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 (probably because it’s an evening time trial and not because they refuse to shift the Cannonball Run (although that would also be an acceptable explanation)). 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 most years the field is very strong.

So set the highlights on ‘series record’ and also subscribe to get emails from this site. It’s a race to be enjoyed in relaxed fashion, so expect a weekly round-up kind of thing, at least one of which will be late.

The race starts on Saturday.

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