In the grand tours Kirby I find is better than Quigley but if it's just week long or one day races, he is better. It may have been his first (and only (I think)) grand tour commentary but the 2013 Giro with Quigley was not the nicest commentary pairing with him and Kelly. I have nothing against irish accents, it was just his presentation. Rob Hatch and Sean Kelly in the past three Giri were fine. I would much prefer that duo at the Tour and Vuelta (keeping the odd input from Jon Harris Bass at grand tours).PunchingRouleur said:Hatch is by far best, but I would take Kirby over Quigley any day. At least Kirby can compensate his lack of knowledge with solid play by play commentary and generally not being boring. Quigley has nothing.
I don't have problem when commentator can't pickup riders instantly, what irritate me when they talking nonsense and both Kirby and Quigley are guilty of it more often than not.
I'm sure the name 'Turbo Durbo' was said once as a joke on a backstage pass from a couple of years ago, Kirby seems to think that's gospel and always refers to him by that, instead of the joke that it was. Very annoying.LugHugger said:
Kirby should switch to horse racing. He loves those finishes.bigcog said:Unfortunately Kirby seems to take over at finish of races so the co-commentator can't get a word in, plus he starts squealing/shouting in a high pitched manner. If he didn't do that I could live with it.
Indeed. My objection is Kirby's insistence of repeated use of the nickname to the exclusion of Durbridge's actual name. It's not the first time; a couple of seasons ago he did the same with Stannard [Yogi]. It made Saturday's commentary sound sycophantic.fowlyetti said:
But he always called Cadel, Cadel and Bradley was Bradley, sometimes Wiggo.LugHugger said:Indeed. My objection is Kirby's insistence of repeated use of the nickname to the exclusion of Durbridge's actual name. It's not the first time; a couple of seasons ago he did the same with Stannard [Yogi]. It made Saturday's commentary sound sycophantic.fowlyetti said:
You don't think it's at all possible that an enthusiast for other racing sports, who got involved with cycling as a professional opportunity, might just maybe start to care about a sport he has spent thousands of hours watching? That's pretty uncharitable.Swiss Tony said:Kirby is just a con artist, anyone who thinks he's a fan or a lovely of cycling are fools. Everyone must realise since he moved from motorsports when given this job due to other circumstances he's talked like he knows what he's talking about when he's no knowledge what so ever.. What a f*c€ing Pr!ck