Eurosport Week 34 Highlights (up to August 26th)
Highlights this week include; Cycling: LIVE Vuelta a Espana Cricket: LIVE Sri Lanka vs Australia – ODI’s Athletics: LIVE Diamond League from Lausanne Tennis: LIVE ATP Tour – Winston Salem Also on Eurosport; Motorsport: LIVE Speedway European Championships Football: LIVE Pre-Season Friendly – Dortmund vs Hallescher
20 Aug – 11 Sep: LIVE Vuelta a Espana
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 opening week.
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).
The opening week of the race doesn’t conform to the usual format of a Grand Tour, with only one stage that favours the sprinters. After the opening stage team time-trial, riders will have to tackle a number of testing climbs including the ascent in to San Andrés de Teixido during stage four.
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 in second and third respectively.
The route comprises of just one flat stage, 18 hill and mountain stages, one team time trial and one individual time trial.
Eurosport expert Carlton Kirby will be joined by 1988 Vuelta a Espana champion Sean Kelly in the commentary booth
Saturday 20 Aug 1730-1930 LIVE stage one on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage one on Eurosport 1
Sunday 21 Aug 1430-1700 LIVE stage two on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage two highlights on Eurosport 1
Monday 22 Aug 1345-1700 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage three highlights on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 23 Aug 1345-1700 LIVE stage four on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage four highlights on Eurosport 1
Wednesday 24 Aug 1345-1700 LIVE stage five on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage five highlights on Eurosport 1
Thursday 25 Aug 1345-1700 LIVE stage six on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage six highlights on Eurosport 1
Friday 26 Aug 1345-1700 LIVE stage seven on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage seven highlights on Eurosport 1
21 & 24 August: LIVE Cricket: Sri Lanka vs Australia ODIs
Eurosport’s LIVE and exclusive coverage of Australia’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka continues this month with two One Day Internationals.
The first two of five ODIs will be played this week at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Columbo. A major talking point ahead of the series came with the news that Australia have dropped Glenn Maxwell, their ODI Player of the Year.
Maxwell posted his maiden ODI century the last time Australia played Sri Lanka in the World Cup in 2015. However, he has averaged under 10 runs in the last 10 ODIs and selectors announced they had decided to favour consistency for this series. All-rounder Moises Henriques and batsman Shaun Marsh come into the side that triumphed in their ODI tri-series against the West Indies earlier this year.
The hosts will call upon the experience of Lasith Malinga and Tillakaratne Dilshan as they bid to earn a memorable victory over the 2015 ODI World Cup winners.
Eurosport’s commentary team includes Russel Arnold, Roshan Abeysinghe, Brian Murgatroyd, Danny Morrison and Damien Martyn.