The Tour de France, road cycling’s blue-riband event, will continue to be shown on France Télévisions until at least 2030 after the public-service broadcaster extended its long-standing rights agreement.
The long-term renewal with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will begin in 2026 and includes other annual events in the ASO portfolio, namely: Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne and Paris–Tours classics, plus the Paris-Nice, Critérium du Dauphiné and Critérium International stage races.
France Télévisions will remain the official broadcaster of the events on all platforms (TV, digital, and mobile).
The broadcaster will also produce content on its francetvsport digital platforms and social network accounts to enhance digital coverage of the races.
In addition, France Télévisions will be responsible for the production of all ASO events taking place on French territory.
The public-service network’s existing five-year rights deal with ASO does not expire until 2025. Eurosport France, the French arm of the pan-European sports broadcaster, also holds domestic Tour de France rights for the same period.
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Yann Le Moenner, managing director of Amaury Sport Organisation, said: “Thanks to the wealth of editorial content that accompanies the live broadcasts, both on the programs themselves and on digital platforms, the general public has a 360-degree view of all our events.
“The production quality and the commitment of France Télévisions alongside us for all our projects are considerable assets for the development of our events. Proof of this is the immediate support from France Télévisions and its determination to promote women’s cycling, in particular through the very recent emergence of the Tour de France Femmes.
“This new agreement promises even more future innovations, to glorify the elite sportsmen and sportswomen thus enthralling millions of television viewers and fans in the 190 countries where the images of our events are broadcast.”
Delphine Ernotte Cunci, chief executive of France Télévisions, added: “The Tour de France is part of the history and heritage of the French people. Each summer, the Tour de France and now the Tour de France Femmes excite French and foreign spectators.
“I am therefore very proud and pleased to see France Télévisions continue its partnership with ASO to bring one of the world’s greatest sporting events to as many people as possible.”
The extended deal between the two parties was announced yesterday (July 23) at the conclusion of this year’s Tour de France which was won by Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard for a second straight year.
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