The contract, which also covers the Caribbean and starts in 2023, includes additional marquee international cycling events in ASO’s portfolio, including La Vuelta, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Paris-Nice and Paris-Roubaix races.
The deal also includes rights to a host of women’s cycling events, such as the Paris-Roubaix Femmes, La Flèche Wallonne Femmes, Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes and the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta.
Coverage of the Tour de France will be accessible across the Disney-owned broadcaster’s traditional TV and digital platforms. From 2023, ESPN will provide broadcast coverage of the last two hours of each stage on its linear channels, as well as full coverage of every race on its streaming platforms, Star+ in Latin America and ESPN Play in the Caribbean.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to continue offering the world’s most important cycling competitions headlined by the Tour de France, for our cycling fans across Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Michael Walters, vice president of programming at ESPN.
“Also, we’re enormously proud to announce that the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and many other significant women’s events will be part of our regular cycling programming as of 2023.”
Julien Goupil, media and partnership director at ASO, added: “We are delighted to renew and strengthen our agreement in Latin America with ESPN for the broadcast of the Tour de France and many other events until 2027.
“Those events have seen a lot of success from Latin American participants in the recent years and plenty are yet to come on ESPN channels and platforms.
“The spotlight will also be put on women’s cycling as soon as July 24, 2022 with the start of the first Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift that will be part of ESPN’s commitment to the cycling sport in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.