Full Vuelta coverage on Eurosport

Eurosport are gearing up for the Vuelta, where they will be offering 50 hours of live coverage as we

Eurosport are gearing up for the Vuelta, where they will be offering 50 hours of live coverage as we


British Eurosport is set to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the 2005 Tour of Spain, between 27th August and 18th September. British Eurosport will have a live studio every day for all 21 stages, with more than 50 hours of live action as the riders cover more than 3,300km.

Eurosport's live daily studio will feature expert analysis from former world and Olympic champion Chris Boardman to complement the expertise of the commentary team comprising David Harmon and 1988 Vuelta winner Sean Kelly. There will also be a daily insight into the colour and culture of the Tour of Spain, giving a local's eye view of the regions, countryside and culture featured en-route.

The race begins in the Andalucian city of Granada on 27 August with a 9km individual time trial that will include a short but demanding climb up to the ancient Arabic palace of the Alhambra. The riders then have to battle during this first week with the searing heat as they track across the plains of Castilla La Mancha as part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the publication of Miguel Cervantes's classic Don Quixote, set in the region.

On 4 September an individual time trial finishing in the resort of Lloret del Mar stadium begins a tough second week, marked by a series of mountain stages starting in the Andorran Pyrenees. Three days in the Picos de Europa, including the famous ascent to the Lagos de Covadonga on 10th September, will provide further challenges for the mountain specialists.

In the third week the race heads back across the central plains via the historic cities of Leon, Segovia and Avila, giving the sprinters an opportunity to sharpen their form ahead of the championships, before its traditional finish in Madrid on 18 September.

Roberto Heras, winner in 2000, 2003 and 2004 thinks it is a well balanced route: "It is clear that there are three tough mountain stages in the second week that will be good for the climbers, but we will have to work hard to stave off the speed specialists in the two long time trials."

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