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Giro d’Italia Starts Tomorrow, Live on NBC’s Universal Sports

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QUICK FACTS:

  • Coverage streams live starting 10am EST / 7am PST Saturday, May 8
  • Daily coverage throughout event
  • 8pm EST primetime re-air nightly through Sunday May 30
  • Full schedule at www.universalsports.com/cycling

PRESS RELEASE: With the spring classics behind us, Universal Sports’ world-class cycling coverage continues in May with the Giro d’Italia, the first of the Grand Tours of cycling, airing LIVE each day starting Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 am ET (8:00 pm ET primetime re-air), and continuing throughout the three-week event ending Sunday, May 30. Universal Sports will have all the action as the world’s top riders battle for more than 1,500 miles (CK) through Italy’s mountainous terrain in their quest for the Maglia Rosa, the Giro’s legendary pink leader’s jersey. Universal Sports is home to two of the three Grand Tours of cycling with the Giro and Vuelta a Espana in August.

Universal Sports will have live daily coverage of every stage, with primetime re-airs nightly at 8:00 pm ET. On the two rest days, the network will air the Giro Race Review show, featuring highlights of the race and upcoming challenges. For the complete schedule and air times, click here: www.universalsports.com/cycling. In addition, UniversalSports.com will offer the ultimate online experience for cycling fans: live, pay-per-view coverage of the complete race for $14.99 that will include athlete profiles, field previews, highlights, photos and recaps

While the race starts on the flat roads of the Netherlands, it is known for its grueling 45,000 vertical feet of climbing and mountain stages throughout Italy, where a rider’s stamina and strength usually prove pivotal in determining the champion. With unrelenting gradients and stiff competition, almost every year the battle continues until the last mountain stage.

Top American riders Tyler Farrar and Christian Vande Velde are both riding for American team, Garmin Transitions. Vande Velde is returning to the Giro after suffering a nasty crash in last year’s edition, breaking seven bones. They will challenge two-time Giro champion Gilberto Simoni, who will make the Giro his final race, riding for the Lampre-Farnese Vini team.

Other top riders include current World Champion Cadel Evans, 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre, Alexandre Vinokourov, coming off his first win after his probation, and former Giro champions Stefano Garzelli, Ivan Basso and Damiano Cunego.

Universal Sports’ complete cycling coverage includes more than 10 premier road cycling races, including two of the three Grand Tours of cycling—Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana—as well as many other UCI Championships and World Cup races in road cycling, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. The complete schedule of all Universal Sports cycling programming is available at UniversalSports.com/tvschedule.

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wvcycling
14 years ago

Holy Cow, I have followed every FAQ Possible to get Microsoft’s Silverlight to work with my computer (allow me to install the most recent version) to no avail! I guess I’ll have to watch a bootleg stream of it 🙁

scout
scout
14 years ago

Don’t bother buying. Wish I hadn’t. They had less than 25 minutes of live race coverage online today. What a rip off

dave
dave
14 years ago

they also do not respond to email requests for help; paid my money, won’t let me log on, faq no help, no response to emails – what a rip off!

ericsays
ericsays
14 years ago

I was able to login and have the player installed. But the damn package just sits in my “Library” and says “available soon”. It’s said that for the past two days. Has anyone else encountered this?

Heather
Heather
14 years ago

If you are still having problems you should be able to contact premium-support@universalsports.com

IF they weren’t answering before they should be now.

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