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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics – live TV and streaming

Cyclists in the peloton ride past the Okunitama shrine during the womens cycling road race of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Fuchu Japan on July 25 2021 Photo by Ben STANSALL AFP Photo by BEN STANSALLAFP via Getty Images
The peloton during the women's road race at the Tokyo Olympics (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Tokyo Olympics are now underway, and there will be plenty of cycling to watch over the next two weeks, with the track racing and BMX still to come after an eventful and entertaining set of races on the road and mountain bike.

The Games will be broadcast around Europe and the rest of the world, with all the cycling action across the disciplines aired in full. You can find out how to watch the race wherever you are with our handy guide and with ExpressVPN.

Across the four disciplines, the biggest stars of the cycling world have descended on Tokyo to battle for gold across 22 events. From July 30 to August 7 there is a week of track racing and two days of BMX to look forward to.

On the road, Richard Carapaz won gold in the road race ahead of Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogačar, while Primož Roglič dominated in the time trial to win gold ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis.

Anna Kiesenhofer took a surprise win from the break in the women's road race as Annemiek Van Vleuten beat Elisa Longo Borghini to silver. In the time trial, Van Vleuten took gold, beating Marlen Reusser and Anna van der Breggen

On the track, there are a plethora of events to come, with the Omnium, Sprint, Keirin, Team Pursuit, Individual Pursuit, Sprint, Team Sprint and Madison all scheduled between August 2 and 8.

Chloe Dygert, Elisa Balsamo, Lotte Kopecky, Kirsten Wild are all among the women hoping to medal on the boards, while Filippo Ganna, Stefan Bissegger, Jason Kenny, Roger Kluge, Elia Viviani are among the big names racing the men's events.

Cross-country mountain biking saw Jolanda Neff and Tom Pidcock take gold, while Mathieu van der Poel crashed out of contention in the men's race on the opening lap.

Read on for all the information on how to watch the Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics live stream

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The Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast around Europe on Eurosport and streamed online on Eurosport Player. A subscription to Eurosport Player costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.

The BBC will also be airing the Games in full, with digital streaming set to be available on the BBC Sport website throughout.

In the USA, NBC will be airing the Games, with coverage available on the NBC Sports app and on NBC's dedicated Olympics website.

CBC will be airing the Olympics in Canada. The public broadcaster will be streaming events online on their website. In Australia, live coverage will be available on Seven Network.

Online highlights and replays are also available on many of these services, so you can rewatch all the road and MTB action if you missed the racing live.

The Tokyo Olympics will be aired around Europe on a variety of host broadcasters. Check out a list of some of the major European countries below.

Belgium – RTBF, VRT

France – France Télévisions

Germany – ARD, ZDF

Italy – RAI

Netherlands – NOS

Portugal – RTP

Rep. Ireland – RTE

Spain – RTVE

Be warned, though, geo-restrictions may apply if you're outside your home country or on holiday during the Tokyo Olympics.

You can get around that, however, by accessing the streams via a VPN, with ExpressVPN offering the ability to simulate being back in your home country, allowing you to watch the race live on various devices – including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.

Tokyo Olympics schedule

DateEvent (Finals)Start (CEST)Est. Finish (CEST)
July 24, 2021Men's Road Race4:00AM11:15AM
July 25, 2021Women's Road Race6:00AM10:35AM
July 26, 2021Men's MTB XC8:00AM10:00AM
July 27, 2021Women's MTB XC8:00AM10:00AM
July 28, 2021Men's & Women's Time trial3:00AM9:00AM
July 30, 2021Men's & Women's BMX race3:00AM5:20AM
August 1, 2021Men's & Women's BMX freestyle3:10AM5:45AM
August 2, 2021Track Day 1 (Team Sprint W)8:30AM11:30AM
August 3, 2021Track Day 2 (Team Sprint M, Team Pursuit W)8:30AM11:30AM
August 4, 2021Track Day 3 (Team Pursuit M)8:30AM12:00PM
August 5, 2021Track Day 4 (Keirin W, Omnium M)8:30AM11:50AM
August 6, 2021Track Day 5 (Madison W, Sprint M)8:30AM12:15PM
August 7, 2021Track Day 6 (Madison M)8:30AM11:25AM
August 8, 2021Track Day 7 (Sprint W, Omnium W, Keirin M)3:00AM6:15AM