How to live stream the Giro d’Italia 2021: Watch the Italian Grand Tour

The first three-week race of the year is on now - find out how you can watch

The Giro d'Italia 2021 trophy
How to watch the Giro d'Italia 2021
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The Giro d’Italia 2021 is in full swing and the race is poised for an exciting finale as the peloton heads towards Milan. 

For 2021 the Giro is taking place in its usual spot in May, after it was shifted to October last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The start list for the Giro features some of the biggest names in the cycling world, both in the general classification and for the sprint stages.

After the first week of racing, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) led the race on the first rest day, having dominated on the first real mountain test for the GC riders. But the Colombian faced a tough challenge with Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) hot on his heels. 

The sprinters also fought it out in the opening week, with Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) all taking the spoils. But with Merlier and Ewan both leaving the race early, the sprint stages looked wide open late in the race.  

This is how you can watch the 2021 Giro d’Italia, which runs from May 8-30:

How to watch the Giro d’Italia 2021 where you are

  • Watch the Giro d'Italia live on GCN+ and Eurosport in the UK
  • Live stream the Giro in the USA, Canada and Australia on GCN+
  • The Giro d'Italia will be broadcast live on Eurosport and Rai TV in Italy

Live stream the Giro d’Italia 2021 in the UK

All 21 stages of the 2021 Giro d’Italia will be broadcast live in the UK, with GCN and Eurosport both showing the action.

UK viewers can live stream the action on the GCN+ service or on Eurosport Player, starting with the individual time trial on May 8.

Both platforms will be offering uninterrupted, ad-free digital covering on their streaming services, along with highlights and analysis shows.

As the race gets underway again after the first rest day with stage 11 on Wednesday (May 19), GCN will be back with live coverage from 11.35am, with the stage likely to run until around 4.35pm. Eurosport's coverage will go live around the same time.

For the rest of the week coverage then starts around 11am for each stage, finishing around 4.30pm.  

Daniel Lloyd, GCN+ presenter and Director of Racing, said:"The Giro d'Italia holds a special place in the heart of many cycling fans, and I can genuinely say that I've never been more excited than for this edition. For the very first time, every kilometre of every stage will be broadcast live, and I'm enormously proud that GCN+ and Eurosport will be bringing the whole thing to so many cycling fans around the world. We have an unrivalled line up of commentators and pundits to talk you through the action as it happens and dissect it after each stage. I can't wait to get started - Saturday 8 May can't come soon enough."

Or alternatively, Welsh cycling fans can watch the race on Welsh-language channel S4C.

To gain access to Eurosport coverage you can subscribe to the Eurosport Player app for £39.99 a year or £6.99 per month.

Access to the GCN+ costs £39.99 a year.

If you’re not in the country for the Giro d’Italia 2021, No worries – you can just download and install a VPN and use location inside the United Kingdom to watch the broadcast live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.

How to live stream the Giro d’Italia 2021 from outside your country

If you’re heading out of the country during the Giro d’Italia 2021 - whether that be inside the UK or anywhere else - access to your chose home broadcaster could be restricted by location.

Luckily there is a way you can keep watching anyway – downloading and installing a VPN, which allows you to trick your computer into thinking it’s back at home. This allows you to find your native broadcaster coverage without having to resort to an illegal steam, as long as you stick to the terms and conditions set out by the broadcaster.

Setting up a VPN is simple – just download, install, open the app and select your location.

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Watch the Giro d’Italia 2021 in the USA, Canada and Australia

In the USA, you can watch the Giro d’Italia live every day on GCN+, with live pictures being shown along with on demand and highlights from the Italian Grand Tour.

Canadian cycling fans will also be able to watch the race on GCN+.

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In Australia, once again GCN+ will show the racing live every day, with highlights packages also available.

How to watch the Giro d’Italia in Europe

In Italy, cycling fans can watch their home race on Rai 2 and Rai sport, along with Eurosport Player and GCN+.

For Belgian and Dutch fans, the racing will be live on GCN+ and Eurosport.