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Really enjoyed the pairing of Kirby & Blythe this week at the Saudi Tour - Blythe far more opinionated than some of the vanilla co-commentators that are used. And jetsetting (!) Carlton in Valencia too had a great line when he described a finish on a hairpin "which upset Valverde" lol. Matt Stephens has usually bobbed up by now - wonder if he's moved on?
 
Really enjoyed the pairing of Kirby & Blythe this week at the Saudi Tour - Blythe far more opinionated than some of the vanilla co-commentators that are used. And jetsetting (!) Carlton in Valencia too had a great line when he described a finish on a hairpin "which upset Valverde" lol. Matt Stephens has usually bobbed up by now - wonder if he's moved on?
He's been commentating on some of the pro/am Zwift races recently so may be back after those have finished. He's also been busy filming stuff for Sigma Sports.
 
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Could not believe my ears when Kirby literally suggested that Groenewegen could win the GC in Valencia... I'm sure the 5.1km 12% summit finish on stage 4 will suit him brilliantly.
Si Clarke wasn’t there, or Reichenbach for that matter.

Kirby would be fine if he stuck to racing, rather than his own opinions and his attempts at humour. Oh, and his overt British take on everything. If he stopped all the nonsense he’d be quite a talented commentator.
 
Another year and another update from argyllfyer. I look forward to his contributions just as much as the yearly new kit thread. argyllfyer is awesome.
Unfortunately, argyllfyer's yearly updates result in a groundswell of criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby.
Before we begin, criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby is undeserved. I submit that the following are reasons why.
--It has been suggested that he knows nothing about cycling. To put it politely, the accusation is completely erroneous. Even though cycling commentary is just one of many disciplines he takes part in, my man CK is not an idiot. Calling a bike race is not rocket surgery. He knows of what he speaks. He might not be up- to -the -minute aware of every rider's status in the peloton, but a large part of that has to do with the likelihood he called a bowling game or dart event the day before. Expecting him to be the equivalent of a director sportif is a bit excessive.
--Carlton Kirby knows nothing about the inner workings of cycling. See above. That's not his job!
He knows how a race is unfolding; it's the job of the expert to explain why.
---Carlton Kirby talks gibberish. More than one person on this thread has accused him of doing so. Each one either never went to school in person, or they weren't present in an intellectual sense. My man Carlton Kirby frequently refers to literary references that the braying hounds do not understand.
--Carlton Kirby is drunk. You might be right! But let me ask you this: Do you think you could manage to fill four hours of dead air without resorting to a pick-me-up? There's only so much one could say about a breakaway with 20 minutes in hand with 190 km's to go. Unless you're Dianne Sawyer, I'm pretty sure you can't delve into the life story of every rider in the break. Hence, banality like talking about a hotel in which you stayed is pretty much all you can do.
Ladies and gentlemen: I am not here to tell you who you should like. But I am damn sure here to tell you who not to dislike. Carlton Kirby is a man among mere mortals. He does a thankless job.
He deserves respect.
With that said, enjoy the cycling season, and kudos to argyllflier for keeping the dream alive.
 
Another year and another update from argyllfyer. I look forward to his contributions just as much as the yearly new kit thread. argyllfyer is awesome.
Unfortunately, argyllfyer's yearly updates result in a groundswell of criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby.
Before we begin, criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby is undeserved. I submit that the following are reasons why.
--It has been suggested that he knows nothing about cycling. To put it politely, the accusation is completely erroneous. Even though cycling commentary is just one of many disciplines he takes part in, my man CK is not an idiot. Calling a bike race is not rocket surgery. He knows of what he speaks. He might not be up- to -the -minute aware of every rider's status in the peloton, but a large part of that has to do with the likelihood he called a bowling game or dart event the day before. Expecting him to be the equivalent of a director sportif is a bit excessive.
--Carlton Kirby knows nothing about the inner workings of cycling. See above. That's not his job!
He knows how a race is unfolding; it's the job of the expert to explain why.
---Carlton Kirby talks gibberish. More than one person on this thread has accused him of doing so. Each one either never went to school in person, or they weren't present in an intellectual sense. My man Carlton Kirby frequently refers to literary references that the braying hounds do not understand.
--Carlton Kirby is drunk. You might be right! But let me ask you this: Do you think you could manage to fill four hours of dead air without resorting to a pick-me-up? There's only so much one could say about a breakaway with 20 minutes in hand with 190 km's to go. Unless you're Dianne Sawyer, I'm pretty sure you can't delve into the life story of every rider in the break. Hence, banality like talking about a hotel in which you stayed is pretty much all you can do.
Ladies and gentlemen: I am not here to tell you who you should like. But I am damn sure here to tell you who not to dislike. Carlton Kirby is a man among mere mortals. He does a thankless job.
He deserves respect.
With that said, enjoy the cycling season, and kudos to argyllflier for keeping the dream alive.
I do hope the bold is a deliberate homage to your man!
 
Another year and another update from argyllfyer. I look forward to his contributions just as much as the yearly new kit thread. argyllfyer is awesome.
Unfortunately, argyllfyer's yearly updates result in a groundswell of criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby.
Before we begin, criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby is undeserved. I submit that the following are reasons why.
--It has been suggested that he knows nothing about cycling. To put it politely, the accusation is completely erroneous. Even though cycling commentary is just one of many disciplines he takes part in, my man CK is not an idiot. Calling a bike race is not rocket surgery. He knows of what he speaks. He might not be up- to -the -minute aware of every rider's status in the peloton, but a large part of that has to do with the likelihood he called a bowling game or dart event the day before. Expecting him to be the equivalent of a director sportif is a bit excessive.
--Carlton Kirby knows nothing about the inner workings of cycling. See above. That's not his job!
He knows how a race is unfolding; it's the job of the expert to explain why.
---Carlton Kirby talks gibberish. More than one person on this thread has accused him of doing so. Each one either never went to school in person, or they weren't present in an intellectual sense. My man Carlton Kirby frequently refers to literary references that the braying hounds do not understand.
--Carlton Kirby is drunk. You might be right! But let me ask you this: Do you think you could manage to fill four hours of dead air without resorting to a pick-me-up? There's only so much one could say about a breakaway with 20 minutes in hand with 190 km's to go. Unless you're Dianne Sawyer, I'm pretty sure you can't delve into the life story of every rider in the break. Hence, banality like talking about a hotel in which you stayed is pretty much all you can do.
Ladies and gentlemen: I am not here to tell you who you should like. But I am damn sure here to tell you who not to dislike. Carlton Kirby is a man among mere mortals. He does a thankless job.
He deserves respect.
With that said, enjoy the cycling season, and kudos to argyllflier for keeping the dream alive.
haha thanks very much! I will say though that CK is pretty much a full-time cycling commentator in this day and age - being booked up by ES well over 100+ days a year across the year (road and then the 6 day events) doesn't leave room for much else bar the Dakar he does annually. I enjoy him more than I don't. To be honest, half of his trouble stems from the dreadful coverage of races - poor camera angles, poor data that provides positioning information, they're rarely on site so lack 'insider' information about form and who's doing what on a stage - a lot is guess work because of that. Throw in the odd brain fart and you get CK! His book is well worth a read if you haven't got around to it yet
 
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Quite a few races added just now thanks to a Rob Hatch tweet.

British Eurosport commentary pairings season 2020:

Vuelta a San Juan (live from Sun 26th Jan): Quigley & Smith
Tour Down Under (highlights): Liggett, McEwan & Vogt (International Comms package) (30 mins highlights from 28/1)
Challenge Mallorca (highlights): tbc (20 min highlights from 31/1)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race (90 mins highlights from 3/2): Kirby & Adam Blythe
Saudi Tour (live from 4/2): Kirby & Blythe
Herald Sun Tour: Matt Keenan & David MacKenzie (International Comms package)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (live from 5/2): Kirby & Gerrans
Tour de Langkawi (live from 7/2): Hatch & Backstedt
Tour of Provence: (ES Player only)
Clasica De Almeria (Highlights 16/2): tbc
Volta ao Algarve: Hatch & Blythe (live from 19/2)
Vuelta Andalusía: Kirby & Stephens (live from 19/2)
UAE Tour: Hatch & Smith (live from 23/2)
Paris-Nice: Hatch & Kelly (live from 8/3)
Tirreno-Adriatico: tbc (live from 11/3)
 
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haha thanks very much! I will say though that CK is pretty much a full-time cycling commentator in this day and age - being booked up by ES well over 100+ days a year across the year (road and then the 6 day events) doesn't leave room for much else bar the Dakar he does annually. I enjoy him more than I don't. To be honest, half of his trouble stems from the dreadful coverage of races - poor camera angles, poor data that provides positioning information, they're rarely on site so lack 'insider' information about form and who's doing what on a stage - a lot is guess work because of that. Throw in the odd brain fart and you get CK! His book is well worth a read if you haven't got around to it yet
He does more than than just Dakar, probably why he sounds giddy at times.

To his credit, he does always have a good handle on the last few kms, the corners, the roundabouts etc.
 
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Think I heard Marty Macrossan mention that Carlton Kirby would be doing the commentary at the weekend. Something that has probably been coming for a long time as there is the link of GCN, Eurosport and Discovery, plus he's done the commentary for those GCN challenge races in the past.

Cheers. I don't mind Kirby but I'd like to see McCrossan given a bit more air time. He's doing the two cyclo-cross races this weekend which would explain why that's happening. Will be interesting to see how many races GCN have picked up this season?
 
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If anyone has not yet watched the GCN Racing broadcast of Tour de la Provence, I'd really recommend giving it a chance. Kirby and Dan Lloyd are a great pair, although I am one of those (few?) who genuinely enjoy Kirby's commentary.
 
Another year and another update from argyllfyer. I look forward to his contributions just as much as the yearly new kit thread. argyllfyer is awesome.
Unfortunately, argyllfyer's yearly updates result in a groundswell of criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby.
Before we begin, criticism directed toward my man Carlton Kirby is undeserved. I submit that the following are reasons why.
--It has been suggested that he knows nothing about cycling. To put it politely, the accusation is completely erroneous. Even though cycling commentary is just one of many disciplines he takes part in, my man CK is not an idiot. Calling a bike race is not rocket surgery. He knows of what he speaks. He might not be up- to -the -minute aware of every rider's status in the peloton, but a large part of that has to do with the likelihood he called a bowling game or dart event the day before. Expecting him to be the equivalent of a director sportif is a bit excessive.
--Carlton Kirby knows nothing about the inner workings of cycling. See above. That's not his job!
He knows how a race is unfolding; it's the job of the expert to explain why.
---Carlton Kirby talks gibberish. More than one person on this thread has accused him of doing so. Each one either never went to school in person, or they weren't present in an intellectual sense. My man Carlton Kirby frequently refers to literary references that the braying hounds do not understand.
--Carlton Kirby is drunk. You might be right! But let me ask you this: Do you think you could manage to fill four hours of dead air without resorting to a pick-me-up? There's only so much one could say about a breakaway with 20 minutes in hand with 190 km's to go. Unless you're Dianne Sawyer, I'm pretty sure you can't delve into the life story of every rider in the break. Hence, banality like talking about a hotel in which you stayed is pretty much all you can do.
Ladies and gentlemen: I am not here to tell you who you should like. But I am damn sure here to tell you who not to dislike. Carlton Kirby is a man among mere mortals. He does a thankless job.
He deserves respect.
With that said, enjoy the cycling season, and kudos to argyllflier for keeping the dream alive.
On the contrary it is more than deserved. Classic case of the Peter principle. If you think he’s good you are out of your damn mind. I have a few stories that would blow your mind if the amount b.s. and politics that goes on .... let’s just he knows he’s replaceable.

The guy is abysmal and a clown.
 
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