2018 Tour de France broadcast schedule

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NBC and NBCSN will air live coverage of all 21 stages of the Tour de France, while NBC Sports Gold will live stream every stage from start to finish with its “Cycling Pass.”

The Grand Tour runs from July 7-29. NBC Sports will have a record 365-plus hours of live, primetime and encore coverage.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome goes for his record-tying fifth Tour de France title and fourth in a row.

Froome, cleared of an abnormal drug-test case less than a week before the Tour, aims to match the career wins record held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Froome currently holds all three Grand Tour titles, winning the Vuelta a Espana in September and the Giro d’Italia in June.

His challengers include Movistar’s Nairo Quintana (runner-up in 2013 and 2015) and 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali of Bahrain-Merida as well as two former Team Sky mates, Richie Porte and Mikel Landa.

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DAY TIME (ET) STAGE NETWORK
Sat., July 7 4:40 a.m. Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île / Fontenay-le-Comte (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 7 5 a.m. Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île / Fontenay-le-Comte (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 7 8 p.m. Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île / Fontenay-le-Comte NBCSN
Sat., July 7 Midnight Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l’Île / Fontenay-le-Comte NBCSN
Sun., July 8 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 8 7 a.m. Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 8 7:30 a.m. Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 8 4:30 p.m. Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon NBC
Sun., July 8 8 p.m. Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon NBCSN
Sun., July 8 Midnight Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon NBCSN
Mon., July 9 8 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Mon., July 9 9 a.m. Stage 3: Cholet / Cholet (LIVE) NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold
Mon., July 9 Noon Stage 3: Cholet / Cholet NBCSN
Mon., July 9 2:30 p.m. Stage 3: Cholet / Cholet NBCSN
Mon., July 9 8 p.m. Stage 3: Cholet / Cholet NBCSN
Mon., July 9 Midnight Stage 3: Cholet / Cholet NBCSN
Tues., July 10 6:50 a.m. Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 10 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Tues., July 10 7:30 a.m. Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 10 12:30 p.m. Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau NBCSN
Tues., July 10 2:30 p.m. Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau NBCSN
Tues., July 10 8 p.m. Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau NBCSN
Tues., July 10 Midnight Stage 4: La Baule / Sarzeau NBCSN
Wed., July 11 6:10 a.m. Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Wed., July 11 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Wed., July 11 8 a.m. Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 11 Noon Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper NBCSN
Wed., July 11 2:30 p.m. Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper NBCSN
Wed., July 11 8 p.m. Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper NBCSN
Wed., July 11 Midnight Stage 5: Lorient / Quimper NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 6:50 a.m. Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Thurs., July 12 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 7:30 a.m. Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 Noon Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 2:30 p.m. Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 8 p.m. Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan NBCSN
Thurs., July 12 Midnight Stage 6: Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan NBCSN
Fri., July 13 5:50 a.m. Stage 7: Fougères / Chartres (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Fri., July 13 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Fri., July 13 8 a.m. Stage 7: Fougères / Chartres (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 14 5:20 a.m. Stage 8: Dreux / Amiens Métropole (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 14 7:30 a.m. Stage 8: Dreux / Amiens Métropole (LIVE) NBC
Sat., July 14 Midnight Stage 8: Dreux / Amiens Métropole NBCSN
Sun., July 15 6 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 15 6:20 a.m. Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 15 6:30 a.m. Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 15 8 p.m. Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix NBCSN
Sun., July 15 Midnight Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix NBCSN
Mon., July 16 8 a.m. Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix NBCSN
Mon., July 16 8 p.m. Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix NBCSN
Mon., July 16 Midnight Stage 9: Arras Citadelle / Roubaix NBCSN
Tues., July 17 4:30 a.m. La Course by Le Tour de France NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 17 7 a.m. Stage 10:  Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 17 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Tues., July 17 7:30 a.m. Stage 10:  Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 17 12:30 p.m. Stage 10:  Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand NBCSN
Tues., July 17 2:30 p.m. Stage 10:  Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand NBCSN
Tues., July 17 8 p.m. Stage 10:  Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand NBCSN
Tues., July 17 Midnight Stage 10:  Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand NBCSN
Wed., July 18 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Wed., July 18 7:50 a.m. Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Wed., July 18 8 a.m. Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 18 Noon Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo NBCSN
Wed., July 18 2:30 p.m. Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo NBCSN
Wed., July 18 8 p.m. Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo NBCSN
Wed., July 18 Midnight Stage 11: Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 6 a.m. Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Thurs., July 19 6 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 6:30 a.m. Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 12:30 p.m. Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 2:30 p.m. Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 6 p.m. Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez NBCSN
Thurs., July 19 1:30 a.m. Stage 12: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d’Huez NBCSN
Fri., July 20 7:20 a.m. Stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans / Valence (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Fri., July 20 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Fri., July 20 8 a.m. Stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans / Valence (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 21 1:30 a.m. Stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans / Valence NBCSN
Sat., July 21 6 a.m. La Course by Le Tour de France NBCSN
Sat., July 21 6:50 a.m. Stage 14: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 21 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sat., July 21 8 a.m. Stage 14: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 22 7 a.m. Stage 15: Millau / Carcassonne (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 22 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sun., July 22 7:30 a.m. Stage 15: Millau / Carcassonne (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 22 10:30 p.m. Stage 15: Millau / Carcassonne NBCSN
Mon., July 23 8:30 a.m. Rest Day Coverage NBCSN
Mon., July 23 12:30 p.m. Rest Day Coverage NBCSN
Mon., July 23 8 p.m. Rest Day Coverage NBCSN
Mon., July 23 Midnight Rest Day Coverage NBCSN
Tues., July 24 5:20 a.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Tues., July 24 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Tues., July 24 8 a.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 24 Noon Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon NBCSN
Tues., July 24 2:30 p.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon NBCSN
Tues., July 24 8 p.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon NBCSN
Tues., July 24 Midnight Stage 16: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon NBCSN
Wed., July 25 8:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Wed., July 25 8:50 a.m. Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Wed., July 25 9:30 a.m. Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 25 Noon Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan NBCSN
Wed., July 25 2:30 p.m. Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan NBCSN
Wed., July 25 8 p.m. Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan NBCSN
Thurs., July 26 7:30 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Thurs., July 26 7:40 a.m. Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Thurs., July 26 8 a.m. Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 26 12:30 p.m. Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau NBCSN
Thurs., July 26 2:30 p.m. Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau NBCSN
Thurs., July 26 8 p.m. Stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau NBCSN
Fri., July 27 5:50 a.m. Stage 19: Lourdes / Laruns (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Fri., July 27 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Fri., July 27 7:30 a.m. Stage 19: Lourdes / Laruns (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 27 12:30 p.m. Stage 19: Lourdes / Laruns NBCSN
Fri., July 27 2:30 p.m. Stage 19: Lourdes / Laruns NBCSN
Fri., July 27 8 p.m. Stage 19: Lourdes / Laruns NBCSN
Sat., July 28 5:50 a.m. Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sat., July 28 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show NBCSN
Sat., July 28 7:30 a.m. Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 28 3 p.m. Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette NBC
Sat., July 28 8 p.m. Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette NBCSN
Sun., July 29 6:30 a.m. Stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette NBCSN
Sun., July 29 9:30 a.m. Stage 21: Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 29 10 a.m. Stage 21: Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBC Sports Gold
Sun., July 29 9 p.m. Stage 21: Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées NBCSN
Fri., Aug. 10 2 a.m. Tour de France a la Voile NBCSN

Yuzuru Hanyu wins Autumn Classic despite shaky performance

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Yuzuru Hanyu won his third Autumn Classic International crown in Oakville, Ontario on Saturday, but it was a bumpy ride.

The two-time Olympic champion’s debut of his “Origin” free skate, inspired by Yevgeni Plushenko’s famous “Tribute to Njinsky” program, had many fine elements: opening quadruple loop and toe loop jumps, plus two triple axels in the program’s second half; a pair of superb closing spins with fittingly baroque positions; and promising step and choreography sequences that preserved Plushenko’s flair, while adding a touch more refinement and control.

But a face-forward fall on a quad salchow, followed by a popped quad toe, meant Hanyu’s 165.91 points put him second in the free skate to his 16-year-old training partner, Junhwan Cha of South Korea. His total score, including Friday’s short program, was 263.65 points, just under four points higher than Cha’s second-place total.

At this point in the season, many other skaters – not including Plushenko – would have shrugged  off the imperfections in the challenging program and been happy to put a few miles on the choreography. But the 23-year-old Hanyu’s perfectionism runs year-round.

“My first competition of the season is always this level, unfortunately,” he said, as translated from Japanese. “I wanted to skate my short and free without any regrets here, and I was not able to do that.”

Hanyu likely remembers this event last season, when a mistake-riddled free skate put him second to longtime rival Javier Fernandez of Spain. This time around, the Japanese superstar, who trains at Toronto’s Cricket Skating and Curling Club under Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson, was especially disappointed that his jump glitches meant he could not attempt a quad-triple axel sequence, a combination that might have been worth some 20 points.

“I was not strong enough to skate this program yet,” he said. “I feel fine, I am not injured. Another program, maybe (last season’s) ‘Seimei,’ I might have been able to do well, but not this program. I am just not ready.”

Just as he did after Friday’s short program, where a botched spin cost him several points, Hanyu vowed to work harder.

“This is where I am right now, and I need to practice more,” he said.

Hanyu has plenty of time: his first Grand Prix event is in Finland on November 2.

The skating world may best remember this event as the week Cha came into his own. The Korean teen, who landed a quad salchow in his short on Friday, hit a quad toe to start his free to “Romeo and Juliet” – just the second time he has landed the jump in competition. While his quad salchow was judge under rotated, he went on to land two triple-triple combinations and two triple axels, all done with style and maturity beyond his years. The program earned 169.22 points to win the day.

“Last season, I didn’t skate so well. I had some hip and back (injuries) and boot problems,” Cha, who also said he had recently had a growth spurt, said. “Now I feel much stronger, and I have been working hard.”

Asked if he had a skating idol – perhaps his training partner, Hanyu – Cha demurred.

“I don’t have just one idol,” he said. “I like many different skaters, for different reasons. I will like one skater for his jumps; another skater for his spins.”

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Canada’s Roman Sadovsky, fourth after the short program, stepped up to win the bronze medal with 233.86 points after landing two quads, a salchow and toe, in his free skate.

Jason Brown may be disappointed in his fourth-place finish here, but it cannot have come as a big surprise: the 2015 U.S. champion has said that since moving to Toronto this spring to train under Orser and Wilson, he has been re-learning his jump technique. He called the move “a four-year project.”

“I cannot speak more highly of Brian, Tracy, Lee (Barkell) and Karen (Preston), the whole team at Cricket Club,” Brown, 23, said. “They have been really been patient with me and worked with me methodically. … We’re starting from the ground up. Each day I’m learning something new, each day they are helping me work through something, whether that me a mental thing, physically getting a jump,  or the pacing of a program.”

The debut of Brown’s free to a medley of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Old Friends” and “Hazy Days of Winter” was bittersweet: his blades sung during spins, step sequences and transitions, but the jumps weren’t there. An opening quad salchow was doubled; a triple axel, popped into a single. He earned 144.33 points to place fifth in the free and fourth overall with 233.23.

Wilson, though, said they are just getting started.

“Let’s face it, he is a brilliant skater and he’s gotten close to the top of the world,” Wilson said of Brown, who was fourth in the world in 2015. “It’s a fine line trying to find room for improvement, and so that’s what we are trying to do. We are throwing a lot at him. We’re going to pull back a little.”

“What he brings, though, cannot be ignored,” she added. “My husband can be in the rink and know nothing about skating, and be mesmerized by what Jason does. He could teach clinics for every step sequence and position details. He is integral to what the sport needs.”

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Kaitlyn Weaver, Andrew Poje debut free dance tribute to Denis Ten

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Sometimes, you have to follow your heart, even if it makes you sad.

That’s what Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje thought when they chose to perform their free dance to “SOS, d’un terrien en detresse” this season. The tender Kazakh ballad was used by their friend, Denis Ten, who trained alongside them in Hackensack, New Jersey for a time. Ten died on July 19 in his home city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, after being stabbed by robbers attempting to vandalize his car.

“He was our dear friend. We found this music when we went to Kazakhstan and (saw) him skate to it this summer,” Weaver said. “We couldn’t get it out of our heads.  We came home and built a program around a different version (by Los Angeles: The Voices).”

The debut of the sensitive, yearning program earned Weaver and Poje 120.74 points and the title here in Oakville.  Canada’s world bronze medalists gained six Level  4 elements, the most valuable in figure skating’s scoring system, and judges also awarded high scores for interpretation and performance.

“When the tragedy struck, we knew our mission in this program was to do it for Denis,” Weaver said. “It’s about a person who is in distress and has a guardian there to care for him, and in the end,  they both understand it’s (the guardian’s) time to go. It’s the tragic sweetness and acceptance of it we’re trying to feel and portray.”

Doesn’t repeatedly training a program with such tragic connections get draining?

“That was the hardest thing,” Poje said. “But all of the memories we have of Denis bring us such joy. We had great laughs, especially the year we trained together. It made us feel at peace with going out there. We know how much he has touched people around the world.”

“This is our medium, our form of expression,” Weaver said. “We felt we needed to use it to pay tribute. We are able to channel our feelings into art, and that’s our way to deal with the tragedy.”

The free dance was choreographed by Pasquale Camerlengo, who coached Weaver and Poje for several years at the Detroit Skating Club. Although Nikolai Morozov, who works in Hackensack, remains the couple’s primary coach, they also work with Camerlengo and Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.

Morozov thinks this arrangement of high-powered ice dance honchos is a trio made in heaven.

“They love to work with Pasquale, and Igor is very excited to work with them,” he said. “We are just happy because to us, it is most important that they are getting better. I don’t think we have egos any more. We are just happy to work with great skaters. It’s been very easy.”

Autumn Classic was Weaver and Poje’s first and only fall competition this season. They next compete at the 2019 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Tomorrow, they join rehearsals for the upcoming “Thank You Canada Tour” across the nation, along with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; Patrick Chan; Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford; Kaetlyn Osmond; and other figure skating stars. The couple will alternate performing their competitive rhythm dance, a romantic tango, with their free dance.

“Whatever the feeling is in the morning, short or free, is what we’ll do,” Poje said.

“We will definitely get both programs out there in front of the audiences,” Weaver added.

Two teams training at Gadbois Center in Montreal, Quebec under Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice LauzonAdrian Diaz and Olivia Smart of Spain, and Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu of China – placed second and third, respectively.

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