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Tour de France to the Olympics: How to watch months of sports extravaganzas

A smorgasbord of sport will be hitting Australian TV screens soon.

A smorgasbord of sport will be hitting Australian TV screens soon. Photo: Getty

The battle for the TV remote in sports-loving households is about to get fiercer over the coming weeks as some of the world’s biggest sporting events kick off.

From the Olympics to Wimbledon, athletes at the top of their respective fields are about to fight for glory – and put on a good show for fans.

Unfortunately for Australians, these competitions will be taking place overseas in various timezones, so it will require a bit of planning (and a few late nights) to watch them as they happen.

UEFA European Football Championship

June 14-July 14

Where to watch: Optus Sport.

Italy took home the trophy in 2021 (after the Euro 202 was delayed). Photo: AP

Hosted in Germany this year, the championship will kick off with a Germany v Scotland match on June 14.

This will be followed by 34 matches before the event reaches the knockout stage on June 29.

There will be 24 competing teams, with Germany automatically qualifying as the host country and others ranging from England to Georgia.

The match schedule can be found through this link; keep in mind Germany is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

A Europe-wide vote selected Albärt the teddy bear as the Euro 2024 mascot; mascots that came before him ranged from 2020’s humanoid character Skillzy and 1996’s Goaliath the lion.

Fire by Leony, Meduza, and OneRepublic (from Germany, Italy and America, respectively) is also this year’s official Euro song.

Tour de France

June 29-July 21

Where to watch: SBS.

Jai Hindley is considered Australia’s biggest hope for a place on the Tour de France podium. Photo: Getty

The annual men’s cycling event will look very different this year; due to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, the route will begin in Florence, Italy and finish in Nice, France.

This marks the first Grand Départ in Italy, the 26th that’s taken place abroad overall.

This will also be the first time the race will not finish in Paris since its 1903 inception.

Across eight stages, riders will race through four countries (Italy, San Marino, Monaco and France) and four mountain ranges (Apennines, the Italian and French Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees).

Divided into 22 teams of eight riders each, a total of 176 riders are set to compete on the route spanning 3492 kilometres.

Australian Jai Hindley is considered a top contender for a podium spot, with fellow Australians Jack Haig, Luke Durbridge and Chris Harper also racing.

The 2024 Tour de France route can be found through this link; keep in mind the race locations are eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The competition’s women’s counterpart, Tour de France Femmes, will take place from August 12 – 18, departing from Netherlands’ Rotterdam and finishing in Alpe d’Huez, France.

Wimbledon

July 1-14

Where to watch: Nine Network, Stan Sport.

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Alex de Minaur is making waves in tennis. Photo: Getty

The third Grand Slam competition of the year, Wimbledon is about to kick off, giving an opportunity for familiar faces to reinforce their standing in tennis history and fresh talent to cement their status as next-generation stars.

Wimbeldon will begin with two days of gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles matches, before gentlemen’s and ladies’ doubles start on July 3, and mixed doubles start on July 5.

It’s unclear whether tennis’ remaining legends will take part; Novak Djokovic’s injury-induced withdrawal from the French Open has thrown his Wimbledon participation in doubt, while Rafael Nadal said he is prioritising the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics over Wimbledon.

But Australians will have plenty of our own to cheer for, with 11 Aussie players set to compete in the singles.

Hopes are highest for world No. 11 Alex de Minaur, who this week became the first Australian man to qualify for the French Open quarter-finals in two decades.

Australians will also be making waves behind the scenes, with Nick Kyrgios and Ash Barty set to join the BBC’s Wimbledon commentary team.

The order of play will not be available until June 25 so the exact match-ups are still a mystery, but the overall schedule can be found here.

Keep in mind London is nine hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Paris 2024 Summer Olympics

July 26-August 11

Where to watch: Nine Network, Stan Sport.

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The Matildas are heading to Paris. Photo: Getty

Kicking off with an opening ceremony sure to highlight the best of France’s arts and culture, this year’s Olympic Games will see thousands of athletes converge to compete across 32 sports.

Among these sports, ‘breaking’ (also known as breakdancing) will make its debut as a Games’ category, with 16 B-Boys and 16 B-Girls set to face-off in solo improvised dance battles.

Australia’s Paris 2024 team will include 134 athletes across 16 sports.

As expected, much of Australia’s participation will be in water sports, but Australian athletes will also be competing in categories ranging from breaking to taekwondo.

The Matildas, still riding the high following last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, will hope, in Australia’s fifth attempt, to win a medal in the women’s football category.

The competition schedule can be found through this link; keep in mind Paris is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time, and Tahiti (where the surfing events will be held) is 20 hours behind.

Note: Although the Games officially launch on July 26, handball, archery, football and rugby events will commence two days prior from July 24.

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