2019 Tour de France TV, stream schedule

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NBC and NBCSN will air live coverage of all 21 stages of the 106th 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 6-28. NBC Sports airs 350-plus hours of live, primetime and encore coverage.

Geraint Thomas, the first Welshman to win the Tour, defends his title against a field lacking the second, third- and fourth-place finishers from 2018. The most notable absence is four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, who suffered major injuries in a June crash.

The new challengers include Thomas’ Ineos teammate, 22-year-old Colombian Egan Bernal, and veterans Jakob Fuglsang and 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali.

The Tour starts in Belgium to mark 50 years since Belgian legend Eddy Merckx‘s first of five Tour wins. This is the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the yellow jersey.

The NBC Sports broadcast team includes Phil Liggett and Bob Roll in the race commentary booth. Roll succeeds Paul Sherwen, who died Dec. 2 at age 62 after being involved in 40 Tours de France. Liggett and Roll will be joined by Jens Voigt, who started 17 straight Tours from 1998 through 2014.

Paul Burmeister again hosts pre-race, post-race and primetime studio coverage along with retired U.S. cyclist Christian Vande Velde. They will be joined for the first time by Chris Horner, the 2013 Vuelta a España champion.

Steve Schlanger and Steve Porino reprise their reporter roles.

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2019 TOUR DE FRANCE BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Date Time (ET) Stage Platform
July 6 5:55 a.m. Stage 1: Bruxelles/Brussel (LIVE) Gold
6 a.m. Pre-Race Show (LIVE) NBCSN
6:30 a.m. Stage 1: Bruxelles/Brussel (LIVE) NBCSN
11:30 a.m. Stage 1: Buxelles/Brussel NBCSN
2 p.m. Stage 1: Buxelles/Brussel NBC
Midnight Stage 1: Bruxelles/Brussel NBCSN
July 7 8 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
8:20 a.m. Stage 2: Bruxelles Palais Royal/Brussel Atomium (LIVE) Gold
8:30 a.m. Stage 2: Bruxelles Palais Royal/Brussel Atomium (LIVE) NBCSN
8 p.m. Stage 2: Bruxelles Palais Royal/Brussel Atomium NBSCN
Midnight Stage 2: Bruxelles Palais Royal/Brussel Atomium NBCSN
July 8 6 a.m. Pre-Race Show (LIVE) NBCSN
6 a.m. Stage 3: Binche/Épernay (LIVE) Gold
6:30 a.m. Stage 3: Binche/Épernay (LIVE) NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 3: Binche/Épernay NBCSN
July 9 6 a.m. Stage 4: Reims/Nancy (LIVE) Gold
7:30 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
8 a.m. Stage 4: Reims/Nancy (LIVE) NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 4: Reims/Nancy NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Stage 4: Reims/Nancy NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 4: Reims/Nancy NBCSN
July 10 7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:05 a.m. Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges/Colmar (LIVE) Gold
7:30 a.m. Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges/Colmar (LIVE) NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges/Colmar NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges/Colmar NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges/Colmar NBCSN
July 11 6:55 a.m. Stage 6: Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles (LIVE) Gold
7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:30 a.m. Stage 6: Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles (LIVE) NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 6: Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Stage 6: Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 6: Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles NBCSN
July 12 5:10 a.m. Stage 7: Belfort/Chalon-sur-Saône (LIVE) Gold
7:30 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
8 a.m. Stage 7: Belfort/Chalon-sur-Saône (LIVE) NBCSN
Midnight Stage 7: Belfort/Chalon-sur-Saône NBCSN
July 13 6 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
6 a.m. Stage 8: Mâcon/Saint-Étienne (LIVE) Gold
6:30 a.m. Stage 8: Mâcon/Saint-Étienne (LIVE) NBCSN
July 14 6:55 a.m. Stage 9: Saint-Étienne/Brioude (LIVE) Gold
7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:30 a.m. Stage 9: Saint-Étienne/Brioude (LIVE) NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 9: Saint-Étienne/Brioude NBCSN
July 15 6 a.m. Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi (LIVE) Gold
7:30 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
8 a.m. Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi (LIVE) NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi NBCSN
July 16 8 a.m. Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 10: Saint-Flour/Albi NBCSN
July 17 7:25 a.m. Stage 11: Albi/Toulouse (LIVE) Gold
7:30 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
8 a.m. Stage 11: Albi/Toulouse (LIVE) NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 11: Albi/Toulouse NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Stage 11: Albi/Toulouse NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 11: Albi/Toulouse NBCSN
July 18 5:20 a.m. Stage 12: Toulouse/Bagnères-de-Bigorre (LIVE) Gold
7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:30 a.m. Stage 12: Toulouse/Bagnères-de-Bigorre (LIVE) NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 12: Toulouse/Bagnères-de-Bigorre NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Stage 12: Toulouse/Bagnères-de-Bigorre NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
Midnight Stage 12: Toulouse/Bagnères-de-Bigorre NBCSN
July 19 7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:30 a.m. Stage 13: Pau/Pau (LIVE) NBCSN
7:50 a.m. Stage 13: Pau/Pau Gold
8:00 p.m. Stage 13: Pau/Pau NBCSN
Midnight Stage 13: Pau/Pau NBCSN
July 20 7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:20 a.m. Stage 14: Tarbes/Tourmalet Barèges Gold
7:30 a.m. Stage 14: Tarbes/Tourmalet Barèges NBCSN
3 p.m. Stage 14: Tarbes/Tourmalet Barèges NBC
July 21 5:55 a.m. Stage 15: Limoux/Foix Prat d’Albis (LIVE) Gold
6 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
6:30 a.m. Stage 15: Limoux/Foix Prat d’Albis (LIVE) NBCSN
12:30 a.m Stage 15: Limoux/Foix Prat d’Albis NBCSN
July 22 8:30 a.m. Stage 15: Limoux/Foix Prat d’Albis NBCSN
12 p.m. Stage 15: Limoux/Foix Prat d’Albis NBCSN
8 p.m. Stage 15: Limoux/Foix Prat d’Albis NBCSN
July 23 7 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:05 a.m. Stage 16: Nîmes/Nîmes (LIVE) Gold
7:30 a.m. Stage 16: Nîmes/Nîmes (LIVE) NBCSN
2 p.m. Stage 16: Nîmes/Nîmes NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
July 24 6 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
6:15 a.m. Stage 17: Pont du Gard/Gap (LIVE) Gold
6:30 a.m. Stage 17: Pont du Gard/Gap (LIVE) NBCSN
2 p.m. Stage 17: Pont du Gard/Gap NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
July 25 5 a.m. Stage 18: Embrun/Valloire (LIVE) Gold
6:30 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7 a.m. Stage 18: Embrun/Valloire (LIVE) NBCSN
2 p.m. Stage 18: Embrun/Valloire NBCSN
8 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
July 26 7:30 a.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
7:35 a.m. Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne/Tignes (LIVE) Gold
8 a.m. Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne/Tignes (LIVE) NBCSN
2 p.m. Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne/Tignes NBCSN
9 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN
July 27 7:25 a.m. Stage 20: Albertville/Val Thorens (LIVE) Gold
8 a.m. Stage 20: Albertville/Val Thorens (LIVE) NBC
July 28 10 a.m. Stage 20: Albertville/Val Thorens NBCSN
11:55 a.m. Stage 21: Rambouillet/Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) Gold
12 p.m. Pre-Show (LIVE) NBCSN
12:30 Stage 21: Rambouillet/Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBCSN
2 p.m. Stage 21: Rambouillet/Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBC
11:30 p.m. Tour Primetime NBCSN

FIFA rules on Olympic men’s soccer tournament age eligibility

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For the first time since 1988, some 24-year-olds will be eligible for the Olympic men’s soccer tournament without using an over-age exception.

FIFA announced Friday that it will use the same age eligibility criteria for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 that it intended to use in 2020 — that players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 are eligible, plus three over-age exceptions. FIFA chose not to move the birthdate deadline back a year after the Olympics were postponed by one year.

Olympic men’s soccer tournaments have been U-23 events — save those exceptions — since the 1992 Barcelona Games. In 1984 and 1988, restrictions kept European and South American players with World Cup experience ineligible. Before that, professionals weren’t allowed at all.

Fourteen of the 16 men’s soccer teams already qualified for the Games using players from under-23 national teams. The last two spots are to be filled by CONCACAF nations, potentially the U.S. qualifying a men’s team for the first time since 2008.

The U.S.’ biggest star, Christian Pulisic, and French superstar Kylian Mbappe were both born in 1998 and thus would have been under the age limit even if FIFA moved the deadline to Jan. 1, 1998.

Perhaps the most high-profile player affected by FIFA’s decision is Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus. The Manchester City star was born April 3, 1997, and thus would have become an over-age exception if FIFA pushed the birthdate rule back a year.

Instead, Brazil could name him to the Olympic team and still keep all of its over-age exceptions.

However, players need permission from their professional club teams to play in the Olympics, often limiting the availability of stars.

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Jenny Thompson’s new team is on the front line fighting coronavirus

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Two weeks ago, Jenny Thompson, the 12-time Olympic swimming medalist turned anesthesiologist, told close friends about the worrisome situation at her hospital in Charleston, S.C.

Thompson and her perioperative team of 40 or 50 were stressed that they would not have the most effective personal protective equipment (PPE) for when the coronavirus pandemic peaks there, projected to be later this month.

The messages caused fellow former Stanford swimmers and Olympic teammates Gabrielle Rose and Lea Maurer to act.

“She almost never asks for any sort of help or support,” Maurer said. “She’s Herculean in her ability to take on life and all its challenges.”

Rose and Maurer started a GoFundMe titled “Go Jenny Go” on March 22 for help to purchase PPE for the hospital. At the time, critical care doctors were “scrambling to piece together purchases on their own in anticipation of their high risk patients,” Maurer wrote.

Thompson said the PPE situation is better now. The GoFundMe was suspended Wednesday. Future support is directed to help those in New York City. Thompson specifically noted a GoFundMe for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

More than $9,000 was raised in less than two weeks. Also, the hospital started receiving more PPE on its own. Thompson’s team now feels prepared for what’s to come.

“People were responding and donating from all chapters of my life,” Thompson said by phone Thursday. “People I didn’t even know. Family from USA Swimming and international swimming. It’s really touched me to know that so many people care and are able to donate, help share the message.”

Thompson woke at 4 a.m. several days this week with thoughts of her peers in New York City. Healthcare workers there have cited a lack of PPE in putting their own lives at risk while they fight to save others. Some have contracted the virus.

“We’ve been fortunate [in South Carolina]. I feel lucky,” Thompson said. “We’ll definitely be in a place where we’re taking care of a lot of Covid patients, but we’re not there yet.

“I’ve heard people say, people in healthcare knew what they were signing up for. I never signed up to get sick and potentially die from this job. I always assumed that I would have the protection or the supplies needed to help me do my job, and that’s been a real struggle nationwide.”

Thompson went to medical school in New York at Columbia University starting in 2001.

“I’d been there maybe a couple weeks at Columbia, when 9/11 happened,” she said. “I remember feeling very helpless as a first-year medical student. I wanted to help so badly, but there really wasn’t much I could do. All my classmates felt the same way. I’ve always had that as part of the making of me as a doctor, having to go through crisis, but I never imagined a pandemic. I guess some people prepare for this sort of thing their whole life, but I didn’t.”

The term “front lines” has been applied to healthcare workers around the globe. Thompson said it’s apt at her hospital.

“We definitely have Covid here, but we have not had a major outbreak like some other cities,” she said. “We consider every patient who we give general anesthesia and intubate to be a potential risk. As anesthesia providers and people who intubate the airway, we are on the front line. We are at a much higher risk of getting sick without the right PPE.”

Thompson’s team feels more ready for the peak with every passing day. They’re simulating, donning and doffing and scheduling to work longer shifts starting next week. The preparation extends home, where she has a husband and three children.

“I have, like, four different pairs of shoes,” Thompson said. “I spray my socks with fabric disinfectant. I take them off in the car, and then I put on flip-flops. Then when I get home, I shower and put my clothes in the wash immediately. It’s a strange place to be, but just consider everything I touch to be contaminated in an effort to protect myself.”

Both Rose and Maurer still see in Thompson that swimmer who awed them in college. As Thompson trained to become the most decorated female U.S. Olympian in history, she studied at Stanford and then Columbia to become a doctor.

“I knew I wanted to take care of critically ill patients,” she said.

As a swimmer, Thompson was known as the ultimate teammate. Eight Olympic gold medals in relays, often an anchor. Always there. Dependable.

“She knows that she’s going to make a difference,” Maurer said. “She knows that she’s going to achieve that goal. She knows that she’s going to help to make people better. And so she does it.”

Thompson believes the next few weeks will be unlike anything she’s ever faced.

“Everybody was sort of freaking out in the beginning and feeling very stressed, and I think that at some level has not gone away,” she said. “That’s going to stay with us, but we have a we-can-do-this-together fighting mentality that we are leaning on each other for. It’s really no different than being a part of any kind of team.”