Eurosport commentary

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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.
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
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Greetings and salutations, cyclingnews forum members. To all the Kirby haters out there, check out the livestream of the race in Montreal. It's a great compare/contrast between pro broadcasters and those who come off the street. God bless the guys in the booth, but the commentary is atrocious. We're talking painfully boring.
Point being is it's a perfect example of how hard it is to maintain interest when commenting on a race where absolutely nothing is happening. At least Kirby spices things up a little with his anecdotes and metaphors. Also, as has been stated a million times, he calls the end of a race like no other.
Hashtag Kirby is the best.