Television coverage expanded for 2012 Challenge

NBC Sports Network, NBC to air 29 hours

Cyclists will face nearly 14 miles of dirt and gravel on Cottonwood Pass again this year. The rest of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s 683 miles will be on pavement. Enlarge photo

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Cyclists will face nearly 14 miles of dirt and gravel on Cottonwood Pass again this year. The rest of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s 683 miles will be on pavement.

Under its new broadcast partnership with the NBC Sports Network and NBC, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will enjoy 29 hours of televised coverage this year.

The coverage will open with the Grand Depart, the start of the first stage in Durango on Monday, Aug. 20. Daily coverage is scheduled on NBC Sports Network.

There will be added weekend coverage on the NBC network – two hours on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. It will mark the most television coverage of any cycling event in the United States.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the internationally known voices of cycling, will provide race commentary.

Durango’s Bob Roll, a former racer and longtime cycling commentator, will be the in-race reporter.

The day before the race, the NBC Sports Network will air a one-hour preview show at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

Before the race each day, except Sunday, NBC Sports Network will offer profiles of the cyclists during a 30-minute show at 1:30 p.m.

Highlights of the stages will be featured each day at 9 p.m.

Television Schedule

(Mountain Daylight Time)

Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 20 – Durango to Telluride – 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Montrose to Crested Butte/Mount Crested Butte – 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Gunnison to Aspen – 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 23 – Aspen to Beaver Creek/Vail Village – 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 24–Breckenridge to Colorado Springs – 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 25 – Golden to Boulder – noon-2 p.m. (NBC); 2-4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 26 – Denver Individual Time Trial – noon-2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network); 2-4 p.m. (NBC)