Highlights this week include: Cycling: LIVE Tour de France
Tennis: LIVE Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia
Football: LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships
Motorsport: Speedway European Championships
2-24 July: LIVE Tour de France
This week Eurosport will broadcast extended coverage of two gruelling mountain stages as well as a tricky uphill individual time trial which could prove pivotal in the battle for the Tour de France yellow jersey.
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.
Pressure will be piled on the sprinters in Saturday’s stage 14, which may be the final bunch finish before Paris. There’s an extra two hours of coverage on Sunday building up to the spectacular ascent of the Grand Colombier’s hairpins, a climb that could prove explosive in the general classification. Two stages in Switzerland are separated by a rest day before the uphill individual time trial and Friday’s extended coverage of stage 19, which ends in Le Bettex – the site of Chris Froome’s impressive Dauphine victory in 2015.
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 16 July 1300-1630 LIVE stage 14 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 14 highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 17 July 1130-1700 LIVE stage 15 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 15 highlights on Eurosport 1 Monday 18 July 1300-1715 LIVE stage 16 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 16 on Eurosport 1 Wednesday 20 July 1300-1645 LIVE stage 17 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 17 on Eurosport 1
Thursday 21 July 1300-1645 LIVE stage 18 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 18 on Eurosport 1 Friday 22 July 1130-1700 LIVE stage 19 on Eurosport 1 2100-2230 Stage 19 on Eurosport 1
15-17 July: Live Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia
Andy Murray’s fierce rivalry with world number one Novak Djokovic will continue this week when Great Britain play Serbia in the Davis Cup. Eurosport will have LIVE coverage of the quarter-final.
Murray has already committed to the tie, with Djokovic expected to follow suit despite suggestions he might prefer to concentrate on the Olympics. The world number one has dominated his rival recently, beating him in both the Australian Open and French Open finals. Serbia’s decision to play the quarter-final on clay, in the capital Belgrade, will boost Murray’s hopes of victory after Djokovic asserted his dominance on that surface in that recent triumph at Roland Garros.
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. Saturday 16 July 1445-1815 LIVE doubles on Eurosport 2 1915-2100 Doubles highlights on Eurosport 2
Sunday 17 July 1345-1915 LIVE return singles on Eurosport 2 1915-2100 Return singles on Eurosport 2
Monday 18 July
1445-1645 Quarter-final highlights on Eurosport 2
11-24 July: LIVE UEFA U19 European Championships
Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-19s side could provide England fans with a glimmer of hope for the next generation after an otherwise disappointing summer.
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.
Sunday 17 July 1815-2030 LIVE Germany vs Austria on Eurosport 1
Monday 18 July 1045-1300 LIVE England vs Croatia on Eurosport
Thursday 21 July 1045-1300 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 1545-1800 LIVE playoff on Eurosport 2
1745-2000 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 1
16 July: LIVE Speedway European Championships, round one
Emil Sayfutdinov will begin his campaign to secure a third consecutive European Championship title when this year’s series begins in Güstrow, Germany.
The 2016 season will consist of four rounds once again, meaning that it is crucial Sayfutdinov’s rivals challenge his recent dominance early on with strong performances in this opening round. Nicki Pedersen, Antonio Lindbäck, Janusz Kołodziej and Martin Vaculík secured their participation in all final events through securing a top-five finish in the general classification in 2015.
Three-time speedway world champion Nicki Pedersen is likely to be the Russian’s main contender for the title. The Danish rider will hope he can bridge the three-point gap that separated him from Sayfutdinov at the top of the standings last season. And after winning the opening rounds in both of the last two seasons, including a 2014 victory on this track in Güstrow, Pedersen will go into this week’s opening round with confidence.
Saturday 16 July 1730-2030 LIVE round one on Eurosport 1
2330-0015 Round one on Eurosport 2