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.  



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.