ITV4 are not showing the 2019 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 £39.99 for a whole year (for which you would get 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).
(Update: As Toby points out in the comments, the race is being broadcast live on S4C and S4CHD live, which is available free in UK. Here’s where you can find it. “Probably Welsh commentary, but not certain. If it’s like their rugby coverage depending on how your viewing it can be toggled to English.”)
A daily one-hour highlights programme will be broadcast on free-to-air channel Quest at 7pm. It’s a Eurosport production and they’ve been making more and more effort with it each year. (Bradley Wiggins is signed up for punditry this time around.) Somewhat bizarrely, triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards hosts the programme and while it lacks the dry humour of ITV4’s show, it’s intelligent and organised and tells 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.