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How to watch and stream the Digital Swiss 5

Joe Robinson
21 Apr 2020

All you need to know about how to watch the only pro bike racing happening at the moment

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has halted professional cycling, and the world of sport more generally, for the foreseeable future. As the world adjusts to life in lockdown, sports have been getting creative with how to keep fans engaged and cycling is no exception.

Thanks to the wonderful world of smart turbo trainers and virtual training platforms, racing has been able to continue - albeit online instead of on the road.

Earlier this month we saw the likes of Greg Van Avermaet and Remco Evenepoel jostle it out for the first-ever virtual Tour of Flanders, and starting on Wednesday we are set to get our next dose of virtual racing.

Organised by Velon, the Digital Swiss 5 will act as a replacement for the annual Tour de Suisse stage race and see some of the world's best pro riders compete virtually over five days of racing.

Starting on Wednesday 22nd April and running until Sunday 26th April, each day will see riders from 16 WorldTour teams compete in races on the Rouvy virtual training app with a mixture of terrains and difficulties to suit new riders every day.

Coverage from each race will be broadcast around the world and below is a guide of when the races will take place, who will be competing and where you can watch.

How to watch and stream the Digital Swiss 5

The Digital Swiss Five will start on Wednesday 22nd April and will continue each day until Sunday 26th April.

All five races will be live-streamed on the Velon Facebook and Twitter pages which can be found here. Geo-restrictions to streaming apply in the USA, Canada and Japan.

A series of broadcasters including L'Equipe in France and SBS in Australia will also be live-streaming the racing, however this will not be an option in the UK.

Additionally, you can watch all racing through the Rouvy app which can be downloaded here. This will be the most immersive option as you will have access to rider speeds and watts as well as position.

When will the races be taking place?

Race 1: Wednesday, 22nd April, 1710-1820 (CET)  
Race 2: Thursday, 23rd April, 1710-1820 (CET) 
Race 3: Friday, 24th April, 1710-1820 (CET)  
Race 4: Saturday, 25th April, 1710-1820 (CET)  
Race 5: Sunday, 26th April, 1410-1520 (CET)

Who's riding?

A total of 16 out of 19 of the men's WorldTour teams have signed up to race the Digital Swiss 5 race with Pro Teams Total-Direct Energie and Rally Cycling plus a Swiss national team completing the line-up.

Each team will be able to field three riders for each race and has the option of changing their roster for every race.

So far, Milan-San Remo champion Julian Alaphilippe, four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali and Vuelta a Espana champion Primoz Roglic are among the star riders signed up to compete.

World Champion Mads Pedersen will be riding for his Trek-Segafredo team while Adam Yates will ride for Mitchelton-Scott and Van Avermaet (technically the world's most successful professional virtual cyclist) will lead the CCC Team.

Interestingly, eight-time cross-country mountain bike World Champion Nino Schurter will also be lining up for the Swiss national team and considering each race will be under an hour, we suspect Schurter is set to cause an upset or two.