ITV4 are not showing the 2024 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 what is now called the Discovery+ Player. It’s £6.99 a month – which will cover the entire race. The Discovery+ Player means you can follow the entire race on your phone, your laptop or via a TV app (or even on your telly plugged into your laptop as a workaround).

The race is also supposedly being broadcast live – or at least some stages are – on S4C and S4CHD (although I can’t actually see it in the listings). Here’s where you can find it. It’ll be Welsh commentary, but there may be an option to toggle to English. (They offer that option with rugby.)


These days the highlights are broadcast on DMAX, which is available on Freeview and also via the Discovery+ and Freeview apps. They seem to be quite reliably scheduled for 7pm.

Meanwhile, if you go for the Discovery app, then full stages and highlights will be available on-demand.


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This is an updated version of last year’s article about UK TV coverage of the Giro d’Italia.


31 responses to “ITV4 are not showing the 2024 Giro d’Italia – here’s where you can see it”

  1. It’s a pity they can’t come to some arrangement just for highlights. ITV4 do TDF and Vuelta and it would be lovely to see the Giro on the same channel as well.

    1. I’m sure they’re interested, but it must be a cost thing. Maybe it works as a package or something. The Tour, Vuelta and Tour de Yorkshire all have the same organisers. Of races organised by RCS, the Giro is probably the only stage race ITV4 would be particularly interested in.

      If cycling really is growing in popularity in the UK (never entirely sure this isn’t just a myth), maybe ITV 4 will one day get a bigger budget. Can’t imagine they’re awash with cash though.

  2. Shame. ITV 4 coverage is so much better than Eurosport’s amateur commentary

    1. Adrian avatar

      Oh so true. Eurosport DO have some decent commentators, but they also have the utterly abominable and thankfully inimitable Carlton Kirby who appears to think that a pale imitation of Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman is (a) funny and (b) appropriate. And then there’s Giggling Rob Hatch, who must surely be one of the most over-excited, fourth formers ever to have been left too close to a microphone.
      At the first syllable of Carlton Kirby I turn to another channel, whilst Hatch is the reason mute buttons were invented.
      Thank you ITV4. I shall be watching the Tour de Yorkshire.

      1. Brian Cranston-Moran avatar
        Brian Cranston-Moran

        Could not agree more Adrian,thought it was just me. Where do they get these commentators from.Kirby,Hatch and the like,do they really need to continually waffle on,just stop talking until there is need to,I would like just to watch and hear the back ground sound. So thank goodness for the mute button.

      2. Ian Popplestone avatar
        Ian Popplestone

        I believe there are many of us who find Kirby’s lame jokes and verbal filling (count the “indeed”s) irritating. It surprises me that there are apparently enough who tolerate him for Eurosport to continue using him. Because of him I will always choose an alternative channel where available.

  3. Mark Poulter avatar
    Mark Poulter

    Not sure what his name is, but the QUEST commentator I’m currently listening to is treating his Giro commentary as if it’s for some other sport (i.e. hyper-excited, ‘oh-my-god-this-is-SO-exciting’ voice). Is just not appropriate for anything but the end of sprints. The rest of the time, cycling is more a game of tactics. You wouldn’t scream in excitement when commenting on a chess march; nor should you with cycling.

  4. It’s on S4C and S4CHD live. Available free in UK. Probably Welsh commentary, but not certain. If it’s like their rugby coverage depending on how your viewing it can be toggled to English.

    1. Top tip. Thanks Toby.

  5. Lers hope it gets back to ITV 4 sometime. Like others, I cant listen to the commentry on Eurosport. Rather watch it in Welsh with the sound down

  6. Richard Hancock avatar
    Richard Hancock

    Very useful; thank you. (I’ll try to catch the highlights on Quest.)

  7. Josie hassell avatar
    Josie hassell

    I watch Eurosport cycling on mute Rob talks incessantly and Carlton can be rather offensive I think.
    Like Dave I prefer to watch it in welsh or in silence.

  8. The highlights package on Quest is very poor – take out the ad/trail breaks and there’s barely 40 minutes. I know there are breaks on ITV4 but at least that don’t trail the programme you’re actually watching. Twice. And Wiggins might have won the tour, but he’s not nearly as insightful as Millar.

  9. Would be nice if quest kept showing it!!!! Been taken off and if you record an episode it turns into snooker!!!!!

    1. It says it’s still on. Was it not just the rest day?

      1. Rob Parkinson avatar
        Rob Parkinson

        either rest day, or when live snooker is on, giro highlights are on later at 10 or 11pm

      2. Roger T avatar
        Roger T

        I would rather listen to any race broadcast in Chinese or Urdu than the insufferable Hatch creature ( they should have subtitles for him )
        As soon as I hear Hatch I either turn to another channel or hit the mute button

  10. Rob Parkinson avatar
    Rob Parkinson

    couldnt itv4 have a different time for highlights of the vuleta, than quest have for the giro.

    its the same market of fan wanting to watch, having 2 grand tour highlights shows being shown on freeview silmultaneously is just plain dumb.

  11. Chris Mills avatar
    Chris Mills

    Hi – are you absolutely sure Quest will have highlights of the Giro this year – 2021? There is no mention of the race that I can see on the Quest website so far (May 5th, 2021). Thanks 🙂

  12. Red Trummy avatar
    Red Trummy

    got to agree with the above
    Quote; Do you think that will be good enough Sean
    Reply; It depends what the others do
    (or words to that effect)

    If you have nothing to say, say nothing

  13. Why are Quest showing stage 1 on Tuesday 12th?

  14. John Mc avatar
    John Mc

    This evening – Tue 11 May – I tuned into Quest HD on Freeview for the highlights of stage 4. I was puzzled to see a repeat of Stage 1 – the ITT from Saturday.

    I don’t know if there was some technical issue with stage 4 coverage or if this was just a mistake by Quest or Freeview with transmission.

  15. Richard PERRY avatar
    Richard PERRY

    Why was stage 1 not stage 4 shown on Quest tonight?

  16. Andy S avatar

    Discovery+ is free if you purchase BT Sport directly from BT. Also free if you have Sky Q or Sky Stream.

    On Discovery+ there is the opinion to turn off the commentary or listen in other European languages.

    1. Top tip. Thanks Andy.

  17. Richard Hancock avatar
    Richard Hancock

    Very useful (yet again); thank you. I’ve subscribed to Discovery+ for a month at £6.99, purely to watch the 2023 Giro. I’ve been impressed by the live coverage so far and the pre- and post-race analysis (despite the awful “virtual TV studio” they are using this year). I’d definitely recommend watching it on Discovery+.

  18. Sockfan avatar

    Free highlights similar to the old Quest seem to now exist on something called DMAX via Freeview/Discovery+ app.

    1. Top tip! Thank you. I’ll update the article.

  19. Discovery? Waaay too expensive especially when the Hatch and Kirby show destroy everything they touch. Verbal diaorreah (?) and no analysis whatsoever. Just ‘I love the sound of my own drivel’. And don’t get me started on Marty (I just love listing rider names and teams but don’t ask me to understand cycling) McDonald. The biggest insult is that someone recognised that and transferred him to women’s cycling commentary! Jeez !!
    ITV have real class in their commentary and analysis. And Lanterne Rouge on you tube are brilliant but don’t have rights to all the races. Real shame.

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