The Nine Network has secured the broadcast rights to the Santos Tour Down Under, the pinnacle of road cycling in Australia, in a three-year deal from 2012.
Wide World of Sports will add the event to its outstanding lineup by broadcasting the Down Under Classic and all six stages of the Santos Tour Down Under from January 15 to 22, 2012, when the top professional cycling teams and the best riders in the world will compete in Adelaide.
As the first event on the UCI WorldTour calendar, the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under will showcase Australia and open the cycling year with adrenaline-charged battles on the streets of Adelaide.
The Nine Network will broadcast the final two stages LIVE and cover the Down Under Classic and the first four stages via a daily highlights package on Nine. There will also be a dedicated page for the event on the Wide World of Sports website.
Channel Nine’s Andrew Voss will host the Santos Tour Down Under for Wide World of Sports. The international voices of cycling – Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen – will provide expert roadside commentary.
Steve Crawley, Head of Sport for the Nine Network, said: “Australia has a great history of success in Olympic cycling and in an Olympic year this event will showcase some of the best Australian and international cycling talent leading into London 2012.”
Hitaf Rasheed, General Manager of Events South Australia, welcomed a new era for the State’s largest sporting festival.
“We’re excited about the new partnership with the Nine Network, who have a proven track record in the coverage of major sporting events and are the official broadcasters of the London 2012 Olympic Games,” Ms Rasheed said.