Originally Posted by rkhopkins
The only thing I did not like about the coverage were number of commercial breaks. It seemed like every two minutes they would break away for more ads. At least they did have some commercial free periods at the end of some stages.
They always have an extended "commercial-free" section at the end of the stage. And to make up for it they pepper the earlier relatively mundane racing with extra breaks.
For example yesterday the last three laps (3x7=21 miles) were commercial-free, right up to the finish.
Same with exciting climbs into the mountains. They usually have say the last 20-30 minutes commercial-free, just solid racing.
And you never miss anything even if something happens during a commercial, as they do immediately replay something important (e.g. a crash) which might have been missed while away.
I recorded all of the early morning extended full "live" coverage shows (adding an extra 1/2 hour to the Guide time) rather than the edited replays later, and then watched it later in the day or evening when I had time, doing my own "commercial-free" skipping as appropriate. Not a problem. And seeing "live" in the upper-right corner makes it more exciting for me.