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Best of seven questions - but who proved king of the commentators?

At the Tour of Britain 2014 launch on Monday evening at Canary Wharf in London's Docklands, we bumped into the BBC’s Simon Brotherton and Ned Boulting from ITV having a chat. What better than to ambush them with an impromptu cycling quiz?

Well, quite a few things on reflection. But the pair, who between them have covered 31 editions of the Tour de France - Brotherton since 1994, Boulting since 2003 - were great sports. Here’s how it went.

Q1 – Which year was the Festina Tour?

Ned is straight in there with the correct answer, 1998 and takes an early lead in the evening’s impromptu competition.

Q2 – How many gold medals did Team GB win in all disciplines at London 2012? 

A very confident “8” from both, with Simon – who commentated on the whole shebang – just getting in there first.

One-all.

Q3 – Who won the 2007 Tour de France Prologue in London?

Simon is in straight away with Fabian Cancellara. Two-one to the BBC.

Q4 – The day after the 2014 edition of the race, we ask who is the only British rider to have won Gent-Wevelgem?

Advantage Simon as he supplies the answer quick as a flash – Barry Hoban. The BBC man is three–one up with three questions to go; if this were your football team in a penalty shootout, you’d be feeling confident. Well… unless you support England and you’re up against Germany,...

Q5 – Which team was Ben Swift riding for when he won a Tour of Britain stage in 2009?

Before we finish asking the question, Ned’s in there with the answer, and it’s correct, Katusha – no need to do a Jeremy Paxman and dock him five points for interrupting incorrectly as he pulls one back.

Q6 – When was the last year there was an individual time trial on the last day of the Tour of Britain?

The answers come in unison – 2011 – so that's a point halved, and just one more question to come...

Q7 – And who won it?

After a slight bit of confusion – not least on the part of the question master, ahem – it was of course Alex Dowsett, then with Team Sky, who took the stage.

Ned gets the answer, and so he should have – he rode the IG Gentleman’s Time Trial the same day, partnering Maurice Burton. And in giving the correct answer, he clinches a draw.

The verdict?

Honours shared between the Beeb and ITV presenters.

Huge thanks to Ned Boulting and Simon Brotherton for entering into the spirit of the quiz with no notice.

We may need to knit two yellow jumpers, or at least one that is big enough for them to share.

Would you have got all seven correct? Why not set your own quiz in the comments below?

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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solkanofastera [24 posts] 1 year ago
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Sorry, will be listening to Sean kelly.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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I do love Ned, but I'll not be on BBC or ITV for anything cycling related unless its Track, where BBC show them. Anything rode, Eurosport is the only place to watch it.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 1 year ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I do love Ned, but I'll not be on BBC or ITV for anything cycling related unless its Track, where BBC show them. Anything rode, Eurosport is the only place to watch it.

Sad and very frustratingly true. I find myself having to hunt the internet for video feeds as I don't have Eurosport.

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Goldfever4 [213 posts] 1 year ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:
Gkam84 wrote:

I do love Ned, but I'll not be on BBC or ITV for anything cycling related unless its Track, where BBC show them. Anything rode, Eurosport is the only place to watch it.

Sad and very frustratingly true. I find myself having to hunt the internet for video feeds as I don't have Eurosport.

The online eurosport player is super and well worth a couple of quid

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Jack Osbourne snr [385 posts] 1 year ago
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Goldfever4 wrote:
paulrbarnard wrote:
Gkam84 wrote:

I do love Ned, but I'll not be on BBC or ITV for anything cycling related unless its Track, where BBC show them. Anything rode, Eurosport is the only place to watch it.

Sad and very frustratingly true. I find myself having to hunt the internet for video feeds as I don't have Eurosport.

The online eurosport player is super and well worth a couple of quid

+1

Last year I was on holiday in Italy with no access to a TV... fortunately the apartment had wifi though which allowed me to watch the TdF on Eurosport Player (in Italian because I had downloaded the app in Italy).

I cancelled the subscription when I got home.

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Luminosity [76 posts] 1 year ago
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In defence of ITV and Ned, the evening TDF round-ups are good IMO if you don't have long to spare.

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jason.timothy.jones [293 posts] 1 year ago
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The Highlights for me last year with Bolting in a skin suit in the wind tunnel was the best TV I have ever seen

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Wookie [213 posts] 1 year ago
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solkanofastera wrote:

Sorry, will be listening to Sean kelly.

I'm sorry as well I just wish the motor mouth would shut up occasionally.
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a.jumper [845 posts] 1 year ago
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Boardman teaching Boulting films are a joy, indeed.

I dislike theEurosport app because it's only available for some devices and never any of mine. Just go html5 and work on everything, already!