Radio Shack will get major display messaging on the "Tour de France All Access" site, as well as key billboard messaging during the live video stages.
Radio Shack also sponsors a Pro Tour team that is competing in the Tour; it started last year with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Radio Shack is one of four American-based teams to compete in the Tour, which also include Garmin-Cervelo, HTC-Highroad, and BMC.
In addition to Radio Shack, other online event sponsors for "All Access" include Aquaphor, Travelers and Izod.
Healing ointment maker Aquaphor will promote the Aquaphor Le Tour Challenge (along with personal fitness site, MapMyRide) where users can ride their bikes on any given day of the Tour de France to see how they compare to the pros and other cyclists.
Travelers is backing a Travelers Fantasy Cycling Challenge, where users select their own team of cyclists and compete with others for prizes. Apparel maker Izod is sponsoring the Izod Race for the Podium Watch & Win Sweepstakes, where an on-air code word gives viewers a chance to win a trip to the 2012 Tour de France and Cervelo Bikes.
The NBC network, for the first time, will be broadcasting coverage of first two stages of the bike race on July 2 and 3. Versus will do its usual wall-to-wall coverage of the event -- airing 14 hours a day of coverage -- including live coverage from July 2 through July 24.--Wayne Friedman