This July 4 – 27, SBS brings Australian audiences more Tour de France than ever before, with over 100 extra hours of the world’s most iconic cycling race.
SBS has all 21 stages of the 2015 Tour de France LIVE and exclusive, daily morning and evening highlight recaps, and for the first time ever stage replays every day.
The 2015 race boasts the biggest line up of cycling names in recent years with 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 victor Chris Froome, and this year’s Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador ready to battle through a gruelling three weeks of racing. Australia’s own Richie Porte is set to go wheel-to-wheel with the big names with Australia behind him, and Aussie team Orica-GreenEDGE will be chasing stage wins.
SBS’s expert cycling team will follow every moment of the race as it unfolds. Cycling host Michael Tomalaris anchors SBS’s coverage for a special milestone as he celebrates his 20th year covering the Tour de France. Alongside him for the first time is three-time winner of the Tour de France green sprinter’s jersey Robbie McEwen. Reporter David McKenzie and commentator Matt Keenan round out the team on the ground in France, with the incomparable duo of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin providing their trademark commentary for SBS throughout the late nights and early mornings.
SBS Cycling Host Michael Tomalaris said: “From humble beginnings compiling 30 minute highlight packages in 1991, to screening every stage live, SBS’s commitment to the world’s biggest annual sporting event is as strong as ever. When I started covering the Tour de France 20 years ago, Australian riders were viewed as ‘token’ selections for their respective teams. The Tour de France has come a long way in that time. Of the ten or so Aussies expected to compete this year, each has the potential to play a major role and Australian viewers will be locked to SBS each night to take in the Tour’s unique spectacle.”
The 2015 edition of the Tour de France departs from Utrecht, Netherlands, spending two days in Belgium and continuing through France. Two early climbs in Stage 3 and Stage 8 spice up the first week of racing, traditionally full of flat stages. The most famous mountain climb in the race, Alpe d’Huez is set to be the biggest showdown of the 2015 Tour, and falls on the penultimate stage. A mountain-top finish opens up the exciting possibility of the yellow jersey not being decided until the day before riders hit the finish line in Paris.
The 2015 Tour de France is LIVE and exclusive every night from 10pm AEST on SBS. (individual stage times vary).
For the very first time, SBS will show stage replays every day during the Tour de France, from 1.30pm on SBS, and 3.30pm on SBS 2.
Catch up on all the overnight action with daily highlights in the morning from 7am on SBS, repeated in the evening from 5.30pm on SBS, and 6.30pm on SBS 2.
SBS will broadcast a Panel Review Show on the Tour de France’s two rest days, Monday 13 July and Tuesday 21 July, and before the final stage, Sunday 26 July.
On Sunday 26 July, the Tour de France’s women’s race, La Course by Le Tour de France, airs from 10.30pm, before the final stage of the men’s race begins.
Gabriel Gaté brings an entrée to the live racing each night with foodie segment Taste Le Tour with Gabriel Gaté. Join Gabriel as he follows the twenty-one stages of the 2015 race route, stopping along the way to discover and cook the local specialties of each unique region. All over France, Gabriel meets talented artisan chefs, bakers, cheese makers, pâtissiers and wine-makers, on his mouth-watering journey through the most picturesque villages and towns.
The new-look Cycling Central website at sbs.com.au/tdf is the hub for all things Tour de France. It’s the place to watch every stage live, and catch up on highlights and behind the scenes action. Cycling Central has a new, revamped homepage design; easily scrollable and swipeable on any device, with a stream of articles, updates, videos, social media posts, and exclusive interviews and stories inside the race.
The SBS Skoda Tour Tracker is back for Tour de France at your fingertips. This popular mobile app offers live streaming of every stage, plus GPS tracking of the riders, live stats and photos, live maps, social media updates and much more. For 2015, the SBS Skoda Tour Tracker will also include five extra live feeds from the moto-cameras on the course, for up close and personal access to the riders.