MADRID – Some of International cycling’s biggest stars will compete this week in The Digital Swiss 5 virtual road race presented live on the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. The Digital Swiss 5 is the first virtual pro race on routes of the Tour de Suisse. From 22 to 26 April, riders from 19 professional teams of the UCI World Tour will compete from around the world while connected online to a course simulating Switzerland’s premier cycling road race.
Daily live streaming begins Wednesday, 22 April at 15:00 UTC (17:00 CET) at olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. Coverage will be available for free in all territories worldwide (excluding the USA and Canada.)
In this exciting new format, each team will feature three riders per day and can change their team each day. Each athlete will compete alone from the comfort of their own home but together with his teammates for a realistic virtual riding experience that is compatible with today’s social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19 for both teams and fans.
Each rider will see the track and his position in the race on a monitor in real time and as an actual video image in front of him. The pro cyclists will be connected to indoor racing bikes by “smart” roller trainers which allows respective resistance on the pedals in line with the topography of the course.
Athletes scheduled to compete include Italian star Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), who has won of all three Grand Tours, reigning UCI world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (Team CCC), 2020 Paris-Nice champion Max Schachmann (Bora Hansgrohe) and UCI Hour Record holder Victor Campanaerts (NTT Pro Cycling).
Also competing are Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep), Remco Evenpoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and reigning Swiss champion Sébastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ).
The Digital Swiss 5 is being organised together with well-known figures from the UCI World Tour, the Tour de Suisse, in cooperation with ROUVY and Velon.
Olympic Channel LIVE Streaming Schedule: The Digital Swiss 5
Schedule is subject to change.
|Wednesday, 22 April||Race 1: Agarn – Leukerbad||15:00 / 17:00|
|Thursday, 23 April||Race 2: Frauenfeld – Frauenfeld||15:00 / 17:00|
|Friday, 23 April||Race 3: Fiesch – Nufenenpass||15:00 / 17:00|
|Saturday, 25 April||Race 4: Oberlangenegg – Langnau||15:00 / 17:00|
|Sunday, 26 April||Race 5: Camperio – Disentis-Sedrun||15:00 / 17:00|
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