July 2016 Highlights
- Live Tour de France – One of the strongest fields in recent history sees Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte all compete for the yellow jersey
- Live Davis Cup Quarter-final – Andy Murray’s Great Britain face the biggest obstacle to their title defence yet as they take on Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.
- Live European Athletics Championships – Dafne Schippers headlines the biggest event before the summer Olympics in Rio.
- Live World Superbikes – British riders continue to dominate with Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes all vying for victory at round nine from Laguna Seca.
LIVE Tour de France
2-24 July on Eurosport 1
This month sees the start of the world’s most prestigious cycling race. Eurosport will have live coverage from every stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France.
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.
This year’s route comprises of seven flat stages, six hilly stages, five mountain stages including four summit finishes and two individual time-trials. Sprinters like Marcel Kittel, André Greipel and Peter Sagan will have the yellow jersey in their sights on stage one, but the climbers will come out to play as early as stage five, where the first of the mountains appear. Despite not having a foreign start as it has done for the past two years with Yorkshire and Utrecht, the race will venture out of France on three separate occasions in 2016, to Andorra, Spain and Switzerland.
Eurosport’s coverage will include expert analysis from three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond. The recently retired 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.
Live Davis Cup: Great Britain vs Serbia
15-17 July on Eurosport 2
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 month. 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 12 meetings, and beat Murray for a fourth time in the Australian Open final in January.
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.
Live Athletics European Championships
6-10 July on Eurosport 1 & 2
The European Athletics Championships will be broadcast live and exclusive on Eurosport from the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam.
This is the last major event before the 2016 Rio Olympics and will provide athletes with a chance to fine-tune their performances on one of the biggest stages.
With British track athletes possessing automatic qualification for the Olympics not attending these Championships it will be the turn of field event athletes to occupy the spotlight. Katarina Johnson-Thompson was devastated after her disqualification at the World Championships in Beijing last summer but may have a chance to redeem herself by winning gold in the heptathlon in Amsterdam. Shara Proctor won silver in the long jump in Beijing and will hope to emulate that kind of success here.
World 200m champion Dafne Schippers is likely to be the poster girl for the championships barring injury. The Dutch star holds the European record of 21.63 seconds in the 200m and is the favourite for the gold medal this summer in Rio.
Live World Superbikes
9-10 July on Eurosport 2
July hosts round nine of the Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca in California, USA.
The 2016 season began in a similar vein as it ended last year, with a complete British domination at the top of the championship. After six rounds, reigning champion Jonathan Rea tops the overall leader board after winning five of the opening eight races. However, Welshman Chaz Davies has started to show some impressive form, claiming double victories at both Aragon and Imola.
A 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 third place, 70 points behind Rea.
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 Eurosport’s presenter Matt Roberts with former WSB rider James Haydon providing analysis. James Whitham, who also competed in WSB, will commentate alongside Jack Burnicle.
Live MCE British Superbikes
9-10 July LIVE from Snetterton on Eurosport 2
23-24 LIVE from Thruxton on Eurosport 2
The fifth and sixth rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship take place this month at Snetterton and Thruxton respectively.
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.
Live UEFA U19 Euro Champs
11–24 July LIVE on Eurosport 1
Germany hosts the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship this month, featuring some of the continent’s brightest young prospects.
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.
This will be England’s first appearance in the tournament for four years after the under-19s failed to qualify for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 championships. The qualification couldn’t have gone much better for the ‘Young Lions’, knocking out Spain in the final round of qualifying, beating the reigning champions 2-0 in the final game. 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 clubs academy.
The 2016 tournament will see one of the strongest line-up’s in the history of the championship, with Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and the Netherlands all featuring alongside England. Three-time semi-finalists Austria and Croatia complete the line-up.
England have been grouped alongside two-time winners France, the Netherlands and Croatia in Group B. The French side emerged from qualifying undefeated with Paris Saint-Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin impressing with five goals in as many games.
Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic
31 July on Eurosport 1
This month, the UCI Europe Tour travels to London for the fourth edition of the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic.
Britain’s greatest one-day bike race is back and 2016’s fast and furious showdown will see 150 of the world’s top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey.
The startlist for the race is still TBC, but if the 2015 is anything to go by, we can expect the biggest names in British and world cycling. Last year’s race featured Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins as well as the likes of former world champion Philippe Gilbert and Team Sky’s sprint sensation Elia Viviani.
Live Diamond League Athletics
15 July on Eurosport 2
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 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. Dibaba joins the line-up as she returns to the Stade Louis II
Live Tour of Wallonne
23-27 July LIVE on Eurosport 2
The Tour of Wallonne is a five-day stage race part of the UCI Europe Tour, passing through the French-speaking part of Belgium.
It usually welcomes some of the top riders on the circuit, with multiple stage and classics winner Niki Terpstra topping the podium last year. This year’s race starts with in Charleroi and ends in Dison, near Liège.