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Basque Tour goes Universal

The upcoming Tour of the Basque country will be aired live in the USA on the Universal Sports website, the broadcaster announced this week. The Universal Sports television network will also air a 90 minute same-day race coverage program at noon eastern time. The Spanish race will feature defending champion Alberto Contador (Astana), 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) and Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) for the six-stage event.

The Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, April 6-11, takes place in the cultural region of Basque, shared between France and Spain. The event is traditionally a mountainous stage race, featuring steep climbs with little to no flat stages. Last year, Contador won both the first stage and the final individual time trial to win the event.

Universalsports.com will show live coverage beginning daily at 10:00AM eastern time except for the final stage which will begin at 10:45AM.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.