ITV4 to broadcast highlights of La Vuelta a Espana 2012

ITV is to broadcast highlights of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana, following successful coverage of Bradley Wiggins' victory in this year's Tour de France.

ITV4 will broadcast daily highlights shows throughout the the Vuelta as part of a new agreement with the ASO.

Beginning on Saturday August 18 and continuing until Sunday September 9, the 67th Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,300 kilometres.

British interest in the race should include last year's second-placed rider Chris Froome, fresh from winning the bronze medal at the Olympics time trial, along with Ian Stannard, Adam Blythe, Ben Swift and Jeremy Hunt.

ITV4 will broadcast a 60-minute highlights programme from each race day, presented by Gary Imlach, and will also simulcast highlights programmes.

ITV’s Director of Sport, Niall Sloane said: "This has been an unprecedented year of success for British cycling, with Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France live on ITV. I'm delighted that we are able to offer free-to-air coverage of this year's Vuelta a Espana."