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Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE Wimbledon Finals
Cycling: LIVE Tour de France
Tennis: LIVE Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia
Motorsport: LIVE World Superbikes
Also on Eurosport:
Athletics: LIVE Diamond League
Athletics: LIVE European Championships
Football: LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships
27 June – 10 July: LIVE Wimbledon Championships
This year Eurosport is set to serve up LIVE coverage and highlights from the Wimbledon Championships, becoming the only broadcaster to show live coverage of all four Grand Slams in the UK.
A 90-minute round up of the best action from SW19 will be shown daily throughout the tournament at 10pm on Eurosport 1 with the men’s and women’s finals LIVE on Eurosport 2. The studio coverage will be presented by Rob Curling with Greg Rusedski, Richard Krajicek, Henri LeConte and Mark Philippoussis featuring as guests throughout the tournament.
Britain’s Andy Murray will be seeking a third successive Grand Slam final appearance this year as he attempts to recapture the title he won in 2013, while Serena Williams continues her chase for a 22nd Grand Slam title which would see her draw level with Steffi Graf’s Open era record.
Eurosport is the Home of Tennis, broadcasting all four Grand Slam tournaments, the Davis Cup and all five British grass court tournaments.
Saturday 9 July
1340-1600 LIVE women’s final on Eurosport 2 2200-2330 Women’s final highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 10 July 1400-1730 LIVE men’s final on Eurosport 2
2200-2330 Men’s final highlights on Eurosport 1
2-24 July: LIVE Tour de France
The 2016 Tour de France enters one of the hardest weeks in the history of the race as riders tackle 16 categorised climbs and a mammoth 37km time-trial.
Britain’s two-time champion Chris Froome will be one of the favourites heading into the race but comes up against one of the toughest fields in the history of the Tour with two-time winner Alberto Contador, last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana and Froome’s right-hand man last year Richie Porte, now of BMC racing, all among the peloton. Team Sky will be looking for a strong performance after a disappointing Giro d’Italia which saw Mikel Landa forced to pull out the race after suffering from illness during the first week. Froome will be looking to become the first rider to retain the prestigious Tour de France title since Miguel Indurain in 1995. The signs are good for him after winning a third Criterium du Dauphine title recently – Froome won the Tour de France after both his previous Dauphine successes.
Stage eight, on first glance, looks to be the hardest stage of this year’s Tour, with riders having to overcome the Col du Tourmalet as well as two other category one climbs. Stage 12 will undoubtedly be a standout stage this week as the peloton travel 184km from Montpellier to finish at the summit of Mont Ventoux, on Bastille Day. The fans that will line the side of the road will be yearning for a French victory, with Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot both entering the race in good form. The last time the race visited the famous ascent up Ventoux was back in 2013, which saw Chris Froome take victory and stamp his authority on the yellow jersey.
Eurosport’s coverage will include expert analysis from three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond. Former Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha will also be part of the Grand Tour coverage following his insightful analysis during this year’s Giro d’Italia. Ashley House will present the daily coverage.
Carlton Kirby will take viewers through the action with cycling legend Sean Kelly alongside him.
Saturday 9 July 1300-1645 LIVE stage eight on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage eight highlights on Eurosport 2 Sunday 10 July 1045-1630 LIVE stage nine on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage nine highlights on Eurosport 1 Tuesday 12 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 10 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 10 on Eurosport 1 Wednesday 13 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 11 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 11 on Eurosport 1
Thursday 14 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 12 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 12 on Eurosport 1 Friday 15 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 13 on Eurosport 1 2100-2230 Stage 13 on Eurosport 1
15-17 July: Live Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia
Andy Murray may need to beat world number one Novak Djokovic if Great Britain are to reach the semi-finals of the Davis Cup this week. Eurosport will have LIVE coverage of GB’s quarter-final with Serbia.
Murray has already committed to the tie with Djokovic expected to follow suit. The world number one has dominated his rival recently, losing just one of their last 13 meetings, and beat Murray for a fourth time in the Australian Open final in January and at the French Open final in June.
Britain are the holders of the Davis Cup but Serbia will provide tough opposition. Along with Djokovic they can boast three other top-100 players as well as leading doubles player Nenad Zimonjic. The teams last met in 2006 where Serbia came out on top, with the winners this time facing either Argentina or Italy in the semi-final.
So far this year Great Britain defeated Japan 3-1 which included a Murray victory over world number six, Kei Nishikori. At this stage of last year’s competition Leon Smith’s side beat France to secure a spot in the last-four. Friday 15 July 1430-2000 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 2000-2155 Day one on Eurosport 2
9 & 10 July: Live World Superbikes
This week, the Laguna Seca circuit in California hosts round nine of the Superbike World Championship.
After eight rounds, reigning champion Jonathan Rea tops the overall leader board after winning seven of the 16 races so far and failing to miss a single podium.
At last year’s round at Laguna Seca, it was Davies who claimed an impressive double victory, with Rea’s team mate Tom Stykes taking second in both races. Former champion Sykes currently sits in second place, 76 points behind Rea, at the time of writing.
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.
Our live studio will be hosted by Matt Roberts with former WSB rider James Haydon providing analysis. James Whitham, who also competed in WSB, will commentate alongside Jack Burnicle. Saturday 9 July 1915-2030 LIVE Superpole on Eurosport 2 2215-2330 LIVE race one on Eurosport 2 Sunday 10 July 2215-2330 LIVE race two on Eurosport 2
9 & 10 July: LIVE British Superbikes
The fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place this week at Snetterton.
Having secured a record-breaking fourth BSB title in 2014, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne is back to win back the crown for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, after losing out to Australian Josh Brookes in last year’s championship. Brookes has since moved to the World Superbike Championship.
While Shakey is undoubtedly the favourite once again, the number of different riders to have won races already this season indicates the championship could be more open than ever. Eurosport 2 will show races one and two from each round as well as the majority of the support classes.
Tune in for LIVE and exclusive coverage with the Eurosport team, Matt Roberts, James Haydon, James Whitham and Jack Burnicle.
Saturday 9 July 1600-1800 LIVE qualifying on Eurosport 2 Sunday 10 July 1230-1345 LIVE raceday on Eurosport 2 1900-2100 Raceday highlights on Eurosport 2
Also on Eurosport this week…
LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships Mon 11 July 1045-1300 LIVE Germany vs Italy on Eurosport 1
Tue 12 July 1045-1300 LIVE Netherlands vs Croatia on Eurosport 2
Tue 12 July 1815-2030 LIVE England vs France on Eurosport 1
Thurs 14 July 1815-2030 LIVE Germany vs Portugal on Eurosport 1
Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-19s kick off their European Championship campaign this week against France.
In the past, this competition has marked the first significant successes of a number of future stars, with England’s victorious 1993 team featuring the likes of Gary Neville, Sol Campbell and Paul Scholes, all of whom went on to win well over 50 caps for the senior team.
Qualification couldn’t have gone much better for the ‘Young Lions’, knocking out holders Spain in the final round. It was Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah and Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong who netted in that game, both are likely to feature in the finals. Onomah, who made 18 senior appearances for Tottenham last year, is tipped as one of the next superstars to emerge out of the North London club’s academy. Highly rated Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke is also expected to join up with the squad after a spell with England U21s.
France emerged from qualifying undefeated with Paris Saint-Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin impressing with five goals in as many games. The Netherlands and Croatia are the other teams in Group B.
LIVE IAAF Diamond League: Monaco, round nine
Fri 15 July 1900-2100 on Eurosport 1
Eurosport will provide live and exclusive coverage of the ninth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season from Monaco.
This event was the highlight of last year’s Diamond League as Genzebe Dibaba smashed the 1500m world record with a stunning performance. Asbel Kiprop also threatened the men’s 1500m world record with a time 3:26.69.
This meeting always attracts an impressive field and with the summer Olympics in Rio fast-approaching this year will be no different. World champion Dafne Schippers will feature in the 100m just days after she runs in the same events at the European Championships in Amsterdam.