Evenepoel safely in Vuelta lead after Roglic withdraws NBC Sports, Peacock to remain exclusive U.S. home of Tour de France Australia’s Jay Vine wins Tour Down Under

ARACENA, Spain. Remko Evenepoel safely maintained his lead in the Vuelta a España after three-time defending champion Primož Roglic withdrew ahead of stage 17 due to injuries.

Rigoberto Urán, the 35-year-old Colombian from the EF Education-EasyPost team, took the final climb by winning a stage and cementing his Grand Tour treble after winning previous stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

“I pursued him for many years,” Uranus said. “When you already have victories in both the Giro and the Tour, and now in La Vuelta, as a rider in three weeks of events, it gives me a lot of happiness. Today is a special day for me.”

He crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of Quentin Pacher and Jesús Errada. Marc Soler was 15 seconds back in fourth place.

Roglic did not start after recuperating from injuries sustained in a crash 75 meters (82 yd) from the finish line as he walked to victory on stage 16. The Slovenian from Team Jumbo-Visma was in contention for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Vuelta title.

Evenepoel finished in a group of riders who crossed the finish line five minutes from Uranus. The Belgian rider from Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl was more than two minutes ahead of Enric Mas from Team Movistar. Juan Ayuso was almost five minutes behind in third place.

“I think the race is just as difficult to control as it was with Primoz,” Evenepoel said. “But, of course, at such a finish, Primozh is a very explosive guy. I think that now there is less danger from such attacks, because Enric is a little less explosive than Primoge. I think that’s the main difference, but it doesn’t make it any easier, not at all.”

Roglic was 1 minute 26 seconds behind Evenepol before he retired.

“I think Enric was trying to see how my legs were today, but I could react very well,” Evenepoel said. “The team put me in a good position for the final climb. The speed was really high. It was not an easy ending at all.”

Riders will face a mountainous stage with three major climbs on their way to another unprecedented finish at the summit of Alto de Piornal.

The three-week race ends in Madrid.

NBC Sports, Peacock and the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) today announced a six-year extension to the exclusive US media rights to the Tour de France.

Starting from 111th Tour de France in June 2024, Peacock will be the exclusive home of the Tour de France in the United States until 2029 with live broadcast of each stage. Selected stages will also air live on NBC for three weeks. Peacock’s daily coverage will include NBC Sports studio shows before and after the race, full replays, highlights, performance reviews, driver interviews and more.

As part of a previous agreement, NBC Sports and Peacock will present the full live coverage of the 110th Tour de France this summer (July 1-23, 2023). The full NBC Sports schedule for the 2023 Tour de France will be announced in the coming months.

“We are delighted to enter into this long-term agreement with ASO to bring the world’s most prestigious live cycling competition to Peacock for years to come,” said John Miller, president of NBC Sports Acquisitions and Partnerships. “Through the Tour de France and our extensive cycling portfolio, we are proud to continue to be the home of cycling in the United States by continuing to support Peacock’s best-in-class roster of live sports programming.”

“We are delighted to be able to expand our long-term partnership with NBCUniversal, which promotes the Tour de France and all of ASO’s major sporting events to the American public on a cross-platform basis, including women’s cycling such as the Tour de France. Femmes avec Zwift, which NBC Sports has supported since its first release in July 2022. Combined coverage through Peacock, which will show all the races from start to finish, and network TV will ensure everyone has access to the best in the world. a ride on the bicycle. Super fans won’t miss any of the corners that cycling has to offer. NBC Sports will remain the home of cycling in the United States for another six years, and in 2029 we will be celebrating the 29th anniversary of a historic partnership that is proof of America’s true love for cycling and the Tour,” said Jan Le Menner, CEO of ASO

As part of the agreement, NBC Sports will introduce many additional ASO events throughout the year, including cycling competitions such as La Vuelta a España, which is the last Grand Tour of the year after the Tour de France, Carrefour’s La Vuelta Feminina. es, Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, Spring Classics including men’s and women’s Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift, Ardennaises Classics (men and women) such as La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Criterium du Dauphine and Paris Tours. Also included are the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, the second largest marathon in the world, and Rally Dakarthe toughest off-road endurance race in the world.

Comcast/NBC Sports has been home to the Tour de France since 2001.

ADELAIDE, Australia — Australia’s Jay Vine defended his overnight lead and won the Tour Down Under, the opening event of the 2023 World Tour.

Simon Yates of Britain won the final stage and moved up from third to second overall. Vine placed second on the stage, securing the biggest stage win of his career.

The Emirates rider from the UAE led the Tour overall standings, finishing second in Stage 2 and third in Stage 3. He advanced to the final stage with a 15-second lead in the overall standings.

The 70-mile stage included four laps of a 15.5-mile course through the Adelaide Hills before finishing just behind the top of Mount Lofty.

Yates led the decisive attack on the climb less than 1.9 miles from the finish, but Vine jumped on his wheel and was joined by Australian Ben O’Connor.

O’Connor led close to the finish line, with Vine briefly overtaking him, but Yates took the lead to take the stage victory. Vine maintained his overall lead and took the title in his debut appearance on the Tour Down Under.

The 27-year-old made a name for himself in esports before being signed by the UAE team after winning an academic program on online platform Zwift. Last year he won two stages of the Vuelta a España and the Australian time trial title.

“It’s incredible to stand here and wear this jersey,” Vine said. “The way we drove was first class. My guys were incredible.”

13 riders pulled away in the final stage, but Vine’s teammates from the UAE led the peloton chase and gave their rider the opportunity to contest the win.

Yates again ran an aggressive race but had to be pleased with the stage win.

“We came to Down Under with big ambitions. We put a lot into it and it didn’t work out for us overall, but we can walk away very happy,” Yates said. “Obviously Jay Vine is a huge talent and the public will be happy to have a local winner.”


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