Eurosport Week 9 Highlights
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27 February – 4 March Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE Davis Cup, GB vs Japan
Motorsport: LIVE World Superbikes Cycling: LIVE World Track Championships
Cycling: LIVE Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Also on Eurosport…
Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup
Snooker: LIVE Gdynia Open Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup
Cycling: LIVE Le Samyn
4 March: LIVE Tennis – Davis Cup, Great Britain vs Japan
Davis Cup champions Great Britain begin their title defence this week with LIVE coverage of their first round tie against Japan on Eurosport HD.
After broadcasting LIVE and exclusive coverage of Andy Murray’s journey to the Australian Open final, Eurosport will show Great Britain’s first match since they were crowned champions in Ghent. Murray was Britain’s talisman throughout their 2015 campaign and he will need to be on top form if he is to beat world number six Kei Nishikori in what is expected to be the match of the tie.
Murray endured his fifth Australian Open final defeat in January but it was a largely rewarding tournament for the Brits. Jamie Murray won the doubles title with his new partner Bruno Soares and sealed his spot as the second best doubles player in the world. Jamie’s rise means that both he and brother Andy are now ranked world number two in the doubles and singles respectively. They will look to reform the doubles partnership that was so impressive in GB’s title-winning campaign.
Kyle Edmund is now up to 84th in the ATP rankings following his victory on the ATP Challenger Tour in Dallas, where he beat fellow Brit Dan Evans in the final. Evans is now the British number four having climbed above James Ward in the rankings. Britain have never played Japan before in the competition. Should Leon Smith’s side get through they will play either Serbia or Kazakhstan in the second round.
Rob Curling will be joined in the studio by former British number ones Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft as well as Andy Murray’s previous doubles partner Colin Fleming.
Thursday 3 March
2110-2140 Preview on Eurosport 2 HD
Friday 4 March
1230-1830 LIVE singles on Eurosport 2 HD
27 & 28 February: LIVE World Superbikes
Eurosport and Dorna WorldSBK Organisation recently announced the early extension of their long-term rights agreement for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.
World Superbikes is back with a bang this week as the new season kicks off in the searing heat of Phillip Island in Australia. Eurosport HD will broadcast exclusive LIVE coverage from every round of the 2016 championship.
Britain’s Jonathan Rea, the 2015 champion, will aim to dominate the series once again after blowing the field away last year, claiming the title with one round to go. 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 who rides once again for Crescent Yamaha. 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.
Eurosport will present a live studio for Phillip Island for the second year running, featuring some of the biggest names in Superbike racing. Former World Superbike rider James Whitham will provide analysis in the commentary box alongside Jack Burnicle.
Saturday 27 February 0015-0515 LIVE Superpole and race one on Eurosport HD 0900-1100 Day one highlights on Eurosport 2 HD Sunday 28 February 0200-0515 LIVE race two and support races on Eurosport HD 0900-1100 Day two highlights on Eurosport 2 HD 2100-2300 Extensive highlights on Eurosport 2 HD
28 Feb: LIVE Cycling – Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne The giants of one-day racing return to action for the opening classic of the season, the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne which will be exclusively LIVE on Eurosport HD.
This race will provide some of the most competitive racing we’ve seen so far this season. Riders will have to overcome the grueling cobbled streets of Belgium whilst dealing with unpredictable weather conditions, likely to prove troublesome for those riders returning from races in the middle east.
The route favours the punchers and sprinters of the peloton, with the final climb coming 50km before the finish line. Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the race here last year, beating the likes of Elia Viviani, Alexander Kristoff and Tom Boonen in a sprint finish.
Kristoff, who impressed many with his titanic performances in the classics last season, including a convincing victory at the Tour of Flanders, will be one to watch. Four-time Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan has also announced his intentions to ride, where he will don the world champion rainbow jersey. Another one to look out for will be Orica GreenEDGE’s Caleb Ewan, whose unique style of sprinting has lead him to three stage wins already this season.
Former British road race champion Brian Smith will join Eurosport expert Carlton Kirby in the commentary booth. Sunday 28 February 1400-1600 LIVE on Eurosport HD 1700-1800 Highlights on Eurosport 2 HD
2-6 March – LIVE UCI Track Cycling World Championships
The Lee Valley Velodrome hosts the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships this month, with Team GB looking to overcome the disappointment of last year’s event.
At the championships, held at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome in France, Great Britain were disappointing. The team that included Laura Trott, Ed Clancy and Jason Kenny only picked up three medals, none of which were gold. Since then, Great Britain have significantly improved, topping the medal table and the 2015 UEC European Track Championships in Switzerland last year with six golds, including dominating performances in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit events. It was Trott who stole the show for Great Britain however, winning three gold medals.
With the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish both looking to secure their spots in Great Britain’s Olympic track team, this year’s competition comes with added significance. Cavendish has moved teams on the road to try and accommodate for his hectic schedule this year and will likely be targeting a medal spot here.
Eurosport expert Carlton Kirby will be joined by Tony Gibb in the commentary booth.
Wednesday 2 March 1900-2100 LIVE day one on Eurosport HD 2300-0030 Day one highlights on Eurosport HD Thursday 3 March 1900-2115 LIVE day two on Eurosport HD 2310-0040 Day two on Eurosport HD Friday 4 March 1900-2140 LIVE day three on Eurosport HD 2320-0100 Day three on Eurosport HD
Also on Eurosport HD…
LIVE Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup Sat 27 Feb 0915-1045 LIVE women’s SG on Eurosport 1 HD
Sun 28 Feb 0815-0930 LIVE men’s GS first run on Eurosport 1 HD
Sun 28 Feb 1600-1700 Men’s GS highlights on Eurosport 1 HD
This week Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher will attempt to close in on overall World Cup victories as the season enters its final month.
Without his prolific form in the giant slalom this season Hirscher would not be top of the overall standings. With Henrik Kristoffersen dominating the slalom rounds, Hirscher has had to settle for second best in that discipline. And after Aksel Lund Svindal suffered a season-ending inury on Kitzbühel’s treacherous Streif, Kristoffersen is now Hirscher’s closest contender for the overall title. The Norwegian will need to pick up more points in giant slalom rounds if he is to catch the four-time overall champion.
Going into round 25 in Garmisch, Lindsey Vonn was poised to become the first woman to win the first four super-G events in a World Cup campaign. However, Lara Gut’s victory meant the American had to settle for second best in that discipline for the first time this season. The result ensures the pair’s battle for the overall title continues with 24-year-old Gut odds-on to better her career-best third-place finish in 2014.
Matt Chilton and Nick Fellows are the commentators for these rounds.
LIVE Ski Jumping: FIS World Cup
Sat 27 Feb 1145-1345 LIVE Almaty men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Sun 28 Feb 1145-1400 LIVE Almaty men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Thur 3 Mar 1645-1800 LIVE Wisla men’s individual qualifying on Eurosport 2 HD
Fri 4 Mar 1930-2115 LIVE Wisla men’s individual on Eurosport 2 HD
This week the Ski Jumping World Cup enters its final month of the season with Peter Prevc looking to complete a triple crown of Four Hills, Ski Flying World Championships and World Cup titles.
With Four Hills and Ski Flying victories already under his belt and a substantial lead in the overall World Cup standings in his grasp the Slovenian has had a dreamlike season up to now. And after finishing second in 2014 and 2015, it looks as though the 23-year-old will finally claim the crystal globe for the first time.
This week Eurosport will bring you action from Almaty and Wisla. Last year’s World Cup round in Wisla belonged to Stefan Kraft. The Austrian’s 129.5m jump saw him prevail over Prevc and Freund who claimed second and third on the podium respectively. But with both Kraft and Freund lagging far behind Prevc in the standings this year, the Slovenian will be confident he can claim yet another victory.
David Goldstrom provides commentary for Eurosport’s FIS Ski Jumping World Cup coverage.
LIVE European Tour Snooker: Gdynia Open
Sat 27 Feb 1100-2200 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD
Sun 28 Feb 1100-1200 Last-16 on Eurosport 2 HD
Sun 28 Feb 1200-1400 LIVE quarter-final on Eurosport 2 HD
Sun 28 Feb 1500-1700 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 HD
Sun 28 Feb 1905-2100 LIVE final 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 Cycling: Le Samyn Weds 2 Mar 1400-1600 LIVE on Eurosport HD
Eurosport, the home of cycling, continues its action-packed schedule with coverage of Le Grand Prix Samyn this week, a single-day road race in Belgium.
Named after former cyclist Jose Samyn, who died during a race in 1969, this annual event regularly attracts some of the world’s most recognisable riders.
Previous winners include Philippe Gilbert and Eurosport commentator Magnus Backstedt.
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