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Oh god, please no.
"Hello and welcome to a very special edition of (insert race here). The flag has dropped and they're off! (five hours later after waking up) Yeah, it looks like the four riders are still in the breakaway but that lead is steadily decreasing. (Looks at Sean Kelly) Sean, do you think the breakaway will stay away? (Sean) Oh, sod off.
I can assure you I would not fall asleep. However, how the actual commentating would be would depend on the race. There's quite a difference between a race with the first hour - or more - is a relentless fight to get in the break, and a race with Offredo and Rossetto just getting away in the first 100 metres.
 
I can assure you I would not fall asleep. However, how the actual commentating would be would depend on the race. There's quite a difference between a race with the first hour - or more - is a relentless fight to get in the break, and a race with Offredo and Rossetto just getting away in the first 100 metres.
I was exaggerating for effect. I've always thought that the best race broadcasts would be a condensed version of a 7-hour race that includes aspects from start to finish. Flanders Classics has a superb hour plus long series of De Ronde posted on youtube that is riveting. They do an awesome job of combining absolutely every aspect of a 250 km bike race into an hour long package. High;y recommended.
Other than that, I'd prefer to rest my face on a burning stove than watching a 250 km bike race from start to finish.
 
Oh god, please no.
"Hello and welcome to a very special edition of (insert race here). The flag has dropped and they're off! (five hours later after waking up) Yeah, it looks like the four riders are still in the breakaway but that lead is steadily decreasing. (Looks at Sean Kelly) Sean, do you think the breakaway will stay away? (Sean) Oh, sod off.
I'd really like to do it. I could never do it in English though.
Also I sometimes like those races, during which nothing happens, just the riders going steadily...
 
I think the key to being a good cycling commentator is knowing when to fill air, and when to commentate the race. Sometimes that involves basically interrupting yourself!

"And here we see this castle, where - in 1258... there is an attack from Movistar!"
Absolutely. That is probably something that can only be learnt through years of experience. In Germany there is a female commentator for football who suddenly commented on big games and there was a huge debate whether she was good. Lots of people hated on her (voice not good, bla bla bla, though she has a good voice) and lots defended her (she knows much better than the male collegues, you just hate her because she's a woman). I hated to have her as a commentator, too, although everything she said was totally true, she obviously knew what she was talking about. But she just talked and talked... and when there was a goal scene she'd talk about Neymar's transfer... That became a lot better with time! But it made me realise how important it is to "lead the spectator through the events", instead to just give information.
 
Absolutely. That is probably something that can only be learnt through years of experience. In Germany there is a female commentator for football who suddenly commented on big games and there was a huge debate whether she was good. Lots of people hated on her (voice not good, bla bla bla, though she has a good voice) and lots defended her (she knows much better than the male collegues, you just hate her because she's a woman). I hated to have her as a commentator, too, although everything she said was totally true, she obviously knew what she was talking about. But she just talked and talked... and when there was a goal scene she'd talk about Neymar's transfer... That became a lot better with time! But it made me realise how important it is to "lead the spectator through the events", instead to just give information.
And yet football commentators still have an advantage over cycling commentators when it comes to switching between nothing happening and stuff happening; it's a rare occurance in football that all the big stars decide to go to the toilet, and just let the lesser players play around for a while.
 
As I've been watching those classic stages from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Giro on Eurosport in the last few weeks I've noticed how much better Carlton Kirby sounded back then. He was calling the race alone (no Kelly, Backstedt or Smith) he did a good job and was surprisingly pleasant to listen to. In some stages Rob Hatch was the commentator but Kirby did a better job in my opinion. Usually I have Hatch as the superior of the two, but not this time. I had to give credit where credit is due.
 
As I've been watching those classic stages from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Giro on Eurosport in the last few weeks I've noticed how much better Carlton Kirby sounded back then. He was calling the race alone (no Kelly, Backstedt or Smith) he did a good job and was surprisingly pleasant to listen to. In some stages Rob Hatch was the commentator but Kirby did a better job in my opinion. Usually I have Hatch as the superior of the two, but not this time. I had to give credit where credit is due.
I'm confused as to when the commentary is being done as for the earlier editions of the GCN/Eurosport classic stages (for example 2013) Kirby was doing the broadcasting for RCS on the international feed and Eurosport used Declan Quigley for that edition after David Harmon took a break after the Tour of Turkey and was never heard again (for one reason or another). But some of those 2013 stages last week were also covered by Hatch who I think was doing some other race like California that year.

It will be interesting (for me anyway) to see what happens over the final few stages covered as Kirby, Kelly, Hatch and Smith commentated the 2018 edition but Hatch and Kelly did the 2019 edition with an middle section of discussion back in the studio.
 
I always find it hard to reconcile Kelly's appalling pronunciation of Spanish names with the apparent influence that Spanish vocabulary has on his use of English words (eg using 'support' as equivalent to 'soportar': "he can support these steep climbs really well").

I wonder whether there is a mild case of dyslexia there (interchanging of letters and reversal of syllables, as in 'Castorvejio' for 'Castroviejo'), or maybe it is just a case of the whisper around the studio being "He is a legend, don't correct him".
 
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Well that was long nap!

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: Stephens & Blythe
Volta ao Algarve: Hatch & Blythe
Vuelta Andalusía: Kirby & Stephens
UAE Tour: Hatch & Smith
Het Nieuwsblad: Dan Lloyd & Backstedt
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Lloyd & Backstedt
Tour of Taiwan: Kirby & Stephens
Le Samyn: Harris-Bass & Backstedt
Paris-Nice: Hatch & Kelly
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Strade Bianchi: Kirby & Smith
Gran Trittico Lombardo: Hatch & Smith
Tour de Pologne (live from 5/8): Hatch & Backstedt
Milano-Torino: Kirby & Smith
Mont Ventoux Denivel Challenges: Kirby & Smith
Tour de l'Ain: Quigley & Smith
Milano-Sanremo: Kirby & Stephens
Criterium du Dauphine: tbc (live from Wed 12th)
 
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Hi.

Am thinking of signing up to Eurosport Player, and was wondering how soon after being shown live, races are available to watch on demand? For example, would I be able to watch Strade Bianche this Saturday at 1900 BST, one hour after it finishes?
 
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Hi.

Am thinking of signing up to Eurosport Player, and was wondering how soon after being shown live, races are available to watch on demand? For example, would I be able to watch Strade Bianche this Saturday at 1900 BST, one hour after it finishes?
I think it was 24hr but it's been a while since I had streaming for Eurosport. Chach the Eurosport TV guide as they often reply races in the normal channels later in the day
 
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