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Former triple jumper has become Eurosport’s lead presenter for its flagship sports events

Eurosport has announced that its coverage of this year’s Giro d’Italia and Tour de France will be fronted by broadcaster and former triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards.

Former Olympic champion, Edwards – who remains triple jump world record holder – took up cycling to keep fit when he retired in 2003. He also coached Pippa Middleton in 2014 when the two were trying to promote the sport as part of the Telegraph’s Get Slim Without The Gym initiative.

Edwards has worked for the BBC as both a commentator and presenter, covering the past four Olympic Games.

Speaking to The Telegraph in 2014 about how he was starting cover more cycling, he said: “Because I have a love of cycling I'm just a sponge for any knowledge, so when I'm with these guys I just pester them for information.”

Edwards moved to Eurosport this year as its exclusive lead presenter for flagship sports programming, including the Olympic Games.

He will be the on-site presenter at this year’s Giro d’Italia, which starts on May 5, and will be joined by top riders and pro team staff.

Edwards said: "Cycling is a huge passion of mine, both as a fan and a committed rider whenever I get the opportunity, so I’m incredibly excited to join Eurosport’s cycling team for the first two prestigious Grand Tours of the season. It’s another exciting chapter in my journey with the Eurosport team and the first stage in Sardinia can’t come too soon."

The Giro will also see former Dimension Data general manager Brian Smith taking on a new role as ‘The Coach,’ guiding fans through the more technical aspects of the stage and analysing significant attacks and sprint finishes.

 

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the road.cc team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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TheDoctor [254 posts] 9 months ago
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Oh dear, and I though euro sports cycling coverage couldn't get any worse!

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Grahamd [826 posts] 9 months ago
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So he will be joined by "top riders". I had always thought it was the top riders competing in these events!?

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stenmeister [347 posts] 9 months ago
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Well I suppose it's better than Carlton but I would have preferred Rob Hatch.

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brooksby [2811 posts] 9 months ago
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Grahamd wrote:

So he will be joined by "top riders". I had always thought it was the top riders competing in these events!?

"Who is joining him?"  "Top riders."  "Yes, but who, exactly?"  "Top. Riders."

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JohnnyRemo [206 posts] 9 months ago
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I'm presuming he's in the presenting role (as per Gary Imlach on ITV) and not commentating. 

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230548 [54 posts] 9 months ago
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They have got to have somebody to tell us about the castles, the wine and the food, it certainly isn't for his in depth cycling knowledge

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Mackadoo [14 posts] 9 months ago
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From the Eurosport website

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As the ‘Home of Cycling’, Eurosport is working with the biggest names in the sport for analysis and insight. These include 21-time Grand Tour stage winner Sean Kelly, former Team Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha and former British road race champions Brian Smith, Rob Hayles and Matt Stephens. They will work alongside reporters Ashley House and Laura Meseguer conducting rider interviews before and after each stage.

Former Dimension Data general manager Smith takes on his new role as ‘The Coach’ at the Giro to guide fans through the more technical aspects of the stage as well as analysing significant attacks and exhilarating sprint finishes. Stephens and Hayles will take you to the heart of the action and bring you the atmosphere of Grand Tour racing en route as well as insights from the riders and teams.

phew, if only road.cc reported all the facts, I thought they'd ditched Juan, Ashley and Laura, it appears Edwards will be presenting the 1hr highlights show-I never watch the highlights. I can't wait for the Giro! 

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Valbrona [294 posts] 9 months ago
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From Songs of Praise ... to Eurosport.

And if the guy 'loves cycling' why did he spend all that time doing the hop-skip-and-a-jump?

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ChrisB200SX [593 posts] 9 months ago
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Valbrona wrote:

From Songs of Praise ... to Eurosport.

And if the guy 'loves cycling' why did he spend all that time doing the hop-skip-and-a-jump?

Because he was a little bit good at it?

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Woldsman [219 posts] 9 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:
Valbrona wrote:

From Songs of Praise ... to Eurosport.

And if the guy 'loves cycling' why did he spend all that time doing the hop-skip-and-a-jump?

Because he was a little bit good at it?

And perhaps because, as I recall, his religion meant he couldn't compete on a Sunday - the best of all days to ride your bike? 

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londonplayer [621 posts] 9 months ago
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I want Pippa Middleton to do the commentary with him

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Valbrona [294 posts] 9 months ago
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I want Pippa Middleton to do the commentary with him

I'd like Pippa Middleton and Claire Balding.

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Al__S [1278 posts] 9 months ago
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Edwards is a good presenter but I'm gutted that this means the end of Ashely House on the eurosport coverage. The House/Flecha partnership on the pre/post race shows has been an absolute wonder.

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me [95 posts] 8 months ago
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As I don't watch eurosport, hopefully this means he won't be able to present any of the free to air cycling that I do see.

Unfortunately this probably means more of the free to air events will be presented by the horse woman.

I really don't get having idiots who know next to nothing being involved in any sport on tv.  If you don't like the sport you don't watch it anyway.  And if you do like it, why would you want to be patronised by the presenter?  Get rid of them and have more time for the sport you're trying to watch.