Watch the 2011 Vuelta a Espana Live Online
Universal Sports shows Vuelta a Espana live online and on TV. Universal Sports will broadcast live, exclusive coverage of every stage of the Vuelta a España-more than 45 total hours-beginning Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m. ET. Universal Sports partner Roadcycling.com will air video highlights from every stage of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana in its video section.
Universal Sports shows Vuelta a Espana live online and on TV. Universal Sports will broadcast live, exclusive coverage of every stage of the Vuelta a España-more than 45 total hours-beginning Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m. ET. Universal Sports partner Roadcycling.com will air video highlights from every stage of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana in its video section .
Coverage of the third and final Grand Tour of the European cycling season continues every day at 10 a.m. ET throughout the three-week race, during which Universal Sports will follow the riders through all 21 stages to the finish in Madrid on September 11. On both rest days-August 30 and September 5-Universal Sports will present special Vuelta Recap Shows at 10 a.m. ET. The network will also present primetime re-airs of each stage nightly at 8 p.m. ET.
The Universal Sports broadcast team will feature Steve Schlanger on play-by-play and Todd Gogulski, former teammate of Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond, serving as color commentator. The 2011 Tour of Spain will be produced by Universal Sports' David Michaels, who will be the first U.S. TV supervising producer in recent memory to produce all three Grand Tour cycling events in a single year. Michaels and Gogulski worked on Universal Sports' coverage of the Giro d'Italia in May, then collaborated on Versus' broadcast of the Tour de France in July. Coverage on the network will include interviews with team directors and cyclists as well as insight from cycling experts and on-site media.
Commenting on this year's Vuelta, Gogulski told Roadcycling.com and Roadcycling.mobi "While it has been the outright season goal for some, the 2011 Vuelta a España is a place for redemption for many whose seasons have been hampered by injury, illness or otherwise sub-par results, and it's a great place to gain the final conditioning and confidence leading into the World Championships."
"This year's race promises to be a battle between last year's champion, Italian Vincenzo Nibali, compatriot Michele Scarponi, and Spaniard Igor Anton, along with a strong wild-card contingent of several big stars who crashed out of the Tour de France."
"The most interesting sprint battles will be between Mark Cavendish and American Tyler Farrar, both multi-stage winners last year, against 10 other strong field sprinters shooting for sprint stage wins."
UniversalSports.com will also provide LIVE streaming coverage of every stage, plus full-length video recaps, highlights, stage profiles, elevation profiles, real-time rider location, blogs, standings, photos and recaps for $14.99. Universal Sports partner Roadcycling.com will offer free Giro d'Italia video highlights, news, complete results, photos, interviews, discussions, and more. Fans who need the latest Vuelta news while away from their computers can access Roadcycling.mobi from their mobile phones or download Roadcycling.com's apps for iPhone, Android or Nokia phones.
The 2011 Vuelta a Espana boasts an all-star field including 2010 Vuelta a España winner Vincenzo Nibali, who posted a third-place finish earlier this year at the Giro d'Italia. Nibali's quest to repeat will not be easy, as he will face elite competition in Denis Menchov, Jani Brajkovic, Michele Scarponi and Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins retuns to