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Tour of the Basque Country 2011

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 08:40+00:00

Bernie S wrote in to let us know that “RAIsport 2 (13e) is covering Tour of Basque Country but not on ETBSat as previous years but on Canal Vasco which is not as far as I can see on Satellite”.

Show times are: 15:30-17:00 CET and 22:30-23:30 Monday, 15:30-17:00 and 22:45-23:45 Tuesday, 17:00-18:30 and 22:30-23:30 Wednesday, 15:30-17:00 and 22:30-23:30 Thursday, 17:00-18:30 and 22:30-23:30 Friday and 17:00-18:30 and 00:00-01:00 Saturday. I’m guessing that some of those might be live, some delayed and the evening showings are highlights.

Sadly, he’s quite right about Canal Vasco – I can’t find it either. It seems to be broadcast only to America from Hispasat 30w. This race has been a late addition to ETBSat’s schedules at least one year before, but I doubt it will be this year because it’s also been on Eurosport in the past and isn’t this year. I think that’s sometimes a sign of a race losing media partners or trying+failing to raise its prices.


Tour of Flanders 2011

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 09:11+00:00

The Tour of Flanders is on today and you can watch it free-to-air by Satellite on Eurosport (19e) from 12:30, RAI Sport 2 (13e) from 12:20 and France 3 (5w) from 15:20 (all times CET).

It looks like 30 minute highlights are on RAI Sport 2 at 17:00 and 22:30.

As ever, live internet coverage links are on the cyclingfans Tour of Flanders page but if you see more free TV links, please leave me a comment. I’m actually near my computer more today, so should post them up in good time!


Milan-San Remo

Filed under: Coverage,Criticism,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 10:31+00:00

Live Free-to-air Satellite TV coverage of Milan-San Remo seems to be limited to RAI3 (13e) from 14:50 CET today (Saturday 19 March 2011). Highlights are on Eurosport (19e) 18:00-19:00 CET.

Please, if you spot it on any other free-to-air channels, leave me a comment or tweet @mjray or similar. I’ll check back here before the race.


Paris-Nice, the Race to the Sun

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,ITV,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 12:02+00:00

So the World Tour FreeTV cycling season starts in earnest with Paris-Nice, the race to the sun. You can watch the race every day on France 3 (5w), from about 13:30 CET for the first stage, 16:10 CET during the week.

Eurosport (19e) also has live coverage from Monday, but only highlights in the evening today (Sunday 6 March, the first stage).

There will be a race review on itv4 (28e) at some future date, but I didn’t find it in their schedule yet. I think it’s been something like a month after the race in previous years!

The race organisers list Eurovision as a media sponsor, so it might be on other channels too. Have you seen satellite free TV coverage elsewhere?


Giro di Lombardia

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 10:47+00:00

The last major classic of the season, the Giro di Lombardia, is on Eurosport (19e), RAI Sport 2 (13e) and RAI Tre (13e) this Saturday. Times can be found on the cicloweb schedule and thanks to Bernie S for the tip.

As a little extra, the schedule also shows Giro del Piemonte highlights on RAI Sport 2 today.

As last year, I’ve been a bit zonked since the Tour of Britain, so I apologise for missing a few race details on this site. I think it’s soon time to rest up over winter, watch the Tour de France route presentation and the anti-doping machinations and recuperate before another intruiguing season. But first let’s see who wins in Lombardy!


Vuelta a Espana

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 12:10+00:00

What a shame! I can’t see any Vuelta programmes on Spanish channel TVEinternational yet – currently listings are visible for Sat and Sun so far. TVEI is on a wide range of satellites with show times apparently only published a few days ahead. The official Vuelta site claims it is on TVE, but I don’t see it. Most of the channels listed are pay-TV junk only available to buy in a few small areas.

Eurosport to the rescue! Eurosport International (19e) has Vuelta shows in the late afternoon most days, although it’s at 21:30 CET on Saturday (but still live).

Again, I’ve not spotted coverage on RAI yet, but the listings are late to appear. Is anyone else is covering this race free-to-air? What’s happened? Is Unipublic asking too much money for the rights?


Eneco Tour and Grand Prix Ouest France-Plouay

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 11:33+00:00

The Eneco Tour is continuing with live coverage today (Sunday), tomorrow and Tuesday on Eurosport International (19e) at about 14:45 CET until the stage end and highlights usually about 08:30 CET and around 13:45 CET the following day.

The Grand Prix Ouest France-Plouay is available live and Free-to-air on both France 3 (5w) from 15:20 CET and Direct 8 (13e) from 15:30 CET.

So, who’s in form for the Veulta? See for yourself!


Tour de France 2010

Filed under: Coverage,Criticism,Eurosport,ITV,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 04:51+00:00

And so it begins again!

itv4 (28e) has live coverage every day for the first time. Start times are between 1500 and 1700 BST, with highlights daily at 1900-2000 BST (except today when it’s at 2000), repeated the following day at 1300.

France Television is the home broadcaster and you can watch live tour coverage on France 2 (5w) most days starting at or before 1420 CET. There’s often a short programme earlier at 1250 or 1300 CET for the village départ on France 3 (5w). There’s a coverage guide in French on the France Television site. Generally, the pictures are what you’ll see used as a base by all the other broadcasters.

Italian channel RAI Due (13e) has the live stages again this year, with highlights later on RAI Sport píu (13e). Earlier in the day, RAI Sport píu is showing the Giro d’Italia femmini if you’d like to watch that.

Either the Spanish-language channels suck, my TV guides suck or both. I can’t find any free-to-air coverage from Spain at all.

In German, Eurosport (19e) has live coverage daily about the same time. Once again, expect it to have added features like Planet Armstrong: Season 2, interviews, guest summarisers and slightly irritating competitions scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

ARD and ZDF (13e and 19e) have come back to their senses after a couple of bad years. This year they’re showing live coverage, but still starting about an hour later in the stage than some broadcasters (1530 CET or so). Maybe next year will see full coverage.

Have you spotted any more free-to-air coverage? Any particularly good (or bad) presentations of the Tour? What do you love or hate about the shows? Leave a comment and praise Phil or lament Duffy Duck if you like…


Criterium Du Dauphiné

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 11:09+00:00

Bernie S wrote in: “Dauphine broadcast on RAISport 2 new channel on Hotbird [13e] from 1800cet Sunday 6 June, no info on rest of week.Its also on German Eurosport on Astra [19e] and from 1500cet during week”.

Thanks Bernie! The RAI listings for today and tomorrow on teletext only seem to show RAISport 1. Anyone got listings for Sport 2?

As usual, Klack offers pretty good Eurosport listings.

I think the race might also be available in analogue free-to-air on France 4 on 5w, which is irritatingly scrambled in digital.


Giro d’Italia

Filed under: Coverage,Eurosport,ITV,Live Events,Road racing — MJ Ray @ 10:58+00:00

Grand Tour Time! The first one of 2010 kicks off. As you’d expect, the Tour of Italy starts anywhere except Italy: this year it’s Amsterdam.

Coverage is where you’d expect: Rai Tre daily from 1515 CET, with preview before that, aftershow after it and highlights later on Rai Sport Pìu, both free-to-air at 13e. See Rai Teletext’s sport page for exact details.

It’s also on Eurosport at 19e if you prefer it in German or that’s where your dish is pointing.

Sadly, once again, it seems that none of the free-to-air French or English channels are showing the Giro. Come on itv4 – home of cycling, but only one grand tour?

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