The Giro d’Italia begins early Saturday morning (Australian time) with SBS ONE broadcasting every stage LIVE for the first time ever.
After stage 1 (which SBS will cover LIVE from 2:15am), coverage on SBS ONE will begin at around 11pm on weeknights and around 10:45pm on weekends (AEST) from Saturday 10 May until Sunday 1 June. SBS ONE will broadcast highlights at 5:30pm every night from 10 May to 2 June on SBS ONE. Complete broadcast times are available on Cycling Central’s website.
Coverage will also be available online at www.sbs.com.au/CyclingCentral.
SBS’s Giro coverage will be hosted by Michael Tomalaris with expert analysis from former Giro stage winner David McKenzie and former professional cyclist Henk Vogels. Race commentary will be provided by Matt Keenan and David McKenzie.
Australian fans will be watching Cadel Evans as he attempts to win the coveted Maglia Rosa in what could be his last ever grand tour. Evans finished third in last year’s Giro and is already a grand tour winner having won the 2011 Tour de France. That victory saw his name etched into the history books of Australian sport as he became the first ever Australian to win the maillot jaune.
Last year’s Giro saw freezing temperatures as stages were re-routed and cancelled due to heavy snow/bad weather. Lets hope this year’s weather is kinder to the world tour riders as they tackle the spectacular Italian mountains. The first two stages of this year’s race will be held in Belfast (stage 1) and Dublin (stage 2), before the race heads to Italy for stage 3.
Ken Shipp, Head of Sport SBS said:
“…it’s been our long term goal to expand our coverage of the Giro d’Italia and with Cadel targeting a win, it made more sense than ever to broadcast the whole event live as an ideal appetiser for the Tour de France in July.”
If you can’t catch SBS’s coverage, Eurosport will also show every stage of the Giro. Its LIVE coverage begins with Stage 2 (a replay of Stage 1 will be shown at 7:45am on Saturday).
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