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16 May 2017 04:16

No UK coverage of the Tour of Norway as far as I can see.
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16 May 2017 06:26

Alberto Fishwick wrote:No UK coverage of the Tour of Norway as far as I can see.


Not shown last year either.
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18 May 2017 21:28

Not commentary, but Eurosport just thought it would be a good idea to show an ad for Tour d’Azerbaïdjan... bit late for that.
Aka The Ginger One.
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22 May 2017 06:19

British Eurosport commentary pairings so far:

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race: Kirby & Stephens
Dubai Tour: Hatch & Smith
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: Kirby & Stephens
Herald Sun Tour: Phil Liggett & Mat Keenan (bought in package)
Vuelta a Andalucia: Kirby & Stephens
Volta ao Algarve: Hatch & Smith
Abu Dhabi Tour: Kirby & Smith
Tour of Oman: Marty MacDonald (solo) (bought-in package - also shown on BIKE)
Tour de Langkawi: Quigley (solo)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Quigley & Backstedt
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Hatch & Backstedt
Le Samyn: Quigley & Stephens
Strade Bianche: Kirby & Smith
Paris-Nice: Hatch & Kelly with Harris-Bass
Tirreno-Adriatico: Kirby & Smith
Danilith - Nokere Koerse: Kirby & Stephens
Handzame Classic: Quigley & Backstedt
Milan-Sanremo: Hatch & Stephens
Volta a Catalunya: Kirby & Backstedt / Stephens
Dwars Door Vlaanderen: Quigley & Smith
E3 Harelbeke: Quigley & Smith
Gent-Wevelgem: Quigley & Smith
3 Days of De Panne: Kirby & Backstedt
Tour of Flanders: Kirby & Kelly
Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Kirby & Stephens (stages 1-4), Smith (5-)
Scheldeprijs: Quigley & Smith
British Cycling Spring Cup R1: East Cleveland Klondyke GP: McCrossan & Stephens
Paris-Roubaix: Hatch, Quigley & Kelly
De Brabantse Pijl: Harris-Bass & Backstedt
British Cycling Spring Cup R2: Tour of the Wolds: Stephens & James McCallum
GP Denain: Harris-Bass & Backstedt
Amstel Gold Race: Stephens & Lloyd
Tro Bro Leon: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour of Croatia: Kirby & Smith
Fleche Wallonne: Quigley & Backstedt
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Hatch & Kelly
Tour de Romandie: Kirby & Smith (live from Tuesday)
Tour de Yorkshire: Quigley & Stephens (live this week)
GP Frankfurt: Kirby & Smith
Tour d'Azerbaidjan: Quigley (solo)
Giro d'Italia: Hatch & Kelly (with Smith, Blyth, Quigley and Harris-Bass on occasion) (live from Fri 5th)
British Cycling Spring Cup R3: Chorley GP: tbc (had no recording facility temporarily and missed it)
4 Days of Dunqerque: no commentary (online only)
Tour Series (all rounds): MacDonald & Gibb (syndicated, also on ITV4)
Tour of California: Quigley & Backstedt
British Cycling Spring Cup R4: Lincoln GP: McCrossan & Dean Downing
Criterium du Dauphine: tbc
Tour de France: tbc

One race shown last year that will not be on Eurosport is Tour des Fjords - it is live on Bike from Wednesday.
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24 May 2017 09:43

Image

Dave Brailsfraud‏ @davebrailsfraud 19h19 hours ago
Carlton at home enjoying the Giro coverage

Best place for him !
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24 May 2017 09:48

Cycle Chic wrote:Image

Dave Brailsfraud‏ @davebrailsfraud 19h19 hours ago
Carlton at home enjoying the Giro coverage

Best place for him !

Except he's not. The last two minutes here are a fantastic piece of commentary. Makes you realise why Kirby is number one, despite all his faults.

https://youtu.be/TMCl5aTMRi0?t=270
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24 May 2017 12:29

Yes, Kirby is the best in the last kilometer. But he is a pain in everyones ears for the rest of the stage. I take a less enthusiastic commentator with more knowledge any day of the week.
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24 May 2017 12:50

I beg to differ, those kirbygasms get me hitting the mute button asap!
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24 May 2017 15:11

Kirbys finally on his way out - Cycling has now moved beyond his amateur efforts at commentary. Even the beginner viewers realise he knows NOTHING about professional cycle races.
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24 May 2017 15:17

Cycle Chic wrote:Kirbys finally on his way out - Cycling has now moved beyond his amateur efforts at commentary. Even the beginner viewers realise he knows NOTHING about professional cycle races.

Well much as I'd love to believe this I doubt we'll get much of a break from the buffoon - July isn't far away now & we can watch each stage in its entirety on mute!
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24 May 2017 15:18

Something strange happened on Danish Eurosport today. Back after a break, and... it was English!
Though, for me, at least English is better than if it had been, say, Finnish. Or those times I've been watching semi-classics on the Player with Dutch commentating (though, I can sorta understand that too...)
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24 May 2017 16:37

I realise that the UAE jersey bears the slogan "Fly Emirates", but please tell Hatch that that is not the name of the team.
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24 May 2017 20:27

dusty red roads wrote:I beg to differ, those kirbygasms get me hitting the mute button asap!


Hey, hey!
Easy now. Carlton Kirby lights up the end of a race like a Christmas tree in Times Square.
It is a glorious sight to behold.
Don't make me come back here to rebut your nonsensical observations, m'kay?
It takes a special talent to whisper sweet nothings into our ears before lighting up like a firecracker.
I have no clue how the guy does it, but my opinion matters not.
What matters is Carlton Kirby.
Stop worrying and just sit back with some bon bons and enjoy the spectacle.
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24 May 2017 20:35

Some people won't be happy until we get golf level commentary.

Anyways Kirby is still the most popular for good reason. As I've said before many people here fail to realize that the type of people that are interested enough to post on cycling forums throughout the year are a pretty small demographic.
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24 May 2017 20:44

deValtos wrote:Some people won't be happy until we get golf level commentary.

Anyways Kirby is still the most popular for good reason. As I've said before many people here fail to realize that the type of people that are interested enough to post on cycling forums throughout the year are a pretty small demographic.


You make a great point.
I'd argue that my man Carlton brings people into the sport rather than chasing them out.
e.g.--recently CK caught the attention of my non-cycling friend who was wondering what in the eff was going on, and why was someone screaming.
This allowed me to provide some perspective and context about the race in general and those who participate in it.
It would be a stretch to say my friend became a fan of cycling, but my friend was interested and wants to learn more.
All thanks to my man, Carlton Kirby.
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25 May 2017 03:20

Different strokes for different folks. I also prefer watching comedy without canned laughter. No need to tell me when to laugh or not. When someone hypes up the end of a race like Kirby it's just way too over the top for me, and feels like the same kind of thing. If that's your thing, then great, but it's totally not mine as it forces me to pay less attention to what's going on and more on what's being yelled out. But then I'm an audio person - a musician - and am very sensitive to how sound is used. You might not be.
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25 May 2017 05:30

deValtos wrote:Some people won't be happy until we get golf level commentary.

Anyways Kirby is still the most popular for good reason. As I've said before many people here fail to realize that the type of people that are interested enough to post on cycling forums throughout the year are a pretty small demographic.


Can't say I disagree with this. I'm tired of Kirby, I can barely stand him for 2 minutes. But often when I look at comment section of a cycling video with him on audio, I realize that wider audience are more than o.k with him (I live in non English speaking country, can't use my friends or family as example, they don't care what he mutters on about). So I guess I have to live witb it.
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25 May 2017 05:59

Armchair cyclist wrote:I realise that the UAE jersey bears the slogan "Fly Emirates", but please tell Hatch that that is not the name of the team.

I read "Fly Emirates" as an insect for a moment ... :D
Kirby, the reason the mute button was invented! :)
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25 May 2017 06:05

RedheadDane wrote:Something strange happened on Danish Eurosport today. Back after a break, and... it was English!


Same here (Portugal).
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25 May 2017 07:06

Cycle Chic wrote:Kirbys finally on his way out - Cycling has now moved beyond his amateur efforts at commentary. Even the beginner viewers realise he knows NOTHING about professional cycle races.


he has never been more 'in'. Main cycling commentator on Eurosport since 2013, did every RCS race's English commentary until 2015 and now has picked up that particular mic again this year...
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