Week 33 Highlights 13-19 August Highlights this week include: Cycling: LIVE Vuelta a Espana – Team Presentation Cricket: LIVE Sri Lanka vs Australia – 3rd Test Cycling: LIVE Arctic Race of Norway Also on Eurosport: Tennis: ATP Los Cabos
13-17 August: LIVE Cricket: Sri Lanka vs Australia – 3rd Test
The final Test on Australia’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka will be broadcast LIVE and exclusive on Eurosport and Eurosport Player this week, as Darren Lehmann’s side look to retain their No.1 Test ranking.
This week the third Test will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo – the pitch where Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene recorded the fourth-highest score in Test history back in 2006 with 374 runs.
An in-form Australia arrived in Sri Lanka seeking to overturn a poor record in the Indian subcontinent where the Baggy Greens have won just one Test in over a decade which came against hosts Sri Lanka in 2011.
Steve Smith leads a squad that includes David Warner, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nathan Lyon, all of whom have successful Ashes tours under their belts. Meanwhile Sri Lanka will look to the likes of 21-year-old Kusal Mendis to score their runs after hitting a superb 176 in the first Test.
Commentary comes from former Sri Lanka and Australia internationals Russel Arnold, Allan Border and Damien Martyn.
Saturday 13 August 0515-1230 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 Sunday 14 August 0515-1230 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 Monday 15 August 0515-1230 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2
Tuesday 16 August 0515-1230 LIVE day four on Eurosport 2
Wednesday 17 August 0515-1230 LIVE day five on Eurosport 2
19 Aug: Live Vuelta a Espana – Team Presentation
Recently crowned Tour de France champion Chris Froome is set to reignite his rivalry with Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana and the third and final Grand Tour of the season, la Vuelta a Espana. This week, Eurosport 1 will broadcast LIVE action from the Team Presentation.
Team Sky’s Froome, who has raced four of the last five editions of the Spanish race, will be looking to claim his first red jersey after finishing runner-up on two occasions. In order to do so, he’ll have to take on rivals Contador and Quintana on some of the toughest climbs in world cycling. Contador, who was forced to retire through injury at the Tour de France, will enter the race as one of the favourites, having claimed the famous ‘maillot rojo’ on three occasions (2008, 2012, 2014).
Last year’s race was one of the most exciting in recent history, with the top-four riders all finishing within two minutes of each other. Fourth place Quintana entered the race as favourite after finishing runner-up to Froome at the 2015 Tour de France. The compact climber had looked imperious in the French mountains, but couldn’t reignite the form he had shown earlier in the year. It was Astana’s Fabio Aru who claimed his first ever Grand Tour victory in impressive fashion, beating Joaquim Rodriguez and Rafal Majka and Joaquim Rodriguez take third and second respectively.
The route comprises of just one flat stage, 18 hill and mountain stages, one team time trial and one individual time trial.
Friday 19 August 1905-2000 LIVE team presentation on Eurosport 1
11-14 August: LIVE Arctic Race of Norway
This week Eurosport is back amongst the stunning landscapes of Scandinavia to cover the Arctic Race of Norway.
This year’s field is the strongest yet with Norwegian champion Edvald Boasson Hagen headlining the four-day race. Sprinter Alexander Kristoff will also be heading to the race as part of his preparations for the Olympic Games, where he claimed a bronze medal in 2012.
First started in 2013, but promoted to a 2.HC status in 2015 by the UCI, this race has attracted a whole host of the world’s top cyclists. The presence of 13 Tour de France teams, including 11 World Tour outfits, is a new record for a Norwegian race. Saturday 13 August 1200-1600 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 1 1800-1900 Stage three highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 14 August 1500-1700 LIVE stage four on Eurosport 1 1800-1900 Stage four highlights on Eurosport 1
Also on Eurosport…
ATP Los Cabos
Sat 13 Aug 1500-1900 Semi-finals on Eurosport 2
Sun 14 Aug 1500-1700 Final on Eurosport 2
This weekend ATP Los Cabos, making its debut on the tour in 2016, reaches a climax with a host of stars looking to find form ahead of the US Open.
Youngster Dominic Thiem rose up to world number seven in the rankings earlier this year after an impressive clay season in which he reached the semi-finals of the French Open. Since then he has dropped two places and was only able to reach the second round at Wimbledon. Nevertheless, the Austrian will be one of the favourites for this title along with Aussie Bernard Tomic and Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Jeremy Chardy.