Vuelta a Espana highlights will be on ITV4

ITV4 will be showing highlights of the Vuelta a Espana (the Tour of Spain) each night. Saturday’s episode is on at 10pm as it inexplicably makes way for ‘World Series of Darts’ and an episode of Storage Wars. After that, it’ll mostly be in its usual 7pm slot with each programme available online via the ITV Player shortly afterwards.

They don’t seem to be covering the race live at all, but even so this is good news. The highlights show is extremely good and it’ll be much easier to avoid hearing or reading about stage results before broadcast than with the Tour.

If you’re a casual cycling fan, I urge you to give the Vuelta a go. It’s an easier race to follow as the points and mountains classifications seem so much less significant than at the Tour. Most years, there’s action in the general classification almost every day, on top of which this year’s field is very strong – almost a ‘best of the Giro and the Tour’ line-up.

So set the highlights on ‘series record’ and also subscribe to get emails from this site after each stage in case you fall behind with your viewing and don’t have time to catch up. That’s if I haven’t fallen behind myself. It’s a race to be enjoyed, so I ain’t going to be stressing myself out trying to hit deadlines or owt.

The race starts tomorrow (Saturday). Snuck up on me a bit with the Olympics and all.

This is an updated version of last year’s article about UK TV coverage of the Vuelta a Espana.