If you were around in the early days of OLN, before they became VS/NBC and before they had the broadcast rights for the Tour de France (basically the pre-lance OLN era), it was Phil, Paul and Davis Phinney. Phinney left the network around 1999 so that he could focus on his battle with Parkinson's Disease. His illness likely would prevent him from live stage coverage. Those were the days with the best coverage we'll ever get, television wise, with great coverage of the Giro. We had minimal amt of commercials: there was basically a loop of fishing bait, Ginzu knives and a creepy dude with a moustache (who I would never let near my child) that finds his wife a ring with a metal detector.86TDFWinner said:Hmm, How about: Phinney/Hampsten/Bauer/Steida/LeMond
I love Greg LeMond, but the man is as ADHD as they come. He is suited doing what he does now, a wrap up style analysis. 4 hours of "LeMond Unplugged" would be a television producer's worst nightmare. His brain works at a speed that most of us can't fathom (scatterbrained).
Hampsten lives in Italy and manufactures his brand of bikes and guiding tours. He and Bauer would be the best at commentary, but I doubt Andy would be interested in the gig. Bauer would be your best bet, as he is still involved with the sport. Don't know what Steida is up to these days.