NBC Sports Network has coverage of all eight stages of the Paris-Nice cycling event from France beginning Sunday, March 4, at 3pm ET. The “Race to the Sun” begins just outside of Paris and travels south for 1,155.5 kilometers to Nice, where it will end with a time trial on the Col d’Eze for the first time since 2001. Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll provide commentary and analysis (and will probably really annoy cycling fans). Paris-Nice cycling TV schedule and press release from NBC Sports below:
NBC SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR DAILY COVERAGE OF 2012 PARIS-NICE CYCLING COMPETITION
Coverage Begins This Sunday at 3 p.m. ET
New Race Course includes two Individual Time Trials at First and Last Stage
NEW YORK – February 28, 2012 — NBC Sports Network will air daily coverage of the 2012 Paris-Nice, an eight-day cycling competition beginning in Dampierre-en-Yvelines, a commune just outside of Paris, and finishing in Nice, in the south of France. For the second year in a row, NBC Sports Network will air full HD coverage of all eight stages, beginning with two-hours of coverage this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
Coverage will include special features and profiles of the athletes, as well as an in-depth look at the team additions and changes this race season. Additionally, for the first time since 1995, the race will conclude in a crucial and dramatic individual time-trial as the cyclists give one final push up the Col d’Eze. Ten of the top 15 riders in last year’s Tour de France will participate in this year’s race; including Frank & Andy Schleck for Team RadioShack-Nissan and defending champion Tony Martin for Omega Pharma-Quickstep. Six American riders are scheduled to race including, Levi Leipheimer, riding for Omega Pharma-Quickstep, BMC’s Tejay Van Garderen and Taylor Phinney.
Veteran cycling commentators and former competitive cyclists Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll will provide insight and commentary for NBC Sports Network’s coverage.
NBC Sports Network’s on-air schedule for the 2012 Paris-Nice (all times ET, subject to change):
Sun., March 4 Stage 1, Dampierre-en-Yvelines to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (TT) 3 p.m. ET
Mon., March 5 Stage 2, Mantes-la-Jolie to Orléans 4:30 p.m. ET
Tues., March 6 Stage 3, Vierzon to Lac de Vassivière 4:30 p.m. ET
Wed., March 7 Stage 4, Brive-la-Gaillarde to Rodez 4:30 p.m. ET
Thurs., March 8 Stage 5, Onet-le-Chateau to Mende 4:30 p.m. ET
Fri., March 9 Stage 6, Suze-la-Rousse to Sisteron 4:30 p.m. ET
Sat., March 10 Stage 7, Sisteron to Nice 3 p.m. ET
Sun., March 11 Stage 8, Nice to Col d’Èze (TT) 10:30 p.m. ET