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I'm possibly a rare breed that actually likes Kirby mainly because of his voice, delivery, emotion and "dad jokes" that are right in my alley. However, he is balancing at the verge of being just flat out corny. He makes a lot of mistakes but at least he doesn't mumble like Kelly does. I'm not a native english speaker and i just flat out can't understand him. I thought it may be because of him being Irish but then i heard some other Irish people on the web and i had no problem understanding them.
I prefer the combination of David Millar, Ned Boulting, Daniel Friebe and Matt Rendell and Sir Chris along with Gary Imlach BUT the CK BS RH SK combo is a good third wheel commentary team and Sir brad brings fabulous insight, however, the Orla woman, whilst quite decorative and pleasant of manner, I struggle to see what she is there for she is certainly no Gary Imlach could they not get Rochelle Gilmore if they need a glamourpuss?
 
I prefer the combination of David Millar, Ned Boulting, Daniel Friebe and Matt Rendell and Sir Chris along with Gary Imlach BUT the CK BS RH SK combo is a good third wheel commentary team and Sir brad brings fabulous insight, however, the Orla woman, whilst quite decorative and pleasant of manner, I struggle to see what she is there for she is certainly no Gary Imlach could they not get Rochelle Gilmore if they need a glamourpuss?
I much prefer the Eurosport team (CK included). The others you mention are okay apart from Rendell who just sounds like an accountant (probably is) whilst Imlach brings back bad memories of the time when all we had was him, Liggett, Sherwen and the continual Armstrong love-in.
And as for Orla. She has a cracking accent but I would say that as I'm originally from an equally boring wee town near from where she comes from. I think she does fine and prefer to Imlach.
I feel for the people who can't understand Kelly. It must be hard to decipher his wisdom but he is on the money all of the time.
 
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British Eurosport commentary pairings season 2021 (men's elite):

Grand Prix La Marseillaise (live on 31/1): Kirby & Smith (ES Player/GCN only)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (live from 3/2): tbc
Tour of Provence (live from 11/2): Lloyd & Stephens (ES Player/GCN only)
Clasica De Almeria: Hatch & Backstedt
Tour of Alpes-Maritimes (live from 20/2): Been & Stephens (ES Player/GCN only)
UAE Tour (live from 21/2): Kirby & Smith
Omloop Het Niewsblad (live on 27/2): Lloyd & Blythe
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (live on 28/2): Hatch & Blythe
GP Le Samyn (live on 2/3): Been & Backstedt
Strade Bianche (live 6/3): Hatch & Lloyd
Grand Prix Jean Monsere: (live 7/3): Been & Backstedt
Paris-Nice (live from 7/3): Hatch & Blythe
Tirreno-Adriatico (live from 10/3): Kirby & Lloyd
Nokere Koerse (live on 17/3): Been & Backstedt
Bredene Koksijde Classic (live on 19/3): Been & Backstedt
Milano-Sanremo (live on 20/3): Hatch & Smith
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (live from 22/3): Kirby & Smith
Brugge - De Panne (live on 24/3): Hatch & Blythe
E3 SaxoBank Classic (live on 26/3): Hatch & Blythe (ES Player/GCN only)
Gent - Wevelgem (live on 28/3): Stephens & Blythe
Cholet Pays De La Loire (live on 28/3): Been & Backstedt (ES Player/GCN only)
Dwars door Vlaanderen (live on 31/3): Kirby & Blythe
GP Miguel Indurain: (live on 3/4): Jez Cox & Blythe
Ronde van Vlaanderen (live on 4/4): Kirby, Lloyd, Backstedt & Blythe
Itzulia Basque Country: (live from 5/4): Kirby & Smith
Scheldeprijs (live on 7/4): Stephens & Blythe
Presidential Tour of Turkey (live from 11/4): Kirby & Smith
Brabantse Pijl (live on 14/4): Stephens & Lloyd (ES Player/GCN only)
Tour of Valencia (live from 14/4): Been & Backstedt
Amstel Gold Race (live on 18/4): Stephens & Blythe
Tour of the Alps (live from 19/4): Stephens & Lloyd
Fleche Wallonne (live on 21/4): Kirby & Blythe
Liege-Bastogne-Liege (live on 25/4): Hatch & Smith
Tour de Romandie (live from 27/4): Hatch & Smith
Volta ao Algarve: Kirby & Backstedt
Giro d'Italia (live from 8/5): Hatch & Lloyd with Kelly, Smith, Backstedt, Blyth (+ Dan Bigham stage 1, Hannah Walker stage 6, Wiggins)
Tour of Hungary (live from 12/5): Kirby & Backstedt
Circuit de Wallonie: Been & Smith (ES Player/GCN only)
Challenge Mallorca series (highlights): Quigley (solo)
Tro Bro Leon (on 16/5): Cox & Walker
Vuelta a Andalucia (live from 19/5): Kirby & Smith
Tour Du Finistere (live on 22/5): Been & Backstedt (ES Player / GCN only)
Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (live on 23/5): Kirby & Smith
Volta Limburg (live on 24/5): Kirby & Smith (ES Player / GCN only)
Mercantour Classic (live on 24/5): Been & Backstedt (ES Player / GCN only)
Critirium Du Dauphine (live from 30/5): Kirby & Smith
Tour de Suisse (live from 6/6): Hatch & Backstedt
Tour of Slovenia (live from 9/6): Cox & Smith
Tour of Belgium (live from 9/6): Been & Stephens
Adriatica-Ionica (live from 15/6): Quigley & Backstedt
Spanish National Championship: Hatch & Stephens
French National Championship: tbc
 
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On Orla, she's been covering cycling on tv for years so not like she has just popped up of late. I like her.

Conversely, my girlfriend and I often have the cycling on in the evening and Kelly popped up for the Giro - she hadn't heard him before "oh that's quite some accent he has!" And that it is.
 
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I feel for the people who can't understand Kelly. It must be hard to decipher his wisdom but he is on the money all of the time.
I can't see how any native English speaker can fail to understand Kelly.
Rob Hatch is very good, has good knowledge in general but his OTT pronunciations do irritate me a bit though he does seem to have toned it down a bit.
Carlton Kirby, well..............
I do like David Millar on ITV, his insight and knowledge are top notch, but the ad breaks are just too much
Gary Imlach, as somebody said, takes me back to the days of that's all we had on a 30 minute show when 10 of those were adverts and another 5 for the bloody competition.
I have no problem with Orla, somebody has to keep the show together.
 
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I can't see how any native English speaker can fail to understand Kelly.
Rob Hatch is very good, has good knowledge in general but his OTT pronunciations do irritate me a bit though he does seem to have toned it down a bit.
Carlton Kirby, well..............
I do like David Millar on ITV, his insight and knowledge are top notch, but the ad breaks are just too much
Gary Imlach, as somebody said, takes me back to the days of that's all we had on a 30 minute show when 10 of those were adverts and another 5 for the bloody competition.
I have no problem with Orla, somebody has to keep the show together.
My point was there are a lot of people on here whose native language is not English and appreciate that he might be hard to understand at times as he does like to mumble his words. His insights are great and his predictions (Bettiol, Asgreen for the the Ronde, for example) are always worth keeping bearing in mind if you like a long odds bet.
 
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My point was there are a lot of people on here whose native language is not English and appreciate that he might be hard to understand at times as he does like to mumble his words. His insights are great and his predictions (Bettiol, Asgreen for the the Ronde, for example) are always worth keeping bearing in mind if you like a long odds bet.
I understand for non native English speakers it must be difficult, that is true. I think he has mellowed a bit in recent years, in the early days on Eurosport I used to struggle myself at times, or maybe I have grown accustomed.
 
I am involved in a sport well removed from Pro Cycing and on occasion spend time sitting with our commentators. They start commentating at around 10am and are often still at it at9pm or later they have no script, just their notes sometimes 40 or 50 page folders, so even finding the fact relevant to the situation thousands are watching at a moments notice is a work of wonder quite how they manage to keep people entertained is still after 40 years plus a complete mystery to me.

To those out there who seem to think all commentators are "rubbish" and do nothing but spew "babble", I say, do what I did and try in the privacy of your own home! See just how long you can hold a commentary that will not only inform cyclings equivalent of avid trainspotters who know how deep the flange is on a waggon wheel, but to engage the people who with almost no knowledge of cycling its rules regs let alone who the participants are and might well be watching for the first time and see how long you last my best is 10 minutes and no one with half a brain would pay me a cent. As the Poles say "Its easy to stink with full trousers"!!!!!!!
 
I am involved in a sport well removed from Pro Cycing and on occasion spend time sitting with our commentators. They start commentating at around 10am and are often still at it at9pm or later they have no script, just their notes sometimes 40 or 50 page folders, so even finding the fact relevant to the situation thousands are watching at a moments notice is a work of wonder quite how they manage to keep people entertained is still after 40 years plus a complete mystery to me.

To those out there who seem to think all commentators are "rubbish" and do nothing but spew "babble", I say, do what I did and try in the privacy of your own home! See just how long you can hold a commentary that will not only inform cyclings equivalent of avid trainspotters who know how deep the flange is on a waggon wheel, but to engage the people who with almost no knowledge of cycling its rules regs let alone who the participants are and might well be watching for the first time and see how long you last my best is 10 minutes and no one with half a brain would pay me a cent. As the Poles say "Its easy to stink with full trousers"!!!!!!!
For some people it's incredibly hard, others are complete naturals in speaking, speaking, speaking...

Another point is that you usually don't have to commentate cycling on your own - it's usually two commentators, at German Eurosport there are 4 people at the moment for the Giro, for the big races they often have 1 commentator who leads the conversation, two experts who explain, chat, give their expectations and assessments, and one person who points out the "cultural highlights", often translates the interviews (and also cares about social media).
So you cannot just get lost in your monologue, that might be more difficult for some, but it's not like you have to be a single entertainer for hours... Even if it's just two people they can have a conversation. Discuss, ask the other one questions, take a break... I think that should make things much easier, since you have some input and are not in this vaccuum where you don't know what anyone else would say or see in this moment.
 
I am involved in a sport well removed from Pro Cycing and on occasion spend time sitting with our commentators. They start commentating at around 10am and are often still at it at9pm or later they have no script, just their notes sometimes 40 or 50 page folders, so even finding the fact relevant to the situation thousands are watching at a moments notice is a work of wonder quite how they manage to keep people entertained is still after 40 years plus a complete mystery to me.

To those out there who seem to think all commentators are "rubbish" and do nothing but spew "babble", I say, do what I did and try in the privacy of your own home! See just how long you can hold a commentary that will not only inform cyclings equivalent of avid trainspotters who know how deep the flange is on a waggon wheel, but to engage the people who with almost no knowledge of cycling its rules regs let alone who the participants are and might well be watching for the first time and see how long you last my best is 10 minutes and no one with half a brain would pay me a cent. As the Poles say "Its easy to stink with full trousers"!!!!!!!
Well said.
I'll leave my man CK out of this while adding a quick note to say it never ceases to amaze me the amount of vitriol commentators in general receive from those who probably couldn't get past the intro of a race before running out of interesting things to say; never mind go on and on for hours without a script.
 
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I have enjoyed the Eurosport coverage but being reliant on recording the stages and watching when back home it has been immensely irritating that on several stages they have messed their EPG timings so badly that the last section of the stage has not been recorded including the entire Zoncolan ascent yesterday.

Fortunately I have discovered a backup plan that anyone in the UK can use which is S4C which is broadcasting every stage from 2pm each day and has always covered the whole stage. The drawback is that commentary is entirely in Welsh but with rider and team names called and onscreen graphics plus knowledge of ID by rider number it’s possible to follow the action fine.
 
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Well said.
I'll leave my man CK out of this while adding a quick note to say it never ceases to amaze me the amount of vitriol commentators in general receive from those who probably couldn't get past the intro of a race before running out of interesting things to say; never mind go on and on for hours without a script.
Of course sometimes commentators have to talk for hours at a time, with not much happening in the actual race. In those situations it's perfectly fine for commentators to talk about stuff like the Rhubarb Triangle, or to cut back to the studio for a quick geology lesson.
It's when something actually happens in the race, and commentators are too busy talking about nothing I get annoyed.
 
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Fortunately I have discovered a backup plan that anyone in the UK can use which is S4C which is broadcasting every stage from 2pm each day and has always covered the whole stage. The drawback is that commentary is entirely in Welsh but with rider and team names called and onscreen graphics plus knowledge of ID by rider number it’s possible to follow the action fine.
My internet has been down for the weekend so having the S4C coverage in the UK has been a bit of a lifesaver - though I think the combination of fairly strong South Wales accents combined with the lyrical rhythm of Welsh language leads to some fairly funny pronunciations.
 
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