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British Eurosport commentary pairings season 2022 (men's elite):

(WT=World Tour; PS=Pro Series, ET=Europe Tour, AT=Asia Tour)

Australian National Championships: host broadcaster package
ET: Challenge Mallorca: Trofeo Calvia (highlights on 26/1): Kirby (solo)
ET: Challenge Mallorca: Trofeo Alcúdia - Port d'Alcúdia (highlights on 27/1): Kirby (solo)
ET: Challenge Mallorca: Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana (highlights on 28/1): Kirby (solo)
ET: Challenge Mallorca: Trofeo Pollença - Port d'Andratx (highlights on 29/1): Kirby (solo)
ET: Challenge Mallorca: Trofeo Playa de Palma - Palma (highlights on 30/1): Kirby (solo)
ET: Grand Prix Cycliste de Marseille La Marseillaise (live on 30/1): Been & Stephens
AT: Saudi Tour (live from 1/2): Cox & Smith
PS: Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (live from 2/2): Stephens & Backstedt
PS: Tour de Provence (live from 10/2): Stephens & Blythe
ET: Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia Costa Calida (live 12/2): Been & Smith
PS: Clasica de Almeria (live on 13/2): Been & Smith
ET: Jaén Paraiso Interior (live on 14/2): Been & Smith
PS: Vuelta a Andalusia (live from 16/2): Cox & Smith
PS: Volta ao Algarve (live from 16/2): Lloyd & Blythe
ET: Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (live from 18/2): Been & Stephens
WT: UAE Tour (live from 20/2): Kirby & Blythe (stages 1&2), Backstedt (stage 3-7)
PS: Tour of Oman (review on 21/2): Ant McCrossan (host broadcaster package)
ET: Gran Camiño (live from 24/2): Cox (stages 1, 2 & 4), Kirby (stage 3) & Smith
WT: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (live on 26/2): Lloyd & Blythe (with Marty MacDonald)
PS: Faun-Ardèche Classic (live on 26/2): Cox & Conor Dunne
PS: Kuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne (live on 27/2): Hatch & Blythe
PS: Drôme Classic (live on 27/2): Hannah Walker & Dunne
ET: Le Samyn (live on 1/3): Been & Backstedt
WT: Strade Bianche (live on 5/3): Hatch, Blythe & Lloyd
WT: Paris-Nice (live from 6/3): Hatch & Kelly
ET: Grote Prijs Jean-Pierre Monseré (live 6/3): Cox & Backstedt
WT: Tirreno-Adriatico (live from 7/3): Kirby, Lloyd & Robbie McEwen
ET: Albert Achterhes Profronde van Drenthe (live on 15/3): Been & Walker
PS: Milano - Torino (live on 16/3): Hatch & Smith
PS: Danilith Nokere Koerse (live on 16/3): Been & Backstedt
PS: Grand Prix de Denain - Porte du Hainaut (live on 17/3) Been & Backstedt
PS: Bredene Koksijde Classic (live on 18/3): Been & Backstedt
WT: Milano-Sanremo (live on 19/3): Kirby, Hatch, Lloyd, McEwan & Blythe
ET: Classic Loire Atlantique (live on 20/3): Been & Smith
WT: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (live from 21/3): Kirby & Smith
WT: Minerva Classic Brugge-De Panne (live on 23/3): Cox & Blythe
WT: E3 Saxo Bank Classic (live on 25/3): Lloyd & McEwan
WT: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (live on 27/3): Cox & Blythe
ET: La Roue Tourangelle Centre Val de Loire - Trophée Groupama Paris Val de Loire (live on 27/3): Stephens & Dunne
WT: Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre (live on 30/3): Lloyd & Blythe
PS: Gran Premio Miguel Indurain (live on 2/4): Cox & Smith
ET: Volta Limburg Classic (live on 2/4): Been & Backstedt
WT: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (live on 3/4): Kirby, Lloyd, McEwan, Blythe
WT: Itzulia Basque Country (live from 4/4): Stephens & N. Roche
PS: Scheldeprijs (live on 6/4): Kirby & Backstedt
WT: Amstel Gold Race (live on 10/4): Kirby & Blythe
PS: Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye (live from 10/4): Cox (stage 1, 5, 7&8), Kirby (stage 2-4, 6) & Smith
ET: Giro di Sicilia - Tour of Sicily (live from 11/4): Been & Backstedt
PS: De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne: (live on 13/4): Cox & Blythe
WT: Paris-Roubaix (live on 17/4): Hatch, Lloyd, Backstedt and Blythe
PS: Tour of the Alps (live from 18/4): Hatch & Blythe
WT: La Flèche Wallonne (live on 20/4): Cox & Stephens
WT: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (live on 24/4): Hatch, Blythe & Lloyd
WT: Tour de Romandie (live from 26/4): Stephens & Roche
ET: International Tour of Hellas (highlights from 27/4): Quigley (solo)
WT: Eschborn-Frankfurt (live on 1/5): Cox & Backstedt
PS: 4 Jours de Dunkerque / Grand Prix des Hauts de France (live from 3/5): Kirby & Smith
WT: Giro d'Italia (live from 6/5): Hatch, Lloyd,Kelly, McEwan & Blythe
ET: Tour de Hongrie (live from 11/5): Kirby & Smith
PS: Grand Prix du Morbihan (live on 14/5): tbc
ET: Tro Bro Leon (live on 15/5): Cox & Backstedt
 
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Nico Roche I think would be better as an addition to the studio line-up alongside Magnus Backstedt who adds value in both roles. Not happy that Brian Smith is getting marginalised particularly in favour of Adam Blythe who is alright in small doses with the enthusiasm but can get overbearing.
 
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Nico Roche I think would be better as an addition to the studio line-up alongside Magnus Backstedt who adds value in both roles. Not happy that Brian Smith is getting marginalised particularly in favour of Adam Blythe who is alright in small doses with the enthusiasm but can get overbearing.
I might have read on this thread that NR is doing French comms for someone. BS does seem to be being edged out this season as they go for a few more recently retired riders, with Blythe particularly increasing his work. I can check but seems to have been an increase in MB too. Maybe just my imagination though.
 
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I might have read on this thread that NR is doing French comms for someone. BS does seem to be being edged out this season as they go for a few more recently retired riders, with Blythe particularly increasing his work. I can check but seems to have been an increase in MB too. Maybe just my imagination though.
Possibly although I think its also the time of season where there are more overlapping races thus more work to share round. I would also imagine MB would be in demand primarily for his insights during the cobbled classics. I do think that BS could handle being the lead commentator and not just the guy getting the mic thrown over to offer views on the race situation.
 
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Brian Smith and Nico Roche have not got any ES/GCN Grand Tour commentary or pundit work . Brain Smith is at lose end it seems and Nico is doing comms for the Tour in French with race organizers ASO

Instead GCN have gone with Adam Blythe and Robbie McEwen as their new punditry/comms GT team

I ll be listening with the sound down after the first week ..maybe first few days
 
I might have read on this thread that NR is doing French comms for someone. BS does seem to be being edged out this season as they go for a few more recently retired riders, with Blythe particularly increasing his work. I can check but seems to have been an increase in MB too. Maybe just my imagination though.
Magnus Backstedt was on Matt Stephens' podcast a couple of weeks ago and I think he said he'd stopped running his bike fit business. It sounded like he now has more time to take his daughter Zoe to races all around europe and help in the pits etc. As so much of the commentary seems to have been done remotely over the past couple of seasons i'd guess Magnus has time to do it anywhere that possesses a reliable internet connection to the race feed and back to eurosport.
 
Nico Roche I think would be better as an addition to the studio line-up alongside Magnus Backstedt who adds value in both roles. Not happy that Brian Smith is getting marginalised particularly in favour of Adam Blythe who is alright in small doses with the enthusiasm but can get overbearing.
I cannot agree with the plainly false idea that Blythe is alright in any dose
 
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Good news for ITV4: I'd sooner put up with adverts for life assurance and stair lifts than Adam Blythe.
Ugh. Stairlifts. Better than Blythe but from memory I’m not fussed on any of the commentators ITV have either. They’re all Ineos fanboys and get starry eyed every time their “G” does an interview.

Instead GCN have gone with Adam Blythe and Robbie McEwen as their new punditry/comms GT team

I ll be listening with the sound down after the first week ..maybe first few days
Give me Kirby doing it solo with Kelly popping in whenever he can be bothered to put up with Kirby.
I’d rather hear about local cafes and useless facts on a long boring sprint stage than Ineos tactics.
 
Magnus Backstedt was on Matt Stephens' podcast a couple of weeks ago and I think he said he'd stopped running his bike fit business. It sounded like he now has more time to take his daughter Zoe to races all around europe and help in the pits etc. As so much of the commentary seems to have been done remotely over the past couple of seasons i'd guess Magnus has time to do it anywhere that possesses a reliable internet connection to the race feed and back to eurosport.
Yep Rob Hatch still dialling in from his Spanish isle as far as i know!
 
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