German TV to air Tour de France live again

German fans will be able to watch the Tour de France live on public television again this year. Last...

German fans will be able to watch the Tour de France live on public television again this year. Last year, the two public channels ARD and ZDF pulled the plug on their broadcasts after it was announced that T-Mobile's Patrik Sinkewitz had tested positive for testosterone.

Tour organiser ASO made the announcement on Monday, and ZDF confirmed it to the sid news agency. The ARD had previously announced its decision.

The broadcast rights are regulated by the Europäische Rundfunk-Union. That contract expires the end of this year, but ASO is already negotiating to extend that contract.

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