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How to watch and live stream the Vuelta a Espana 2020

Joe Robinson
19 Oct 2020

A guide on where to catch live coverage and highlights of the Vuelta a Espana 2020

The 75th Vuelta a Espana starts on Tuesday 20th October in the Basque town of Irun. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, this year's edition will not only take place across October and November but has also reduced to just 18 stages from the usual 21.

The terrain will still be brutal. Five stages will visit the high mountains while another eight will take on the rolling hills of Spain's countryside. One 33.7km time-trial on Stage 13 could shake up proceedings while only four 'flat' days ensure action almost every day. 

The race will cover 2882.8 of racing kilometres with the longest stage being Stage 15, a 230.8km hilly run that skirts the northern border of Portugal from Mos to Puebla de Sanabria.

During the race, the peloton will climb some old favourites including the Col du Tourmalet, Alto de l'Angliru and Alto de la Covatilla, all of which should be important in the fight for the red jersey.

Question marks remain over whether the Tourmalet will even feature in this year's race considering recent snowfall in the area but if it does, it should prove to be a humdinger of a stage that also visits the Alto del Portalet and Col d'Aubisque.

Heading the start list will be defending champion Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma and two-time champion Chris Froome of Ineos Grenadiers.

Roglic will be looking to banish the disappointment of the Tour de France with a strong team that also includes Tom Dumoulin, Sepp Kuss and George Bennett. 

Meanwhile, Froome will begin his farewell tour as the Vuelta represents the last race at the British WorldTour team before joining Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021.

Other names to keep an eye on for red include Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Alexsandr Vlasov (Astana) and Enric Mas (Movistar).

It promises to be a fantastic final three weeks of racing but the question remains, how can you watch it as a fan? Below is a guide to how to watch and live stream the Vuelta a Espana 2020.

How can I watch the Vuelta a Espana 2020?

Eurosport will be showing live coverage and extended highlights of all 18 stages of the 2020 Vuelta a Espana via television broadcast and the online GCN Race Pass, while ITV4 will be showing highlights.

Most of us are still working from home and therefore can have Eurosport playing in the background. If this is not you, Eurosport also offers live coverage via its online player and app.

Subscribe for £9.99 per month or shell out on the more cost-efficient annual package of £39.99. You can also access Eurosport Player for £6.99 per month if you subscribe to Amazon Prime for £7.99 per month.

Furthermore, there is the GCN Race Pass which offers extended live coverage as well as race analysis. It's very similar to what Eurosport offers, and all run from the same company, so we suggest picking one rather than investing in both.

The GCN Race Pass can be had here.

Old-faithful ITV4 has also retained the rights to broadcast the Vuelta and will show evening highlights of every stage slotted between a re-run of The Professionals and Shaun of the Dead.

Additionally, ITV4 also offers online broadcasting via its Hub. All you have to do is sign up and you'll have full access.

How can I watch the Vuelta a Espana 2020 online?

If you're not particularly keen to sign up to ITV4 or Eurosport or simply want more content, then do not worry.

The Vuelta's official YouTube channel will likely post highlights of every stage, each evening, including other snippets such as podium interviews and stage previews.

Cycling stats nerds ProCyclingStats provide the best coverage that doesn't include actually watching the race. They provide a live tracker of each stage providing all the necessary info from breakaway composition to time gaps to who's abandoned.

As a last resort, you can always follow each stage on Twitter by following key accounts that usually relay information for each stage and top tips and snippets of info. We recommend following these accounts:

Mihai Cazacu Ammattipyoraily La Flamme Rouge Race Radio

Where can I find more information on the Vuelta a Espana?

Click here for a full guide to the 2020 Vuelta a Espana. Find a full guide to each stage with profile maps and route information, the start list as it is announced and the full TV listings when announced.

Vuelta a Espana 2020: Live TV Guide

Live TV coverage of the 2020 Vuelta a Espana from Eurosport and ITV4. All coverage time and channels are subject to change

Stage 1: Tuesday 20th October

1125-1645 Stage 1 live coverage, Eurosport 2
2130-2300 Stage 1 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 2: Wednesday 21st October

1125-1645 Stage 2 live coverage, Eurosport 2
2130-2300 Stage 2 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 2 highlights, ITV4

Stage 3: Thursday 22nd October

1125-1645 Stage 3 live coverage, Eurosport 2
2130-2300 Stage 3 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 3 highlights, ITV4

Stage 4: Friday 23rd October

1125-1645 Stage 4 live coverage, Eurosport 2
2130-2300 Stage 4 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 4 highlights, ITV4

Stage 5: Saturday 24th October

1125-1645 Stage 5 live coverage, Eurosport 2
2130-2300 Stage 5 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 5 highlights, ITV4

Stage 6: Sunday 25th October

1125-1645 Stage 6 live coverage, Eurosport 2
2130-2300 Stage 6 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 6 highlights, ITV4

Rest Day: Monday 26th October

Stage 7: Tuesday 27th October

1340-1640, Stage 7 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130, Stage 7 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 7 highlights, ITV4

Stage 8: Wednesday 28th October

1340-1640, Stage 8 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130, Stage 8 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 8 highlights, ITV4

Stage 9: Thursday 29th October

1340-1640, Stage 9 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130, Stage 9 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 9 highlights, ITV4

Stage 10: Friday 30th October

1340-1640, Stage 10 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130, Stage 10 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 10 highlights, ITV4

Stage 11: Saturday 31st October

1015-1630 Stage 11 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130 Stage 11 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 11 highlights, ITV4

Stage 12: Sunday 1st November

1245-1630 Stage 12 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130 Stage 12 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 12 highlights, ITV4

Rest Day: Monday 2nd November

Stage 13: Tuesday 3rd November

1340-1630 Stage 13 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130 Stage 13 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 13 highlights, ITV4

Stage 14: Wednesday 4th November

1340-1630 Stage 14 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130 Stage 14 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 14 highlights, ITV4

Stage 15: Thursday 5th November

1340-1630 Stage 15 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130 Stage 15 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 15 highlights, ITV4

Stage 16: Friday 6th November

1340-1630 Stage 16 live coverage, Eurosport 1
2000-2130 Stage 16 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 16 highlights, ITV4

Stage 17: Saturday 7th November

TBC, Stage 17 live coverage, Eurosport
2000-2130 Stage 17 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 17 highlights, ITV4

Stage 18: Sunday 8th November

TBC, Stage 18 live coverage, Eurosport
2000-2130 Stage 18 highlights, Eurosport 1

1900-2000 Stage 18 highlights, ITV4