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1 May 2018
Giro d'Italia on TV: it's a record year
The 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia, the first to start outside the European borders, will be distributed to a record 198 countries thanks to 18 different TV networks.
The international feed will cover entirely the first three Israeli stages, while the stages raced in the Italian territory will be covered with a daily four-and-a-half-hours of programming. To complete the coverage, there are three 52-minute weekly highlight programmes with a summary of the best action from the Corsa Rosa.
- Rai – Radio Televisione Italiana is once again the event host broadcaster.
- Eurosport will broadcast the event live in Italy and, thanks to its commentary in 21 different languages, in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, too, plus Eurosport will provide a 60-minute highlights programme during evening primetime.
- In France the 21 Giro stages will be broadcast exclusively live on La Chaine L’Equipe, who will also provide the feed to all the French DOM-TOM.
- The event will be covered live in other European territories, such as Switzerland with Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana – La2, and Basque Countries with EITB, while NOS will broadcast highlights in the Netherlands.
- In the country hosting the Big Start, the Israeli fan will not only be able to watch the Giro d’Italia on the streets, but also on Sport 5, and not only for the three stages in their territory but for the remaining 18 raced in Italy.
- The Canadian and US audience will have two options to follow the Corsa Rosa live on OTT platforms – either Fubo.TV or Flobikes.com. The network ESPN will broadcast all the stages in South America with Spanish commentary except from Brazil where commentary will be in Portuguese. They will also provide coverage in the Caribbean. In Colombia the fans can choose from two further options – Señal Colombia or RCN. The race will be available in Mexico live on TDN.
- In North Africa and the Middle East the first Grand Tour of the season will be broadcast live by OSN, while in Sub-Saharan Africa the race will be broadcast live on Kwese Sports. The only exception is South Africa, where Supersport will be the unique broadcaster.
- The excitement of the hardest race in the most beautiful part of the world will be available in Japan on DAZN and in New Zealand on Sky Sport.
- Images of the race will be distributed globally by the agencies SNTV and Thomson Reuters, while the channel Sport 24 will bring the Maglia Rosa to the seas and skies all over the world.
- On Rai, during the Italian stage, the coverage of the day in pink starts with “Villaggio di Partenza” at 11:50 on Rai Sport +HD – a 60-minute programme that will cover the signature podium procedures, the pre-race interviews and the stage start, followed by “Prima Diretta” at 12:50, with the commentary of the first live racing images.
- The Rai 2 schedule starts with “La Grande Corsa” at 14:30, showing then only race images on “Giro in Diretta” from 15:00. The final phases of each stage will be broadcast on “Giro all’arrivo”, starting at 16:15 until the end of each stage around 17:15. The traditional post-stage analysis of the “Processo alla Tappa” will follow immediately after.
- The racing coverage is completed by “TGiro” on Rai Sport +HD, narrating the day starting at 20:00 and “Giro Notte” – a 60-minute summary of the stage at 23:00.
- The Giro d’Italia is not only cycling: the traditional cultural and historical snapshots of “Viaggio nell’Italia del Giro” will be broadcast on Rai 2 at 14:00.