ITV will show live coverage of this year’s Tour of Spain (August 20-September 11), it was announced today.

Coming off the back of impressive viewing figures from the Tour de France, the broadcaster will show every stage live online and on its digital channel, ITV4.

The announcement is more good news for cycling fans who don’t have access to Eurosport, who are also showing the race.

Earlier in the year, the broadcaster added the Tour of California to its cycling portfolio, with their decision to show that race coming just weeks after Cycling Weekly revealed they held the rights to show races run by ASO, who also organise both the Tour de France and Vuelta.

ITV4’s coverage of the race starts on August 20 at 4pm, with the action from the opening day team time trial in Benidorm.

Ned Boulting will present the action, with race analysis being provided by Matt Rendell.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Boulting was understandably excited by the announcement.

“ITV have expressed a growing commitment to cycling; the Tour de France ratings have grown year on year and show no sign of slowing and they want to add to their portfolio of racing on TV.

“Their interest to show the Vuelta actually goes back to before Bradley (Wiggins) was down to start, and with Mark (Cavendish) competing there’s a real chance of British success,” he added.

Speaking about his on-screen relationship with Rendell, Boulting said: “We’ve got good chemistry and we’re also good friends when the cameras stop.

“Hopefully with Matt’s knowledge and my outsider’s information we can provide something fresh to the action, especially as some of the riders won’t be well known to some viewers.”

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  • Michael Mace

    Great news. Remember to write/email ITV to say thank you.
    They also show the British Touring Car Championship which is very entertaining.
    Who is showing the TOUR OF BRITAIN?

  • Terry

    Fantastic news, hope there will be 7pm highlights as the Spanish plains can be a bit tedious until Cav lets rip.

  • barry

    At long last, the end of the Phil and Paul rubbish commentries !!!!

  • brian

    well done itv -now need a campaign to start for them to show the giro

  • Francis

    Brilliant – I had to check this story wasn’t written on 1st April. Cycling coverage really has come a long way since Channel 4 dropped the TdF a few years ago. Chapeau ITV.

  • Anthony

    Fantastic news – now work on getting the Giro aswell.

    ITV4 is turning into a fantastic channel – which considering how dire ITVs 1-3 are, makes it even more amazing…