GOLDEN PERIOD OF CYCLING COMMENCES WITH EUROSPORT’S CONSECUTIVE COVERAGE OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE, TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES AND OLYMPIC GAMES PARIS 2024

25 June 2024

  • Eurosport to produce coverage of every stage of the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes for widest audience across Europe on Max, discovery+* and Eurosport 1
  • Exciting content including new fly-on-the-wall documentary Second to None premieres ahead of the women’s race
  • Colossal summer of cycling boosted by innovative studio shows and pantheon of on-air experts

The world’s greatest cycling race kickstarts this Saturday with wheel-to-wheel coverage of the Tour de France on Warner Bros. Discovery’s (WBD) channels and platforms from the Grand Depart in Florence to the historic final stage in Nice on 21 July.

Max and discovery+ will provide the ultimate viewing experience with every moment of every stage of Eurosport’s production shown live and uninterrupted. Subscribers can select multi-feed audio in their preferred language as well as scrubbing back to key moments in the race through the innovative timeline markers feature. 

Keeping fans engaged way beyond the live action, Eurosport will have live studio shows in the UK (The Breakaway), Spain (La Montonera), France (Les Rois de la Pédales) and Germany (Vélo Club), harnessing cutting-edge innovations and analysis tools together with local experts to further enhance the storytelling.  

In tandem with its approach to covering the men’s race, Eurosport will produce live coverage of every stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift for Max and discovery+. From the Grand Depart in Rotterdam on 12 August to the iconic summit finish atop Alpe d’Huez on 18 August, new ground will be broken, new heroes will be made and new stories will be told. 

Shining a light on the stories from the world’s greatest female riders, Eurosport is launching an exciting new three-part series, Second to None, co-produced with Sweetshop & Green and Yuzu Productions, and directed by Sonia Dauger. The fly-on-the-wall documentary provides unprecedented access to the Lidl-Trek team’s 2023 race and preparation. After a disappointing debut in the 2022 Tour De France Femmes, the Lidl-Trek team are back for redemption. Second to None charts the ups and downs of their journey to the world’s biggest race while portraying the sport in its rawest form.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Lidl-Trek riders, including Lizzie Deignan, Elisa Longo Borghini, Elisa Balsamo, Amanda Spratt and Lucinda Brand, as well as Eurosport presenter Orla Chennaoui, episode one premieres on Eurosport 1, Max and discovery+ on 6 July, with episode two and three airing on 13 and 20 July respectively. 

Scott Young Group SVP Content, Production and Business Operations at WBD, said: “We are at the starting line of one of the greatest periods of cycling ever witnessed with all the action from the Olympic Games Paris 2024 sandwiched between the men’s and women’s edition of the world’s most storied stage race.

“Our position as the Home of Cycling enables us to convey the stories from the riders in the peloton to the widest possible audience across Europe, and by dedicating the same levels of production to the men’s and women’s races, our coverage of the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes will be unmatched. We look forward to fans being able to feast on our extraordinary race coverage while diving deeper into the world of cycling with the release of captivating new content including Second to None.”

To boost its live race coverage, Eurosport has assembled the most decorated on-screen international expert line-up comprising former Grand Tour stage winners, National Champions and stars of the peloton including:

Tour de France

  • Adam Blythe, Robbie McEwen, Dani Rowe and Orla Chennaoui (UK)
  • Bernie Eisel, Robert Bengsch and Jens Voigt (Germany)
  • Jacky Durand, Steve Chainel and Philippe Gilbert (France)
  • Riccardo Magrini, Wladimir Belli and Moreno Moser (Italy)
  • Alberto Contador and Eduardo Chozas (Spain)
  • Bobbie Traksel (Netherlands)
  • Jesper Worre (Denmark)
  • Alberto Contador and Philippe Gilbert (completing mini-series of stage recons, shown on Eurosport Cycling’s YouTube channel)
  • Jens Voigt, Adam Blythe and Matt Stephens (reporting live from the motorbike during selected stages)
  • Laura Meseguer, Matt Stephens, Hannah Walker, Anders Mielke and Louis-Pierre Frileux (International on-site team of reporters and presenters)

Tour de France Femmes

  • Laura Winter, Dani Christmas and Dani Rowe (International studio team)
  • Matt Stephens and Iris Slappendel (International on-site team)

In a colossal summer of cycling in France, the Tour de France precedes the Olympic Games Paris 2024, with the first Olympic individual time trials taking place just six days after the finale of the year’s La Grande Boucle. The eagerly anticipated third edition of the Tour de France Femmes follows on 12 August, just eight days after the women’s road race in Paris. Capping off an unprecedented period for the sport, the year’s final Grand Tour – La Vuelta a España - begins on 17 August until 8 September. WBD’s channels and platforms are the only places to watch every stage from every Grand Tour and Olympic cycling event.   

In the men’s Tour de France, Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar takes the battle to Denmark’s defending champion Jonas Vingegaard in both riders’ quest for their hattrick of yellow jerseys as they look to hold off challengers including Grand Tour winners Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic. 

The women’s edition sees Dutch defending champion Demi Vollering going all out for back-to-back titles amidst strong competition from Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma and Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky.   

Warner Bros. Discovery possess the largest portfolio of world-class cycling rights anywhere, encompassing more than 1,000 live broadcasts per year including every race on the men’s and women’s World Tour calendar. With live coverage on Max, discovery+ and Eurosport, Eurosport’s localised digital and social platforms deliver fans the biggest stories and clips from the world of cycling 24-7, providing a 360-degree ecosystem for passionate cycling fans. 

 

Notes to editor:

*Max is available across France, the Nordics, Iberia, Central and Eastern Europe; HBO Max is WBD’s streaming platform in Belgium and the Netherlands; discovery+ is the streaming platform for Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

**WBD’s exclusive Tour de France Femmes coverage excludes France. Coverage is exclusive in 40 markets in Europe with non-exclusive coverage in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Spain.

Second to None is an original series created by Sweetshop & Green, produced by Sweetshop & Green and Yuzu Productions, in collaboration with Eurosport. Principal production funding from United King in association with Screen Australia. Produced in association with VicScreen. Developed with assistance of Screen Australia. Distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. Broadcast on Eurosport throughout Europe and Asia.

 

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