30th June – 9th July 2017
It’s the biggest women’s cycling race of the year, the only Grand Tour equivalent on the calendar, and while there are no live streams, we can still follow the action as it happens! Here’s my guide, with information and previews – and after every stage, I’ll be putting up a post of all the videos, photos and race reports I can find, so come back throughout the race!
Find out about the race
As always, start with the race website, with the usual caveat that the profiles can be somewhat misleading. Basically, the profiles make each stage look much easier than it is, so mentally adjust the left axis!
The race takes place in European CEST timezone – that’s 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST – so Stage 1 starting at 16:45 is 3:45pm BST, 10:45am EDT and 00:45 AEST; and Stage 4 starting at 12:10 CEST is 11:10am BST, 6:10am EDT and 10:10pm AEST. For full timings of each stage, go to the relevant stage page, and scroll down to where it says timetable.
Follow the race live
There is no live feed, so we live on twitter, and in recent years, the race twitter hasn’t started tweeting until late in each stage. But! The UCI Women’s WorldTour twitter should be updating, we can follow the #GiroRosa hashtag, and I have a twitter list which includes accounts livetweeting from the race, which is the easiest one-stop-shop I’ve found.
Watch the highlights
Every day there’ll be 20 minute highlights of each stage during the Tour de France highlights on Italian TV station RAI 3, and there will also be highlights repeated on the RAI Sport channel too. The RAI programme guide is here, but it shifts a lot, so check it every day. You can watch RAI3 and other RAI channels here, if you’re in Italy, or have a VPN – or there are streams, if you google “RAI 3 stream”, for example, this one, but I recommend having an adblock on, and of course, not clicking into ad windows.
These highlights also appear on YouTube, the race also puts daily highlights videos on their facebook and sometimes on their YouTube and there will be daily clips on the UCI YouTube too. As I say, I’ll pull together all the clips I can find for daily catch-up packages.
London bike café chain Look Mum No Hands! are running another of their #RiderResults competitions, where every day, I’ll pick a rider for them, and if you tweet Look Mum! before 5k to go in each stage, with where you think she’ll finish the stage, you could win prizes from the Look Mum! shop. Check out their twitter and my twitter for the daily riders, and I’ll also put each rider into my daily video posts.
If all that makes you hungry for more Giro, check out what happened last year – the 2015 edition is under this tag, and the 2014 edition of the race here. Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing.