Who cares? At least he can recognise the riders.Rob Hatch.......... Yes. I was interested to see this thread. His commentating style is something that has bothered. me for a while too. I totally get that he wants to pronounce everything correctly but can't help agreeing with some of the posters here. It is very difficult to get who or where he is talking about sometimes. I remember tuning into Eurosport mid race a while back. I'm a fan but not so knowledgable as to always know exactly which race is on every weekend and while trying to work it out I kept hearing Mr Hatch going on all the time about what sounded like Cornwall.........I didn't know where the race was but I knew it absolutely wasn't in the west country of England . Maybe the mountains and the large lake should have given it away sooner but it later dawned on me that this highly accented word was actually Como and the race was the the Tour of Lombardy.
So in my opinion it's not just the the way he says things, it's more the very, very heavy accents that he applies. The way he says "David Gaudu" can really start to annoy after a long break away that contains the talented french rider. GorDUUUU , GorDUUUU, GorDUUUUUUUUUUU...... Please!!!
However, what really strikes me as quite strange is that Rob himself would naturally speak with a strong Yorkshire dialect. One that he has decided is not for the ears of the general public when it comes to commentating. So he puts on a different way of speaking for us. I think that is a bit odd especially when you consider that he is often co-commentating with Sean Kelly. Sean has a strong Irish accent which I love and despite the strength is perfectly easy to understand. What is even stranger is that on the odd occasion Rob is a guest on the studio sofa or included in a podcast for example he reverts to his normal Yorkshire accent. Why does he feel it necessary to commentate in his best BBC ( Eurosport) English but deem that not appropriate for the sofa? Weird!....... Schizophrenic some might say.
I like Hatch but do agree on Matt Stephens.. a real enthusiasm shines through his voice.Oh dear. Sorry about that but whether it's a Yorkshire or a Lancashire accent I would rather hear that than his queen's English. Actually I wish Eurosport would promote Matt Stevens to be a principal commentator. He's always great and often quite amusing especially when paired with the like of Bradley Wiggins.
Can't stand that grating, growling that Hatch starts doing every time something mildly exciting happens and the same old "oy,oy,oy,oy oy" whenever there's a crash. Not to mention the "just look and what it means to him" that he constantly rolls out at the end of pretty much every stage or race.
Anyway. I've said my bit.
Buenos noches ( with huge, over the top spanish accent)
Apparently that was the OP's issue; not understanding who Hatch was talking about because he (Hatch) pronounces names correctly.Give me Hatch's over-pronunciations every time. At least, I can understand who he's referring to. OTOH the exaggerated "ohdearohdeardear"s and daily "ride of the century" are another story.