SBS in July is all about the Tour de France.
For the first time, every stage of the 2017 Tour de France will be available in full on the SBS digital platforms, giving audiences access to more race coverage than ever before. TV start times vary with most stages kicking off from the earlier time of 8.30pm, July 1-23 on SBS.
Calling every stage for SBS will be three-time green jersey winner Robbie McEwen and renowned cycling commentator Matthew Keenan.
SBS cycling host Michael Tomalaris leads the team in France. Giro d’Italia stage winner David McKenzie takes viewers inside the peloton and gets up close to the stars of the sport to deliver daily stage reports. Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will feature as guests in SBS’s coverage during the Tour contributing analysis and insights.
The 104th edition of the Tour de France sets out on German soil from Düsseldorf on July 1 and moves through Belgium on its way to France. The three-week route takes in infamous climbs the Galibier, La Planche des Belles Filles and the Col d’Izoard, and two individual time trials on the first, and penultimate stages.
Viewers can catch up on overnight action with hour-long highlights each morning at 7am and again at 5pm on SBS, as well as stage replays from 1pm on SBS, and 3pm on SBS VICELAND.
Online, the Tour de France will take over the Cycling Central website for the month of July, offering news, opinion, stats, highlights and video on demand.
The ŠKODA Tour Tracker app returns, streaming live pictures and allowing viewers to view real time data, stage profiles and catch up video to complement the full race coverage and deliver a fully comprehensive offering.
Taking a bite out of the cultural side of this iconic race, Gabriel Gaté returns to discover the unique flavours, delights and specialties of each region as he follows the route of the Tour de France for the popular Taste Le Tour segment each night before racing begins on SBS.
The 2017 Tour de France begins Saturday July 1, 10.30pm on SBS (stage times vary, check local guides).
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