The Amgen Tour of California is starting this Sunday 13 May and will continue until 19 May. The seven stages travel through the Californian landscape with a mix of flat and climbing stages. With the Giro d’Italia already underway, this provides a North American counterpart that is drawing some big names in cycling. We've compiled this handy guide for you to keep up with action.
The 2018 Tour of California
The 2018 race starts on 13 May, and covers seven stages that cover a distance of 1038km with a mix of flats stages suited to the sprinters, hills for the climbers and a time-trial on Stage 4. There's a number of big names involved with the likes of Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish in the mix.
The women's race will start on 17 May, with three stages that take in different routes to the men's. Unfortunately this will only be covered in highlights with no live coverage available.
For more information about the race check in with Cyclingnews who will be staying up to date with race reports, team news, course details and more.
Follow the Tour of California 2018 with the live tracker
You will be able to follow the stages live on the Tour of California tracker directly on the website. It’s unclear whether that will also include video coverage, but you will have access to live stage details and highlights.
How can I watch the Tour of California live on TV in the UK?
Eurosport is covering the Tour of California, though only the last two hours of the racing will be broadcast live each evening, meaning you will get similar coverage through the Tour of California tracker.
Amazon Prime subscribers can sign up to a seven-day free trial for the Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels. After the seven-day trial the Eurosport channel is £4.99 per month. Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial.
If you want to access the Eurosport Player direct it's £6.99 per month or £29.99 a year, again with a seven-day free trial at the beginning of your subscription.
Alternatively, if you want a bit more versatility, you might consider subscribing to the TVPlayer PLUS Lite package for just £5.99, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others.
How can I watch the Tour of California live on TV in the US?
In the US, NBCSN is providing full live coverage of the race. You may already have access to the NBC sports channels through your cable package.
If not, you can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone streaming service, which is currently on offer for $29.99 for a subscription until 27 June. (A yearly subscription usually costs $39.99.)
A FuboTV subscription also provides access to NBC Sports. The basic subscription costs $44.99 per month and the cycling channel add-on is $14.99.
How can I watch the Tour of California live on TV in Australia?
As for the UK, TV coverage is only available on Eurosport, so it may be worth just using the free Tour of California live tracker.
Eurosport channels are available on Foxtel. A subscription to the Sports Combo package costs AU$55 per month.
Tour of California 2018 schedule
Stage 1: Long Beach, 134.5km, 13 May
Stage 2: Ventura-Gibraltar Road, 157km, 14 May
Stage 3: King City-Laguna Seca Recreation Area, 197km, 15 May
Stage 4: San Jose/Morgan Hill, 34.7km, 16 May
Stage 5: Stockton-Elk Grove, 176.5km, 17 May
Stage 6: Folsom-South Lake Tahoe, 196.5km, 18 May
Stage 7: Sacramento, 143km, 19 May
What comes next?
The next major event on the calendar is the Tour de France, which rolls out on 7 July, arriving at the Champs Elysées on 29 July. Then, from 25 August until 16 September, the Vuelta a Espana will take place.
There's plenty more live coverage to come this summer, so stay tuned for our updates on where to follow these events live.