Eurosport Highlights This Week
Highlights this week include: Snooker: LIVE Welsh Open
Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup Cycling: Tour of Andalusia
Motorsport: Superbike Classics
Also on Eurosport…
Snooker: LIVE Gdynia Open Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup Biathlon: LIVE European Championships
20-26 Feb: LIVE Snooker – Welsh Open
Eurosport’s coverage of the Welsh Open continues this week with LIVE coverage of the semi-finals and final.
The Welsh Open is one of the longest running tournaments of the snooker season, second only to the World Championship and UK Championship. Its ranking event status naturally features the top players on the tour.
John Higgins is the reigning champion after a convincing 9-3 win over Ben Woollaston, who was making his first appearance in a ranking event final. Higgins became the only player to win the tournament four times, with Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan each with three titles.
The 2014 tournament was a memorable won with Ronnie O’Sullivan producing a 147 maximum break to clinch the title in the final frame, and to win 9-3 against Ding Junhui
Eurosport’s commentary line-up will include 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson and David Hendon.
Saturday 20 Feb
1300-1600 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2
1900-2200 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2
Sunday 21 Feb
1300-1600 LIVE final on Eurosport 2
1900-2200 LIVE final on Eurosport 2
20-21, 23 & 26 February: LIVE Alpine Skiing – FIS World Cup
The world’s best slalom skiers will go head-to-head in a parallel slalom race under floodlights in Stockholm this week.
With the slalom battle between the in-form Henrik Kristoffersen and veteran Marcel Hirscher heating up, this week’s racing could prove decisive. Hirscher is the defending overall champion but Kristoffersen has won six slalom races this season including the last four rounds in that discipline. The parallel event works by starting with 16 heats, with the winners of each heat progressing until two skiers remain and go head-to-head in a single-run final. Frida Hansdotter will be the favourite to claim victory in the women’s competition.
Also this week America’s Lindsey Vonn will look to continue her impressive form this season with yet another victory in la Thuile. Vonn has already claimed eight race wins (at the time of writing) in three different disciplines; downhill, giant slalom and super-G.
Meanwhile on Friday Hirscher will look to extend his lead in the giant slalom standings. The Austrian has won all but one of the rounds in that discipline so far this season and will be confident he can once again claim maximum points to add to his tally in the overall standings.
John Clark and Nick Fellows will commentate the men’s competition with Matt Chilton covering the women’s.
Saturday 20 February 0930-1115 LIVE women’s downhill on Eurosport 1 HD
Sunday 21 February 1000-1130 LIVE women’s SG on Eurosport 2 HD
Tuesday 23 February 1545-1715 LIVE men and women’s parallel slalom on Eurosport 1 HD
Friday 26 February 0815-0930 LIVE men’s GS first leg on Eurosport 1 HD
1400-1445 Men’s GS second leg on Eurosport 1 HD
20-21 Feb: Cycling – Tour of Andalusia
The 52nd edition of the Tour of Andalusia draws to a close this week, as Eurosport HD brings you coverage of the final two stages.
The race will play a key part in preparation for the spring classics and with the likes of Chris Froome, Rafal Majka, Tejay van Garderen and Philippe Gilbert expected to feature, competition for both the general classification and sprint classification will be fierce.
The sixth and final stage will see riders travel 170 kilometres, tackling five climbs including the summit finish up the Penas Blancas, a 16 kilometres climb at 6.2% near Estepona.
Reigning Tour de France champion Froome will be looking to retain the title he won in impressive fashion last year, fending off competition from GC rivals Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet.
Saturday 20 Feb
5.15pm-8.00pm Stage four on Eurosport 1
Sunday 21 Feb
3.45pm-5.45pm Stage five on Eurosport 2
22-25 Feb: Motorsport – World Superbikes Classics
As we approach the start of the 2016 FIM World Superbike Championship, Eurosport looks back at some of the best moments from previous years.
The episodes will include Carl Fogarty’s title winning season back in 1999, James Toseland claiming top spot in 2004 and Kawasaki’s two recent dominant wins with Tom Sykes in 2013 and Jonathan Rea last year.
Britain’s Rea will aim to dominate the series once again after blowing the field away last year, claiming the title with a round to spare. The 28-year-old, who rides for the Kawasaki Racing Team, notched 23 podium finishes on the Factory Kawasaki ZX10, 14 of which were race wins.
There are plenty of other Brits to watch out for, including 2013 British Superbike champion Alex Lowes. The 2011 World Supersport champion Chaz Davies will ride for Ducati, while Leon Camier continues with manufacturer MV Agusta.
Elsewhere on the grid, Yamaha return to the World Superbike Championship with the YZF R1 to challenge the dominant Kawasaki whilst BMW field two teams, one of them featuring reigning British Superbike champion Josh Brookes. Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden will join Michael van der Mark at the Honda World Superbike Team.
A scheduling shake-up for the 2016 season now means there will be a World Superbike Championship race on both Saturday and Sunday over the weekend.
Also on Eurosport HD…
LIVE European Tour Snooker: Gdynia Open
Fri 26 Feb 0830-2200 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD
The concluding event of this season’s European Tour will be broadcast LIVE on Eurosport 2 HD this week from Poland.
World champion Stuart Bingham and world number one Mark Selby are still without a win to their name on this year’s European Tour despite playing in all five events so far. This could be the tournament where the big names come to the fore after some surprise wins for players outside of the top-10 like Rory McLeod at the Ruhr Open.
Last year it was Neil Robertson who stole the bragging rights, beating Mark Williams in the final to claim his second Gdynia Open title.
Mike Hallett, David Hendon, Joe Johnson and Phil Yates will provide commentary for this event.
LIVE Ski Jumping: FIS World Cup
Sat 20 Feb 1515-1715 LIVE Lahti team on Eurosport 1 HD
Sun 21 Feb 1330-1545 LIVE Lahti men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Tue 23 Feb 1745-1945 LIVE Kuopio men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Fri 26 Feb 1145-1300 LIVE Almaty men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Eurosport’s extensive ski Jumping coverage continues this week with rounds 21-23 of the world cup LIVE on Eurosport HD.
Finish resort Lahti will host a team event before staging round 20 of the men’s competition. Lahti is the destination of next year’s World Championships so this will be a good chance for athletes to test out the hill and arena set to be used for that event.
Slovenia’s Peter Prevc still holds an impressive lead at the top of the overall standings and will be confident in his ability to add the title of world cup champion to his victories in the Four Hills tournament and Ski Flying World Championships.
David Goldstrom provides commentary for Eurosport’s FIS Ski Jumping World Cup coverage.
LIVE IBU Biathlon European Championships Wed 24 Feb 0945-1100 LIVE single mixed relay on Eurosport 1 HD
Wed 24 Feb 1245-1430 LIVE mixed relay on Eurosport 1 HD
Thur 25 Feb 1000-1115 LIVE women’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD
Thur 25 Feb 1300-1430 LIVE men’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD
This this week Eurosport HD will broadcast coverage of the Biathlon European Championships from Tyumen, Russia.
France’s Martin Fourcade and the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Soukalová currently lead the way in the World Cup standings and will be hoping to secure medals at this week’s championships.
Biathlon is regarded as one of the toughest winter sport disciplines, with competitors needing technique and stamina in abundance as they tackle long distance cross-country skiing and be able to lower their heart rate enough to hold the gun steady as they aim at a tiny target.
Skiers set off at regular intervals and race against the clock, with races made up of laps. Competitors have to stop at the shooting range on each circuit to fire at a target using a small-bore rifle without magnifying sights, with either time or distance penalties being added for each target missed.
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Sky 410 (HD) Sky 411 (HD)
Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD) Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)
Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD) Virgin Media Ireland 425 | 426 (HD)
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