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Eurosport stacks schedule with 2019 cycling highlights due to coronavirus

Eurosport is coming to the rescue with highlights of the 2019 cycling season after 2020 race cancellations

Joe Robinson
16 Mar 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip Europe, communities are placed in isolation and quarantine, countries move to ban recreational cycling and sporting events - of all shapes and sizes - are postponed or even cancelled.

While the effects of COVID-19 on the professional cycling race calendar are menial compared to the bigger picture, it is hard not to be disappointed as, after all, this lockdown comes at what is the best part of the entire cycling season, the Spring Classics.

The absence of Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and everything inbetween is enough to sink us cycling fans even further into a coronavirus funk but, fear not, because Eurosport is coming to our much-needed rescue.

With almost every live sporting event across Europe, from road cycling to biathlon, either postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future, the channel that prides itself on being the ‘home of live sport’ is having to delve into its archives for a few repeats to fill the void for the next month or two.

Luckily for us cycling fans, the higher-ups at Eurosport HQ seem to be sorting us right out by replaying back-to-back cycling highlights from races gone by.

On Monday afternoon alone, there will be four hours of continuous cycling repeats.

Starting at 13:00GMT on Eurosport 1, there will be an hour-long reminder of last year’s Giro d’Italia with everything from Primoz Roglic destroying everyone at time-trialling to Richard Carapaz becoming the first Ecuadorian to win a Grand Tour.

Then, straight after, is an hour’s worth of highlights from last year’s Tour de France. Julian Alaphilippe, landslides and Egan Bernal, all rolled into 60 minutes of action. Once that’s done, grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and settle in for highlights of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana immediately followed by highlights of last week’s Paris-Nice, the last race we will likely see live for quite some time.

After that’s done, collect the kids from school, put their tea in the oven, help them with their homework all before 18:00 when there is an hour-long highlights show of last year’s Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders at 23:00, one for the night owls.

Sure, we know the results and what happens and who attacks when, but it’s better than nothing, surely? Just rewatch Thibaut Pinot’s victory on the Tourmalet at the Tour last year and tell me you’re not jumping out your seat, cheering him on?

And with no cycling scheduled until late April at the earliest, we can expect those at Eurosport to keep the good times rolling with plenty of repeats to keep us all sane in these trying times.