ESPN INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS
TOBAGO INTERNATIONAL CYCLING CLASSIC 2011
Special Highlight Show Airs
January 23 on ESPN’s Caribbean Networks
January 19, 2012—ESPN International will telecast a 30-minute highlight program showcasing the Tobago International Cycling Classic 2011, the first Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned cycling race in the English-speaking Caribbean. The program debuts Monday, January 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET and again on Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET on the ESPN Caribbean network it was announced by Bernard Stewart, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media.
ESPN’s highlight show will capture world class cyclists battling through the four-stage, 112-kilometer race across Tobago’s challenging terrain. Top competitors include Austrians Ricardo Zoidl and Werner Riebenbauer, Raphael Meran of the Dominican Republic, German Mathias Wiele and Russian Sergei Tvetcov. The 2011 race took place September 28 to October 2.
ESPN International’s networks in the United Kingdom, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand also will air the show in January. (check local listings).
Jo Ankier, the former track star from the United Kingdom and sports presenter, will serve as on-air talent for the program. Mark Donaldson, ESPN commentator, will provide voiceover segments.
“ESPN’s Caribbean programming team continues to find opportunities for our Caribbean networks to air locally relevant events, while at the same time showcasing the Caribbean sport lifestyle to the world,” said Stewart. “Cycling enthusiasts who have watched ESPN’s coverage of major meets like the Tour De France and España are sure to enjoy the Tobago International Cycling Classic.”
“We were thrilled to work with ESPN on the Tobago International Cycling Classic,” said Jeff Charles, president of Trinbago Wheelers, the organizer. “This was the 25th anniversary of the event and 152 cyclists participated, more than seventy percent of whom were from outside of the Caribbean. This represents a thirty percent increase in international participation from 2010.”
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