One of the oldest and most popular events on the road cycling calendar – the 103rd Giro d’Italia – has so far been a real treat for cycling fans who like shocks and surprises. Read on for our full guide to getting a 2020 Giro d’Italia live stream and watch all the cycling action online, no matter where you are in the world – see if there’s FREE coverage in your country.
The world’s best riders have take to the streets and hills of Italy. Postponed from its regular May slot, this year’s race had initially been set to feature a stage in Budapest, Hungary, but due to the pandemic and the reshuffling of the UCI calendar, this year’s event will now be an all-Italian affair. The rejigged 3,497.9km route takes place over 21 stages with 23 teams set to feature.
Giro d’Italia 2020 – where and when
The action runs from Saturday, 3 October in Monreale in Sicily and concludes on Sunday, 25 October in Milan across 21 gruelling stages in all. There are great ways to watch from all over the world – including FREE options in some regions. See below for more details.
Start times vary from stage to stage, but you can generally expect the action to get going between midday and 1pm local time (so look to tune in at 11am BST, 6am ET, 3am PT, 9pm AEDT).
Arguably the most picturesque event in the UCI calendar, the race boasts once of the most dramatic climbs there is with stage three’s mountain-top finish at Mount Etna.
The race schedule includes three grinding mountain stages and three individual time trials, which kick off with stage one’s most downhill 15.1km route in Sicily and concludes with stage 21’s dramatic 15.7km run in to Milan.
The biggest talking point of the event so far is pre-race favorite Geraint Thomas’s big crash and subsequent withdrawal on stage four. It caps a miserable year for the Brit, who was left out of the Ineos team’s line-up for the Tour de France. And then compatriot Simon Yates withdrew after testing positive for Covid-19.
Tour de Pologne winner Vincenzo Nibali will now be many pundit’s bet, following the Trek-Segafredo star’s second place finish in last’s year’s Giro. While it’s Portuguese young gun João Almeida who has had most success in the early stages.
Read on to find out what happens next as we tell you the best options to live stream the Giro d’Italia. And the best bit is it’s possible to do so absolutely free from some locations.
- 1 Get a Giro d’Italia live stream from outside your country
- 2 Live stream the Giro d’Italia for free
- 3 How to watch the Giro d’Italia: UK live stream
- 4 How to watch the Giro d’Italia: US live stream
- 5 How to watch the Giro d’Italia: Canada live stream
- 6 How to watch the Giro d’Italia: Australia live stream
- 7 Giro d’Italia live stream in New Zealand
Get a Giro d’Italia live stream from outside your country
If you’re desperate to watch every stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling but you’re away from home and the coverage is geo-blocked, then you could always use a VPN to access it (assuming you’re not breaching any broadcaster Ts&Cs, of course). You may be surprised how simple it is to do.
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Live stream the Giro d’Italia for free
The Italian broadcaster Rai will be once again sharing the Giro d’Italia event coverage in Italy for free. And Rai also has an Android and Apple app for watching on your tablet or phone instead without needing a subscription.
Yup, that means you can stream all the wheel spinning goodness on whatever device you’re using, all on RaiSport +. The catch? Well, all the commentary will be in Italian of course!
There’s also great news for Welsh-speaking cycling fans as the UK’s S4C will also be offering daily live coverage of the event on its linear TV channel and via its app and S4C Clic streaming and catch up service.
But below we’ve listed the major broadcasters in English speaking countries.
How to watch the Giro d’Italia: UK live stream
For UK residents looking for English commentary, Eurosport has you covered for live Giro d’Italia coverage. That means Eurosport 1, which is available in lots of broadcast and streaming forms, should make watching the racing simple.
And remember, to watch your home overage from abroad, you can always use a VPN, log back in to a server in your country and watch as if you were there.
How to watch the Giro d’Italia: US live stream
This year, the Giro d’Italia 2020 live stream can be accessed using a FuboTV Cycling Pass. Fubo is a sports focused streaming TV solution that lets you subscribe to watch cycling for $59.99 for the rest of the 2020 season.
Since this is app powered and delivered over the internet, you can watch it on lots of different devices. including smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs and streaming boxes. That means wherever you are you shouldn’t miss the action.
FloBikes is another service that offers the Giro, costing $30 for a month or $150 for a whole year.
How to watch the Giro d’Italia: Canada live stream
Canadians will be able to get in on the Giro d’Italia 2020 action much in the same way as their US neighbours can. That means Fubo.TV and FloBikes access in Canada where the events will be streamed to whatever device you’re using. Simples.
How to watch the Giro d’Italia: Australia live stream
Australians will need access to Eurosport, which is the exclusive coverage provider of the Giro d’Italia this year – but only if you’re a Fetch subscriber.
You can get Fetch if your broadband is with the likes of Optus, iiNet or Internode (check with your provider) or, failing that, by buying a Fetch box. After that, you’ll need the Eurosport add-on, which costs $8.99 per month.
Giro d’Italia live stream in New Zealand
The official broadcaster for the Giro d’Italia in New Zealand is Sky Sport, which costs $31.99 per month and includes channels dedicated to football, rugby, cricket and golf.
For mobile streaming, users can tune in via the Sky Go app, and if you’re away from home right now you can use a VPN to catch your usual TV coverage.