Eurosport to show returning Deutschland Tour in 60 countries
Eurosport, the Discovery-owned pan-European broadcaster, has acquired rights to the returning Deutschland Tour, the professional road cycling race, through a long-term agreement with ASO, the race organiser.
Eurosport will show all four stages of the Tour live across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, covering a total of 60 countries.
The action will be carried on the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels, and streamed on the Eurosport Player.
The 2018 Deutschland Tour will be televised in Germany by ARD and ZDF, the German public-service broadcasters, in a deal agreed back in March.
The first two stages (Koblenz-Bonn and Bonn-Trier) will be shown live between 2pm (CET) and 4pm by SWR, WDR, HR and SR, the regional public-service stations, before the third stage (Trier-Merzig) is shown by ZDF and the final stage (Lorsch-Stuttgart) is aired by ARD.
Eurosport 2 will also televise the final stage in Germany.
ASO, which organizes the Tour de France and other top races, has committed to organising 10 editions of the revived Deutschland Tour in partnership with the German Cycling Federation, and there are plans to expand it to a week-long event in due course.
The Deutschland Tour dropped off the calendar in 2009 after ARD threatened to stop broadcasting it because of the doping crisis in cycling. However, a new wave of top German cyclists including Marcel Kittel (pictured), John Degenkolb and Tony Martin has helped rekindle interest in the sport.