Full coverage of Tour de France, beginning June 30 on TSN

TSN and TSN2 delivers live Canadian coverage of cycling’s most prestigious event, the Tour de France, beginning on Saturday, June 30 at 8 a.m. ET on TSN2.

Canada’s Sports Leader will broadcast 70 hours of live Tour de France coverage as Canadian Ryder Hesjedal looks to make his mark in the 99th running of the gruelling race.

In addition to live race coverage, TSN and TSN2 will feature daily Tour de France Recap Shows in prime time (see complete broadcast schedule below).

TSN and TSN2 will feature NBC Sports broadcast coverage of Tour de France with acclaimed voices of cycling, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen calling all the race action.

Sportscentre will feature daily highlights and updates of all stages of the race, including Tour Desk Reports from on-site host Liam McHugh alongside former cyclist and Tour analyst Bob Roll.

The demanding three-week event will feature 22 teams of the best cyclists in the world of racing, cycling through France in pursuit of the yellow jersey. The Tour de France covers a grand total of 3,497 kilometers and this year features nine new stage towns, along with three of the 20 stages having riders race alone against the clock: Stage 1 (6.4 km), Stage 9 (41.5 km) and Stage 19 (53.5 km).

Canada will be represented by Victoria, B.C. native Ryder Hesjedal, returning to his sixth Tour de France and headlining Team Garmin-Barracuda this year. Hesjedal has had an impressive season so far, as he won Giro d’Italia last month and was named to the Canadian Olympic road cycling team to represent Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hesjedal will compete against 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, along with brother-duo Andy and Frank Schleck, who finished second and third. Racing fans will be able to track Ryder’s attempt to make history and be the first Canadian to win a Tour de France title with TSN.ca tracking his progress after each stage with The Ryder Report. TSN.ca also has daily video highlights along with a live interactive race tracker and bios of cyclists competing in the event.
TSN2’s broadcast schedule for the 2012 Tour de France is as follows:

• Saturday, June 30 Prologue 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 11 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Sunday, July 1 Stage 1 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 11 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Monday, July 2 Stage 2 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
• Tuesday, July 3 Stage 3 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
• Wednesday, July 4 Stage 4 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Thursday, July 5 Stage 5 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
• Friday, July 6 Stage 6 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 10 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Saturday, July 7 Stage 7 9 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Sunday, July 8 Stage 8 10 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 11 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Monday, July 9 Stage 9 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
• Tuesday, July 10 Recap Show 8 p.m. ET (TSN)
• Wednesday, July 11 Stage 10 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Thursday, July 12 Stage 11 7 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Friday, July 13 Stage 12 6:30 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Saturday, July 14 Stage 13 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: Sun. 1:30 a.m. ET on TSN2)
• Sunday, July 15 Stage 14 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
• Monday, July 16 Stage 15 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
• Tuesday, July 17 Recap Show 8 p.m. ET (TSN)
• Wednesday, July 18 Stage 16 6:30 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: Thurs. 12 a.m. on TSN2)
• Thursday, July 19 Stage 17 7:30 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Friday, July 20 Stage 18 8 a.m. ET (Daily Recap 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Saturday, July 21 Stage 19 9 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 8 p.m. ET on TSN2)
• Sunday, July 22 Stage 20 10 a.m. ET (Daily Recap: 11 p.m. ET on TSN2)

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