Universal Sports Network Presents LIVE Coverage of 2014 Vuelta a España, Horner Defends Title


Universal Sports Network will air more than 52 hours of exclusive LIVE multiplatform coverage of Spain’s premier cycling event, the 2014 Vuelta a España, beginning this Saturday, August 23, at 1 p.m. ET. LIVE coverage of the remaining 20 stages of the third and final Grand Tour of the season continues daily starting at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 24. The 69th edition of the Vuelta will air both on-air and online at Universal Sports.com to authenticated users.

Universal Sports’ coverage of the 2014 Vuelta a España will follow some of the world’s best cyclists on a mountainous course across Spain beginning Saturday, August 23, with the team time-trials commencing in the city of Jerez de la Frontera in southwestern Spain, and culminating Sunday, September 14, in the northwestern Galician capital Santiago de Compostela. The 2014 Vuelta champion will be crowned just 10 days prior to the start of the 2014 UCI Road World championships, also in Spain.

In addition to LIVE event coverage of the Vuelta, Universal Sports will present recap shows at 10 a.m. ET on both rest days, September 1 and 9, and following all 21 stages at 8 p.m. ET on September 19. The network will also present primetime re-airs of each stage daily.

Defending champion Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida), the first American to win the Vuelta, will return to Spain in search of a back-to-back title. Horner will face strong opposition from a star-studded field including Chris Froome (Sky) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), who are both coming off of a disappointing Tour de France, Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and two-time champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who is looking for his third Vuelta victory after missing last year’s race. Other GC favorites scheduled to compete for the red jersey include Quintana’s teammate and 2009 Vuelta winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Spaniard Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans (BMC Racing).

The Universal Sports broadcast team will feature veteran announcer Steve Schlanger on play-by-play alongside analyst Todd Gogulski, who spent more than a decade racing professionally, including on the U.S. National team, and had more than 100 victories during his career.

Universal Sports is available on Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH, and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. To find Universal Sports in your channel lineup, please visit universalsports.com.

Universal Sports Network Broadcast Schedule: 2014 Vuelta a España
ALL TIMES ET – subject to change

DATE          TIME (LIVE)                                          EVENT Stage                                                            Profile
Aug. 23         1-3 p.m.                      Stage 1: Jerez de la Frontera / Jerez de la Frontera                    Team Time-Trial
Aug. 24        10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 2: Algeciras / San Fernando                                                          Flat
Aug. 25        10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 3: Cádiz /Arcos de la Frontera                                                      Hill
Aug. 26        10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 4: Mairena del Alcor / Córdoba                                                    Hill
Aug. 27       10 a.m.-12 p.m.          Stage 5: Priego de Córdoba / Ronda                                                       Flat
Aug. 28       10 a.m.-12 p.m.          Stage 6: Benalmádena / La Zubia                                                      Mountain
Aug. 29       10 a.m.-12 p.m.          Stage 7: Alhendín / Alcaudete                                                                 Hill
Aug. 30       10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 8: Baeza / Albacete                                                                          Flat
Aug. 31       10 a.m.-12 p.m.          Stage 9: Carboneras Guadazaón / Aramón Valdelinares             Mountain
Sept. 1         10 a.m.-12 p.m.          REST DAY: RE-CAP SHOW
Sept. 2         10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 10: Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela / Borja    Time-Trial
Sept. 3         10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 11: Pamplona / Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar             Mountain
Sept. 4         10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 12: Logroño / Logroño                                                                    Flat
Sept. 5         10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 13: Belorado / Obregón. Parque de Cabàrceno                         Hill
Sept. 6         9 a.m.-12 p.m.           Stage 14: Santander / The Camperona. Valle de Sabero                Mountain
Sept. 7        10 a.m.-12 p.m.          Stage 15: Oviedo / Lagos de Covadonga                                             Mountain
Sept. 8         9 a.m.-12 p.m.           Stage 16: San Martín del Rey Aurelio / La Farrapona                    Mountain
Sept. 9         10 a.m.-12 p.m.         REST DAY: RE-CAP SHOW
Sept. 10      10 a.m.-12 p.m.         Stage 17: Ortigueira / A Coruña                                                               Flat
Sept. 11       10 a.m.-12 p.m.        Stage 18: A Estrada / Monte Castrove. Meis                                      Mountain
Sept. 12       10 a.m.-12 p.m.        Stage 19: Salvaterra do Miño / Cangas do Morrazo                          Hill
Sept. 13       9 a.m.-12 p.m.          Stage 20: Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil / Puerto de Ancares          Mountain
Sept. 14      11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.      Stage 21: Santiago de Compostela / Santiago de Compostela      Indiv. Time-Trail
Sept. 19       8-10 p.m.                    RE-CAP SHOW