Of course nobody is expected to know everything about a rider. They aren't expected to identify every single rider correctly. Of course mistakes happen, of course sometimes you hardly ever heard the name yourself. But this is not what gets talked about here, right?Easy there, Samu. The comment you quoted was meant as a joke. You know, Cofidis rarely wins, so who would know a rider? Just a lame joke is all.
Unless a commentator was assigned to a grand tour and given weeks to learn about every single rider in the peloton, I can't see why anyone should be expected to know everything about every rider. If that was a job requirement and the applicant didn't fit the bill, they wouldn't be hired.
Also, I can't see why anyone would get angry about something like this, but that's just me. Seriously, who the hell cares?
p.s. At least the comment wasn't directed toward the lovely and talented Carlton Kirby.
It's about whether it's acceptable to have a commentator commentating on many big races who lacks some basic knowledge and, since he's been in that position for years, doesn't even seem to be willing to learn much more. That's absolutely inacceptable to me. You can say, who cares, but then, well, why not make some actor or comedian do the commentary, I'm sure that's entertaining as well and they will be capable to transport some emotion and excitement.
Commentators are paid to inform us a bit. If they know less than, well, not the average viewer, but the average cycling fan, than that is really, really bad. No need to make serious insults on social media. But yes, it's very annoying, since most people do prefer to have some commentary, and it just can't be that you only have the choice to listen to nonsense all the time or tune the sound off.
But this should not just be addressed to Kirby, but to the ones who hire him and who fail to train personnel for this.