Weekly Sports Preview

21st to 27th January

With the Santos Tour Down Under having signaled the start of ten months of the UCI WorldTour, it was South African Daryl Impey successfully defending the title and thus becoming the first cyclist to win the tour back-to-back. The next main event is the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race on Sunday. In Athletics the IAAF Indoor Tour starts on Saturday with an event in Boston, while in Motor Racing the FIA World Rally season begins with The Rally of Monaco. There are further World Championship events in Bandy for men, Luge on artificial track and Ice Fishing. 

In World Cricket England are already on tour in the Caribbean with the first test due to start on Wednesday. India and Sri Lanka cross the Tasman Sea with India now in New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Australia. Pakistan still remain in South Africa. In Cyclo-cross the final Tour World Cup event features next Sunday before preparations begin for the World Championship in Denmark on the first weekend of February. In Rugby Union the first major tournament of the year is just two weeks away. The Six Nations kicks off on Friday, 1st February. In the meantime, the next round of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series heads to Hamilton in New Zealand over the weekend.

There are twelve FIS Ski and Snowboard World Cup events this week with the standout event at Kitzbuehel in Austria. The Men's Downhill title is one of the most prized on the World Alpine Tour. In other winter sports, we resume the Biathlon World Cup Tour, the Bobsleigh and Skeleton tours, Luge, Ski Mountaineering and Ice Climbing. Tournaments drawing to a close during the week include the Men's Handball World Championship and the Australian Tennis Open.

Have a great sporting week!

Athletics

Saturday - IAAF World Indoor Tour - New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - Boston

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2019 (World Tour Super 500) - Jakarta

Bandy

Monday to Friday - FIB World Championships Men 2019 (Group B) - Vänersborg

Saturday to 2nd February - FIB World Championships Men 2019 (Group A) - Vänersborg

Biathlon

Monday to Sunday - BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon - Antholz-Anterselva

Bobsleigh

Saturday - BMW IBSF World Cup (2-man and 2-woman) - St. Moritz

Sunday - BMW IBSF World Cup (4-man) - St. Moritz

Cricket

Tuesday - South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI - Durban

Wednesday - New Zealand v India, 1st ODI - Napier; West Indies v England, 1st Test - Bridgetown

Thursday - New Zealand Women v India Women, 1st ODI - Napier; Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test - Brisbane

Friday - South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI - Centurion

Saturday - New Zealand v India, 2nd ODI - Mount Maunganui

Sunday - South Africa v Pakistan, 4th ODI - Johannesburg

Cycling

Friday to Sunday - Track - 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup VI - Hong Kong

Sunday - Road - Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Geelong/Barwon Heads/Torquay

Sunday - Cyclo-cross - 2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup - Noord-Brabant

Draughts

Tuesday to 29th January - Ouagadougou Open (World Cup) - Ouagadougou

Equestrian

Thursday to Sunday - Showjumping - Jumping Amsterdam - Amsterdam

Saturday - Racing (Group 1) - Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes; Pegasus World Cup Turf Stakes - Gulfstream Park

Fencing

Friday to Saturday - Senior Men's World Cup (Foil) - Tokyo; Senior Women's World Cup (Foil) - St-Maur; 2019 Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Women's Sabre World - Salt Lake City

Sunday - Senior Men's Team World Cup (Foil) - Tokyo; Senior Women's Team World Cup (Foil) - St-Maur; 2019 Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Women's Team World Cup - Salt Lake City

Fishing

Saturday to Sunday - FIPSed Ice Fishing World Championship - Batak

Football

5th January to 1st February - AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019

Golf

Thursday to Sunday - Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirate GC - Dubai (European); Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines GC (PGA)

Handball

10th January to Sunday -2019 IHF Men's World Championship - Denmark and Germany

Judo

Thursday to Saturday - Tel Aviv Grand Prix 2019 - Tel Aviv

Luge

Friday to Sunday - FIL World Championships (Artificial Track) - Winterberg; FIL Luge World Cup on Natural Track - Deutschnofen

Motor Racing

Thursday to Sunday - Rally - FIA Rally of Monte Carlo - Monaco

Saturday - Formula E-Prix - FIA Santiago Formula-E - Santiago

Mountaineering

Thursday to Saturday - Ice Climbing World Cup - Saas-Fee

Polo

7th January to Friday - Joe Barry Memorial Cup - USA

Rugby

Saturday to Sunday - World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series - Hamilton

Running

Friday - Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Sunday - Osaka Women's Marathon

Sailing

Sunday to 3rd February - Hempel World Cup Series Round 2 - Miami

Skating

Friday to Sunday - ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships - Montréal

Saturday to Sunday - ISU Junior World Cup - Helsinki

Skeleton

Friday - BMW IBSF Women's and Men's World Cup - St. Moritz

Ski & Snowboarding

Tuesday to Sunday - Alpine - FIS Men's Downhill, Super G and Slalom - Kitzbuehel

Thursday to Saturday - Snowboard - FIS Women's and Men's Slopestyle - Seiseralm

Thursday to Sunday - Alpine - FIS Women's Downhill and Super G - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Friday to Saturday - Telemark - FIS Women's and Men's Sprint and Classic - Pralognan-la-Vanoise

Friday to Saturday - Freestyle - FIS Women's and Men's Ski Cross - Blue Mountain

Friday to Sunday - Nordic Combined - FIS Men's Gundersen LH HS138/10.0 km - Trondheim

Friday to Sunday - Jumping - FIS Men's HS137 - Sapporo; FIS Women's HS97 - Rasnov

Friday to Sunday - Freestyle - FIS Women's and Men's Slopestyle - Seiseralm

Saturday - Freestyle - FIS Women's and Men's Moguls - Tremblant

Saturday to Sunday - Cross-Country - FIS Women's and Men's 15 km F, 10 km F, Relay 4x5 km M and Relay 4x7.5 km M - Ulricehamn

Saturday to Sunday - Snowboarding - FIS Women's and Men's Parallel Slalom and Parallel Slalom Team - Moscow

Ski Mountaineering

Saturday to Sunday - ISMF World Cup - Font Blanca 2019 - Ordino

Table Soccer

Saturday to Sunday - Pro Tour - Saisoneröffnungsturnier 2019 - Switzerland

Tennis

14th January to Sunday - Australian Open - Melbourne

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