Thursday, May 9, 2013

2013 Amgen Tour of California returns to NBC & NBC Sports Network

Get ready for 14.5 hours of cycling fun as NBC rolls out the 2013 Amgen Tour of California beginning this Sunday. While cycling may not be that big in the US, he Amgen Tour of California is regarding as being the premier US cycling based event, at least if you ask the people in California. Some people would debate that the Utah Relay is more premier with its travel thourgh the mountains and through Salt Lake City itself, but that debate can be saved for cycling enthusists. Here is the full schedule of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California announced by NBC today.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


Daily Coverage on NBC Sports Network Begins Sunday, May 12 at 5 p.m. ET
NBC Will Air Final Stage Live on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m. ET

NEW YORK – May 9, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will present 14.5 hours of live coverage and provide daily coverage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, the premier U.S.-based cycling event, featuring some of the world’s top professional cyclists, starting on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, May 12, at 5 p.m. ET and culminating in live coverage of the final stage on NBC on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

Top American cyclists competing include 24-year old Teejay Vangarderen, who placed fourth last year, and fifth in the 2012 Tour de France, and David Zabriskie, who has four second place finishes. Sprinter Tyler Farrar returns to California after a three-year hiatus.

International contenders are highlighted by 2010 Amgen Tour of California winner Michael Rogers of Australia, and 23-year old Slovakian Peter Sagan of Team Cannondale, who returns after winning five of the eight stages at last year’s race.

COMMENTATORS: Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will be on site in California to provide commentary and insight for each day of NBC Sports Group’s coverage with reporters Bob Roll and Steve Porino (‘Inside-the-Race’).

NBC Sports Group’s schedule for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California (all times ET):
Sun., May 125 p.m.-7 p.m.1: EscondidoNBCSN
Mon., May 135 p.m.-7 p.m.2: Murrieta to Palm SpringsNBCSN
Tues., May 145 p.m.-7 p.m.3: Palmdale to Santa ClaritaNBCSN
Wed., May 155 p.m.-7 p.m.4: Santa Clarita to Santa BarbaraNBCSN
Thurs., May 164:30 p.m.-7 p.m.5: Santa Barbara to Avila BeachNBCSN
Fri., May 175 p.m.-7 p.m.6: San JoseNBCSN
Sat., May 187 p.m.-9 p.m.7: Livermore to Summit of Mount DiabloNBCSN
Sun., May 191 p.m.-3 p.m.8: San Francisco to Santa RosaNBC

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