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Eurosport announces upgraded Tour de France deal

Eurosport has upgraded its Tour de France rights deal, providing coverage of every minute of the cycling race live for the first time.

The enhanced agreement with the European Broadcasting Union and Amaury Sport Organisation, will enable viewers across Europe to benefit from up to 25 hours more live Tour de France coverage for each of the next three years. The additional live action will come from 13 stages which have never previously been fully produced for TV broadcast - traditionally only the closing part has been televised.

In the UK, Eurosport's coverage is non-exclusive, with ITV4 showing daily free-to-air live coverage and highlights. Current rights deals for both Eurosport and ITV expire after the 2019 Tour de France.

This year's Tour runs from the 1st July.

Peter Hutton, Eurosport CEO, said:
“This is fantastic news for cycling fans who for the very first time will be able to watch every minute of the Tour de France live on Eurosport. We actively supported the change in the deal because we know that our viewers want to follow every climb, breakaway and sprint of the world’s most famous cycling race. The new arrangement is also great for professional cycling with teams, riders and sponsors getting more exposure, which we hope will help grow the sport and its audience.”