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

Swimming short-course records in peril as FINA recognizes ISL times

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In the debut season of the International Swimming League, six U.S. short-course records have fallen. USA Swimming has recognized the new circuit’s times from the outset.

International body FINA, which at first threatened to ban swimmers who participated in the ISL and then said it would not recognize records from the team-based league, which debuted in October and will hold its first final meet Dec. 20-21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, is now recognizing those times, and the effects on its statistics have been drastic.

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This morning, a downloaded list of the top times in the world this year included no ISL times. By the afternoon, times from the ISL’s meet over the weekend in College Park, Md., accounted for most of the times on the lists, including the top 10 in the women’s 50m freestyle and women’s 100m freestyle.

So far, the ISL hasn’t figured into the top five on many all-time FINA lists. But the best short-course times are typically posted near the end of the year, and the ISL has two meets remaining.

The U.S. record book has already changed. In October, Katie Ledecky set the 400m freestyle record (3:54.06) and Melanie Margalis set the 200m medley mark (2:04.18).

In College Park this weekend, Margalis also set the U.S. 400m medley record (4:24.46) and Ian Finnerty set two records the 50m breaststroke (25.99), with runner-up Michael Andrew also beating the previous record, and the 100m breaststroke (56.29). Also, Caeleb Dressel set the 50m butterfly record (22.21).

Only half of the swimmers in the ISL will advance to the final, and qualification isn’t necessarily in their hands. After the College Park meet, the Cali Condors and LA Current clinched spots in Las Vegas. That’s bad news for Andrew (New York Breakers), Finnerty (DC Trident) and Ledecky (DC Trident).

Dressel, Margalis and Lilly King — all representing the Condors — will have another shot at records in Vegas. 

FINA, as usual, is running its World Cup circuit during the fall and early winter, and some swimmers — including overall World Cup champions Vladimir Morozov and Cate Campbell — are pulling double duty between the World Cup and ISL.

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IOC announces deal with Airbnb to add housing for future Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has moved to help with the scramble to house the influx of athletes, staff and spectators with each Olympics, making a deal with online housing broker Airbnb to add accommodations for the Games through 2028.

“The agreement includes accommodation provisions that will reduce costs for Olympic Games organizers and stakeholders, minimize the need for construction of new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games period, and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities,” the IOC announced.

Airbnb’s partnership also includes accommodation for disability athletes for the Paralympic Games, and the company will join large global companies such as Coca-Cola, Visa and Panasonic as worldwide Olympic partners.

Athletes also will have a chance to make money by hosting travelers.

“As an Olympian host, you can create and lead an experience inspired by your expertise and interests,” reads an explanation on the Olympic athlete support portal Athlete365.

Outside the Olympics and Olympic athlete experiences, the IOC and Airbnb are pledging to work together on long-term support to refugees.

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