The BBC will once again broadcast the UCI road cycling world championships, which this year will be held in Florence, Italy, between September 22 and 29, the UCI has announced.
The UCI says this world’s will have the broadest TV reach in history, with coverage on new stations and new territories including Al Jazeera (Middle East), Charlton (Israel) and Direct TV (South America).
A combination of live and highlights will also be available on the UCI’s Official You Tube channel, depending on each territory’s broadcast commitment.
The BBC’s coverage will be presented by Jonathan Edwards with Ccommentary from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman and reporting by Jill Douglas.
BBC TV world championships schedule
Time trials: Wednesday 25 September, 1.40-4.10pm, BBC TWO
Women’s road race: Saturday 28 September, 3.30-4.30pm, BBC ONE
Women’s road race: Saturday 28 September, 4.30-5.15pm, BBC TWO
Men’s road race: Sunday 29 September, 2.15-4.15pm, BBC TWO
(Note: The BBC website currently says the men's race will be broadcast on 28 September) hence our earlier error. We're sorry to disappoint those planning to watch it on the BBC and then head down the bookies, but can you imagine all the people complaining about spoilers?)
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.