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Friday, September 05, 2008

Tour of Missouri coverage on Universal Sports

For those of you wanting to watch freeonline video of the Tour of Missouri, it looks like Universal Sports will be the place to go.

Here's Universal Sports' schedule (All times Central Daylight Time):

Mon, Sept. 08 Stage 1 St. Joseph to Kansas City 1:45 p.m

Tue, Sept. 09 Stage 2 Clinton to Springfield 1:30 p.m.

Wed, Sept. 10 Stage 3 Branson (Time Trial) 11:15 a.m.

Thu, Sept. 11 Stage 4 Lebanon to Rolla
1 p.m.

Fri, Sept.12 Stage 5 St. James to Jefferson City 3:30 p.m.

Sat, Sept. 13 Stage 6 Hermann to St. Charles 1:30 p.m.

Sun, Sept. 14 Stage 7 St. Louis circuit race 2 p.m.

A while back, Gene Bisbee of the Biking Bis blog reported that Universal Sports is making a foray into cycling coverage to see whether there's enough interest to expand its coverage in 2009. Universal Sports has video on demand for the Tour of Germany, and it will cover the UCI Univest Cycling Grand Prix (10 a.m. Saturday) and the Doylestown Criterium (10 a.m. Sunday). Later this month, Universal Sports will cover the UCI World Championships in Varese, Italy.

The Versus cable channel also plans to air hightlights of the Tour of Missouri at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 as part of its Cyclysm Sundays bicycle racing coverage.

It appears from looking at the schedule for Justin.tv and Cycling.tv, which provided onlne video coverage of the 2007 Tour of Missouri, that neither outlet has coverage of this year's race. Cycling.tv is pouring its resources into the Vuelta a Espana.

The Vuelta a Espana has most of the top European riders, but the sole American in the race, Levi Leipheimer, is making an impact. After six stages, Leipheimer is second in the overall classification, 10 seconds behind Sylvain Chavanel.

I'll keep you posted of other outlets for video of the Tour of Missouri when I learn of them.

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