Discovery has secured all the global rights for showing Giro d’Italia till 2025* This is a part of their plan of strengthening the live cycling coverage and reputation as the grand tours, further. Indian audiences can watch the live and uninterrupted coverage of every stage on Eurosport and Eurosport HD and on discovery+app as well from May 8, 2021, to May 30, 2021.
The deal with RCS Sport via IMG for a log term means that Discovery will be Giro’s multi-platform rights holder. There are a few more UCI World Tour events and one-day Classics in Italy are part of the agreement as well. To name a few such events are Tirreno-Adriatico, the Giro di Sicilia, Strade Bianche Men and Women Elite, Gran Piemonte, Milan-San Remo, Il Lombardia, and Milan-Torino. After covering the first event of 2021, the next will be the UAE Tour on an exclusive basis**
Andrew Georgiou, President, Eurosport, and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, said: “Discovery has a rich heritage of screening the widest range of men’s and women’s cycling events through Eurosport and GCN and is constantly innovating to provide the best viewing experience for passionate cycling fans everywhere.
“We’re pleased to have consolidated our portfolio of world-class cycling rights through a long-term extension with RCS to keep the Giro d’Italia on our channels and platforms for years to come. Through our partnership between Eurosport and GCN, and increasingly in 2021 through discovery+, we will continue to harness our deep cycling expertise and unrivaled global scale to unlock the power of the sport for all to enjoy.”
Guy Voisin, Director of Cycling at Eurosport and GCN, said: “Eurosport and GCN will deepen our collaboration even further this year and will screen more live cycling than ever before including uninterrupted coverage of every Grand Tour, Classic and Olympic cycling event, and through local digital and linear shows covering all forms of the sport. We look forward to kick-starting the 2021 road cycling season through our first-class coverage of the UAE Tour from February, offering more ways than ever for fans to engage with the sport they love.”
*Discovery has secured the worldwide rights on an exclusive basis excluding:
Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City on a non-exclusive basis.
Rights for all events start from 2022 in Mexico & Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) and the Dominican Republic, Caribbean, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela).
Rights for all events start in New Zealand in 2023.
**UAE Tour rights excluded in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Chad, Niger, Mali, Djibouti, Sudan, Ethiopia, Comoros Islands, Iran, Eritrea, Mauritania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Western Sahara.