Multilingual presenter, journalist, host of cycling on Eurosport & co-host The Cycling Podcast Féminin
Born: Draperstown, Northern Ireland
Orla Chennaoui is a multilingual TV sports presenter (French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese), host and journalist with experience working in both hard news and sport. Orla specialises in cycling and the Olympic Games and has presented on location from multiple Tours de France, Giros d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, three Olympic Games (London, Rio and Tokyo) and one Commonwealth Games (Glasgow).
Now as a Lead Presenter for Eurosport, Orla works across cycling, MotoGP and the Olympics amongst other things and continues her work co-hosting The Cycling Podcast Feminin, and writing regular columns for Rouleur magazine and the Metro newspaper.
In May 2019 Orla joined Eurosport as the lead presenter for their cycling coverage alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins. Orla hosts all of the action, live and daily highlights for the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. In 2020, Orla presented The Breakaway for Eurosport for the public to keep in touch with the action during a 'different' year but has been excited to be back in the studio in 2021 presenting all the action live as it happens. All three Tours had ‘edge of your seat action’, with Orla and the studio team presenting live to the fans. Orla also presented the launch programme of the highly anticipated UCI Track Champions League.
A background in news and investigations has dictated a generally hard-news approach in Orla's sports reporting, while through presenting she has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge across a broad range of sports. Therefore, in addition to cycling Orla has also been a regular trackside at MotoGP across this season and is at the forefront of Olympics coverage.
In 2021, after the world waited a year, Orla led the broadcasting of the Tokyo Olympic Games for Eurosport and Discovery on the ground in Tokyo. Alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins, Greg Rutherford and others, they presented informative and nail-biting coverage across all sports and brought out the emotion of medal winning interviews to the people at home.
Away from the camera, Orla was the guest editor for Rouleur Issue 101 - a Women’s special - landmark edition to celebrate what it is to be a woman in modern cycling which is, to date, Rouleur’s biggest selling issue.
In the world of podcasts, Orla host The Cycling Podcast Feminin which is extremely popular and also launched her own podcast in 2018, “When Orla Met…”. It is a conversation with people from the world of sport, about sport, digging into the deeper stories of those who push themselves in the pursuit of excellence.
Alongside her broadcasting and journalistic career Orla also relishes live hosting opportunities and presented the live athletics at the World Championships in Doha, as well as hosting events such as the Rouleur Classic, Q&As at Look Mum No Hands and The Women in Sport Summit providing industry insight along with a collection of other influential guests, and inspiring others within the sports arena.
Orla is also in high demand for corporate rideouts and regularly joins groups cycling before hosting Q&As with pros afterwards.
Orla has a degree in Law with French and a post grad in journalism and away from presenting Orla is a keen part time yogi, outdoor swimmer, and full time Mum.