Froome, Nibali, Pedersen headline 'The Challenge of Stars' event

The virtual cycling series will be shown live on the Olympic Channel, 23-24 May.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome headlines a big-name line-up taking part in 'The Challenge of Stars' racing event.

The two-day virtual cycling series featuring knockout races will take place on 23-24 May, and will be live on the Olympic Channel.

"At a time like this when we are unable to race, it's great to be able to use technology to put on an event like The Challenge of Stars and bring entertainment to the cycling fans," Froome said in a press release.

The two-time bronze Olympic medallist will be joined by other top road riders such as Vincenzo Nibali and reigning world champion Mads Pedersen.

You can watch Challenge of Stars by clicking on this link (geo-restrictions may apply).

2019 world champion Mads Pedersen will race in the Challenge of stars event
2019 world champion Mads Pedersen will race in the Challenge of stars event2019 world champion Mads Pedersen will race in the Challenge of stars event

"The Challenge of Stars format, with its one-on-one knockout matches, is something innovative and unpredictable among the virtual races seen so far," Vincenzo Nibali added.

The racing begins with the sprinters on May 23 at 14.30 GMT (16:30 CEST).

Eight sprinters will race in four heats on a 1.2km course in the Tuscan countryside, with an average gradient of 0.97% and a maximum of 2.53%.

Sprinters line-up

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) vs Nacer Bouhanni (Team Arkéa-Samsic)

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) vs Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) vs Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix)

Matteo Trentin (CCC Team) vs Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos)

The eight sprinters of 'The Challenge of Stars'
The eight sprinters of 'The Challenge of Stars'The eight sprinters of 'The Challenge of Stars'

On May 24 (14:30 GMT) the climbers will tackle a 2.9km ascent on the Stelvio climb, with an average gradient of 8.69% that peaks at 12.75%.

Climbers line-up

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) vs Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo)

Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) vs Simon Geschke (CCC Team)

Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) vs Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) vs Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa-Samsic)

The eight climbers of 'The Challenge of Stars'
The eight climbers of 'The Challenge of Stars'The eight climbers of 'The Challenge of Stars'

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