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Versus will broadcast this year’s Tour in HD. The network also will get inside Garmin’s bus.

The Versus cable network will broadcast the 2009 Tour de France in high definition for the first time.

The network will begin its coverage on July 4 and 8:30 a.m. Eastern with a one-hour feature on Lance Armstrong. The race coverage will start at 9:30.

The network says it will broadcast an average of 13 hours of Tour coverage each day. A complete schedule is available at Versus.com.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will call all the race action and Frankie Andreu and Robbie Ventura will return as the field reporters. Craig Hummer and Bob Roll will host the primetime show each night.

Versus also will have a camera inside Garmin-Slipstream’s team bus to give a view of the team’s daily pre-stage meetings.

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