Giro d'Italia on television

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Giro d'Italia on television

Throughout the month of May the focus of the cycling world will centre on Italy as the 100th edition of Giro d'Italia courses the length and breadth of the country, turning its villages and cities pink as la corsa rosa heads towards Milan.

After setting of on its 3,572.2 kilometre – or 2,220 miles in old money – journey from Sardinia, the travelling circus that is the Giro heads to Sicily for stages four and five before arriving on the mainland. 

Once over the water, the peloton will work its way up the spine of the country before a final, hopefully dramatic, week in the mountains decides the eventual winner of the maglia rosa, or pink jersey awarded to the race leader.

One of the highlights of the final week will come when the riders tackle the Cima Coppi – the Cima Coppi, incidentally, is highest point of the race where the first rider to reach this point is awarded a cash bonus – during stage 16, the 227km brute from Rovetta to Bormio that includes one climb up and over the Mortirolo Pass and two ascents of the behemoth that is the Stelvio. The great man – Fausto Coppi – we think, would approve.

Those with subscriptions to Eurosport are in luck, the self-styled 'home of cycling' will be broadcasting every day, live, all the way from Italy.

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Stage-by-stage guide on how to follow the Giro . . .

Stage one

Friday May 5: Alghero - Olbia, 203km
Live: Eurosport 11.45am-5pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Pöstlberger avoids the chaos to take pink


Stage two

Saturday May 6: Olbia - Tortoli, 208km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report:Greipel wins sprint finish to takes his first maglia rosa


Stage three

Sunday May 7: Tortoli - Cagliari, 148km
Live: Eurosport 12.15-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report:Gaviria makes history for Colombia on the flat


Stage four

Tuesday May 9: Cefalu - Etna, 181km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report:Polanc wins on Mount Etna as Thomas climbs into third


Stage five

Wednesday May 10: Pedara - Messina, 159km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Gaviria wins again to take lead in points classification


Stage six

Thursday May 11: Reggio Calabria - Terme Luigiane, 217km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm. 
Race report: Dillier takes biggest win of his career from breakaway


Stage seven

Friday May 12: Castrovillari - Alberobello, 224km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Ewan breaks his duck in Italy


Stage eight

Saturday May 13: Molfetta - Peschici, 189km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.

Stage nine

Sunday May 14: Montenero di Bisaccia - Blockhaus, 149km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Thomas' hopes disappear as police motorbike causes crash


Stage 10

Tuesday May 16: Foligno - Montefalco (individual time trial), 39.8km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Dumoulin powers into pink


Stage 11

Wednesday May 17: Ponte a Ema - Bagno di Romagna, 161km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Fraile wins stage 11 as yet another breakaway holds out


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Stage 12

Thursday May 18: Forli - Reggio Emilia, 229km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.

Stage 13

Friday May 19: Reggio Emilia - Tortona, 167km
Live: Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Gaviria extends lead in points classification with fourth stage win


Stage 14

Saturday May 20: Castellania - Santuario di Oropa, 131km
Live: Eurosport 12.15-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 9-10.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report:Dumoulin extends lead with perfectly executed ride


Stage 15

Sunday May 21: Valdengo - Bergamo, 199km   
Live: Eurosport 12.15-5pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Jungels takes stage as Dumoulin retains lead


Stage 16

Tuesday May 23: Rovetta - Bormio, 222km
Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Nibali ends Italy's wait on dramatic day


Stage 17

Wednesday May 24: Tirano - Canazei, 219km
Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.

Stage 18

Thursday May 25: Moena - Ortisei/St. Ulrich, 137km
Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.

Stage 19

Friday May 26: San Candido - Piancavallo, 191km
Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.

Stage 20

Saturday May 27: Pordenone - Asiago, 190km
Eurosport 12.15-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 8-9.30pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: Pinot triumphs on penultimate day


Stage 21

Sunday May 28: Monza (Autodromo) - Milan (individual time trial), 29.3km
Eurosport 12-4.45pm.
Highlights: Eurosport from 10-11pm and Quest (Sky channel 144, Freeview channel 37 & Virgin Media channel 172 from 10-11pm.
Race report: History made as Tom Dumoulin wins maglia rosa


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