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tobydawq said:
the delgados said:
tobydawq said:
Sagan was never dropped. Now you're just making stuff up.

Is the youtube video blocked in your country as well?

I watched the stage and had my eyes on Sagan throughout the finale. He lost a couple of positions on the Muro but was never dropped.

Delgados is referring to Yates dropping everyone in the peleton which includes Sagan - Which is in line with Kirby's commentary at the time.

I will add that Delgados dotted point summary of Kirby's call in the last 5 km is accurate.

Yes, Kirby makes mistakes but half the time posters make things up - The strangest thing is when he made his biggest blooper in one of the stages of the 2016 Vuelta, n which he called the wrong winner, hardly a word was spoken - Somehow he missed Keukeliere as the winner and I am still confused to this day how it happened .

Finally the You Tube link provided by Delgados works in Hong Kong.
 
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yaco said:
tobydawq said:
the delgados said:
tobydawq said:
Sagan was never dropped. Now you're just making stuff up.

Is the youtube video blocked in your country as well?

I watched the stage and had my eyes on Sagan throughout the finale. He lost a couple of positions on the Muro but was never dropped.

Delgados is referring to Yates dropping everyone in the peleton which includes Sagan - Which is in line with Kirby's commentary at the time.

Oh dear, what a troll. You're probably right.
 
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tobydawq said:
yaco said:
tobydawq said:
the delgados said:
tobydawq said:
Sagan was never dropped. Now you're just making stuff up.

Is the youtube video blocked in your country as well?

I watched the stage and had my eyes on Sagan throughout the finale. He lost a couple of positions on the Muro but was never dropped.

Delgados is referring to Yates dropping everyone in the peleton which includes Sagan - Which is in line with Kirby's commentary at the time.

Oh dear, what a troll. You're probably right.

So Yates drops everyone on the final climb and goes onto win the stage - So as magical as Sagan can be at times, he wasn't dropped by Yates.
 
But why on earth would you single one rider out in a group, saying he is getting dropped when just one other rider attacks?

I think that is pretty stupid but it may or may not be just about semantics and I'm not that interested in discussing a commentator I never have to hear, so I'll just stop it here.
 
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tobydawq said:
But why on earth would you single one rider out in a group, saying he is getting dropped when just one other rider attacks?

I think that is pretty stupid but it may or may not be just about semantics and I'm not that interested in discussing a commentator I never have to hear, so I'll just stop it here.

Again, refer to the video. Sagan is falling like a rock with 3.9 km's to go. CK is watching the same feed as us. The shot lasted no more than a few seconds. Anyone in their right mind would point out that Sagan was getting dropped. No one cares about Big Joe.

Also, I completely agree with yaco. People just make *** up. And yes, my man CK makes some glaring mistakes that go unnoticed by those who stick to the absurd claim that he knows nothing about cycling.
I remember watching a spring classic race a year or two ago when CK referred to two "teammates." He clearly forgot they were former teammates. I remember thinking this thread would light up like a Christmas tree, but there was not a single peep. In fact, I was the one who mentioned it and the braying hounds used it as an example of how inept the guy is.
 
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argyllflyer said:
British Eurosport commentary pairings so far:

(Beyond what ES have already confirmed for early season, I have included Rob Hatch's bookings for the season as they stand, per his twitter)

Tour Down Under (highlights): (world feed - Liggett, McEwan etc)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race (highlights): Stephens (solo)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: Hatch & Stephens (st 1-4), Stephens & Backstedt (st 5)
Herald Sun Tour (highlights): (world feed - Liggett & Keenan)
Dubai Tour: Kirby & Smith
Vuelta a Andalucia: Kirby & Stephens
Volta ao Algarve: (ES Player only - no commentrary)
Abu Dhabi Tour: Quigley & Smith (Stages 1-4), Kirby & Smith (Stage 5)
(Kirby due to do whole event but was ill)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Quigley & Backstedt
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour of Oman: McCrossan (solo) (30 mins world feed package)
Le Samyn: Kirby & Backstedt
Strade Bianche: Kirby & Stephens
Paris-Nice: Hatch & Smith + Andy (?) (stage 1), Harris-Bass (stages 2-)
(Kelly was due to be co-comms but unavailable)
Tirreno-Adriatico: Kirby & Gibb (stages 1-3) / Stephens (stages 4-5), Smith (stages 6-)
Nokere Koerse: Quigley & Smith
Handzame Classic: Hatch & Smith
Milano-Sanremo: Hatch & Stephens
GP De Denain: (no commentary - ES player only)
Tour de Langkawi (highlights): tbc
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Kirby & Stephens
E3 Harelbeke: tbc (delayed coverage)
Gent-Wevelgem: tbc (live on ES1 13.30 UK time - missing from online ES guide)
Paris-Roubaix: Hatch & ??
La Fleche Wallonne: Hatch & ??
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Hatch & ??
Giro d'Italia: Hatch & ??
Tour de France: Hatch & ?? (will be part of the big comms team)
Tour de Pologne: Hatch & ??

Hatch Hatch Hatch.
I'm not seeing the name of my man Carlton Kirby in any of the upcoming races.
I have no reason to mistrust you, but are you sure that CK is not scheduled to call the upcoming monuments cited above?
If so, that is an outrage.
Maybe me and Cycle Chic can start a petition to include him in Paris Roubaix and LBL.
 
I'm no way CK's greatest fan but must admit I was disappointed not to see his name featuring more on the list.
I do miss his enthusiasm especially in calling the finishes, even his errors in naming riders gives you a sense of superiority when shouting at the screen " no, it's not you twerp" ( or maybe that's just me!) The Tour de France just wouldn't be the same without his anecdotes to liven up the hours of the peloton just riding through the countryside.
 
Yeah Armchair Cyclist has it right - I simply add the races as they pop up on the TV guide and any others that the commentator himself has claimed to be doing, as they come up. Kirby will do Flanders I would imagine. And as they show the whole of Roubaix, someone else will be with Hatch, it was Quigley last year though I think.

I've added a few more race Belgian races today. I would guess Kirby might do Pays Vasco in April too. He's also a certainty to do the Tour and the Vuelta.
 
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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Matt Stephens’ commentary as of late and I believe he makes a great partner for Kirby. He can dial up the enthusiasm when necessary but also tone it down when Kirby inevitably gets silly and starts to ramble.
 
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Durden93 said:
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Matt Stephens’ commentary as of late and I believe he makes a great partner for Kirby. He can dial up the enthusiasm when necessary but also tone it down when Kirby inevitably gets silly and starts to ramble.

I agree that the two make a great pair. They know how to riff off one another and keep the flow going.
Much better than CK and Sean Kelly, where one gets the feel that a happy and slightly drunk guy crashed a funeral.
 
Turning it around, I think the worst ever pairing was when David Harmon was pulled out of the Giro coverage at the last minute in 2013, and his replacement was Declan Quigley who up 'til then had done a bit of cycling commentary for the Tour Series and not a lot else. Kirby and Hatch were unavailable (Hatch doing other things for ES like Dunkirk, Kirby off in Italy for RCS). So Quigley, who really was the student learning the Euro peloton on the job, had Kelly for company for 3 weeks. My god. I really like Quigley - I liked him from the Tour Series stuff I'd seen before and I've grown to like him again on ES, but it was painful viewing at times during that debut year. But that Giro... it really was something.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OtEfFkt6GI (Girl Stage 1 2013)

And as an aside, Harmon's swansong - I'll never forget this commentary from the week before when the (later to be exposed as EPO-fuelled) Torku rider ripped it up and DH lost it (as did big Maggy).

https://youtu.be/OXONaRGVOB0?t=1h19m36s
 
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argyllflyer said:
Turning it around, I think the worst ever pairing was when David Harmon was pulled out of the Giro coverage at the last minute in 2013, and his replacement was Declan Quigley who up 'til then had done a bit of cycling commentary for the Tour Series and not a lot else. Kirby and Hatch were unavailable (Hatch doing other things for ES like Dunkirk, Kirby off in Italy for RCS). So Quigley, who really was the student learning the Euro peloton on the job, had Kelly for company for 3 weeks. My god. I really like Quigley - I liked him from the Tour Series stuff I'd seen before and I've grown to like him again on ES, but it was painful viewing at times during that debut year. But that Giro... it really was something.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OtEfFkt6GI (Girl Stage 1 2013)

And as an aside, Harmon's swansong - I'll never forget this commentary from the week before when the (later to be exposed as EPO-fuelled) Torku rider ripped it up and DH lost it (as did big Maggy).

https://youtu.be/OXONaRGVOB0?t=1h19m36s

I really enjoyed listening to the links provided. It took 5 minutes (which is the amount of coverage I listened to) of the first link to realize that Quigley and Kelly were not meant for one another. Awkward is the word that comes to mind. Dead air are two more words that come two mind.
The second link is just laugh out loud funny.
"What?! What the heck?! Sayar is just riding away from everybody!"
 
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the delgados said:
argyllflyer said:
Turning it around, I think the worst ever pairing was when David Harmon was pulled out of the Giro coverage at the last minute in 2013, and his replacement was Declan Quigley who up 'til then had done a bit of cycling commentary for the Tour Series and not a lot else. Kirby and Hatch were unavailable (Hatch doing other things for ES like Dunkirk, Kirby off in Italy for RCS). So Quigley, who really was the student learning the Euro peloton on the job, had Kelly for company for 3 weeks. My god. I really like Quigley - I liked him from the Tour Series stuff I'd seen before and I've grown to like him again on ES, but it was painful viewing at times during that debut year. But that Giro... it really was something.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OtEfFkt6GI (Girl Stage 1 2013)

And as an aside, Harmon's swansong - I'll never forget this commentary from the week before when the (later to be exposed as EPO-fuelled) Torku rider ripped it up and DH lost it (as did big Maggy).

https://youtu.be/OXONaRGVOB0?t=1h19m36s

I really enjoyed listening to the links provided. It took 5 minutes (which is the amount of coverage I listened to) of the first link to realize that Quigley and Kelly were not meant for one another. Awkward is the word that comes to mind. Dead air are two more words that come two mind.
The second link is just laugh out loud funny.
"What?! What the heck?! Sayar is just riding away from everybody!"

I miss David Harmon, aside from Rob Hatch he's miles better than rest Eurosport have used.
 
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argyllflyer said:
I'm sure people can think of some nominations for this...

https://www.teamsky.com/article/job-vacancy-on-race-press-officer?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Floyd Landis would probably advise against anyone applying seeing as he thinks they'll fold before the Tour!

I just applied.
I meet almost every single criteria in the job listing.
Fingers crossed and wish me luck!
Please let me know if anyone here would be willing to provide a reference. That includes you too, Cycle Chic and TMP 402!
P.S. Carlton? Are you there? I've gone to bat for you for a couple years. I know I shouldn't need to point out your brilliance to the rubes; but alas, that has been the case.
If you're reading, please do me a solid and provide a reference to Sky. I would love the opportunity to do the job.