Eurosport has announced a new four-year deal with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) making it the exclusive broadcaster of major UCI events – in 36 European countries and territories.
The deal spans all disciplines, including the UCI Road World Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
Along with its coverage of every Grand Tour – the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a España – Eurosport clams to be “the go-to destination for cycling fans” with over 200 days of live cycling and 2,500 hours of coverage across its channels.
Eurosport’s coverage of UCI events starts on the weekend of 17 September when Slovakian Peter Sagan looks to defend the Rainbow Jersey at the Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring even more world-class cycling action to millions of passionate fans on Eurosport. Eurosport remains the place
to be to watch their heroes in action – whether it be on TV, streaming or on-demand via the Eurosport Player.
“After a four-year absence from Eurosport screens, we are delighted to have reached an agreement with the UCI for the next four-year cycle.
“Along with our enhanced production of events such as the Tour de France, we can continue to claim the mantle of the Home of Cycling.”
Stefan Kuerten, EBU Director of Sports, said: “We are delighted to have helped return the UCI Championships to Eurosport, alongside our EBU Members.
“Thanks to the extensive coverage provided by Europe’s public service broadcasters and Eurosport, viewers throughout the continent will have more access than ever before to these world-class events.”