German broadcasters to reconsider showing Tour de France

German TV broadcasters took a stand against what they saw as a sport defined by cheating

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Doping scandals and a mistrust of those involved in cycling directly led to German television broadcasters making a stand in 2012 – they wouldn’t show the Tour de France.

ARD and ZDF’s refusal to screen the Tour since 2012 was symbolic of the credibility loss the sport had endured in the preceding decade. Before 2012, both broadcasters had stopped live transmissions during the 2007 Tour after German rider Patrik Sinkewitz tested positive during the race.

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