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96th Annual Tour de France, Coverage Begins July 4 on OLN


96th Annual Tour de France, Coverage Begins July 4 on OLN
20 Teams, 21 Stages, 3500 Grueling Kilometres in 23 Days

(Toronto – June 25) OLN brings viewers fast-paced, exclusive nightly coverage of Tour de France 2009. Watch as top cyclists representing 20 countries from around the world compete in this prestigious sporting event where only one will be awarded the coveted yellow jersey.

This year’s tour begins in Monaco and will stop off in France, Spain, Andorra, Switzerland and detour into Italy as the riders make their way through 21 challenging stages. In the ultimate test of strength and endurance 10 flat stages, 7 mountain stages, 3 summit finishes, 1 medium mountain stage, 2 individual time-trial stages, 1 team-trial stage, 2 rest days and 3500 kilometres stand between the competitors and total victory. As an added level of difficulty, this year’s route marks the first time riders will face a mountain on the penultimate day of the race.

Hot off of his first win since his return to cycling at the Nevada City Classic in California, Lance Armstrong returns to compete in this year’s Tour. Can Lance reclaim his place at the top of the pack or will another rider triumph above the rest?

OLN’s Tour de France Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:

Day 1 - Saturday, July 4 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 1 (Time Trials) Monaco to Monaco

Day 2 – Sunday, July 5 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 2 (Flat) Monaco to Brignoles

Day 3 – Monday, July 6 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 3 (Flat) Marseille to La Grande-Motte

Day 4 – Tuesday, July 7 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 4 (Team Time Trial) Montepellier to Montepellier

Day 5 – Wednesday, July 8 at 8pm ET/PT

Stage 5 (Flat) La Cap d’Adge to Perpignan

Day 6 – Thursday, July 9 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 6 (Flat) Gerone to Barcelona

Day 7 – Friday, July 10 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 7 (Mountain) Barcelona to Andorre Arcalis

Day 8 – Saturday, July 11 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 8 (Mountain) Andorre-la-Vieille to Saint-Girons

Day 9 – Sunday, July 12 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 9 (Mountain) Saint-Gaudens to Tarbes

Day 10 – Monday, July 13 at 8pm ET/PT
Rest Day #1 - Race Re-Cap Episode

Day 11 – Tuesday, July 14 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 10 (Flat) Limoges to Issoudun

Day 12 – Wednesday, July 15 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 11 (Flat) Vatan to Saint-Fargeau

Day 13 – Thursday, July 16 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 12 (Flat) Tonnerre to Vittel

Day 14 – Friday, July 17 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 13 (Hilly) Vitell to Colmar

Day 15 – Saturday, July 18 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 14 (Flat) Colmar to Besancon

Day 16 – Sunday, July 19 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 15 (Mountain) Pontarlier to Verbier

Day 17 – Monday, July 20 at 8pm ET/PT
Rest Day # 2 – Race Re-Cap Episode #2

Day 18 – Tuesday, July 21 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 16 (Mountain) Martigny to Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Day 19 – Wednesday, July 22 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 17 (Mountain) Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Le Grand-Bornand

Day 20 – Thursday, July 23 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 18 (Time Trial) Annecy to Annecy

Day 21 – Friday, July 24 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 19 (Flat) Bourgoin-Jallieu to Aubenas

Day 22 – Saturday, July 25 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 20 (Mountain) Montelimar to Mont Ventoux

Day 23 – Sunday, July 26 at 8pm ET/PT
Stage 21 (Flat) Montereau-Fault-Yonne to Paris Champs–Élysées

OLN is specialty television station in Canada offering viewers a one-stop destination for adrenaline pumping action and adventure entertainment. From original Canadian hit reality, adventure, and travel series (Mantracker, Departures and Survivorman) to internationally acclaimed sporting events such as: Tour de France; OLN takes viewers on intense, rugged journeys across Canada and around the world. OLN is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information visit

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Leslie, Rogers Media Television, 416.764.3191,

Veronica Logue, Rogers Media Television, 416.764.3195,

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