La Vuelta a España - one of the cycling calendar's main attractions - is in full flow, with many of the world's top riders competing over the 3,254 kilometres, 21 stage race. Unlike the tour, getting a live stream of the whole event to watch is really easy and this guide to streaming La Vuelta a España 2018 will provide a useful companion - especially if you want to know where to get a free live stream in certain territories.
La Vuelta a España 2018 - where and when
It's time to hit the Spanish tarmac of the La Vuelta a España road race for 2018 and you can watch it all from the comfort of your TV or other device.
The event will run from August 25 starting in Malaga and continue until September 16 where it will finish in Madrid.
Timings vary but as a rough guide races start around midday local time which is 11am BST, 3am PT, 6am ET and 8pm AEST.
The Vuelta competitors will cover six flat stages, six hill stages, five mountain stages and two individual time trials. With just two rest days, one stage of over 200 kilometres and 46 summits to climb, the riders have a challenging race ahead. Riders like Richie Porte of team BMC and Vincenzo Nibali of Bahrain-Merida, will be looking to make an impact in this competition.
Team Sky - without respective winners of the Giro and the Tour de France Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas - has had a great start, with Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski taking his opportunity to shine.
There will still be lots of action and exciting riding you can watch live using this live streaming guide to the 2018 La Vuelta a España. Read on to get your front row seat to all the action and for more details on where the cycling is being shown for free.
Use a VPN to live stream La Vuelta a España from anywhere
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Live stream La Vuelta a España for FREE in Australia and Spain
This year, it looks like all the action from La Vuelta a España can be streamed via Spain's own free-to-air RTVE network on its dedicated Teledeporte sports channel. The TV channel itself can be viewed via apps like TruTV so you can enjoy all the cycling action from anywhere on your mobile smart device. Just remember the commentary will be in Spanish, but you'll still have the pictures at least.
What's more, Australia's free-to-air broadcaster SBS also has the rights to show the Vuelta live on its Viceland channel. And don't worry if you're out of the country and want to catch that SBS broadcast, as using a VPN will let you watch as if you were back at home on your laptop, mobile or other TV streaming device.
How to watch the La Vuelta a España: UK live stream
For UK residents La Vuelta will get the Eurosport treatment. That means Eurosport 1, which is available in lots of broadcast and streaming forms, should make watching the racing simple. Eurosport is available with basic Sky TV packages or with a Eurosport Player monthly or annual pass - a free trial for which is available here - that also gives you access across loads of devices.
Not in the UK? Don't worry, you can download and use a VPN to take your laptop or mobile virtually back to the UK and watch as if back in blighty.
And if you haven't got Eurosport and aren't that desperate to watch the coverage live anyway then it's ITV's nightly highlights for you.
How to watch the La Vuelta a España: US live stream
The La Vuelta a España 2018 is being aired by NBC Sports Live Extra in the US. This will be streamed online so if you have the app then you can enjoy it anywhere. However for those that don't have access to this stream there are other options.
For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Cycling Pass for $49.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the Tour.
How to watch the La Vuelta a España: Canada live stream
Canadians will be able to get in on the La Vuelta a España 2018 action via FloBikes which streams online so you can watch from anywhere.
Not in Canada to catch that Flobikes stream? Well you know the answer by now...using a VPN is the way to make sure you don't miss a moment.
Which other countries can I stream the La Vuelta a España live using a VPN?
A VPN will enable you to watch the La Vuelta a España 2018 from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: Ne Zealand,, Japan, South Korea, China, India, South Africa, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Fiji and more.
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