As previously tipped, Nine has secured the broadcast rights to the Tour Down Under from SBS in a three-year deal to begin from January.
Nine will broadcast all six stages of the Santos Tour Down Under to be held in Adelaide from January 15 to 22.
The first four stages will be screened as a daily highlights package as part of Wide World of Sports on Nine with the final two stages broadcast Live.
Andrew Voss will host with commentary from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.
Steve Crawley, Head of Sport for the Nine Network, said: “Australia has a great history of success in Olympic cycling and in an Olympic year this event will showcase some of the best Australian and international cycling talent leading into London 2012.”
The rights switch was tipped by tweets from SBS staff last week.
“We’ll be on site and do what we’re allowed too. News access videos and some bits and pieces. Not comprehensive though,” SBS TV senior sports producer Stuart Randall tweeted.
Cycling remains a big drawcard for SBS with Cadel Evans’ win in the Tour de France as its top rating event for 2012.
It isn’t the first time Nine has swooped on the rights to a popular SBS show with Top Gear famously switching networks in a deal with the BBC.