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.

According to a report from CNBC (opens in new tab), NBC Sports will switch sports media rights, including events like the NHL, NASCAR and the Premier League to the USA Network, which reaches a higher number of homes than NBC Sports.  

The network owns rights for events organised by ASO, which includes the Tour, the Vuelta a España, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, until 2023 and a contract to air the UCI Road World Championships each year.

NBC Sports owner NBCUniversal is also expected to transfer some of its broadcasting to its new streaming service Peacock. 

According to an internal memo, reported by CNN (opens in new tab), the move is to make the USA Network “an extraordinarily powerful platform in the media market place.” 

NBC Sports broadcasts live racing on TV and online commentated on by Phil Liggett and Bob Roll, with analysis from Jens Voigt and Christian Vande Velde, along with highlight shows.

The NBC Sports Gold Cycling Pass is an online subscription available to cycling fans which gives them access to live streams of their favourite races.

Racing fans can also access some of the other biggest races via live streaming service FloBikes, which covers events like the Giro d’Italia, the Tour of Flanders and the cyclocross calendar in the USA and Canada. 

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In the UK, Tour de France coverage is provided by Eurosport and ITV, which both offer extensive live coverage of every stage, which Eurosport provides coverage for the rest of the major races on the cycling calendar.  

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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.