Giro d’Italia LIVE on Eurosport

Giro d’Italia LIVE on Eurosport
By Eurosport

01/05/2013 at 12:36Updated 01/05/2013 at 12:41

The Giro d’Italia begins LIVE on Eurosport this week and with Bradley Wiggins, Ryder Hesjedal, Vincenzo Nibali and Aussie Cadel Evans all confirmed for the May 4 start – 2013 is shaping as a stellar edition.

Often spoken in the same light as Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia is one of the most anticipated events of the year, marking the first of three Grand Tours each season.

In recent years, winning the acclaimed double has been a feat too hard to crack, with victory at the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France not achieved in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998.

But with the likes of Wiggins, Evans and Nibali all in tow, Eurosport fans can expect some serious cycling action.

Eurosport will broadcast over a whopping 65 hours of LIVE racing throughout the three weeks with all 21 stages brought to you LIVE courtesy of our commentary team of Sean Kelly and Declan Quigley.

Stage one is LIVE from 10pm on Saturday 4/5, stage two LIVE at 11.30pm on Sunday 5/5, stages three and four LIVE at 10.15pm on Monday 6/5 and Tuesday 7/5 and stage five LIVE at 10.30pm on Wednesday 8/5.

Beefing up the coverage for stages 19 and 20, Eurosport will broadcast an extraordinary 11-1/2 hours of cycling over these two critical days. The consecutive high-mountain finishes are almost sure to determine the general classification, with broadcast LIVE from 8.30pm on Friday 24/5 and 7pm on Saturday 25/5.

Headlining the Orica-GreenEdge squad will be Dutchman Pieter Weening, with Aussies Matt Goss and Leigh Howard going head-to-head with superstar Mark Cavendish on the flat stages.

Evans, who is riding in his first Giro d’Italia since 2010, said he was excited to be back in Italy and was eager to hit some form.

“Anything that I do good in the Giro is only going to help me in the Tour. They are two hefty objectives, so you're best to look at one at a time,” Evans told Fairfax’s Rupert Guinness.

''My roots as a bike racer are quite Italian. Italian cycling has given me a lot. ''I certainly hope to be able to give something back to it.”

Other Aussies set to compete include Rory Sutherland, Jack Bobridge, Cameron Wurf, Adam Hansen and Orica-GreenEdge’s Brett Lancaster and Luke Durbridge. The 21st and final stage of the Giro d’Italia is LIVE from 11pm on Sunday 26/5.

* Schedules are as of April 30 2013 and are subject to change. Times are AEST.