Eurosport and Global Cycling Network (GCN) will join forces to offer the first Virtual Tour of France to millions of cycling fans across Europe and Asia, available on any screen they choose to watch.
The most prestigious cycling race having gone from its traditional niche from July to August due to the coronavirus pandemic, Eurosport, GCN and Zwift in collaboration with the organizers of the Tour Amaury Sport Organization, has helped fill the void.
In conclusion of the original arrival of the Tour de France 2020, Eurosport and GCN will present the six one-hour stages featuring the 23 best male professional teams and 16 female teams on three consecutive weekends from 2 p.m. CET on Saturday July 4 to Sunday July 19. Hosted by the organizers of the Tour de France ASO and the virtual cycling platform Zwift, the event will be available live via Eurosport 1 in 64 markets * as well as live and on demand via the Eurosport Player app and the app GCN.
Cycling-Gibbon and Tacey win the first stage of the virtual Tour de France
🇫🇷 Watch the Virtual Tour de France
📅 From July 4 and 5
📺 Eurosport 1 (late from 6.30 p.m.)
🖥 Eurosport Player from 2 p.m. – http://bit.ly/2UADUY3
Fans will be able to see the biggest names in the sport, including recent Tour de France winners Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, as well as Marianne Vos, Anna Van der Breggen and Chloé Dygert, browse unique virtual landscapes created by Zwift like the last emblematic stage of the Champs-Élysées of Paris.
Building on a successful partnership that has seen Eurosport and GCN project the Zwift Tour for All exclusively on its entire portfolio of channels and digital platforms, the Virtual Tour of France precedes a much anticipated return to professional racing, to start with Classics and Strade Bianche on August 1. Eurosport also recently announced its extension to present the Tour de France (August 29 – September 20, 2020) exclusively on 38 markets and La Vuelta (October 20 – November 8, 2020) exclusively on 50 markets until 2025 with the Giro d’Italia also screened from October 3 to October 25.
Stages one and two of this weekend will take place on the fantastic volcanic island of Zwift, Watopia, with visual additions inspired by Nice, the host city of the Grand Départ in August. Other stages include familiar French terrain, including the fearsome Mont Ventoux on stage 5 before the traditional arrival on a virtual Champs-Elysées.
“I can’t imagine July without a bike,” said Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France.
Thanks to the virtual Tour de France, which will be widely broadcast on television, the champions and their fans will fill the void left by the Tour de France, which will meet the public in Nice on August 29.
The six-hour stages offer equal opportunities to sprinters, climbers and all-rounders, and teams will fight for the traditional yellow, green and polka dot Tour de France jerseys through a point system.
Virtual Tour de France internships
- Saturday July 4: Stage 1: Nice, 36.4 km (4 x 9.1 km, hilly stage)
- Sunday July 5: Stage 2: Nice, 29.5 km (682 m elevation, mountain stage)
- Saturday July 11: Stage 3: North-East of France, 48 km (flat stage)
- Sunday July 12: Stage 4: South-West of France, 45.8 km (2 laps of 22.9 km, hilly stage)
- Saturday July 18: Stage 5: Mont Ventoux, 22.9 km (arrival at Chalet-Reynard, mountain stage)
- Sunday July 19: Stage 6: Paris Champs-Elysées, 42.8 km (6 laps of the circuit)
Alé BTC Ljubljana; Team Arkéa; Boels-Dolmans cycling team; CANYON // SRAM Racing; CCC-Liv team; Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling; Drops; FDJ Futuroscope Nouvelle-Aquitaine; Lotto Soudal Ladies; Parkhotel Valkenburg; Rally cycling; TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank; Trek-Segafredo Women; TWENTY20 Pro Cycling; Team Sunweb; Valcar Travel & Service
AG2R La Mondiale; Arkéa Samsic; Alpecin-Fenix; Astana Pro Team; B&B Hotels-Vital; Concept; Bahrain McLaren team; Bora Hansgrohe; CCC team; Team Cofidis; Cirque-Wanty Gobert; Deceuninck – Quick-Step; EF Education First Pro Cycling; Groupama-FDJ; Israel Start-Up Nation; INEOS team; Team Jumbo-Visma; Lotto-Soudal; Mitchelton-SCOTT; NTT Pro Cycling; Rally cycling; Team Sunweb; TOTAL Direct Energy; Trek-Segafredo
* Live in Europe and Asia with delayed coverage in the UK and Russia
With additional reports from Reuters
Avril Tacey stuns the peloton to win stage 1 of the virtual Tour de France