The early-season French stage races continue this week with the Tour du Haut Var, featuring a stacked line-up – here’s how you can stream the action.
Starting on Friday (February 19) the short three-stage race, full name the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, will feature a host of star names, including Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), Greg Van Avermaet (Ag2r-Citroën), as well as Tom Pidcock and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).
The 2.1-ranked event, based around the Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments of southern France, is a brutal mountain race that plenty of Grand Tour contenders will be using to prepare for their seasons.
Here’s how you can watch the racing in your country:
How to watch the Tour du Haut Var 2021 in the UK
Good news for British racing fans as you will be able to watch the racing on the regular cycling broadcasters, and with plenty of UK talent on the start list you’ll want to watch.
Both Eurosport and GCN will be showing the racing from stage two, however stage one will not be shown (for unknown reasons), although you will be able to find highlights of the stage.
Stage two will be broadcast live from 1-2pm on Saturday on Eurosport and through the new GCN+ package.
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, with a special launch offer of £19.99 for the year currently available.
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How to watch the Tour du Haut Var 2021 in the US, Canada and Australia
Luckily for racing fans in North America and in Australia, the Tour du Haut Var is being shown on GCN+ worldwide so you can live stream the action from the US, Canada and Australia.
How to live stream the Tour du Haut Var 2021 in France and Belgium
To catch all the action from the home nation, the Tour du Haut Var will be shown on France 3.
For Belgian cycling fans, you can watch the racing on Sporza.