Universal Sports Network will present more than 50 hours of exclusive live multiplatform coverage of Spain’s premier cycling event, the 2015 Vuelta a España, beginning this Saturday, August 22, at 1 p.m. ET. Daily coverage of the third and final Grand Tour of the season continues through Sunday, September 13, which will be highlighted by the inaugural “La Course by La Vuelta” at 9 a.m. ET followed by the 21st and final stage of the men’s race at 1 p.m. ET. The 70th edition of the Vuelta will air both on-air and online at Universal Sports.com to authenticated users.
Universal Sports’ live coverage of the 2015 Vuelta a España will follow some of the world’s best cyclists on a mountainous course across Spain beginning this Saturday with the Stage 1 team time-trial in the coastal city of Puerto Banús near Marbella in southeastern Spain. The network’s daily live coverage culminates on Sunday, September 13, in the capital city of Madrid with the women’s “La Course by La Vuelta” at 9 a.m. ET followed by the final stage of the men’s race at 1 p.m. ET. The 2015 Vuelta champions will be crowned just six days prior to the start of the 2015 UCI Road World championships in Richmond, Va.
The inaugural edition of “”La Course by La Vuelta” will feature 120 elite women’s cyclists from 20 teams battling it out over 87-kilometers of 15 laps of the Vuelta’s final circuit, and will likely end in a sprint finish down the Paseo de Prado in the heart of Madrid. Organizers added the first-year event following the recent success of the similarly formatted “La Course by La Tour de France”.
In addition to live event coverage of the Vuelta, Universal Sports will present re-cap shows at 10 a.m. ET on both rest days, September 1 and 8, and on September 20 at 12 a.m. ET. The network will also present primetime re-airs of each stage daily.
The Universal Sports broadcast team will feature play-by-play announcers Bill Seward (Stages 1-2) and Steve Schlanger (Stages 3-21) 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. Joining the team for the final two stages and “La Course by La Vuelta” will be analyst Dotsie Bausch, a former professional and national team road cyclist and 2012 Olympic medalist in track cycling.
With more than 185 hours of exclusive coverage this year, Universal Sports Network is firmly established as the leader in cycling coverage on American television. In addition to the Vuelta a España, marquee events in Universal Sports’ 2015 Cycling Series include the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Va., Eneco Tour, USA Pro Challenge, Volta a Cataluyna, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Britain, Three Days of De Panne, Four Days of Dunkerque, Tour de Suisse and the women’s one-day race La Course by Le Tour de France.
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