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I knew it was Matt Rendell doing Classica San Sebastian but I didn't believe it as I thought he was contracted to ITV unless he's just employed there as a freelancer. I thought the spoken Spanish words on the commentary sounded an awful lot like him.
I was thinking that maybe it was some kind of global English language feed. Strange that GCN didn't put a team on there as they did L'ain earlier in the day. Alternatively, Kirby called in sick just so we'd want him back.
 
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Ahem, Sean, we have 60 km's to go and I've heard someone say I called in sick. That's a preposterous notion, especially considering we are entering the areas where I've spent time getting jolly and enjoying the locals, if you know what I mean. Sean, do you know what I'm saying? You'd have to pull me out on a stretcher to avoid this lovely race. The break has a five minute lead and I'm beginning to think that, Sean, they may have a chance to take it to the line. Sean? You there?

p.s. Carlton, if you happen to be reading this nonsense, I genuinely appreciate everything you bring to the table.
 
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Ahem, Sean, we have 60 km's to go and I've heard someone say I called in sick. That's a preposterous notion, especially considering we are entering the areas where I've spent time getting jolly and enjoying the locals, if you know what I mean. Sean, do you know what I'm saying? You'd have to pull me out on a stretcher to avoid this lovely race. The break has a five minute lead and I'm beginning to think that, Sean, they may have a chance to take it to the line. Sean? You there?

p.s. Carlton, if you happen to be reading this nonsense, I genuinely appreciate everything you bring to the table.
Well he is certainly not covering himself in glory in Tokyo, waffling on, with looks like he has been shriking on his homework.
 
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I think he suits track quite well. At least he tries to stay neutral as opposed to Joanna Rowsell who totally forgets that she is working for Global Cycling Network not British Cycling Network.
I respect your view, but surely Jo is more neutral than CK who frequently uses 'we' in relation to British riders.
I,m sure you will agree she always does her homework and her facts and calculations are impeccable.
 
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I'm not a Kirby fan usually but I actually warmed to him a little during the track events. I feel like the less familiar you are with the sport, the better he is. He's great at creating excitement at things I otherwise wouldn't have cared much about
I can’t remember if it was the men’s or women’s madison, but he did a great job calling the last few laps and explained what was happening and what the points ramifications were.

It made the coverage better as the debatable camera work would have made it very difficult otherwise.
 
British Eurosport commentary pairings season 2021 (men's elite):

Grand Prix La Marseillaise (live on 31/1): Kirby & Smith (ES Player/GCN only)
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)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (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 (live on 20/6): Hatch & Stephens
French National Championship (live on 20/6): Kirby & Smith
Tour de France (live from 26/6): Kirby & Hatch with Harris-Bass, Smith, Kelly, Lloyd, Wiggins, Roger Hammond, Backstedt, Walker, Bigham & Wiggins
Tour de Wallonie (stages 3-5 live from 22/7): Stephens & Backstedt (ES Player/GCN only)
Olympic Road Race - Men (live on 24/7): Stephens & Smith
Olympic Time Trial - Men (live on 28/7): Stephens & Michael Hutchinson
Tour de l'Ain (live from 29/7): Cox & Blythe (ES Player/GCN only)
Classica San Sebastian (live on 31/7): Matt Rendell (solo) (ES Player/GCN only)
Arctic Race of Norway (live from 5/8): Been & Stephens
Tour of Denmark (live from 10/8): Hatch & Smith
Vuelta a Espana (live from 14/8): Kirby, Kelly, Smith, Blyth, Cherie Pridham & Backstedt
Grand Prix Jef Scherens (live on 15/8): Been (solo) (ES Player/GCN only)
Tour of Norway (live from 19/8): Been & Stephens
Marcel Kint Konvert Classic: Cox & Backstedt (ES Player/GCN only)
Tour of Germany (live from 26/8): Stephens & Smith
Brussels Classic (live on 28/8): Been & Backstedt
Bretagne Classic (live on 29/8): Hatch & Backstedt
Benelux Tour (live from 30/8): Hatch & Backstedt
European Road Championships Mixed TT: MacDonald & Hutchinson (live on 8/9)
European Road Championships TT: Kirby & Hutchinson (live on 9/9)
European Championships Road Race: Kirby & Lloyd (live on 12/9)
Antwerp Port Epic: Hatch & Walker (live on 12/9)
Grand Prix de Fourmies: Been & Backstedt (live on 12/9)
Tour of Luxembourg: Kirby & Smith (live from 14/9)
Tour of Slovakia: (live from 15/9)
Grand Prix de Wallonie: Been & Backstedt (from 14/9)
 
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Grote Prijs Jef Scherens was Been solo.

On the women's side Ladies Tour of Norway gave me a headache. For the first 10 min, breathing was so heavy it sounded like Darth Vader was doing commentary.
Then Marty McDonald's constant uhs and stuttering plus inane what if scenarios (50 km to go on flat road leading to uphill 10 km finish, "I wonder if [GC Rider X] will take a flier.") I don't know why he's so annoying on road races but OK on cyclocross. Is it because cyclocross has constant action and he doesn't have the skill to fill the dull parts (like our friend, CK)?
 
Yeah glad he wasn't on for the entire stage this time. Probably had a strop when Kirby took the piss out of his prediction.
I guess I could look this up, but since I'm here I'll ask what's on my mind: What is a strop?
You guys in the UK have such a mind-boggling amount of burns that makes it hard to keep up.
I feel like I learn a new one every day.
Kudos.
Sorry for the interruption. Carry on.
 
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Not sure that C-o-S would appreciate being considered one of "you guys in the UK".

A strop is argumentative annoyance. Someone much given to such moods would be described as stroppy.

Probably derived from obstreperous.

Example: The proud Irish CN contributor had a strop (or became stroppy) when he was referred to as one of "you guys in the UK".
 
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Not sure that C-o-S would appreciate being considered one of "you guys in the UK".

A strop is argumentative annoyance. Someone much given to such moods would be described as stroppy.

Probably derived from obstreperous.

Example: The proud Irish CN contributor had a strop (or became stroppy) when he was referred to as one of "you guys in the UK".
Thanks for the reply. No offence was intended, but thanks for the heads up. Mental note: Don't say you guys in the UK.
 
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On the NBC feed this morning, the main feed with Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde keeps cutting out and then we get for 1-3 minutes the International English language feed on low volume with Spanish commentary at the same time. Fun times.
 
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On the NBC feed this morning, the main feed with Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde keeps cutting out and then we get for 1-3 minutes the International English language feed on low volume with Spanish commentary at the same time. Fun times.
Hey man, I feel ya. But at least you get a feed.
Tiz-cycling has been a reliable source for a while, but now the screen freezes every two or three seconds. In the meantime, I've missed defining moments of the race; and given the fact those moments were accompanied by my man CK waxing poetic, it's enough to ruin someone's day.
 
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