German public broadcaster ARD will cover the Tour de France live this year and next year.
SportA, the sports rights agency of public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, has renewed its contract with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) for 2017 and 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.
The coverage of this year’s race will commence on July 1, 2017. Until the final on July 23, 2017, ARD’s main channel Das Erste will report from the event from Monday to Friday between 16.05 and 17.25 CET and more extensively on the weekends.
Comprehensive coverage is planned for the kick-off weekend on July 1/2, 2017 as the race will start in Germany this year.
The Tour de France will also be streamed live each day on ARD’s sports website at www.sportschau.de.
Following several doping scandals, ARD and ZDF withdrew their live coverage of the Tour de France in 2012. Since 2015, ARD has been covering the race again live, but keeps the option to pull out when new doping cases emerge.
Eurosport also transmits the Tour de France live.