The Santos Festival of Cycling 2021 is a unique opportunity for Australian pros to compete in a domestic stage race – here’s how you can live stream this year’s event.
While the 2021 Tour Down Under, the traditional start of the WorldTour calendar, is cancelled there is still an opportunity for Australians to compete in a four-stage race this January, with both men’s and women’s editions being held.
Running from January 21-24, the Santos Festival of Cycling will not be held as a UCI event but will still attract some of the biggest Australian cycling talent.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the race is only open to local teams and riders.
This year, Team BikeExchange will be fielding strong contenders from their line-up of home riders, including Lucy Kennedy and Sarah Roy in the women’s team, and the likes of Cameron Meyer, Luke Durbridge and Lucas Hamilton in the men’s.
But by far the biggest star competing in this one-off edition of the race is Ineos Grenadiers rider Richie Porte, who will temporarily be joining Team Garmin-Australia to compete at home.
The race, centred around the city of Adelaide in South Australia, will feature the famous Willunga Hill climb on stage three and a criterium around Victoria Park on the final day of racing.
How to live stream the Santos Festival of Cycling in the UK, Europe or the US
Unfortunately the Santos Festival of Cycling is not being aired on TV outside of Australia, so cycling fans in the UK and Europe won’t be able to watch the racing from their favourite home broadcasters like Eurosport, GCN or ITV, or FloBikes in the US.
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How to watch the Santos Festival of Cycling in Australia
The Santos Festival of Cycling will be broadcast on Australian streaming service 7Plus, with Anna Meares, Matt Keenan and Robbie McEwan joining the coverage.
The women’s race will be broadcast first, followed by the men’s event shortly after each day.
Coverage will start at around 9am each day, aside from the final stage criterium which will take place in the evening.
Full Santos Festival of Cycling TV guide on 7Plus (Adelaide Central Standard Time)
Thursday, January 21
Stage one – Sepplesfield to Tanunda
Women’s: 8.50am to midday
Men’s: 1.05pm to 5pm
Friday, January 22
Stage two – Birdwood to Lobethal
Women’s: 8.50am to 12.15pm
Men’s: 1.05pm – 5pm
Saturday, January 23
Stage three – McLaren Vale to Willunga
Women’s 9.50am – 11.50am
Men’s: 12.50pm – 4pm
Sunday, January 24
Stage four – Victoria Park
Women’s: 6.45pm – 8.30pm
Men’s: 1.05pm – 5pm