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Eurosport will guarantee millions of cycling fans across the world have every moment and kilometre covered at this year’s Giro d’Italia thanks to an unrivalled 360-degree editorial offer. The first Grand Tour of 2019 will be the first that Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network (GCN) have worked in collaboration at a live event since Discovery took a majority stake in the company in January.
Fans won’t miss a minute of the action in the race for the maglia rosa, with an unprecedented level of coverage including over 100 hours of coverage – from live cycling to post-race analysis - cementing Eurosport as the true ‘Home of Cycling’ on TV, digital and online.
Emir Osmanbegovic, SVP Sports Content & Production at Eurosport, said: “We are incredibly proud of our heritage in cycling and our deep expertise in the sport. Cycling fans are extremely passionate and together with the great team at GCN we are powering that passion by offering a full, 360-degree experience of all 21 stages of the Giro d’Italia on all platforms."
"Our coverage will feature the best and biggest names in the sport across Europe and we will deliver cycling fans the depth of coverage they deserve.”
Bradley Wiggins, who will link up with Eurosport in the UK throughout the season, added: “I am excited to be working for Eurosport at the Giro. Eurosport is the go-to destination for the best races throughout the season and I am looking forward to giving my own, unfiltered views during the Giro.
“At this year’s race, with the three ITT, you think that would favour Tom Dumoulin. You obviously have Egal Bernal as well who is fresh on the back of his Paris-Nice victory – he is an immense talent who I am sure will win the Giro one day. It’s going to be a fantastic race and it's probably the best race to watch of them all. I’ll go for Simon Yates, with Bernal as the dark horse.”
At the end of each stage, a 30-minute Giro Extra show on Eurosport will re-cap the best of the day’s action. Eurosport’s extensive coverage of the race will be complemented by GCN, who create a variety of engaging video content on-site in their own inimitable style for millions of cycling fans across the globe including in local languages (Spanish and Italian in addition to English) for the very first time.
Supplementing Eurosport’s live coverage will be the return of 60 Seconds Pro – a short-form feature series breaking down key elements of the sport - featuring cycling luminaries Tom Dumoulin, Simon Yates and Matteo Trentin. Viewers across Europe will also be handed the chance to go inside the mind of a Grand Tour rookie, with Pascal Ackermann of the Boara-Hansgrohe team giving Eurosport exclusive access throughout his first-ever Giro d’Italia. Fans in the Netherlands, meanwhile, will have inside and exclusive access to Team Sunweb while Eurosport viewers in Poland will have similar behind-the-scenes access to Team CCC.
Giving fans an idea of the travails encountered by professional cyclists competing in Italy, Juan Antonio Flecha will once again offer his own insights via six recons at stages of varying difficulties during Eurosport’s coverage.
Eurosport’s line-up of experts for the Giro d’Italia reads like a who’s-who of cycling royalty, with Juan Antonio Flecha once again reporting live from the front line while two-time winner of the Giro d’Italia Alberto Contador will be an integral part of Eurosport’s coverage in Spain in his role as analyst. Following the announcement that he is to front a 20-part podcast series last month, five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins will be linking up with Eurosport in the UK as an expert analyst throughout the cycling season. Popular GCN presenters Dan Lloyd and Simon Richardson will also front Eurosport’s coverage in the UK at key times during the 21-stage race.
Eurosport’s digital and social offering will underpin its coverage away from the course, with local pre and post stage Facebook Live shows in key markets including the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and the UK – where it will launch a brand-new cycling debate show where the fans themselves will be encouraged to drive the news agenda. GCN will also be producing a daily race show throughout the Giro d’Italia ensuring fans won’t miss a beat from one of the most thrilling races of the season.
Eurosport will screen the first Grand Tour of the season LIVE in an incredible 89 markets and territories across Europe, mainland Asia and Asia-Pacific regions. Discovery-owned Quest (UK) will broadcast daily highlights while another Discovery brand, Kanal 5 (Denmark), will screen the first two stages of the race from Bologna live.
Last year, the Eurosport network recorded its second best-ever Giro d’Italia while Eurosport in the Netherlands broke its own audience record for the race. Boosted by Chris Froome’s unforgettable triumph as he held off the challenge of defending champion Tom Dumoulin, Eurosport in the UK also registered double-digit growth versus 2017.