Giro d’Italia 2021 preview: what’s the route and where can you watch it?

How can you watch the Giro d’Italia who are the favourites to win?

Things are finally starting to get back to some semblance of normality and we’ve got our first Grand Tour on the way! The 104th Giro d’Italia returns to its traditional May slot after an October outing in 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited.

The ‘Giro’ tends to be packed full of surprises and the 2020 edition did not disappoint. Pre-race favourite Geraint Thomas dropped out with a fractured pelvis before stage four, paving the way for Ineos Grenadiers teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart to sweep home and become Britain’s fifth Grand Tour winner.

So, where can you watch all of the action in 2021? What twists and turns can we expect from this year’s Giro? We’ve got everything you need to know, right here.

Is the Giro d’Italia on TV?

This year’s Giro d’Italia will be shown on TV on three different channels and available to stream online.

How to watch Giro d’Italia 2021 in the UK

You can watch the Giro d’Italia in the UK live on Eurosport, GCN+ and on Welsh broadcaster, S4C. If you’re a BT customer, then Eurosport is available in either the Sport or VIP packages. You can also subscribe to the Eurosport Player for £6.99 a month, or £39.99 annually.

Dedicated cycling channel GCN+ has rights to the Giro, Milan San Remo and Paris Roubaix among other Classics and Tours. You can subscribe to GCN for £6.99 a month or £39.99 a year.

Giro d'Italia preview

The 2021 Giro d'Italia will be shown on Eurosport and Global Cycling Network

What channel is the Giro d’Italia on?

The Giro d’Italia will be shown on Eurosport, S4C and Global Cycling Network (GCN+) in the UK.

Where can I watch the highlights of the Giro d’Italia?

Eurosport and GCN will be showing highlights and on demand footage from this year’s Giro d’Italia. You can sign up to Eurosport and watch all of the highlights from the Giro here, or subscribe to GCN’s ad-free coverage right here.

 

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When does the Giro d’Italia start?

The 2021 Giro d’Italia starts on Saturday 8th May in Turin. The opening three stages of the 104th edition of the Giro were due to take place in Hungary, but were cancelled last year due to coronavirus.

Instead, the Giro will open with a 9km time trial, before heading up into the climbs of northern and central Italy as the riders take on more than 3,000 metres of altitude over the three weeks. The Giro d’Italia will end May 30th, after 3,450km of elite racing.

Who won the Giro d'Italia 2020?

The 2020 Giro d’Italia took place at the unusual October slot and was won by Englishman Tao Geoghagen Hart.

Ineos Grenadiers’ Hart became the second Brit to win the Giro d’Italia after teammate Chris Froome triumphed in 2018. Hart’s victory in 2020 also meant he became only the fifth British grand tour winner in history.


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