Tour de France is LIVE and Exclusive on Astro (Ch 814) throughout July

Kuala Lumpur, 28 June 2012 – Eurosport officially announced today that it will provide one of the most comprehensive broadcasts of the Tour de France in history, with over 80 hours of LIVE and prime-time viewing.

Eurosport’s unrivalled telecast of the great race will include broadcast of the prologue and all 20 stages LIVE across Asia from June 30 to July 22, including coverage of the not-to-be missed famous winner’s stage along the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday 22 July, as well the traditional team presentation on Friday 29 June.

To mark the start of Eurosport’s live coverage which airs exclusively on Astro (Ch 814) from this Saturday (30 June), London 2012 Olympics qualifier, Muhammad Adiq Husainie Othman, joined Asian Games medalist and ex-Olympian, M.Kumaresan, in the capital today.

Wearing replica yellow jerseys, made famous by the world’s pinnacle road race, the two Malaysian riders took part in the Eurosport time trial challenge, amidst a backdrop of the city’s illustrious Petronas Towers.

Kumaresan, best remembered for becoming the first Malaysian cyclist to qualify for the Olympics back in 1988 (Seoul), kicked off the three-mile time trial, before his younger counterpart joined the fold.

The 45 year-old demonstrated exactly why he was the country’s top performing cyclist for over a decade, as he managed to finish the distance in a remarkable 7 minutes and 4 seconds, six seconds faster than Muhammad Adiq Husainie Othman.

Speaking of the forthcoming road race, Kemaman-born Adiq Husainie said, “The live Tour de France coverage is fantastic for cycling fans in Malaysia. When I was cycling we had to wait months to see footage of the race, but now it’s accessible to the masses and provides an opportunity for the country to learn more about the sport. It’s the best race in the world and I will most certainly be watching! ”

Despite embarking on a rigorous training programme ahead of the forthcoming Olympics, 21-year-old Adiq Husainie still managed to make a special trip to the city to support Eurosport’s activity. As one of the two Malaysian riders selected to represent the country next month in London, he is being hailed as Malaysia’s future Tour de France hopeful.

Datuk Naim Mohamad, Deputy President of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation, who joined the two cyclists today, spoke highly of the young talent, “Adiq Hussaine should be the first Malaysian to ride in the Tour de France. He’s an extremely gifted cyclist and hopefully one day soon he will ride with a professional team. I think he has already proved to the country that he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Defending champion, Australian Cadel Evans is once again a leading contender alongside Britain’s Bradley Wiggins (Evans is favoured by M.Kumaresan and Wiggans by Adiq Husainie). The pair finished third and first respectively, in the recent Criterium du Dauphine and look set to continue their rivalry on the slopes of the Alps and Pyrenees.

In addition to the in-race coverage, Eurosport will provide daily previews and reviews from the start and finish line, unprecedented access to behind the scenes and up to the minute reporting from each stage.

The 99th staging of the tour, which starts in Liege in Belgium on Saturday 30 June, will wind 3,497km through the French countryside, encompassing four mid-mountain stages, five high mountain stages and two individual time trials.

Eurosport and the entire Tour de France can be viewed in Malaysia on the Astro platform, Ch 814.

Eurosport’s unprecedented broadcast of the prologue and all 20 stages of the race LIVE will commence prime-time at 20.00pm nightly* (MAL) in the Asia region.

A replay of each of the stages will be screened the following day in the afternoon.

* Coverage commences at: 20.30pm (June 30), 19.00pm (July 8 & 12), 17.00pm (July 13 & 18) and 18.45pm (July 19). Schedules are as of 28 June 2012 and are subject to change. Times are MAL.