Is that Seb Piquet?My best friend is a UCI race announcer, which includes the TDF. He's currently the start line announcer at the Dauphine.
He's fluent in French (Parisian accent) and English (American accent). I hope he gets a shot to do PBP for Eurosport for cycling. (He used to work theer for nearly 20 years after all)
He's done TV and radio for over 150 sports including the Olympics and just about everything else. Most of his work is in French, but as mentioned he's also well versed in English.
I remember Matt Rendell doing the live commentary for La Vuelta on ITV a few years ago. It was pretty boring and very uninteresting. From then on ITV never had it live again and went with Rendell and Brian Smith for a couple of years before moving to the current duo of Boulting and Millar.I agree that Kirby is terrible but if you really want to hear lots of meandering nonsense you should listen to Matt Rendell call a race sometime. yesterday during Piemonte he was going on and on about some obscure thing that happened in 2016 or something while the finale was unfolding. Steve Cummings, who was commentating on I think his third race ever, clearly kept getting annoyed with him and had to keep interrupting to actually talk about the race that was occurring on the screen.