As Levi Leipheimer prepares to take his shot at glory in the 2011 Tour De France, the NBC Sports network will provide comprehensive televised and online coverage. VERSUS will provide live coverage due to the difference in time zones. The race will kick off each morning at 5:00am pacific most mornings, with a couple 3:30am and 4:30am starts. Given NBC's prior commitments, they will be utilized to re-air the first two stages of the race.
VERSUS will air the vast majority of coverage, including nearly 14 hours per day of live and re-aired racing. Additionally, NBCSports.com will provide wall-to-wall coverage through a a limited free online service and a more expansive online subscription service. This is all thanks to the addition of VERSUS to the NBC Sports family in the recent Comcast deal. You can view the more limited free service at tourdefrance.nbcsports.com.
For $29.95, viewers can use the Tour De France All Access Pass. The Pass includes live video of every stage, live GPS tracking of riders' on an interactive map, and the ability to personalize what riders and teams you are following on the leaderboard. A similar mobile option is available on iPhones, iPads, and Androids for $14.99.
If you'll be looking to get up bright and early for the 2011 Tour De France, here is a rundown of the air times and dates for each stage. We'll be here for the entire race providing news updates and stage previews and recaps, particularly as they relate to Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer. For more in-depth discussion on the 2011 Tour De France, head over to Podium Cafe. For more general Tour coverage, head over to the SB Nation story stream.