SBS announces cycling and commentary team for grand tours

The three biggest Grand Tours in professional cycling take will be broadcast live and exclusively free on SBS and SBS on Demand – Australia’s cycling network.

With more than 810 hours of cycling content across 2022, the Tour of Italy, the Return to Spain, and two of the biggest sporting events in the world – the Tour de France and Tour de France Women with Zwift – will all be broadcast live on SBS.

The Giro d’Italia will click into gear from Friday 6 May until Sunday 29 May, while the Tour de France awhen Tour de France Women with Zwift will start in July.

All 21 stages of the Tour of Italy will be live in full on SBS On Demand with television coverage on SBS starting at the crucial time in the stage later each night. There are two linear opportunities to catch the daily one-hour highlights show on SBS: at 7.00am and 5.00pm AEST (4.30pm on weekends).

All 21 stages of the Tour de France and all eight stages of the Tour de France Women with Zwift will be live and free on SBS and SBS On Demand.

Providing expert commentary and analysis across SBS’s cycling coverage are Matthew Keenan who’s known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of world cycling, Dr. Bridie O’Donnell, a world hour record holder and Australian Time Trial champion and Simon Gerrans, whose cycling career includes victories at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Milan-San Remo and stage wins at all three Grand Tours, plus a stint in the leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de France.

Former Tour of Italy stage winner and long-standing SBS presenter David McKenzie and SBS French Radio’s Christophe Mallet will continue to provide highlights and fan engagement with the popular ZWIFT SBS Cycling podcast.

Multiple national champion on the track and road, Kate Bates, brings a wealth of racing experience and broadcast talent to the team. And rounding out the SBS cycling presenting team is two-time national road champion and founding member of the first-ever independent international women’s cycling union, Thanks Elvin, as well as internationally renowned sprinter and lead-out specialist Mark Renshaw.

SBS director of sports, Ken Shipp, said, “SBS is incredibly passionate about our commitment to cycling – we’ve been giving Australians a front row seat to the world’s greatest events for more than 30 years, and our goal continues to be to deliver the very best of cycling to Australian audiences. . We are excited to have a team of trusted presenters and experts fronting our coverage, bringing a range of perspectives and providing entertaining and comprehensive analysis.

“The Tour de France, Tour de France Women with Zwift, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España are some of the world’s biggest annual sporting events. They’re at the heart of SBS’s sporting line-up and, every year, we provide extensive coverage for millions of fans across Australia. As Australia’s cycling network, we look forward to investing further in the sport to make our coverage even bigger over the years to come. ”

The Tour of Italy is ‘the toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place’ and the 105th edition of the magnificent Italian race will be no exception.

Australian stars Richie Porte and Caleb Ewan are set to feature with Porte looking to contest the battle for the overall win, while Ewan will be on the hunt for stages in a race where he has five stage victories already in his career.

For more information, visit the new SBS Sport website: sbs.com.au/sport

Top image: L to R – Christophe Mallet, Mark Renshaw, Simon Gerrans, Kate Bates, Dr. Bridie O’Donnell, Matthew Keenan, David Mckenzie, Gracie Elvin

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