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Carlton Kirby, in his wisdom, informs road-racers that an aero-tuck on a road bike is "not aerodynamic" because it "has been tested in a wind tunnel" and that they would be better off to "keep pedaling"

An obese load like Kirby is possibly no more aerodynamic in one orientation of a blob than in another... but I think there are reasons why bike racers, including myself, use aero positions
 
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HelloDolly said:
I agree totally with this...but what is more galling is Kirby insists on being right even when he is wrong
He is talking such **** all the time that he misses so much of the race ...so he makes stuff up...this is where it is galling... he goes on as if he is an authority on the sport when it is clear he is bluffing most of the time
KIrby is quite literally an idiot who thinks he is a genius because he half learned a lot of random facts ...his ego demands that he is always right even when he is wrong
Correct. Just now we have Kirby making up some **** as if he would know about the experience of being "tended-to by the team car" for injuries, when he has never even been what I would call a "cyclist", let alone a racer. Also within the same span of a few minutes, Kirby says the temperature in Spain is 10 degrees °C lower than it actually is right now... and as is often the case, Kirby mentions the town the race is passing through only in order to insult the town residents, by saying he personally doesn't like the style of their houses. **** you, Carlton Kirby
 
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Indeed. Home of cycling except when there is snooker going on in China. It's live on the Player but I can't watch that on my TV so it will be the BBC for me.
 
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hayneplane said:
World Road Race - delayed coverage only for men's elite on Sunday from British Eurosport. Bastards
BBC have the rights for the UK. Cycling is a priority but unfortunately ES can't show live race in UK. Covering for ES International.
 
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BBC have the rights for the UK. Cycling is a priority but unfortunately ES can't show live race in UK. Covering for ES International.
 
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BriSmithy said:
hayneplane said:
World Road Race - delayed coverage only for men's elite on Sunday from British Eurosport. Bastards
BBC have the rights for the UK. Cycling is a priority but unfortunately ES can't show live race in UK. Covering for ES International.
To be fair, the Worlds coverage is excellent that apart. Keep up the goods work, as they say. Shall watch on ES Player if the commentary is on there.
 
British Eurosport commentary pairings so far (mens .WT, .HC and .1 only):

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): Kirby (solo)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Kirby & Stephens
Driedaagse Bruges - de Panne: Quigley & Backstedt (now a 1 day race!)
E3 Harelbeke: Quigley & Backstedt
Gent-Wevelgem: Quigley & Smith
Dwars door Vlaanderen: Kirby & Smith
GP Miguel Indurain: Quigley & Smith
Ronde van Vlaanderen: Kirby, Stephens & Kelly
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: Kirby & Stephens (st. 1-5), Stephens & Backstedt (st 6)
Scheldeprijs: Quigley & Smith
Paris-Roubaix: Hatch, Quigley & Kelly (with Will Fotheringham)
De Brabantse Pijl: Quigley & Backstedt
Amstel Gold Race: Kirby & Smith
Tro Bro Leon: Quigley & Smith
Tour of the Alps: Kirby & Backstedt (st. 1-3), Gibb (st. 4-)
Tour of Croatia: Quigley & Smith
La Fleche Wallonne: Hatch & Stephens
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Hatch & Kelly
Tour de Romandie: Kirby & Smith
Eschborn-Frankfurt: Kirby & Smith
Tour de Yorkshire: Harris-Bass & Backstedt
Giro d'Italia: Kirby, Hatch, Smith & Kelly with Harris-Bass (plus guests)
4 Days of Dunkirk: ES Player only (no commentary)
Vuelta Aragon: Quigley (solo)
Tour of California: Quigley & Backstedt
GP Marcel Kint: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour de l'Ain: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour of Belgium: ES Player only (no commentary)
Hammer Series Limburg: Quigley & McEwan (ES Player Only)
Heistse Pijl: ES Player only (no commentary)
Criterium du Dauphine: Kirby & Stephens
Tour de Suisse: Quigley & Smith
Tour of Slovenia: Hatch & Backstedt
La Route D'Occitanie: Harris-Bass & Stephens (stage 1), (stage 2 ESP only), Stephens & Gibb (stage 3), (stage 4 ES Player only)
Dwars Door Het Hageland: ES Player only (no commentary)
Halle-Ingooigem: Kirby & Stephens
Spanish Road Championships: Quigley & Smith
UK Road Championships: Boulting & Stephens (live, host broadcaster feed) / Quigley & Smith (repeats)
French Road Championships: Quigley & Smith
Dutch Road Championships: Quigley (solo)
Tour de France: Kirby, Hatch, Kelly & Smith (with Adam Hansen, Bernard Eisel and Nico Roche as guest summarisers among others)
London-Surrey Classic: MacDonald & Gibb
Tour de Wallonie: Quigley & Smith
Clasica San Sebastian: MacDonald & Backstedt
Tour de Pologne: Gibb & Smith (stages 1-4, 6&7), MacDonald & Gibb (stage 5)
Tour of Utah: Gibb & Smith (stages 1& 3), Gibb & Backstedt (stage 2), Kirby & Gibb (stages 4-6)
European Championships TT: Nick Heath & Smith
European Championships Road Race: Kirby & Smith
BinckBank Tour: Gibb & Smith
Tour de Hongrie: Kirby & Stephens
Arctic Race of Norway: Stephens & Backstedt
Colorado Classic: Quigley & Smith
Cyclassics Hamburg: Kirby & Stephens
Veendaal Classic: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour of Germany: Quigley & Smith
Great War Remembrance Race: Kirby & Backstedt
La Vuelta a Espana: Kirby & Kelly
Brussels Cycling Classic: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour of Britain: Stephens & Smith
GP de Fourmies: ES Player only (no commentary)
GP Quebec: Stephens & Smith
Montreal GP: (World Feed, player only)
GP de Wallonie: Quigley & Stephens
GP Jef Scherens: ES Player only (no commentary)
Copa Bernocchi: ES Player only (no commentary)
Giro della Toscana: Hatch & Smith
Copa Sabatini: Hatch & Smith
Tour de l'Eurometropole: Quigley & Smith
World Championships Mens TTT: Kirby & Smith
World Championships Mens TT: Kirby & Smith
World Championships Mens Road Race: Quigley & Smith (delayed) McCrossan & Hayles (live world feed, on ES Player)
Binche-Chimay-Binche: Quigley & Smith
Tour of Almaty: Quigley & Backstedt
Giro dell'Emilia: Kirby & Smith
Paris-Tours Hatch & Smith
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli: Stephens (solo)
Tre Valli Varesine: Quigley & Gibb
Tour of Turkey: Kirby & Smith
Milan-Turin: Quigley & Gibb
Gran Piemonte: Stephens & Gibb
Il Lombardia: Stephens & Backstedt
Tacx Pro Classic / Ronde van Zeeland: ES Player only (no commentary)
 
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Maybe they made an exception for the Worlds, the mens elite race anyway. Five hours ad free and Carlton free, great viewing. The commentary depended on your view of Shane Sutton of course.
 
They have occasionally had commentated special channels.
They made one for the Giro this year, and I've also watched some not-actually-shown-on-television stuff, sometimes with various language-commentating; Cadel Evan's race in English last year, I think they just used the same commentator globaslly, and - I think it was Handzame - in Dutch, my understanding was… limited.
As for the Worlds; I didn't watch that on Eurosport.
 
What crazed nonsense was Kirby going on about throughout the post-race in Istanbul about Lutsenko only having to have finished one place higher than his 13th to have retained the overall?

The sum of Prades' positions (20+21+15+3+25+2) was 86, Lutsenko's (29+20+7+1+45+13) was 115. So he would have had to be 30 places better off in total to have taken the overall. And it would have taken more than the cited extra turns of the pedal to have finished 30 places better than 13th. And the co-commentator is almost as culpable for sitting next to him and allowing him to speak such nonsense unchallenged.
 
British Eurosport commentary pairings so far (mens .WT, .HC and .1 only):

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): Kirby (solo)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Kirby & Stephens
Driedaagse Bruges - de Panne: Quigley & Backstedt (now a 1 day race!)
E3 Harelbeke: Quigley & Backstedt
Gent-Wevelgem: Quigley & Smith
Dwars door Vlaanderen: Kirby & Smith
GP Miguel Indurain: Quigley & Smith
Ronde van Vlaanderen: Kirby, Stephens & Kelly
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: Kirby & Stephens (st. 1-5), Stephens & Backstedt (st 6)
Scheldeprijs: Quigley & Smith
Paris-Roubaix: Hatch, Quigley & Kelly (with Will Fotheringham)
De Brabantse Pijl: Quigley & Backstedt
Amstel Gold Race: Kirby & Smith
Tro Bro Leon: Quigley & Smith
Tour of the Alps: Kirby & Backstedt (st. 1-3), Gibb (st. 4-)
Tour of Croatia: Quigley & Smith
La Fleche Wallonne: Hatch & Stephens
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Hatch & Kelly
Tour de Romandie: Kirby & Smith
Eschborn-Frankfurt: Kirby & Smith
Tour de Yorkshire: Harris-Bass & Backstedt
Giro d'Italia: Kirby, Hatch, Smith & Kelly with Harris-Bass (plus guests)
4 Days of Dunkirk: ES Player only (no commentary)
Vuelta Aragon: Quigley (solo)
Tour of California: Quigley & Backstedt
GP Marcel Kint: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour de l'Ain: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour of Belgium: ES Player only (no commentary)
Hammer Series Limburg: Quigley & McEwan (ES Player Only)
Heistse Pijl: ES Player only (no commentary)
Criterium du Dauphine: Kirby & Stephens
Tour de Suisse: Quigley & Smith
Tour of Slovenia: Hatch & Backstedt
La Route D'Occitanie: Harris-Bass & Stephens (stage 1), (stage 2 ESP only), Stephens & Gibb (stage 3), (stage 4 ES Player only)
Dwars Door Het Hageland: ES Player only (no commentary)
Halle-Ingooigem: Kirby & Stephens
Spanish Road Championships: Quigley & Smith
UK Road Championships: Boulting & Stephens (live, host broadcaster feed) / Quigley & Smith (repeats)
French Road Championships: Quigley & Smith
Dutch Road Championships: Quigley (solo)
Tour de France: Kirby, Hatch, Kelly & Smith (with Adam Hansen, Bernard Eisel and Nico Roche as guest summarisers among others)
London-Surrey Classic: MacDonald & Gibb
Tour de Wallonie: Quigley & Smith
Clasica San Sebastian: MacDonald & Backstedt
Tour de Pologne: Gibb & Smith (stages 1-4, 6&7), MacDonald & Gibb (stage 5)
Tour of Utah: Gibb & Smith (stages 1& 3), Gibb & Backstedt (stage 2), Kirby & Gibb (stages 4-6)
European Championships TT: Nick Heath & Smith
European Championships Road Race: Kirby & Smith
BinckBank Tour: Gibb & Smith
Tour de Hongrie: Kirby & Stephens
Arctic Race of Norway: Stephens & Backstedt
Colorado Classic: Quigley & Smith
Cyclassics Hamburg: Kirby & Stephens
Veendaal Classic: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour of Germany: Quigley & Smith
Great War Remembrance Race: Kirby & Backstedt
La Vuelta a Espana: Kirby & Kelly
Brussels Cycling Classic: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour of Britain: Stephens & Smith
GP de Fourmies: ES Player only (no commentary)
GP Quebec: Stephens & Smith
Montreal GP: (World Feed, player only)
GP de Wallonie: Quigley & Stephens
GP Jef Scherens: ES Player only (no commentary)
Copa Bernocchi: ES Player only (no commentary)
Giro della Toscana: Hatch & Smith
Copa Sabatini: Hatch & Smith
Tour de l'Eurometropole: Quigley & Smith
World Championships Mens TTT: Kirby & Smith
World Championships Mens TT: Kirby & Smith
World Championships Mens Road Race: Quigley & Smith (delayed) McCrossan & Hayles (live world feed, on ES Player)
Binche-Chimay-Binche: Quigley & Smith
Tour of Almaty: Quigley & Backstedt
Giro dell'Emilia: Kirby & Smith
Paris-Tours Hatch & Smith
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli: Stephens (solo)
Tre Valli Varesine: Quigley & Gibb
Tour of Turkey: Kirby & Smith
Milan-Turin: Quigley & Gibb
Gran Piemonte: Stephens & Gibb
Il Lombardia: Stephens & Backstedt
Tacx Pro Classic / Ronde van Zeeland: ES Player only (no commentary)
Tour of Hainan: no commentary (ES Player only)
Saitama Criterium: Kirby & Stephens
Tour of Fuzhou: Hatch & Backstedt
 
Huge round of applause to argyllflyer for the diligent work needed to keep the thread alive.
Maybe there should be some year-end awards for the best posters. If so, argyllflyer would win hands down in the category that has yet to be named.
Impressive work, argyllfyer. To be honest, I donèt know why I look forward to your updates, but the fact is I do.
You are awesome.
 
We should hope that Argentine TV has fixed the satellite transmission of images because i remember some years ago Giardini (the then commentator of Bike Channel with Savoldelli) when asked about Tour de San Luis he answered that they asked for the rights of the race because they were interested for a live coverage but Argentine TV answered to them that they couldn't guarantee the TV signal abroad.

Anyway in january i would have preferred to see Tour Down Under, Vuelta San Juan has a way poorer field and the route is essentially four sprint stages (+ one slight uphill), a TT and the false flat of Alto Colorado, probably the worst South American race in the calendar.
 

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