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Does anybody else find the commentators IMMENSELY annoying? Anthony McCrossen has a voice that is like an icepick in my ear, and the Scottish fella is almost as bad. Todays constantly repeated words and phrases: Penultimate, bit between his teeth.

Painful, painful watching.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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you give it a crack for the next stage, record it, put it on youtube and i will give it a watch and let you know what i think.

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djb123 [86 posts] 3 years ago
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They are very annoying, have they stopped pronouncing movistar "movie-star" yet?

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phax71 [287 posts] 3 years ago
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Doesn't really bother me, the picture quality is much better than the Eurosports stream I "acquire" via my Apple TV box ..  1

Have to say though, at times when listening, it feels kinda strange to have Frankie Boyle commentating ..  1

I think it would be great to have ITV4 cover all three Grand Tours and TOB, I have emailed them in the past regarding this ...

All in all though, this years VUELTA has been very enjoyable, I've found it a little dull in the past TBH, much preferring the GIRO, but 2012 has been all good.

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kayakboyuk [30 posts] 3 years ago
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Are Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen not available? Do they get 49 weeks off a year?

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I watched yesterday's stage on ITV player. I like Ant. He's got knowledge, I just don't like ITV

https://twitter.com/antmccrossan

The Scottish fella you are talking about is Brian Smith the former national road race champion 91 and 94

He is a regular guy on Eurosport's coverage. I think he's a great commentator

https://twitter.com/BriSmithy

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pjay [249 posts] 3 years ago
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Anthony McCrossan has a very annoying voice is a pretty useless commentator. Brian Smith is knowledgeable but not a natural broadcaster.

Roger Hammond, on the other hand, is excellent: intelligent, articulate and insightful. Dodgy shirts though.

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paulfg42 [387 posts] 3 years ago
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AM doesn't have a very exciting tone to his voice which means even the most exciting events in the race he makes sound uninteresting. Shame.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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hows your version coming along @Cooks? i get to catch the coverage on eurosport and itv4.

people need to realise we are lucky to have the coverage at all.

everyones an armchair expert and can do a better job it seems.

i personally find the coverage perfectly acceptable its not going to win an oscar but take what you can get.

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Cooks [490 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah, when I get paid to commentate on it, I will.

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Adey [86 posts] 3 years ago
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I for one think the coverage has been good

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Cooks [490 posts] 3 years ago
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The coverage has been good, the pre race and post race analysis has been good, everything has been good, except I don't think Anthony McCrossen is a good commentator.

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bikecellar [268 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I watched yesterday's stage on ITV player. I like Ant. He's got knowledge, I just don't like ITV

https://twitter.com/antmccrossan

The Scottish fella you are talking about is Brian Smith the former national road race champion 91 and 94

He is a regular guy on Eurosport's coverage. I think he's a great commentator

https://twitter.com/BriSmithy

+1

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 3 years ago
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There are worse commentators. eg: Carlton Kirby

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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Brian Smith of course also general manager of Endura Racing.

Rode alongside some Texan bloke at Motorola in 1994, too  3

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pjay [249 posts] 3 years ago
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"cat1commuter" wrote:

There are worse commentators. eg: Carlton Kirby

I'd hesitate to call Carlton Kirby a commentator. He's more the bloke that Eurosport call when no-one else is available (for any sport). Still, at least Liggett and Sherwen weren't available for this Vuelta. We have to be thankful for that.