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argyllflyer said:
A new Kirbyism yesterday, along the lines of a younger "Sagan sounded like he learned English from a wasp trapped in a jam jar".
That is funny.
My man Carlton Kirby oftentimes comes up with quips that seem to have been spontaneously spewed from the mouth of a well-read and articulate person whose senses have been altered--i.e. drunk.
I really don't care if the guy has had a few. I would much rather listen to these little observations and suggestions than some guy who says "Pinot has just caught up to the break!"
Yawn.
Long live Carlton Kirby.
He is the best.
 
I think Orla Chennaoui is a great addition to Eurosport coverage. She is a good interviewer and comes across as a down to earth lady.

I really didn't like Brad Wiggins on or off the bike during his riding career, but he works well on the show

Kelly remains a legend.
 
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barmaher said:
I think Orla Chennaoui is a great addition to Eurosport coverage. She is a good interviewer and comes across as a down to earth lady.

I really didn't like Brad Wiggins on or off the bike during his riding career, but he works well on the show

Kelly remains a legend.
I think she is okay but I like Wiggo's contributions as well especially on the TT stages. Kelly has always been one of the better commentators and let's the visuals tell the story when not much is happening. There is no need to babble continuously like some of the others do.
 
Panchetti today during the London-Surrey Classic coverage listed this month races they have live: European Championship, Binck Bank Tour, Arctic Race, Tour of Utah, Denmark Rundfahrt (a novelty), Deutschland Tour and the last two stages of Tour de l'Avenir. He didn't mention Hamburg that usually they have as well and the Great War Race that there was last year for the inaugural edition.
 
Panchetti today during the London-Surrey Classic coverage listed this month races they have live: European Championship, Binck Bank Tour, Arctic Race, Tour of Utah, Denmark Rundfahrt (a novelty), Deutschland Tour and the last two stages of Tour de l'Avenir. He didn't mention Hamburg that usually they have as well and the Great War Race that there was last year for the inaugural edition.
I believe that isn't taking place this year:
 
Two classics from Kirby today.

'Tejay looks up for this". Camera showing TJ lying prone on the ground literally two seconds later.

"Jesus and Jose Herrada are not actually brothers". WTF?
The comments on Tejay were almost as bad here as well. They had just praised Tejay and said something about the fact he had missed the crash by being in the break and the next thing we see is Tejay on the ground.

The one about the Herrada brothers is definitely a WTF.
 
I have a love/hate relationship with Kirby. Very engaging, but just crap at identifying riders. Like yesterday, the Bouchard/Latour mixup was bad (and why is he suddenly calling him Pierre-Roger?), but how on earth could he think that Pernsteiner was Domen Novak some 3-4km from the finish?
 
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I have a love/hate relationship with Kirby. Very engaging, but just crap at identifying riders. Like yesterday, the Bouchard/Latour mixup was bad (and why is he suddenly calling him Pierre-Roger?), but how on earth could he think that Pernsteiner was Domen Novak some 3-4km from the finish?
The Bouchard/Latour mixup is classic Kirby - he predicts how the race is going to unfold and then commentates to that template rather than what is actually happening until Kelly or someone puts him right.

Latour is on his list of favorites (the Si Clarke memorial list) and often makes the list of predicted protagonists.
 
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British Eurosport commentary pairings so far (mens .WT, .HC and .1 only):

Tour Down Under (highlights): (world feed - Liggett & McEwan)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race: (world feed - Keenan & McEwan w/ Evans)
Vuelta a San Juan: Hatch & Backstedt (stage 1), Stephens (stage 2-7)
Challenge Mallorca: Hatch (solo)
Herald Sun Tour (highlights): (world feed - Keenan & David McKenzie)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: Hatch & Smith
Tour of Oman (recap): (world feed - Marty MacDonald)
Clasica de Almeria: (ES Player only)
Trofeo Laigueglia: (ES Player only)
Volta ao Algarve: Hatch & Stephens (stages 1-3), Simon Gerrans (stages 4&5)
Vuelta a Andalucia: Kirby & Smith
UAE Tour: Hatch & Gerrans (stage 1), Smith (stage 2-7)
Omloop Het Niewsblad: Quigley & Backstedt
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne: Quigley & Backstedt
Le Samyn: Hatch & Backstedt
Strade Bianche: Hatch & Backstedt
Paris-Nice: Hatch & Kelly
Tirreno-Adriatico: Kirby & Smith
Tour de Taiwan: Kirby (solo)
Nokere Koerse: Hatch & Backstedt
Bredene Koksijde (formerly Handzame) Classic: Stephens & Backstedt
Milan-Sanremo: Hatch & Stephens
Tour of Catalunya: Kirby & Stephens
Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne: Hatch & Smith (men) / Lucy Martin (women)
E3 Binckbank Classic: Hatch & Backstedt
Gent-Wevelgem: Quigley & Smith
Dwars Door Vlaanderen: Kirby & Smith
Giro di Sicilia: Quigley (solo stage 1) & Smith (stage 2-)
Ronde van Vlaanderen: Kirby, Quigley, Kelly & Stephens
Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Kirby & Smith
Scheldeprijs: Quigley & Backstedt
Paris-Roubaix: Hatch, Quigley, Kelly & Stephens
Tour of Turkey: Kirby & Smith
De Brabantse Pijl: Quigley & Stephens
Amstel Gold Race: Quigley & Kelly
Tour of the Alps: Hatch & Stephens (stages 1-3, 5), Backstedt (stage 4) (live from Monday 22nd April)
Tro Bro Leon: Quigley & Backstedt
La Fleche Wallonne: Kirby & Stephens
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Hatch & Smith
Tour de Romandie: Kirby & Smith
Eschborn-Frankfurt: Quigley & Stephens
Tour de Yorkshire: Quigley & Gibb
Giro d'Italia: Hatch & Kelly (UK) / Kirby & Backstedt (International) (live from Sat 11th May)
Tour of California: Kirby & Smith (stages 1-3), Gibb & Smith (stage 4-) (live from Sun 12th May)
4 Jours de Dunkerque: Gibb & Colin Sturgess
Tour de l'Ain: Gibb & Sturgess
GP Marcel Kint: (ES Player only)
Circuit de Wallonie: (ES Player only)
GP de Plumelec - Morbihan: (ES Player only)
Criterium du Dauphine: Hatch & Stephens
Tour de Luxembourg: Hatch (solo)
Tour de Hongrie: Harris-Bass & Gibb
Baloise Belgium Tour: (ES Player only - comms is world feed, unknown)
Tour de Suisse: Quigley & Smith
Tour of Slovenia: Kirby & Gibb
Route d'Occitanie: Hatch & Gibb
Heistse Pijl: (ES Player only)
Dwars Door Het Hageland: (ES Player only)
Elfstedenronde: (ES Player only)
Halle-Ingooigem: Jez Cox
Tour de France: Hatch, Kirby, Kelly, Smith with Harris Bass (plus guests)
Tour de Wallonie (stages 4&5): Quigley & Backstedt
Clasica San Sebastian: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour de Pologne: Hatch & Stephens (from 3/8/19)
RideLondon: Gibb & Backstedt
European Mens TT Championships: Quigley & Stephens
Europeans Mens Road Championships: Quigley & Smith
Binckbank Tour: Kirby & Smith (live from 12/8)
Tour ofUtah: Hatch & Gibb (live from 12/8)
Arctic Race of Norway: Stephens & Backstedt (stages 1-3), Hatch & Stephens (stage 4)
Tour of Denmark: Jez Cox & Gibb
Tour de l'Avenir: Quigley & Gibb
Vuelta a Espana: Kirby (stages 1-19), Hatch (stages 20-21) & Kelly
Euroeyes Cyclassics: Quigley & Backstedt
Schaal Sels: (ES Player only)
Deutchland Tour: Quigley & Gibb
Tour of Britain: Harris-Bass & Gibb
Brussels Cycling Classic: Harris-Bass & Gibb
Quebec GP: Quigley & Gibb
Montreal GP: Quigley & Gibb
Copa Bernocchi: Quigley & Gibb
Wallonie GP: Hatch & Stephens
Giro della Toscana: Quigley & Gibb
Copa Sabatini: Hatch & Stephens
Primus Classic: Kirby & Smith
World Champs Team Time Trial: Kirby & Smith
Worlds Mens Time Trial: Kirby & Smith
World Champs Mens Road Race: Kirby, Hatch, Gibb & Smith
CRO Race: Kirby & Smith (stages 1-3), Hatch (stage 4) Hatch & Backstedt (stages 5 & 6)
Eurometropole Tour: Hatch & Backstedt
Giro Dell Emilia: Quigley & Gibb
Tour de Vendee: Hatch & Backstedt
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli: (ES Player only)
Tre Valli Varesine: Kirby & Smith
Milano-Torino: Kirby & Smith
Gran Piemonte: Kirby & Smith
Il Lombardia: Hatch & Smith
Paris-Tours: Hatch & Smith
 
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