Overseas partners sign on for Tour de France

Amaury Sport Organisation has struck broadcast rights deals in a host of overseas markets ahead of the 2018 edition of the Tour de France cycling race.

ASO, which organises the ‘Grand Tour’ event, said it has extended its deal with Colombian commercial broadcaster Caracol for it to continue to cover the Tour in the home country of Movistar’s star rider Nairo Quintana (pictured) through to 2023.

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports has also extended its deal for the Middle East through to 2023, while international sports broadcaster ESPN will cover the Tour in Latin America until 2022 and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has committed to 2021.

Meanwhile, Indian pay-television broadcaster DSport has signed on as a new rights partner. Terms of its deal were undisclosed, but DSport will cover 90 minutes of live coverage of each stage from this year’s Tour.

The 2018 Tour de France commences on Saturday, with the Grand Départ being held in the Vendée department of France.