The UCI, the governing body of world competitive cycling, has announced a partnership with L’Equipe, the French free-to-air digital terrestrial channel, to stream all five rounds of the 2023 UCI Track Champions League (TCL) live across France.
The third TCL campaign starts in Mallorca tomorrow (October 21), where L’Équipe will provide live digital coverage of every round via its free L’Équipe Live streaming service.
The agreement was made with Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, the global promoters of the competition.
Florian Pavia, series director of the UCI Track Champions League, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome L’Équipe on board as the latest broadcast partner of the UCI Track Champions League.
“France has produced some of the world’s best track cycling talents in recent years and we’re delighted that French fans will be able to watch them in action over the five-round series, courtesy of L’Équipe Live.”
Matthias Duchez, head of L'Equipe Live, added: "As a broadcaster of approximately 20 Olympic sports in the run-up to Paris 2024, the L'Equipe group is delighted to be adding the UCI Champions League to its catalog.”
The 2023 series will feature three French riders, Tom Derache, Quentin Lafargue, and Melvin Landerneau. Tom Derache was in both previous seasons of the series while Quentin Lafargue and Melvin Landerneau will be making their debuts.
The deal is non-exclusive, so TV and streaming coverage will also be available in Eurosport in France.
This week, the UCI also announced a partnership with cycling-focused clothing manufacturer Alé that will see the brand become the official kit supplier of the 2023 UCI Track Champions League.