The BBC will once again broadcast the UCI road cycling world championships, which this year will be held in Florence, Italy, between September 22 and 29, the UCI has announced.
The UCI says this world’s will have the broadest TV reach in history, with coverage on new stations and new territories including Al Jazeera (Middle East), Charlton (Israel) and Direct TV (South America).
A combination of live and highlights will also be available on the UCI’s Official You Tube channel, depending on each territory’s broadcast commitment.
The BBC’s coverage will be presented by Jonathan Edwards with Ccommentary from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman and reporting by Jill Douglas.
Time trials: Wednesday 25 September, 1.40-4.10pm, BBC TWO
Women’s road race: Saturday 28 September, 3.30-4.30pm, BBC ONE
Women’s road race: Saturday 28 September, 4.30-5.15pm, BBC TWO
Men’s road race: Sunday 29 September, 2.15-4.15pm, BBC TWO
(Note: The BBC website currently says the men's race will be broadcast on 28 September) hence our earlier error. We're sorry to disappoint those planning to watch it on the BBC and then head down the bookies, but can you imagine all the people complaining about spoilers?)
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