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TG4 to cover Vuelta a Espana

TG4 to cover Vuelta a Espana

TG4 has announced details of its exclusive live television coverage of Vuelta a España 2014, which begins in Spain next weekend.  All three weeks of the Vuelta a España will be broadcast live on TG4 (see times below). There will be an average of two hours of live coverage each day as well as a half hour highlights package every night that will include previews, cyclist profiles, results, interviews and reports.  Commentary will be provided by Páidí Ó Lionáird and Pádraic Ó Cuinn. The Vuelta will also be broadcast live on  www.tg4.tv and the website will also offer updates, statistics and other Tour data.


- Live coverage of each Stage from Sunday 24th August onwards

- Daily half-hour highlights programme each night on TG4

- Live coverage on the TG4 Player on www.tg4.tv


COVERAGE ON TG4  -  Vuelta a España


STAGE            DATES                        START AND FINISH                                                   DISTANCE            COVERAGE

1                      Sat 23/08                     Jerez de la Frontera > Jerez de la Frontera                 12,6 km            Live on www.tg4.tv only.

2                      Sun 24/08                    Algeciras > San Fernando                                            174,4 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

3                      Mon 25/08                   Cádiz > Arcos de la Frontera                                       188 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

4                      Tue 26/08                    Mairena del Alcor > Córdoba                                       172,6 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

5                      Wed 27/08                   Priego de Córdoba > Ronda                                        182,3 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

6                      Thu 28/08                    Benalmádena > La Zubia                                              157,7 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

7                      Fri 29/08                      Alhendín > Alcaudete                                                   165,4 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

8                      Sat 30/08                     Baeza > Albacete                                                         207,4 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

9                      Sun 31/08                    Carboneras de Guadazaón > Aramón Valdelinares      181 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

                        Mon 1/09                     REST DAY

10                    Tue 02/09                    Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela > Borja    34,5 km            Live 3pm to 5pm

11                    Wed 03/09                   Pamplona > Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar                        151 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

12                    Thu 04/09                    Logroño > Logroño                                                      168 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

13                    Fri 05/09                      Belorado > Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno                182 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

14                    Sat 06/09                     Santander > La Camperona. Valle de Sábero               199 km             Live 2pm to 5pm

15                    Sun 07/09                    Oviedo > Lagos de Covadonga                                                149 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

16                    Mon 08/09                   San Martín del Rey Aurelio > Lago de Somiedo           158,8 km          Live 2pm to 5pm

                        Tuesday 09/09             REST DAY

17                    Wed 10/09                   Ortigueira > Coruña                                                     174 km             Live 3pm to 5pm

18                    Thu 11/09                    Estrada > Mont Castrove. Meis                                                173,5 km            Live 3pm to 5pm

19                    Fri 12/09                      Salvaterra do Miño > Cangas do Morrazo                    176,5 km          Live 3pm to 5pm

20                    Sat 13/09                     Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil > Puerto de Ancares      163,8 km          Live 2pm to 5pm

21                    Sun 14/09                    Santiago de Compostela. El Final del Camino              10 km               Live 4:15pm to 8:15pm

                                                                                                                                     Total:  3181,5 km

Running from Saturday August 23rd to Sunday September 14th 2014, the Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3181,5 kilometres:   5 flat stages,  13 hill and mountain stages,  1 team time trial stage,  2 individual time trial stages.


The Vuelta a España (or Tour of Spain) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Inspired by the success of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the race was first organized in 1935.  As the Vuelta gained prestige and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend all around the globe. Since 1979, the event has been staged and managed by Unipublic. The peloton expanded from a primarily Spanish participation; riders from all over the world participate in the race each year. The Vuelta is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers can invite.


Along with the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta makes up cycling's prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, the passage through the mountain chain of the Pyrenees, and the finish in the Spanish capital Madrid. The modern editions of the Vuelta a España consist of 21 day-long segments, stages, over a 23-day period that includes 2 rest days. The 2013 Vuelta a España brought the first win of an American rider, Chris Horner which also became the oldest winner of the competition (and of any grand tour), at the age of 41.

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