ITV will show daily live coverage of this year’s Tour of Britain, it was confirmed today.

Two hours of every stage will be broadcast on free-to-air station ITV4, and also streamed online.

Similar to previous years, a nightly 60-minute highlights show will also be aired as planned.

Screens relaying the live feed will also be positioned at stage finishes to enchance the spectator experience. 

Popular presenter Ned Boulting will present the coverage, and will be joined by Hugh Porter and Rob Hayles.

In response to the announcement, Boulting told Cycling Weekly this afternoon: “The advantages are two-fold. For those cycling junkies who want to watch their sport live, they get their fix.

“Second, those spectators at the finish will get to see the action unfold, instead of seeing a quick glimpse of the peloton when it comes across the line.

“This brings the Tour of Britain into line with all the great races across the world,” he added.

Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport, said: “Following our hugely popular coverage of the Tour de France as well as the Vuelta, we’re delighted to be able to bring ITV4 viewers a third major cycling event this year with all the key action from The Tour of Britain.”

Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of race organiser SweetSpot added: “This is a great step forward for The Tour of Britain in what has been a fantastic year for cycling in this country, in a sport that continues to grow year-on-year. We look forward to rounding off the year in spectacular style with the best ever Tour of Britain.

“We have worked tirelessly with our stakeholders and partners around the country to make this happen, and are delighted that for the first time ever cycling fans can watch each day of The Tour live, wherever they are in Britain.” 

Race organiser SweetSpot has previously made clear its intention to improve on the 2.1 ranking from the UCI, and today’s news is guaranteed to elevate the stature of the Tour both and home and abroad.

2006 was the last time a stage of the race was shown live, when the BBC broadcast coverage of the final stage of that’s year’s event.

For the sixth consecutive year, Century TV will continue to produce the coverage.

In addition to ITV, Eurosport’s international channels will also be showing the daily coverage, thus greatly expanding the potential worldwide viewing audience.

This year’s race begins in Ipswich on Sunday (September 9), and ends in Surrey seven days later. 

Tour of Britain 2012: ITV4 schedule
Stage One: Ipswich-Norfolk Showground
Sunday September 9
LIVE: 1.45-3.45pm

Stage Two: Nottingham-Knowsley Safari Park
Monday September 10
LIVE: 1.15-3.15pm

Stage Three: Jedburgh-Dumfries
Tuesday September 11
LIVE: 1.30-3.30pm

Stage Four: Carlisle-Blackpool
Wednesday September 12
LIVE: 1.30-3.30pm

Stage Five: Stoke-on-Trent
Thursday September 13
LIVE: 12.45-2.45pm

Stage Six: Welshpool-Caerphilly
Friday September 14

Stage Seven: Barnstaple-Dartmouth
Saturday September 15
LIVE: 1.15-3.15pm

Stage Eight: Reigate-Guildford
Sunday September 16

Related links

Tour of Britain 2012: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

  • gerald gregory

    As usual our home country broadcasters promise the works & then let us down, what’s wrong with full coverage, as on the continent, it’s not as if ITV schedules are crammed full of interesting programme content


    Radio Times says episodes of The Sweeney on all day on ITV 4…..hope they’re wrong !

  • geegee

    Live streaming available if you use the search engine for free cycle racing tv. I use it regularly

  • geegee

    Yes phil simmonds. “steephill” web site put out free transmissions, give it a try, the vuelta is on it

  • geegee

    Heard today that International Eurosport (NOT British Eurospor)t is broadcasting the ToB and can be viewed on “steephill” web site for free. Worth a look for the Vuelta too. They usually put the ads. in sensible slots

  • Mark Jones

    This is great news BUT seems very badly planned out and could be a complete disaster. All we really get (if the riders finish in the expected fastest finish times) will be one hour of cycling with 3-4 ad beaks in between.

    Stages 6 and 7 are expected to be the decisive stages and here’s what we’ve got:
    Stage 6 KOM 12:42 and 13:25 Finish 14:48 (live coverage 13:45)
    Stage 7 KOM 12:25 and 12:44 Finish 14:09 (live coverage 13:15)

    So for the queen stage they come on air half an hour after the two climbs over Dartmoor and we will be left with an hour of talk and presentations. I will be watching the highlights and then watching this limited live coverage in conjunction with this. ITV4’s coverage of La Vuelta has been excellent and it’s disappointing that we’re losing Brian Smith for Rob Hayles (still it could be worse, we could have Anna Glowinski doing all the features).

  • geegee

    I hope they have the sense to put the adverts in the quiet sections and not when there’s an exciting attack in progress.

  • Philip Smmonds

    Great news indeed! Hopfully some of us overseas Brits can find some live feeds aswell!