Video: Secrets of the commentary box… & Chris Froome's SRM
You've heard the voices... now see where they call the action from, Daniel Lloyd takes us inside the commentary box
Whether it's Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen on ITV, or David Harmon and Sean Kelly plus their colleagues at Europsort including Anthony McCrossan, Rob Hatch, Carlton Kirby and expert pundits such as Magnus Backstedt and Brian Smith, if you watch cycling on TV, you'll spend hours in the company of familiar voices, but you'll only rarely see the place they're working from.
In this video, ex-pro Daniel Lloyd, now a commentator and reporter for Eurosport among other things, gives us a quick glimpse of life inside the commentary box at Tirreno Adriatico this week, followed by a quick dash to the finish line in Chieti to grab some words with Joaquim Rodriguez and Chris Froome, followed by a furtive glance at the Team Sky man's SRM data.
More than any other sport, cycling is one that calls for instant access to a wealth of data - it's not confined to a stadium or other easily defined course, there can be up to 200 or so competitors, and at any one point there can be several different battles unfurling within the peloton, particularly in a stage race.
No surprise, then, to see an array of computing power deployed that was undreamt of back when Mission Control in Houston was putting men on the Moon, and that split screen monitor shows that there's a lot more for the commentator to follow than just the single set of pictures we get back home.