Stan Sport have unveiled a highly experienced commentary team to bring expert opinion and analysis to its coverage of the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong. Held between September 18 – 25, Wollongong 2022 will be the second time Australia has hosted the UCI Road World Championships in its 101-year history.
Leading Stan Sport’s commentary team will be revered cycling expert and host Michael Tomalaris. With a career in sports commentary spanning more than thirty years, Tomalaris is known for his extensive coverage of global cycling events, from the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta Ciclista a España and Paris-Roubaix, as well as the 26 years he hosted Australia’s coverage of the biggest cycling race in the world – the Tour de France.
Former Olympic cyclists Scott McGrory and Kate Bates join the commentary team as analysts, breaking down all the action across the thrilling eight-day programme. Sports journalist and cycling expert Sophie Smith will be on the ground in Wollongong, providing in-depth coverage across the entire UCI Road World Championships.
The Championships will begin on Sunday 18 September, with a dynamic double header – the Men Elite and Women Elite Individual Time Trials. It is the first time in the history of the UCI Road World Championships that men and women will compete on the same day and over the same distance. A city-based circuit will be used for all Time Trials, bringing all the action to the heart of Wollongong.
To complete a spectacular week of racing, the Men Elite and Women Elite Road Races will unfold on the weekend of September 24 & 25 showcasing the diverse topography of the region from the coast to the escarpment.
Wollongong 2022 will comprise eleven UCI World Championship road cycling events contested in front of 300,000 spectators and will include individual and team time trials and races for hundreds of the world’s best riders.
Full Coverage On Stan, Major Races On Nine
Stan Sport will be the only place to watch every minute of every race across seven days of competition, with daily highlights and recaps available to stream on demand. The Nine Network will show live coverage of the Men Elite and Women Elite Road Races plus live crosses to the Men’s and Women’s Time Trials.
Stan Sport Wollongong 2022 Host Michael Tomalaris said:
“It’s a personal thrill to be involved in Stan and the Nine Network’s coverage of the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong. Having passionately developed Australia’s live coverage of world cycling in the last 30 years, the week-long UCI Worlds is Australia’s answer to the Tour de France. Wollongong 2022 will be the biggest international sporting event of the year to reach our shores.
On a personal note, it’s a great honour to be in front of the Stan and Nine cameras with former UCI World Champion Kate Bates and former Olympic Champion Scott McGrory, who bring pedigree and credibility to the coverage.”
Stan Sport Wollongong 2022 Analyst Kate Bates said:
“A home World Championships is an absolute dream for an athlete, and in the same way, a dream for me in the broadcast team. It’s lining up to be an incredible 8 days, and really exciting to have the world’s best descend on Aussie shores to race for the rainbow jersey. With all the action live to our screens it will be an incredible pleasure to share all the thrills and spills with the fans.”
Stan Director of Sport Ben Kimber said:
“This is an enormous event in the world sporting calendar and we’re extremely pleased to be able to add a quality team to Stan Sport’s coverage. Michael, Kate, Scott and Sophie will ensure viewers are given the best possible expertise and insight into the on and off course events that are going to light up Wollongong.”
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Stan Sport’s exclusive coverage of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships begins on Sunday 18 September 2022with every race streaming ad-free, live and on-demand.