The Giro d'Italia kicked off on May 8, 2021, starting three weeks of intense racing you won't want to miss. Cyclingnews will be bringing you full reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the season's first Grand Tour.
Read on to find out how to watch the Giro d'Italia via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
The final week of the 2021 Giro d'Italia is upon us, with a summit finishes on Alpe di Mera lying ini wait ahead of the final mountain stage to Alp Motta as well as a final time trial in Milan.
Back in its usual May spot on the calendar after the postponed October race amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, this year's Giro d'Italia has attracted a star-studded start list.
Race favourite Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) holds the maglia rosa after 18 stages, enjoying a 2:21 lead over Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) despite faltering for the first time on the summit finish of Sega di Ala. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) closed to 3:23 down after putting 57 seconds into Bernal on the summit finish.
2018 Vuelta a España winner Yates figures to be Bernal's major challenger over the final stages, while Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) is battling for the podium despite shedding time in recent days.
Young challengers Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) is in fifth, just ahead of Romain Bardet (Team DSM), while Dani Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) and João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) lie further back.
Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) were overall contenders at one stage, but have both left the race ahead of stage 18 to Stradella.
The route of the 2021 Giro d'Italia has less time trialing than last year, with only 38.9km between the opening and closing stages, but it makes up for it with eight mountain top finishes, seven hilly stages and almost 47,000 metres of climbing packed into three weeks of racing.
A flat day with a sting in the tail to Stradella comes on stage 18 ahead of two more summit finishes in the Alps – at Alp di Mera and Alpe Motta – ahead of the Milan time trial.
Read on for all the information on how to watch the Giro d'Italia 2021.
Giro d'Italia live stream
The Giro d'Italia will be broadcast around Europe on Eurosport. A subscription to Eurosport Player (opens in new tab) costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.
The race will be aired in the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA, Canada, and Australia on GCN+ (opens in new tab) and in select other territories (opens in new tab). A year’s subscription to GCN+ now costs £39.99 / €39.99 / $49.99 after the end of a promotional price in February.
S4C (opens in new tab) will broadcast all Giro d'Italia stages in the UK, as well as on BBC iPlayer, tvcatchup.com, tvplayer.com and YouView and live online and on demand on s4c.cymru or S4C Clic app for iOS and Android.
If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find that the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
Our sister site TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
Giro d'Italia schedule
|Stage||Date||Route||Distance||Start (CEDT)||Finish (CEDT)|
|Stage 1||08-May-21||Turin - Turin (ITT)||8.6 km||14:00||17:15|
|Stage 2||09-May-21||Stupinigi - Novara||179 km||12:55||17:00|
|Stage 3||10-May-21||Biella - Canale||190 km||12:30||17:15|
|Stage 4||11-May-21||Piacenza - Sestola||187 km||12:20||17:15|
|Stage 5||12-May-21||Modena - Cattolica||177 km||13:20||17:15|
|Stage 6||13-May-21||Grotte di Frasassi - Ascoli Piceno||160 km||12:55||17:15|
|Stage 7||14-May-21||Notaresco - Termoli||181 km||13;00||17:15|
|Stage 8||15-May-21||Foggia - Guardia Sanframondi||170 km||12:50||17:15|
|Stage 9||16-May-21||Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio)||158 km||12:25||17:00|
|Stage 10||17-May-21||L'Aquila - Foligno||139 km||13:55||17:15|
|Stage 11||19-May-21||Perugia - Montalcino||162 km||13:10||17:15|
|Stage 12||20-May-21||Siena - Bagno di Romagna||212 km||11:30||17:15|
|Stage 13||21-May-21||Ravenna - Verona||198 km||12:35||17:15|
|Stage 14||22-May-21||Cittadella - Monte Zoncola||205 km||11:40||17:15|
|Stage 15||23-May-21||Grado - Gorizia||147 km||13:20||17:00|
|Stage 16||24-May-21||Sacile - Cortina d'Ampezzo||212 km||11:00||17:15|
|Stage 17||26-May-21||Canazei - Sega di Ala||193 km||12:10||17:15|
|Stage 18||27-May-21||Rovereto - Stradella||231 km||11:45||17:15|
|Stage 19||28-May-21||Abbiategrasso - Alpe di Mera (Valsesia||176 km||12:20||17:15|
|Stage 20||29-May-21||Verbania - Valle Spluga-Alpe Motta||164 km||12:30||17:15|
|Stage 21||30-May-21||Senago - Milan (ITT)||30.3 km||13:35||17:15|
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