UCI Road World Championships 2023 live streams: How to watch today's road race free from anywhere

U.S. rider Chloe Dygert Owen competes in the Women's Elite Individual Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships.
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The 2023 UCI Road World Championships have delivered plenty of drama, especially in the men's elite road race which saw Mathieu van der Poel take home the rainbow jersey, finishing ahead of Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogačar. 

Switzerland also created a piece of history in the mixed relay time trial by successfully defending their title, while Remco Evenepoel triumphed in the individual time trial event. 

Today the championships come to a close with the final event being the women's road race. Annemiek van Vleuten will be out to defend her title but it will be far from easy in a stacked field that consists of 200 riders from 74 nations. 

Read on and we'll show you how to watch the 2023 UCI Road World Championships from anywhere with a VPN, and potentially for FREE.

UCI Road World Championships live streams: TV schedule, dates

The UCI Road World Championship 2023 finishes on Sunday (Aug. 13). Full schedule below.
► U.K. — BBC iPlayer (FREE)
► Australia —
SBS on Demand (FREE)
► U.S. — FloBikes
► Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Cycling's top road racers have assembled in Scotland to compete in 13 events over eight days. And with six road races, six individual time trials and a time trial mixed relay, there's sure to be plenty of drama. 

In the elite races, Remco Evenepoel will hope to defend his title but will face stiff competition from the likes of Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Mads Pedersen and Tadej Pogačar in the 271.1km Road Race. In the women’s event, all-time great Annemiek van Vleuten will look to retain her crown before hanging up her helmet at the end of the year. It won’t be easy for the 40-year-old with Demi Vollering and Marianne Vos certain to challenge. 

Evenepoel, van Aert and Geraint Thomas are three of the big names taking part in the 47.8km Individual Time Trial and will be looking to dethrone Tobias Foss, while a new women’s champion will be crowned after 2022 winner Ellen van Dijk withdrew from the event after announcing her pregnancy. That will open the door for the likes of Grace Brown and Marlen Reusser. 

Meanwhile, Switzerland will be the team to beat in the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay after narrowly defeating a strong Italian squad last year by less than three seconds. Australia have also traditionally performed well in this event and could well be in contention on the final lap. 

Read on as we explain how to watch a FREE 2023 Road World Championships live stream from anywhere with a VPN. Full schedule and details of how to watch this UCI Cycling World Championships event below.

FREE UCI Road World Championships live streams

If you live in the U.K., Australia, France, Italy, Spain or Belgium, then you can look forward to a FREE UCI Road World Championships live stream in 2023.

That's because the free-to-air BBC and its BBC iPlayer streaming service in the U.K., SBS and SBS on Demand streaming service in Australia, France TV Sport in France, Rai Sport in Italy, RTVE in Spain, and Sporza in Belgium all have rights to the action. 

But what if you're based in one of those countries but aren't at home to catch that free UCI Road World Championships coverage? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.

UCI Road World Championships live streams around the world

It's only natural that you might want to watch a UCI Road World Championships live stream from your home country, but what if you're not there when the event is on?

Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.

For instance, a Brit who's currently in the U.S. could watch UCI Road World Championships live streams on BBC iPlayer even though they're not in the U.K.

They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 


Safety, speed and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a British service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer or another website and watch the UCI Road World Championships. 

How to watch UCI Road World Championships live streams in the U.S.

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The 2023 UCI Road World Championships is being shown live on FloBikes in the U.S.

A FloBikes subscription costs $150 per year, which works out to $12.50 per month.

If you're currently out of the U.S. but still want to watch the UCI Road World Championships, don't forget to explore the VPN route set out above.

How to watch UCI Road World Championships live streams in the U.K.

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The majority of the UCI Cycling World Championships action is being shown across BBC Two, BBC Three and via the BBC Red Button. 

That means you can watch a UCI Road World Championships live stream for free on BBC iPlayer, which is free to use and works across a wide range of devices including smart TVs, laptops, games consoles, mobile phones, tablets and streaming sticks. 

If you're currently traveling overseas, don't worry, as you can use ExpressVPN to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad.

Should you want to watch every event and don't mind splashing out a bit of money for more comprehensive coverage, then you may want to try Discovery Plus or GCN Plus

A Discovery Plus subscription costs £6.99 per month or £59.99 for the year, and lets you tune in on a wide range of devices, as well as the Eurosport TV channels. 

GCN Plus costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year, and offers ad-free live coverage of loads of cycling events throughout the year.

How to watch UCI Road World Championships live streams in Canada

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Cycling fans in Canada can watch the UCI Road World Championships on FloBikes, which costs US$150 per year (roughly CA$200). 

Not at home right now? Use ExpressVPN or another VPN service to trick your device into thinking you're still in Canada.

How to watch UCI Road World Championships live streams in Australia

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As you may already be aware, Aussies can watch the UCI Road World Championships for free on SBS and SBS on Demand.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN, such as ExpressVPN, to watch the UCI Road World Championships on your SBS account, as if you were back home.

UCI Road World Championships 2023 schedule and events

(All times BST)

Saturday, August 5
10 a.m. - Women Junior Road Race  
1 p.m. - Men Junior Road Race

Sunday, August 6
9.30 a.m. - Men Elite Road Race

Tuesday, August 8
1pm - Team Time Trial Mixed Relay

Wednesday, August 9
2.30pm - Men Under 23 Individual Time Trial

Thursday, August 10
11.15 a.m. - Women Junior Individual Time Trial
2pm - Women Elite Individual Time Trial

Friday, August 11
10 a.m. - Men Junior Individual Time Trial
2.35 p.m. - Men Elite Individual Time Trial

Saturday, August 12
11.30 a.m. - Men Under 23 Road Race

Sunday, August 13
12pm - Women Elite Road Race

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Adrian is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about sport for a wide range of publications including World Soccer Magazine, Newsweek, Yahoo and FourFourTwo. Having covered everything from the NBA Finals and French Open to the London Olympics and F1 in Abu Dhabi, his great passion remains soccer – a sport he could write and talk about all day long.