Comcast, OLN Set for Tour de France

Comcast Corp. and Outdoor Life Network will provide 300 hours of 2005 Tour de France coverage, including exclusive video-on-demand highlights, the MSO and the network said Thursday.

The 23 days of bicycle-racing action starts July 2 with a special Tour de France show at 8:30 a.m. (EST), followed by live coverage of stage one at 11:30 a.m.

OLN’s regular daily schedule includes live coverage every morning, excluding two rest days, as well as replays throughout the day and a nightly primetime race-recap and analysis program.

Comcast Digital Cable subscribers can also access eight to 10 minutes of extended highlights via the MSO’s VOD service.

“This year's Tour de France promises to be one of the most anticipated and exciting races ever, and Comcast is offering viewers the chance to enjoy the action on their schedule," Comcast On Demand vice president and general manager Page Thompson said in a prepared statement.

"From the first stage until the riders reach the Champs Elysees, customers can count on Comcast to deliver the most comprehensive Tour experience, from live daily coverage to our On Demand and DVR [digital-video-recorder] services,” he added.