Week 43 Highlights 22-28 October
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Highlights this week include; Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup
Cycling: LIVE Six Day London
Snooker: LIVE International Championship
Cycling: LIVE European Track Championships
Also on Eurosport; Cycling: LIVE Abu Dhabi Tour
Figure Skating: LIVE Grand Prix Series
Tennis: LIVE WTA Luxembourg
22-23 Oct: LIVE Alpine Skiing World Cup
Eurosport’s winter sports coverage begins this week with the first round of the 2016/17 Alpine Skiing World Cup from Soelden, Austria.
In the final full season before Eurosport broadcasts LIVE coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this year’s World Cup takes on a new significance. Skiers from across the globe will be eager to prove themselves as serious medal contenders while fans will have a chance to pick their favourites.
One British skier aiming to make a name for himself in Pyeongchang is slalom specialist Dave Ryding. Last season Ryding became the fourth British skier in the history of the World Cup to qualify for the World Cup Finals. The 29-year-old claimed 17th place at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi but achieved some impressive results in the World Cup last year and will fancy his chances of finishing in the top-10 in 2018.
Another story to look out for this season is Lindsey Vonn’s hunt for the record of World Cup victories. Vonn announced on her twitter page that she would be concentrating on chasing down Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 victories (she is currently on 76 wins) rather than pursuing the overall World Cup title.
Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of these rounds will feature commentary from Winter Olympian Finlay Mickel and former British ski champion Nick Fellows.
Saturday 22 October 0845-1000 LIVE women’s GS 1st leg on Eurosport 1
1145-1300 LIVE women’s GS 2nd leg on Eurosport 1
Sunday 23 October 0845-1000 LIVE men’s GS 1st leg on Eurosport 1
1145-1300 LIVE men’s GS 2nd leg on Eurosport 1
25-29 Oct: Live Cycling – Six Day London
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will team-up at this week’s Six Day London as the pair return to the Lee Valley velodrome for the first time since their World Championship victory in March.
Olympic champion Wiggins has announced that Six Day London will be the penultimate event of his career before he bows out of racing. This will be Wiggins’ first appearance at a Six Day event on home soil and one last chance for British fans to watch their hero compete on the same stage where he won gold in the London 2012 time trial.
Wiggins and Cavendish will reignite a longstanding rivalry with 2015 Six Day London winners Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw in this event. The Belgians may be defending their Six Day title here but they lost out to the British pair in the Madison at the World Championships in March.
Eurosport will broadcast all six days featuring a range of disciplines from time trials to the Six Day-invented Madison. The event will also feature a women’s omnium, as well as sprints and junior races. Tuesday 25 October 1930-2230 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1 Wednesday 26 October 1830-1930 Day one highlights on Eurosport 1 1930-2230 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1 Thursday 27 October 1830-1930 Day two highlights on Eurosport 1 1930-2230 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1 Friday 28 October 1830-1930 Day three highlights on Eurosport 1 1930-2230 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1
23-28 October: LIVE Snooker International Championship
Ronnie O’Sullivan will play at this week’s International Championship from China with LIVE coverage on Eurosport.
Five-time World Champion O’Sullivan beat 20-year-old James Cahill in qualification to secure his place in the tournament. He has drawn Xiao Guodong in the first round and will take him on in a best of 11 frames match.
Mark Selby and 2015 champion John Higgins are yet to play their qualifiers but are expected to join the likes of O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy in the main draw.
Tune in for LIVE coverage with former World Champion Joe Johnson and Philip Studd.
Sunday 23 October 0730-1030 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
Monday 24 October 0730-1030 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 25 October 0730-1030 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
Wednesday 26 October 0730-1030 LIVE four on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1
Thursday 27 October 0730-1030 LIVE quarter-finals on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE quarter-finals on Eurosport 1
Friday 28 October 0700-1030 LIVE semi-finals on Eurosport 1
1230-1530 LIVE semi-finals on Eurosport 1
22 & 23 October: LIVE Cycling – UEC Track European Championships This week, the UEC Track European Championships take place at the Velodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines with LIVE coverage on Eurosport.
Following Team GB’s success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the team travel to France with high expectations.
For some of the world’s top cyclists these championships represent an opportunity to showcase their talents ahead of next year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong. The event traditionally attracts the biggest names in cycling, with the likes of Great Britain’s most successful Olympian Jason Kenny and Sir Bradley Wiggins competing here in the past. Olympic hero Laura Kenny (formerly Trott) has won twelve medals at European Championships in the past and will look to continue her domination of the track.
Eurosport expert Declan Quigley will be joined by Tony Gibb in the commentary booth. Saturday 22 October 1800-2130 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1 2240-0010 Day four highlights on Eurosport 2 Sunday 23 October 1430-1630 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1 1900-2030 Day five highlights on Eurosport 1
Also on Eurosport…
Live Cycling: Abu Dhabi Tour Sat 22 Oct 1300-1400 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 1 Sun 23 Oct 1630-1800 Stage four on Eurosport 1
Sir Bradley Wiggins has extended his road career to race against the likes of Mark Cavendish and Vincenzo Nibali in this week’s Abu Dhabi Tour.
The four-stage race on the Arabian Peninsula will be the UCI’s last big event of 2016. Wiggins joins an impressive start-list that also includes Alberto Contador, Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani and Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet.
Rob Hatch and Matt Stephens will be the commentators for the duration of the tour.
Live Figure Skating Grand Prix: Skate America Sat 22 1815-1900 LIVE short pairs on Eurosport 2
Sat 22 1905-2035 LIVE men’s short on Eurosport 2
Sat 22 2100-2240 LIVE ladies’ free on Eurosport 2
Sun 23 1830-1930 LIVE men’s free on Eurosport 2
Sun 23 1930-2110 LIVE free dance on Eurosport 2
Olympic silver medallist Mao Asada is confirmed to attend the opening round of the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix, Skate America.
Asada holds the all-time record for the ladies’ short program and currently holds 15 Grand Prix series titles – the most among active singles skaters. She will take on the likes on America’s Gracie Gold in the women’s singles competition.
Simon Reed and Chris Howarth will provide commentary for this competition.
Live Tennis: WTA Luxembourg
Sat 22 Oct 1400-1600 LIVE final on Eurosport 2
Eurosport will broadcast coverage from the WTA Luxembourg final this week as the world’s best players battle it out for crucial WTA points needed to secure a place at the WTA finals.
Only players ranked in the top eight will have a chance to play at the WTA Finals in Singapore. As one of the final tournaments in the lead up to the tournament, WTA Luxembourg will be crucial in deciding who makes the cut. This guarantees a strong field for the tournament with Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki confirmed to be attending.
WTA Luxembourg has an elite list of former champions including Victoria Azarenka, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic.
Former British number one Jo Durie will share commentary duties with Guy McCrea.
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Sky 410 (HD) Sky 411 (HD)
Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD) Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)
Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD) Virgin Media Ireland 425|426 (HD)
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