Universal Sports to carry the Giro – Update


The Official Word from Universal Sports.  Also, they are trying to put the heat on Direct tv.  If you are so inclined, call them  1-800-Directv.  Here is the press release:



TV and LIVE Online Coverage Starts Tomorrow


 Agreement Coincides with the Event’s 100th Anniversary and Lance Armstrong’s Italian Giro Debut


LOS ANGELES – May 8, 2009 – Universal Sports announced a multi-year deal today to broadcast the Giro d’Italia as the race celebrates its 100th anniversary, starting tomorrow. Lance Armstrong will make his debut in this race as he returns from his retirement.  Coverage of the race begins with a team time trial on Saturday, May 9, from Lido di Venezia on the Universal Sports Network and live online, all broadcast times available at UniversalSports.com.


Universal Sports continues to solidify its commitment to broadcast top cycling events with the multi-year broadcast agreement. As part of the deal, Universal Sports will provide television and online coverage, including archived video and television re-airs, for the 2009–2012 Giro d’Italia races.  Previous to this agreement, the race was available on a limited basis on the Versus network, and through pay-per-view on Cycling.TV. In addition to the Giro, Universal Sports has had a long-term agreement with the International Cycling Union (UCI) to broadcast world cups and world championships in Road, Track, Cyclo-cross, Mountain and BMX, as well as the Tour of Basque Country, Tour of Missouri, Tour of Georgia and the Deutschland Tour.


COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS:  Universal Sports, available in 45 million homes, will present same-day coverage of the 2009 Giro d’Italia, with nightly re-airs at 9 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. The Universal Sports broadcast team consists of Steve Schlanger and former professional cyclist Todd Gogulski, with Scott Ogle on the ground in Italy.


Date                 Events                                                                        Time (all times ET)

May 9             Lido di Venezia                                                        12 p.m.

May 10           Jesolo to Trieste                                                       12 p.m.

May 11           Grado to Valdobbiadene                                        12 p.m.

May 12           Padova to San Martino di Castrozza                    12 p.m.

May 13           San Martino di Castrozza to Alpe di Siusi           12 p.m.

May 14           Bressanone to Mayrhofen                                                 12 p.m.

May 15           Innsbruck to Chiavenna                                         12 p.m.

May 16           Morbegno to Bergamo                                            12 p.m.

May 17           Milano                                                                        12 p.m.

May 18           Rest day       

May 19           Cuneo → Pinerolo                                                  12 p.m.

May 20           Torino to Arenzano                                                  12 p.m.

May 21           Sestri Levante to Riomaggiore                              12 p.m.

May 22           Lido di Camaiore to Firenze                                   12 p.m.

May 23           Campi Bisenzio to San Luca (Bologna)              12 p.m.

May 24           Forlì to Faenza                                                         12 p.m.

May 25           Pergola to Monte Petrano                                      12 p.m.

May 26           Rest day       

May 27           Chieti to Blockhaus                                                             12 p.m.

May 28           Sulmona to Benevento                                           12 p.m.

May 29           Avellino to Monte Vesuvius                                   12 p.m.

May 30           Napoli to Anagni                                                      12 p.m.

May 31           Roma                                                                         12 p.m.


COVERAGE ON UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM:  UniversalSports.com will provide exclusive, live coverage of the entire Giro d’Italia, starting with the Stage 1 team time trial at 8:30 a.m. ET. Each race will be streamed live at 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET. Complete schedule, as well as full-length videos, highlights, stage maps, photos and breaking news available at UniversalSports.com/cycling.


ABOUT THE RACE:  The Giro d’Italia is one of the three major, multi-week European professional cycling stage races, along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain). The Giro consists of 21 stages, including six stages held in the mountains. The Giro will conclude at the Colosseum in Rome on May 31.


Alberto Contador was the winner of the Giro in 2008 and only the fifth rider to win all three grand tours of cycling, but will not defend his title this year.  Italian Ivan Basso won the 2006 race and is returning after a two-year doping ban.


ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online. Universal Sports is a 24-hour television channel available in 45 million television households in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Reno and Omaha. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. UniversalSports.com delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit UniversalSports.com


2 Responses to Universal Sports to carry the Giro – Update

  1. Jean says:

    I just called Directv (May 8 at
    6:45 P.M.) and asked what station the Tour of Italy cycling race was being shown on. She couldn’t find it. I then asked about Giro d Italia and was told it would be on channel 429. When I tried 429 it looked like it was a pay for view channel that I didn’t get. Do you think they will turn it on tomorrow?

  2. Carolin Kaus says:

    This is inspiring I think I will start a blog myself one day in italian of course. Great post, grazie. Ciao da Hotel Abano Terme

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