Track cycling stars return to Warner Bros. screens. Discovery this winter with the UCI Track Champions League

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The five-round championship, promoted by Discovery Sports Events and which seeks to reinvent the way track cycling is enjoyed by fans watching in stadiums or at home, begins on Saturday with the opening round in Mallorca, Spain. Spain.

For the first time, the UCI Track Champions League will travel to Berlin (November 19) and Paris (November 26) before culminating in the double fixture at Lee Valley VeloPark in London’s East End (2-3 december).

Global coverage will see the UCI Track Champions League broadcast live on discovery+*, GCN+ (worldwide) and the Eurosport app as well as Eurosport 1. Warner Bros. Discovery will also leverage its free-to-air and entertainment channels in Europe to ensure the UCI Track Cycling Champions League reaches the widest possible audience. Quest (UK), Kanal 9 (Sweden), 6’eren (Denmark), Max (Norway) and Kutonen (Finland) will show the best of the action with highlight shows after each round while German free-to-air channel Eurosport 1 will broadcast live coverage of each round.

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For each round of this year’s UCI Track Champions League, Warner Bros. Discovery will begin with 30-minute previews as the excitement builds before the evening’s action with 30 minutes of analysis and rider interviews rounding out each show after live track cycling.

Scott Young, senior vice president of content and production at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe, said: “We are committed to telling the stories of male and female athletes in track cycling throughout the year as part of our ambition to develop greater awareness of the sport between the Olympics. cycles while helping it grow and reach new audiences.

“By broadcasting every race live across all of our channels and platforms, including uninterrupted streaming and extensive free coverage, we will take the UCI Track Champions League to millions of viewers while bringing the stories to life. This, coupled with exciting new innovations, including the unveiling of our first-ever metaverse fan experience for London Rounds, will provide new opportunities to interact with the series and drive engagement in track cycling.

Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins – who between them have an incredible nine Olympic gold medals in track cycling – will both offer their expertise to fans watching around the world while addressing some of the leading protagonists of the pit lanes throughout the evening of the race. . Former professional cyclist Adam Blythe will also be on hand at each event while Orla Chennaoui will be the main presenter for coverage broadcast in the UK. Cycling legend Alberto Contador, meanwhile, will be part of Eurosport Spain’s coverage of the season-opening round in Mallorca.

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Live coverage of the UCI Track Champions League will be complemented by Warner Bros. digital platforms. Discovery Sports. Eurosport.com will publish live blogs from each round and provide visitors with more powerful analysis with GCN+ attracting cycling superfans who can consume the action in greater depth – from data to analysis, tactics to equipment used – every angle will be covered.

Emma Hinze (Germany) and Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) won the women’s and men’s sprint 12 months ago and Katie Archibald (Great Britain) and Gavin Hoover (USA) were the first winners in the Endurance category , beating competition from some of the best riders in the world to claim top honors. Lavreysen, Archibald and Hoover are confirmed to return in 2022 and will be back on the bike for season two of the UCI Track Champions League looking to defend their titles.

Additionally, fans can watch all five episodes of Back on Track, the in-depth behind-the-scenes documentary series that follows riders through the 2021 campaign, on Discovery+, GCN+ and Eurosport App, with all episodes airing back-to-back on Eurosport. . on Saturday November 12 before the first round in Mallorca.

Back on Track lifts the lid on the action, rivalries and drama of the inaugural season of this innovative cycling league. By following the world’s best track cyclists, the documentary allows viewers to get to know the riders, experiencing their ups and downs as they compete at the highest level of international competition.

The first round of the UCI Track Champions League season takes place this weekend with coverage on Discovery+, GCN+, Eurosport and Eurosport App from 6.00pm UK time.

UCI Track Champions League 2022 Calendar

  • Round 1: November 12, Velodrom Illes Balears, Mallorca, from 6:00 p.m. UK
  • Round 2: November 19, Berlin Velodrom, Berlin, from 6:00 p.m. UK
  • Round 3: November 26, National Velodrome of St-Quentin-En Yvelines, Paris, from 6:00 p.m. UK
  • Round 4: 2 December, Lee Valley VeloPark, London, from 7:00 p.m. UK
  • Round 5: 3 December, Lee Valley VeloPark, London, from 7:00 p.m. UK

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After an excellent first season, the UCI Track Champions League is back for the second season, with Laura Kenny joining the party. You can watch it all live and on demand on Discovery+. We’ll have extensive coverage on eurosport.com and the first race will take place in Mallorca on Saturday 12 November, with action starting at 5.30pm UK time.

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