Tour de France broadcaster NBC Sports shutting down at the end of the year 

The network will be closing down at the end of the year, leaving a question mark around Tour de France coverage in the US

Riders tackle the Tourmalet at the 2016 Tour de France (Getty)

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Tour de France broadcaster NBC Sports will be closing down at the end of 2021, raising questions about future coverage in the US. 

The cable network will stop all operations at the end of the year and will transfer sports rights from major events to a sister network, but no specific mention of the Tour has been made.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.