Here's how and where to watch the Tour Down Under

The opening race of the WorldTour calendar starts on January 15, 2019 and runs for six stages.

The Tour Down Under is the first chance for riders to test their form and see what they need to work on ahead of the Spring Classics.

For those of us desperate for the season to start again, the Tour Down Under provides the first chance to see transferred riders on their new teams and get a glimpse of everyone in some degree of new kit.

>>> Tour Down Under 2019: Everything you need to know

Last year, you could catch the race on FreeSports – a channel which is available on Sky, Freeview, Freesat, BT and TalkTalkTV but not Virgin Media.

You could also follow the race via the official TDU Tracker app, available for iOS and Android devices, and the Velon app on which to follow the action as it happens.

The 2019 race is due to be televised on Eurosport and ITV4 and Sports Channel Network.

Eurosport confirmed on Twitter that they had recently agreed rights to show the TDU.

The first highlights show will be aired on Eurosport Two at 6.05pm on Tuesday evening (January 15), then at the same time on Wednesday, but on Thursday they will be shown at 6.15pm.

Then on Friday Eurosport Two have highlights at 10.30pm, and at the same time on Saturday and Sunday.

There is no live coverage information listed on the Eurosport TV guide and there are no details of the schedule on ITV4’s guide.

You will again be able to follow along with text updates both on the Tour Down under website and via the app.

>>> Tour Down Under 2019 start list

Cycling Weekly will also be posting video highlights of every stage, and have regular reports and photos from the race so be sure to keep updated with our Tour Down Under coverage.

Tour Down Under official tracker app

You can catch up on live coverage of the TDU via the race’s official app. In addition to some video and text commentary, this features GPS tracking data. The app is available via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Velon app

WorldTour team organisation is expected to be offering its Live Cycling App that will provide real-time tracking data throughout the Tour Down Under, and other races during the 2018 season.

This includes riders’ speed, power, cadence and heart rate.