The Ultimate Tour: Cycling schedule on NBCSN

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The Tour de France isn’t during its usual summer slot — it will run from August 29 to September 20 and be shown on NBCSN — but cycling fans can still watch some of the best the sport has to offer in late June and in July with the Ultimate Tour.

NBCSN will air 25 of the best stages and races from the 15 years for the event. That will include stages from the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix.

There’s a full schedule of the stages that will be shown below. All stages are the Tour de France unless otherwise noted.

Date Time  Year Stage Starting location Finish location
Mon, 6/29  9 am – Noon  2014  Stage 1  Leeds Harrogate
Tues, 6/30  9 am – Noon  2015  Stage 3  Antwerp, BEL Huy, BEL
Wed, 7/1  9 am – Noon  2014  Stage 5  Ypres Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
Thurs, 7/2  9 am – Noon  2019  Stage 8  Macon Saint-Etienne
Fri, 7/3  9 am – Noon  2011  Stage 3  Olonne-sur-Mer Redon
Mon, 7/6  9 am – Noon  2016  Stage 8  Pau Bagneres-de-Luchon
Mon, 7/6  7 pm – 10 pm  2013  Stage 9  Saint-Girons Bagneres-de-Bigorre
Mon, 7/6  10 pm – 1 am  2017  Stage 9  Nantua Chambery
Tues, 7/7  9 am – Noon  2018  Stage 10  Annecy Le Grand-Bornand
Tues, 7/7  7 pm – 10 pm  2016  Stage 11  Carcassonne Montpellier
Tues, 7/7  10 pm – 1 am  2015 Amgen Tour of CA  Stage 7  Ontario Mount Baldy
 2019 Amgen Tour of CA  Stage 6  Ontario Mount Baldy
Wed, 7/8  9 am – Noon  2018  Stage 11  Albertville La Rosiere
Wed, 7/8  7 pm – 10 pm  2012  Stage 11  Albertville La Toussuire-Les Sybelles
Wed, 7/8  10 pm – 1 am  2008 Paris-Roubaix  Compiegne Roubaix
Thurs, 7/9  9 am – Noon  2016  Stage 12  Montpellier Chalet Reynard
Thurs, 7/9  7 pm – 10 pm  2017  Stage 13  Saint-Girons Foix
Thurs, 7/9  10 pm – 1 am  2013 Paris-Roubaix  Compiegne Roubaix
Fri, 7/10  9 am – Noon  2019  Stage 14  Tarbes Col du Tourmalet
Sat, 7/11  9 am – Noon  2008  Stage 17  Embrun Prato Nevoso
Sun, 7/12  9 am – Noon  2018  Stage 17  Bagneres-de-Luchon Saint-Lary-Soulan
Mon. 7/13  9 am – Noon  2011  Stage 18  Pinerolo Col du Galibier
Tues, 7/14  9 am – Noon  2019  Stage 18  Embrun Valloire
Wed, 7/15  9 am – Noon  2011  Stage 19  Modane Alpe d-Huez
Thurs, 7/16  9 am – Noon  2018  Stage 19  Lourdes Laruns
Fri, 7/17  9 am – Noon  2015  Stage 20  Modane Alpe d-Huez

Thomas sees Giro d’Italia lead cut slightly by Roglič; Buitrago wins Stage 19

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TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO, Italy — Geraint Thomas maintained his bid to become the oldest Giro d’Italia champion although his lead was cut slightly by Primož Roglič during the toughest stage of the race.

Roglič crossed the summit finish of the so-called “Queen Stage” three seconds ahead of Thomas at the end of the race’s final mountain road leg.

There were no flat sections and five tough, classified climbs on the 114-mile route from Longarone to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which had gradients of up to 18%.

Stage 19 was won by Santiago Buitrago, who finished 51 seconds ahead of Derek Gee and 1 minute, 46 seconds ahead of Magnus Cort and Roglič, who just missed out on bonus seconds.

“I’m really happy with this victory. It was the most difficult moment of a difficult Giro for me personally,” said Buitrago, who rides for Bahrain Victorious. “I wanted to try and raise my arms before the end and coming here at Tre Cime di Lavaredo is amazing.

“This is the recompense for all the work that I’ve done. … There’s a lot of motivation for me and the whole team having seen the fruits of our labors.”

The 37-year-old Thomas, who rides for Ineos Grenadiers, is 26 seconds ahead of Roglič going into what will be a decisive penultimate stage

Third-placed João Almeida lost more time and was 59 seconds behind Thomas.

Roglič changed his bicycle shortly before the start of the penultimate climb and he made his move inside the final kilometer. However, Thomas was able to stick to his wheel and the British cyclist made his own attack in the final 500 meters and looked to have slightly distanced his rival.

But Roglič came back and gained what could be a vital few seconds.

The winner will likely be decided in the mountain time trial that ends in a demanding climb up Monte Lussari, with an elevation of over 3,000 feet and gradients of up to 22%.

“Tomorrow we go full again,” Roglič said. “It’s good. We got a bit of legs back, so tomorrow we go full, eh?

“If I wouldn’t be confident then I don’t start. The best one at the end wins.”

The race ends in a mostly ceremonial finish in Rome, where Thomas could beat the age record held by Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 when he won in 1955.

Thomas celebrates 37th birthday by retaining Giro d’Italia lead; Roglic into 2nd

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VAL DI ZOLDO, Italy — Geraint Thomas celebrated his 37th birthday with another strong ride in the mountains to retain the pink jersey during Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia.

Thomas crossed immediately behind Primoz Roglic, who moved up from third place to second.

“The legs have been good,” Thomas said. “Need to enjoy these moments.”

Joao Almeida dropped from second to third overall after losing 21 seconds over the 100-mile route from Oderzo to Val di Zoldo, which included two first-category climbs followed by two second-category climbs in the finale – including an uphill finish.

Thomas – the 2018 Tour de France champion – leads Roglic by 29 seconds and Almeida by 39 seconds.

“It’s a pleasant day. I take time on Almeida and didn’t get dropped by Primoz,” Thomas said. “I felt pretty good, always under control but Primoz obviously went hard. It wasn’t easy. … I just want to be consistent until the end.”

Italian champion Filippo Zanna won the stage ahead of fellow breakaway rider Thibaut Pinot in a two-man sprint.

With only two more climbing stages remaining before the mostly ceremonial finish in Rome, Thomas is poised to become the oldest Giro winner in history – beating the record of Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 when he won in 1955.

Chris Horner holds the record for oldest Grand Tour champion, set when he won the Spanish Vuelta in 2013 at 41.

However, Thomas will still be tested over the next two days.

Stage 19 is considered perhaps the race’s toughest, a 114-mile leg from Longarone to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo featuring five major climbs. Then there’s a mountain time trial.