PRESS RELEASE published on 06 Apr 2022

EBU in long-term renewal of exclusive rights deal with cycling’s UEC

EBU in long-term renewal of exclusive rights deal with cycling’s UEC

Eurovision Sport is delighted to announce that it has renewed its agreement with cycling’s Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC) for EBU Members to continue broadcasting the UEC’s flagship European Championships in all cycling disciplines between 2022 and 2029.

The renewal follows the expiry of the existing agreement between the UEC and EBU, which began in 2016, granting the EBU exclusive worldwide broadcast rights for the UEC’s top events for the first time.

Awareness of the UEC’s European Championships has grown exponentially since 2016 through wide exposure via public-service, free-to-air media and Eurosport. UEC has consequently expressed its confidence in Eurovision Sport by agreeing a long-term renewal of eight years. Eurovision Sport will be responsible for TV production of the events through the agreement. The line-up of annual events for the period of the new agreement comprises*:

  • UEC Road European Championships 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029
  • UEC Track European Championships 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029
  • UEC Mountain Bike European Championships 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029
  • UEC BMX Racing European Championships 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029
  • UEC BMX Freestyle European Championships 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029
  • UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029

*Any races forming part of the European Championships 2022/2026 are subject to separate agreements

To date, EBU Members that have already committed to broadcasting UEC European Championships during the new period include: VRT & RTBF (Belgium); RAI (Italy); NOS (Netherlands); NRK (Norway); TVP (Poland); RTV (Slovakia); SRG/SSR (Switzerland).

UEC European Championships have embraced full gender parity, with men’s and women’s races in each discipline.

Enrico Della Casa, President of UEC, said: “The renewal of the agreement with Eurovision Sport for 2022-2029 will enable us to continue a project started in 2016 by the President at the time, David Lappartient, which over the last few years has helped us to grow significantly in terms of the quality of events offered, broadcasting, world distribution and in particular the visibility of our sport and our sponsors.

“I would like to thank Eurovision Sport for their commitment to supporting our events and for the passion they have in facing a future which promises to be especially intense with many challenges and innovations.”

Frédéric Sanz, Head of Cycling at Eurovision Sport, said: “Eurovision Sport is thrilled to prolong its partnership with UEC in the long term. The day-to-day close relationship with the European federation since 2016 and our shared vision to further develop cycling’s European Championships are key markers for future successes.”

 

Note to Editors

Hosting agreements already in place for UEC European Championships are as follows:

Event

2022

2023

UEC Road European Championships

Munich, Germany

To be awarded

UEC Track European Championships

Munich, Germany

Grenchen, Switzerland

UEC Mountain Bike European Championships

Munich, Germany

Kraków-Malopolska, Poland

UEC BMX Racing European Championships

Dessel, Belgium

Besançon, France

UEC BMX Freestyle European Championships

Munich, Germany

Kraków-Malopolska, Poland

UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships

Namur, Belgium

Pontchâteau, France

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Claire Rainford
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