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Eurosport to screen Zwift Tour for All exhibition cycle eracing series

By 30th April 2020 No Comments

5-day tournament features some of the world’s best cyclists and mass-participation stages.

Eurosport is broadcasting the Zwift Tour for All exhibition racing series, a pro racing tour on the Zwift virtual platform.

The tour will be held over five stages on 4-8 May, and will feature teams from both the men’s and women’s World Tours. Each stage will be screened live on all Eurosport platforms and on the Global Cycling Network (GCN) app.

The GCN mobile app is available to download for free from iOS Apple Store and Android Google Play stores.

There will also be highlights on the GCN social channels, as part of a collaboration between Eurosport and GCN.

The racing will TX live each day between 2pm and 4pm BST and include leading cycling teams Mitchelton-Scott, EF-Education, NTT, Alpecin-Fenix, Bahrain-McLaren, Canyon//SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv and Boels Dolmans.

The teams and the top 25 riders will pick up points across the week and there will also be a daily individual race winner. There will also be intermediate points on each stage and double points for the Top 10 on the Queen Stage (Stage 5).

Stages will range in distance from 45km to 75km and approximately 400m and 1700m in elevation with race times estimated to be between 1hr 15min and 2hr, depending on the distance and elevation of each stage.

As part of the Tour for All series, Zwift will donate $125K to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its COVID-19 crisis fund. There will also be mass participation stages of the tour, with Zwifters encouraged to take part – an additional $125K will be donated once 250,000 people complete a stage of the Tour for All.

Andrew Georgiou, president, Eurosport and global sports rights and sports marketing solutions, said: “During the current pause in live sport, Discovery is bringing to the fore its creativity and partnership building credentials to bring fans the type of live content they’ve been missing. We are going beyond the archive to offer something completely new that will bring together cycling fans on mass with new stories and unpredictable moments at every turn.”

Simon Wear, founder and CEO of Play Sports Group [parent company of GCN], added: “In the current climate, cycling fans all over the world are seeking new ways to engage with their passion and keep up to date with the riders they are used to seeing in action through their towns and villages. We feel it’s extremely important to support and celebrate the efforts of these teams and riders and share everything we can with the cycling community.

“Tour for All is a great example of riders across continents teaming up to fuel their desire to be the best in the sport. With the interactive features on the new GCN app, it’s a fantastic way to capture the excitement of professional stage racing and share it with cycling fans all over the world across the Eurosport TV network, Eurosport Digital and the GCN app.”

Tour for All Exhibition Series Diary
4 May – Stage 1
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Flat-ish stage for the sprinters. Both courses feature one short steep hill so expect some action with multiple ascents.
Course: Innsbruckring, Innsbruck. Elevation Gain: 72m (237ft). Total distance: 52.9km (33miles)
5 May – Stage 2
The first hilly stage.
Course: Cobbled Climbs, Richmond. Elevation Gain: 126m (413ft). Total distance: 46.2km (28.5miles)
6 May – Stage 3
The first mountain stage.
Course: Medio Fondo, Watopia. Elevation Gain: 981m (3,220ft). Total distance: 72.9km (45.1miles)
7 May – Stage 4
A mostly flat and fast stage.
Course: Sand and Sequoias, Watopia. Elevation Gain: 147m (482ft). Total distance: 42.6km (26.5miles)
8 May – Stage 5
The Queen Stage with a finish up Alpe du Zwift.
Course: Quatch Quest, Watopia. Elevation Gain: 1710m (5,610ft). Total distance: 46.5km (28.9miles)
Teams competing
Men
Alpecin-Fenix, Bahrain-McLaren, CCC Team, Groupama FDJ, Israel Start-Up Nation, NTT, Pro Cycling Team, Rally Cycling, Team Cofidis, Mitchelton-SCOTT, EF Education First Pro Cycling
Women
Boels Dolmans, Canyon//SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv, Drops, FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine, Futuroscope, Team Twenty20, Tibco, Rally Cycling

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