Highlights this week include: Cycling: LIVE Tour de France
Motorsport: LIVE British Superbikes
Snooker: LIVE World Open from Yushan
Cycling: LIVE National Circuit Championships
Also on Eurosport:
Football: LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships
Cycling: LIVE Tour de Wallonie
2-24 July: LIVE Tour de France
This week Chris Froome will hope to be crowned the 2016 Tour de France champion, becoming the first rider to retain the title since Miguel Indurain in 1995.
Britain’s two-time champion Froome is one of the favourites but comes up against one of the toughest fields in the history of the Tour. Two-time winner Alberto Contador was expected to be one of his closest competitors but faces an uphill battle in the general classification after crashing several times in the opening stages. Last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana looks to be Froome’s nearest rival with BMC’s Richie Porte also in contention.
The annual finale into central Paris is where the final battle for the green jersey could be played out. The winner will be a sprinter who has managed to survive the final week’s mountains. Britain’s Mark Cavendish has made a good start to this year’s Tour leaving some work to do for last year’s green jersey winner Peter Sagan. This stage will be preceded on the Champs Elysées circuit by the women’s event La Course, with LIVE coverage on Eurosport.
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 with Ashley House presenting the daily coverage.
Carlton Kirby will take viewers through the action with cycling legend Sean Kelly alongside him.
Saturday 23 July 1045-1645 LIVE stage 20 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 20 highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 24 July 1330-1500 LIVE La Course by Tour de France on Eurosport 1 1500-1900 LIVE stage 21 on Eurosport 1 2140-2310 Stage 21 on Eurosport 1 2310-0000 La Course highlights on Eurosport 1
23 & 25 July: LIVE MCE British Superbikes
The sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place this week at Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.
Having secured a record-breaking fourth BSB title in 2014, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne aims 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 23 July 1400-1600 LIVE qualifying on Eurosport 2 1855-2030 Qualifying on Eurosport 2 Sunday 24 July 1230-1800 LIVE raceday on Eurosport 2 1915-2115 Raceday highlights on Eurosport 2
25 -31 July: LIVE Yushan World Open snooker
Eurosport will broadcast LIVE coverage of the third world ranking tournament of the season as the World Open takes place in Yushan, China.
World Champion Mark Selby, John Higgins, Judd Trump, and China’s top player Ding Junhui are all set to feature. Last year’s UK Championship winner and world number five Neil Robertson won the first ranking event of this season in Latvia. The Australian beat Michael Holt in the final of the Riga Masters to claim maximum ranking points from the opening round.
This is the first time the tournament has been held in Yushan. The last time the event was on the calendar it took place in Haikou. Shaun Murphy won that title in 2014 with Mark Allen champion the two previous years.
Monday 25 July
0700-1000 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 26 July
0700-1000 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1
Wednesday 27 July
0700-1000 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
Thursday 28 July
0700-1000 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1
Friday 29 July
0700-1000 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1
28 July: LIVE Cycling: National Circuit Race Championships
This week the 2016 British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships take place in Birmingham in one of the highlights of Britain’s elite road racing calendar.
The championships are always fiercely contested by the country’s top professional riders, who will be battling it out for the honour of wearing the red, white and blue striped jersey of British national champion for the next 12 months. Past winners include Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, gold medallists Joanna Rowsell and Dani King as well as former road world champion Mark Cavendish.
Ian Bibby of NFTO won the men’s event last year whilst Team Ford Ecoboost’s Nicola Juniper won the women’s race after a successful late attack earned her the national stripes. Thursday 28 July 1730-2130 LIVE on Eurosport 1 Friday 29 July 1000-1130 Highlights on Eurosport 1
Also on Eurosport…
LIVE UEFA U19 European Championships
Sun 24 July 1905-2140 LIVE final on Eurosport 1
Should Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-19s progress to this week’s European Championship final it would provide fans with real hope for the future generation of national stars.
The former Watford manager has named his squad for the tournament with the likes of Tottenham’s Josh Onomah and Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke set to feature in Germany. 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. Meanwhile highly rated striker Solanke joins up with the squad after a spell with England U21s.
Most of the squad were involved in England’s qualifying campaign for the eight-team finals, which ended in an impressive 2-0 victory over holders Spain that booked their place.
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.
LIVE Tour de Wallonie
Mon 25 Jul 1415-1615 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 2
Tuesday 26 July1430-1630 LIVE stage four on Eurosport 2
Wed 27 July 1415-1615 LIVE stage five on Eurosport 2
The final three stages of the Tour de Wallonie will be LIVE on Eurosport this week.
Niki Terpstra won this five-stage race last year and returns again to Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium for the 2016 edition. He will be joined by other riders who have elected not to take part in the Tour de France, including those who have chosen to focus on their preparations for the Rio Olympics.
The third stage, finishing in Vielsalm, is the longest stage of the race and the more hilly of the three this week. The fourth and fifth stages will remain predominantly in the province of Liège and will include some of the climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège spring classic race.