Good news! More BendBroadband customers will be able to follow this year’s Tour de France on TV. NBC Sports, the official network of the Tour, moved from the Preferred package to Essentials on July 1.
The countdown to Tour de France is underway. This year Central Oregon Tour fans will take special notice. NBC Sports, the official broadcast partner for the Tour, moved from BendBroadband’s Preferred package to Essentials on July 1. That means more people in BendBroadband’s coverage area will be able to catch all the excitement from start to finish.
This year’s Tour de France is divided into 21 stages from the start in Leeds, England, to the finish line in Paris on July 27. Aside from rest days on July 15 and July 21, the competitors will cycle 2,271 miles in 21 days. The course will include six mountain stages, five hill stages and nine flat stages.
The granddaddy of multistage bicycle races, the Tour has been a European staple since its inception in 1903. No Tour was held during the two world wars, so this year’s Tour is the 101st. Wikipedia lists Frenchman Maurice Garin as the Tour’s first winner. Four cyclists – Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, both of France, Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Miguel Indurain of Spain share the record for most wins (all have five titles).
Aside from the upcoming Tour de France, NBC Sports offers up a wide range of programming throughout the year. The network provides in-depth coverage of NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, soccer, golf and motor sports.
NBC Sports is BendBroadband channel 27 and 627 in HD. It’s also available online with bendbroadband2go.
If you want to know more about the significance of the different jerseys the riders are wearing throughout the Tour, please click here.