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

Richard Callaghan, figure skating coach, banned for life

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Richard Callaghan, a figure skating coach best known for helping Tara Lipinski earn 1998 Olympic gold, was ruled permanently ineligible for violations including sexual misconduct involving a minor.

Callaghan can still appeal the sexual misconduct violation, according to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a watchdog for U.S. Olympic sports organizations that updated Callaghan’s status Wednesday.

He was first suspended in March 2018 pending an investigation into allegations first made against him more than 20 years ago.

Earlier this month, another former skater, Adam Schmidt, said in a lawsuit that he was sexually molested as a teenager by Callaghan starting in 1999.

Callaghan was previously accused of sexual misconduct in April 1999 by Craig Maurizi, one of his former students and later an assistant to him in San Diego and Detroit.

Maurizi told The New York Times that Callaghan had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with him beginning when he was 15 years old. The alleged misconduct had begun nearly 20 years earlier. Callaghan denied the allegations.

In March 2018, Callaghan told ABC News: “That’s 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say.”

Maurizi’s previous grievance against Callaghan with the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the precursor to U.S. Figure Skating, was dismissed on procedural grounds.

He was Callaghan’s assistant at the Detroit Skating Club until they split after Lipinski turned pro, left Callaghan and decided to train with Maurizi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pita Taufatofua, Tonga flag bearer, finishes last in kayak debut

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Pita Taufatofua, the Tonga Olympic flag bearer who went viral in Rio and PyeongChang, began his quest to make a third straight Olympics in a third different sport with a last-place finish in his opening-round heat at the world sprint kayak championships in Hungary on Wednesday.

The start of the heat appeared delayed as Taufatofua struggled to get his kayak into position in the water. He was left at the start as the other six kayakers raced out and finished between 33 and 40 seconds. Taufatofua took 58.19 seconds, the slowest of 53 finishers among seven total heats.

“Well that was slightly better than the first time I competed in Taekwondo or skiing,” was tweeted from Taufatofua’s account. “Would have liked to start facing the right way but that’s life.”

Taufatofua, 35, was the oldest athlete in the heat by nearly a decade. He is also entered in doubles races with Tonga canoe federation president Malakai Ahokava with heats Thursday and Friday.

Taufatofua hopes to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in taekwondo, where he competed in Rio, and in sprint kayak.

But he hasn’t competed in taekwondo in three years and just started training kayak this spring. At worlds, Taufatofua told the BBC he is still having trouble staying afloat in the water.

Taufatofua said in announcing the new sport in April that it would be “largely impossible” to qualify for Tokyo. He could be the first athlete to compete in a different sport in three straight Olympics (Summer and Winter) since the Winter Games began in 1924, according to the OlyMADMen.

“It’s certainly going to be the greatest challenge that I’ve ever had to embark on,” he said then.

Taufatofua’s results at worlds this week has little bearing on his Olympic qualifying prospects. Rather, he just needed to compete in Hungary to stay eligible for the Olympics.

The key will be an Oceania qualifying event early next year, where one Olympic bid is available. He will likely have to beat the best kayakers from Australia and New Zealand to grab it. Australian Stephen Bird placed eighth at the Rio Olympics and 11th at the 2018 World Championships.

If Taufatofua fails, he could receive a special tripartite invitation sometimes offered to smaller nations like Tonga.

Taufatofua became a social-media celebrity by marching into the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony shirtless and oiled up. He then lost in the first round via mercy rule in his taekwondo tournament.

He made a quixotic bid for the PyeongChang Winter Games in cross-country skiing — and accomplished the feat, barely, in a sport that has lenient qualifying requirements for nations with a lack of Winter Games depth.

Taufatofua finished 114th out of 116 in his 15km Olympic cross-country skiing race, nearly 23 minutes behind the winner.

If Taufatofua is able to carry the Tongan flag at a third Opening Ceremony, he will definitely be shirtless again, in a similar outfit to what he wore in Rio and PyeongChang, he said last year.

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