The 2011 Tour de France begins on Saturday with a 119 mile journey beginning in Passage du Gois and ending in Mont des Alouettes. The first stage of the 2011 race is a sprint stage, with mostly flat terrain and a finish that encourages sprinters to shine. The early stages in the Tour de France are all about the sprint, with the real work to be done later as the race hits the mountains.
Coverage of the first stage in the 2011 Tour de France can be found on Versus. The live broadcast begins at 8 a.m. EDT on Saturday morning and Versus will be there throughout the stage to cover all the action from start to finish. In addition to the Versus broadcast, NBC will swoop in at 2 p.m. EDT to broadcast a condensed version of the day's stage.
With 119 miles, or 191.5 kilometers, to cover on Saturday, there will be plenty of cycling action to keep track of. Versus has three and a half hours blocked off for the broadcast, stretching from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT. The Tour de France preview show is scheduled to hit the airwaves at 7 a.m. EDT, one hour before racing begins.
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