ITV4 are not showing the 2018 Giro d’Italia – here’s where you can see it
ITV4 will not be covering this year’s Giro d’Italia. The race is run by a different organisation from the Tour de France and many other major races and they don’t have the rights. That isn’t to say you can’t see it though. You still have options.
Live TV coverage
Eurosport do a great job of covering professional road racing. A lot of people have Eurosport as part of their TV package, but if you don’t, you can sign up for the Eurosport Player. It’s £6.99 a month- which will cover the entire race – or £29.99 for a whole year (that would also mean getting live coverage of pretty much all the other major bike races this season and at the start of next season). The Eurosport Player means you can follow the entire race on your laptop (or on a telly plugged into your laptop or whatever).
A daily one-hour highlights programme will be broadcast on free-to-air channel Quest at 7pm. It’s a Eurosport production and last year they made a bit of an effort with it rather than just replaying the final hour of racing (which tends to be their fallback approach for cycling ‘highlights’). Somewhat bizarrely, triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards hosted the programme and while it lacked the dry humour of ITV4’s show, it was intelligent and organised and told the major stories well. Quest is available on Freeview and most of the other UK TV platforms, so there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to get it.
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This is an updated version of last year’s article about UK TV coverage of the Giro d’Italia.