips, and more. In addition, for the first time, NBC Sports Gold’s coverage of the Vuelta a España will include data rich features in the stream.

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NBC Sports Gold “Cycling Pass” events

  • Tour de France – July 7-29, 2018
  • La Course by Le Tour – July 17, 2018
  • Prudential RideLondon Classique – July 28, 2018
  • Prudential RideLondon Classic – July 29, 2018
  • Colorado Classic – August 16-19, 2018
  • Vuelta a Espana – August 25-September 16, 2018
  • Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta – September 16, 2018
  • UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – September 8-9, 2018
  • UCI Road World Championships – September 23-30, 2018
  • Paris-Tours – October 7, 2018
  • Santos Tour Down Under – January 13-20, 2019
  • Paris-Nice – March 3-10, 2019
  • Paris-Roubaix – April 7, 2019
  • La Fleche Wallonne, April 17, 2019
  • Liege-Bastogne-Liege – April 21, 2019
  • Amgen Tour of California – May 12-18, 2019
  • Criterium du Dauphine – June 2-9, 2019
  • UCI Track Cycling World Cup – TBD
  • UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – TBD

Sports execs oppose esports in Olympics, survey shows

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A global survey of sports industry executives shows 57 percent oppose Olympic status for video gaming.

Audit firm PwC says more than 400 sports industry professionals from 42 countries answered an online questionnaire for its annual survey. The findings were discussed Tuesday at the Olympic Museum, where the IOC hosted an esports conference in July on possible Olympic status for the booming games market.

The PwC survey asked “Is esports an Olympic sport?“: 28 percent said, “no, because esports does not qualify as ‘sport,’” and 29 percent said esports should grow independently of the Olympics.

A further 26.7 percent said esports must first unify under a single governing body, and 10.4 percent said esports should join “as soon as possible.” Almost 6 percent said they did not know or abstained.

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Annemiek van Vleuten, back from horrific Rio Olympic crash, leads Dutch sweep at cycling worlds

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Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten led the first medal sweep by one nation in a world road cycling championships elite time trial, repeating as gold medalist two years after a horrific crash at the Rio Olympics.

Van Vleuten, 35, clocked 34 minutes, 25.36 seconds on the 17-mile course in Innsbruck, Austria.

She bettered Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen by 28.99 seconds, matching their one-two finish from 2017 Worlds. Ellen van Dijk, the 2013 World champ, completed the Dutch sweep with bronze, 1:25.19 back.

Van Dijk edged Canadian Leah Kirchmann by 1.62 seconds. The top American was Leah Thomas in fifth. Full results are here.

Worlds continue Wednesday with the men’s time trial on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold. A full broadcast schedule is here.

In the Rio Olympic road race, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped into a ditch. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.

She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.

Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title.

Van Vleuten wasn’t out long. She raced at the October 2016 World Championships, placing a career-high fifth in the time trial. She then won La Course in 2017 and 2018 and the Giro Rosa in July, in addition to the 2017 World time trial.

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